12th
Mar
2014

Posted in Kafevend Blog

1.Which part of a tree is Cinnamon made from?

b-The bark: Cinnamon sticks are curled lengths of bark from a variety of evergreen species that belong to the cinnamomum genus. There are four main species that are used to produce cinnamon today: verum, cassia, loureiroi and burmannii, and each possess different tastes and aromas in the same way that arabica and robusta coffee differ.

2.Which African city serves as a trading hub for much of the continent's tea?

d-Mombasa: The coastal city of Mombasa has served as a trade hub for hundreds of years. More recently it has become host to an international tea auction, and is now one of the largest traders of black tea in the world.

3.Which region of Vietnam has seen much use for the growing of coffee?

a-The central highlands: This region was initially identified by French colonists as prime land for growing coffee. Following the lengthy Vietnam war, the country's government turned to coffee as a way of rebuilding the shattered economy. Since then, the central highlands have been used extensively by coffee farmers. Unfortunately, remnants of the war once fought there still remain and have injured and killed thousands of farmers as they come across unexploded mines and bombs.

4.What do the Vietnamese call coffee?

d-Cà phê: Given the globe's preference for similarity when it comes to naming coffee, and the influence of European missionaries on Vietnam's language in the 17th century, it doesn't come as a surprise when you see their name for the brew. One of Vietnam's signature coffees is cà phê trứng, or egg coffee, made using the yolk, sweetened condensed milk and a bitter coffee.

5.In which country can you find an 8,000 year old cave painting showing humans collecting honey?

a-Spain: Honey has been enjoyed by humans for thousands of years, and was the sweetener of choice until sugarcane became a major cash crop for many European countries. People have been switching back to honey in more recent years as the subject of keeping healthy makes its rounds.

6.What method is used to prepare tea for use in tea bags?

c-Crush tear curl: This mechanical processing method was devised in the 1930s by William McKercher, as he sought to find ways of increasing productivity on his estates. The method works by feeding tea leaves through cylindrical rollers which are inset with small sharp teeth. These crush, tear and curl the leaves as they pass through.

7.On which coast can you find the Daintree rainforest in Australia?

b-North east: The Daintree rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia. It is a World Heritage site due to the presence of a large number of ancient species, along with a large variety of other species of plants and animals, particularly birds and insects. The rainforest plays host to the Cubbagudta tea plantation, where the Daintree tea company produce a high quality black tea.

8.Which most beneficent rice snack maker should we give our thanks to?

Fantastic Delites: The Australian rice snack makers Fantastic Delites decided to have a little bit of fun with a vending machine one day, and set a number of increasingly bizarre tasks for potential treat lovers to fulfill if they wanted a free bag. Tasks included hopping, dancing, prostration and pressing a button a few thousand times!

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