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1-Where can you order a 'backwards coffee'?

C-Austria: If you're keen on milky coffee, then the Kaffee verkehrt, which translates as backwards coffee, would be your best option on a trip to Austria. It's served as a large cup of foamed milk accompanied by a small jug of coffee.

2-What's the essential ingredient in a Café Cubano?

B-demerara sugar: The Café Cubano is a short but sweet espresso drink! It became popular once espresso machines had been imported from Italy to Cuba. Demerara sugar is mixed into dark roasted coffee beans before the shot is pulled, creating a sweeter drink than if the sugar were stirred in afterwards.

3-Which item of equipment is essential for preparing Turkish coffee?

C-cezve: The term 'Turkish coffee' refers to the method of brewing rather than the type of coffee itself. The cezve, often referred to as an ibrik, is the pot in which the coffee is prepared and the core item necessary for this filterless brew. The cezve has a wide bottom and narrow neck, a shape designed to provide a large surface area for the heat source and less means of escape for the coffee grounds when the drink is ready to pour. The cezve was traditionally fashioned from brass or copper, though nowadays you're just as likely to encounter one made from stainless steel.

4-Where was the latte invented?

D-USA: While we might feel distinctly continental as we order our caffè latte, it's actually an American invention. A 1950s Italian immigrant to California is typically credited with developing the latte. A number of Lino Meiorin's coffee shop customers found his traditional Italian coffee far too strong for their palate and needed to compensate with plenty of milk and sugar. Inventing the latte made good business sense then, though it was the coffee scene of 1980s Seattle which really guaranteed the drink's global success.

5-Staying with the latte theme, which nation gave birth to 3D latte art?

A-Japan: 3-D latte art is a far more recent innovation than traditional latte art. A couple of years ago artistic Japanese baristas looking for a challenge started to experiment with sculptures of cute animals that appeared to be floating in, or about to emerge from the coffee cup. The sculptures have to take shape very fast indeed before the microfoam begins to break down and detail is lost.

6-The word for coffee is surprisingly similar right across the globe, but which nation bucks the trend and calls it bunna (pronounced 'boona') ?

C-Ethiopia: Coffee has its distant origins in Ethiopia. Kaffa, its coffee growing region, is where everyone else appears to have got their word for coffee. However, in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, coffee is named bunna.

7-Which language uses coffee as its word for brown?

A-Turkish: In Turkey the word for brown is 'kahverengi'. The first half of the word, 'kahve', is coffee, while 'rengi' means colour of. Coffee has been intrinsic to Turkish culture for so long that 'the colour of coffee' became the obvious choice for the colour we call brown.

8-Finally, which nation is the global leader in coffee production and export?

D-Brazil: Fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is way ahead of world number 2 in coffee production – Vietnam. Coffee plants were first introduced to Brazil from French Guiana in 1727. By the turn of the 1800s coffee farming was abundant and successful, meaning that its top position is nothing new!

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