17th
Dec
2013

Posted in Kafevend Blog

1.What time period saw the rise of the commercial vending machine?
a- Victorian era: First invented by the ancient Greek mathematician Hero, it wasn't until the 1880s and the rise of the Industrial Revolution that the vending machine became widespread. Railway stations saw much of the early life of the vending machine, with items like tickets, cigarettes, sweets and books sold via large, coin operated, cast iron machines.

2.What year did Innocent's founders start making smoothies for the public?
c- 1998: University students Adam Balon, Richard Reed and Jon Wright decided to start the company after they were told, via bin based balloting, that they should give up their jobs to carry on making the smoothies they were selling at a London music festival stall.

3.Where is Bengal Coffee grown?
a- Africa: Whilst you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bengal Coffee might be grown in India, Africa is where this variety of coffee is grown. Its lack of commercial viability, compared to Arabica and Robusta, mean it is grown on a small scale and mostly consumed locally. The oils produced during the roasting have antiseptic properties and are used for medicinal purpsoses.

4.Who first grew figs in the UK?
b- The Romans: Along with grapes, figs were introduced to the UK by the Romans, no doubt looking to enjoy the taste of home in a distinctly un-Mediterranean land. It is the ancient Egyptians who are believed to have first cultivated and eaten figs, and they remain a popular treat there to this day.  

5.Where does Sint Nikolaas live during his down time?
c- Spain: Sint Nikolaas is Holland's version of our own Santa Claus. Each is based on Saint Nicholas, who lived in Greece during the 4th century A.D. and whose charitable nature inspired the multitude of jolly gift givers who form part of the Christmas celebration for many countries.

6.Who first proposed the Nilgiri mountain railway?
b- The British: After its initial proposal in 1854, it wasn't completed until around 50 years later. The line has been running ever since then however; today it often serves as a tourist attraction for those visiting India. The line was built to allow Europeans to access their summer homes built up in the mountains to enjoy the cooler air. Eventually, the entire Indian government would make the trip during the summer months.

7.What kind of ecological region does rooibos grow in?
a- Fynbos: The Fynbos region is a small area found in the west cape of Africa, and it is here amidst a diverse selection of plants that rooibos grows. Whilst there have been attempts to grow it elsewhere, they have all failed, meaning all rooibos is produced in this tiny part of the globe. Rooibos is traditionally enjoyed as a tea, though recently people have created coffee-like drinks with it.

8.Which other chocolate fruit was dropped from Terry's production line in favour of their chocolate oranges?
d- Apple: The chocolate apple and orange were both devised and released shortly after Terry's moved to a new factory in 1926 known as The Chocolate Works. The factory was commissioned by Frank and Noel Terry, who revamped the company. The chocolate apple was dropped following WW2 and the continuation of rationing, which meant they had access to limited supplies of cacao.

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