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1.Which tea would go well with your marmite on toast?

b- Lapsang souchong: This tea is made using the fourth and fifth leaves of the tea plant. Typically seen as inferior, the Chinese smoked them as a way of making them marketable. Europeans took quite a liking to the peculiar and divisive (you either love it or hate it) smoky flavoured tea, and as such it has become known in China as "tea for Westerners".

2.What ancient art did the influential figure Sen no Rikyū develop?

c- Chadō: Also known as the Way of Tea, the Japanese tea ceremony was heavily influenced by the work of the tea master Sen no Rikyū. During the 16th century, he focussed on developing a minimalist style of ceremony that today meshes well with anti materialistic values. His simplistic method and philosophy still dictate many schools of Chadō to this day.

3.In which country can you find Chocolates El Rey?

a- Venezuela: This company has been making chocolate since 1929. The family owned business buys cacao beans directly from local farms, paying above market price for high quality criollo and trinitario beans. El Rey only ever produce single origin bars of dark, milk and white chocolate. They have won numerous awards over the years for their top notch chocolate.

4.Which coffee style's flavour benefits the most by gulping it down?

b- Espresso: During a test, scientists found that gulping, rather than sipping coffee improves the taste. This is due to more saliva being produced which results in more aroma arriving at the nose's receptors. Because of the close link between taste and smell, it helps to improve the perceived flavour. Of the four types of coffee used during the test, espresso was reported as benefitting most from being drunk by the gulp.

5.Which country do macadamia nuts come from?

a- Australia: The Macadamia genus was named after Dr. John Macadam by his friend, the botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1857. Australia supplies around 40% of the word total of macadamia nuts using two commercial species, alongside other countries, which also now grow them, like Hawaii and Mexico. Whilst the fat content of the nuts may be off putting to those on a diet, they help to reduce low density cholesterol.

6.Which cape can you find Balnakeil craft village near?

c- Cape Wrath: Located in the extreme north east of Scotland, Balnakeil was a military radar installation during the Second World War and during the early Cold War. After its abandonment by the military, it was converted into a craft village in 1963. These days, a plethora of craftsfolk live in the remote village plying their trade- two such people are Paul Maden and James Findlay who started the Cocoa Mountain company in 2006.

7. Which country's servicemen introduced instant coffee to the UK during World War 2?

d- US servicemen: During the latter part of WW2, American troops in Britain introduced instant coffee thanks to their rations. The British took to it quickly along with several companies, who were quick to market it as a great time saving device. Instant coffee still makes up three quarters of the coffee we buy in Britain today.

8.Where did the Marigold flower get its name from?

c- A marsh flower: Marigold derives its name from the Anglo Saxon merso meargealla, meaning marsh marigold. There are almost two dozen species of Marigold and is thought to have originated in southern Europe. The Ancient Greeks and Romans made use of it along with many people throughout the ages, and it is still used today as a tisane to treat a variety of problems.

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