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1. It's a beautiful day in the café. The sun peers through the windows, the gentle strains of Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly play in the air, and I am primed and ready to make espresso - the extremely concentrated coffee that is the base for most café drinks. Into this blissful scene staggers a young woman, bleary-eyed, unkempt, and generally exuding exhaustion. "I have been studying two days straight for my bar exam," she gasps, "and I need something to pick me up in a hurry." Noticing the crimson state of her peepers, I recommend a red eye, which she orders. What is a red eye?
2. My next customer is another law student in a similarly exhausted condition. Again I suggest the red eye, but she demurs. "I need to take my bar exam in an hour," she moans. "I can't be having to go to the bathroom four times in this thing, and I don't want to have to take anything with me. I need something I can chug right now that will get me through." I recommend a simple double espresso, which she concurs is a great idea. Since she does not want a to-go cup, I serve her espresso in a small porcelain cup designed for that purpose. What is the common name for this cup?
3. After dealing with my two bedraggled prospective lawyers, two of my regulars pay me a call. On sight, I can tell their drinks: a latte for Bart, and a cappuccino for Ed. Given that both of these folks want their concoctions in a medium size, what is the difference between their two drinks?
4. My next patron is the caffeine-impoverished manager of the wedding supply store across the way. He just wants a cup of coffee, but requests the dark roast, since he "needs the extra caffeine". If he needs extra caffeine, is dark roast coffee the way to go?
5. My next customer is something of a coffee snob. After perusing our selection of coffee blends, he chooses our Peruvian Fair Trade, a rich, mellow blend. In making this choice, he turned down a number of other roasts from various regions. Which of these countries of origin did he most likely not reject, i.e., which of these is not a major coffee producer?
6. Around 1pm, my boss storms over to the café to have a word with me. Since we usually have a good working relationship, I am astounded that she is so enraged. She explains that I have gotten her spouse hooked on iced americanos, and have thus cost her big money in employee discounts. Then she allows herself a smile, and I realize it's all in jest. What goes in this habit-forming drink?
7. Around 2pm, I get a visit from Vincent the veteran coffee drinker. Vinnie (as his friends call him) thinks he has done it all. He's tried lattes and cappuccinos with every conceivable mix of milk, foam and espresso. He's mixed every imaginable blend of syrup, concocting potions that would befuddle a less seasoned palate. Today, however, he's returning to his basic drink, albeit a beverage that is not terribly well-known to the coffee-drinking public at large. He's ordering a double espresso topped with stiff foam from a pitcher of hot milk. By what name is this drink usually known?
8. As the day goes on, I am visited by Al and Jolene, the "frick and frack" of our café. Jolene orders a skim decaf latte with a twist of lemon. Al stares at her for a moment, then calls her a "piker". In a fit of pique, Al orders a latte for himself, but he's not having that skim stuff. No, Al wants his made with cream - with a double shot of espresso to boot! What is the popular designation for a drink made with cream?
9. As my shift begins to wind down, another espresso connoisseur steps in, ordering a slightly esoteric - but easily prepared - concoction: espresso topped with whipped cream. It just so happens that this item is on my price list, though it's not on the big menu posted over my head. What is the common name given for this drink?
10. Towards the end of my shift, Vinnie the Veteran returns to the café. With a sly grin on his face, he orders a double shot of espresso with a slight modification - he wants me to add the outer part of a lemon rind (also known as the "zest") to the waiting cup. "Vinnie," I say, "it's about time an Italian like you ordered that drink." Vinnie laughs, realizing that I, like him, know that espresso with zest of lemon is commonly known as a ______________.
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