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The Coffee Song
"According to the song by Frank Sinatra, "They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil". They've got an awful lot of coffee all around the world - check out the background of this popular drink."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Between 1990 and 2010, what country was the leading producer of coffee for international consumption by a substantial margin? (Check the quiz introduction for a hint.)
The international growth of coffee consumption is usually attributed to Arab influence spreading it throughout the Ottoman Empire to Europe, thence to Indonesia and the Americas during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In what country are coffee plants thought to have originated?
Coffee was originally noted for, and is still popular because of, its energizing effect when consumed. What is the chemical that produces this effect?
We all know that coffee is made from coffee beans. What kind of plant produces coffee beans?
The first step in producing coffee involves collecting the coffee berries from the plants. Which harvesting technique is used to produce the highest-quality coffees?
selectively picked by machine
selectively picked by hand
strip harvested by hand
strip harvested by machine
After the coffee berries have been picked, they must be processed to extract the beans. What is the main difference between wet processing and dry processing of coffee beans?
wet processing is carried out underwater
wet processing involves removing the fruit before drying the beans
wet processing is the traditional method, dry processing is newer
wet processing is done by machine, dry processing by hand
After picking and processing, we have green coffee beans, which are stable for up to a year if properly stored. This is the form in which most coffee is shipped. What is the name of the usual last step in preparing coffee beans for the consumer?
Coffee tastes good, but is it good for you? This is currently under debate in the medical community. Which of the following is NOT a suggested health benefit from the drinking of coffee?
decreased risk of gout in men over age 40
lowered cholesterol levels
reduced incidence of cirrhosis of the liver
reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease
Coffee may or may not be good for you, but is it good for the environment? Which of the following is NOT a way in which coffee production can have a negative impact on the environment?
pollution produced by waste water from wet processing
toxicity of berries for native birds in some areas where the plants have been introduced
deforestation and habitat destruction associated with increased unshaded coffee growth
excessive water demand, especially in drier countries
In response to debate over environmental and social issues involved in coffee production, a number of companies have undertaken to develop more responsible growth and production techniques. What is the name for this movement, which also applies to tea, cocoa, sugar, bananas, cotton, wine, fruit and other products of developing countries?
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Compiled Jun 28 12