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1.How many eggs do Warninks use every year to make their advocaat?
d- 40 million: That's quite a lot of eggs. Advocaat is an invention of the Dutch, containing eggs, brandy, sugar and vanilla. Though similar to eggnog, it is much thicker and as such serves as both a drink and a fairly potent custard for your christmas pudding.

2.Which group of Biblical characters do the Spanish celebrate during their Christmas celebrations?
b- The Three Kings: In many parts of the world, the last day of Christmas- the 6th of January- is the traditional time to receive presents. In Spain, the day is called Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day. Spanish children write to the three kings: Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar in the same way that British children write to Santa Claus.

3.Which bit of the coffee plant does the Hawaiian company KonaRed use to make their juice drink?
c- The pulp: Instead of producing coffee using the roasted beans from the plant, KonaRed use the skin and pulp of the coffee cherry to make a juice drink. The skin and pulp have been used to make a tisane in that old tradition of putting handfuls of plants into boiling water and seeing what the resulting brew tastes like.

4.Where does Rooibos tea come from?
a- Africa: Specifically, Rooibos comes from the Western Cape province, down in the south of the continent along the shore. The plant grows in a unique ecological region, known as fynbos, and only grows there- attempts to grow it elsewhere have all failed. As a result, the large amount of Rooibos that makes its way around the globe all comes from this small area.

5.What year did Conrad Finzel Sr. Establish his sugar refinery in Bristol?
c- 1836: After fleeing the continent in the face of Napoleon's army and making his way to London, Conrad set up his factory along with his son. Despite a major setback in 1846 when the factory was gutted by a fire, they rebuilt it and for a time the factory was the largest of its type in the country. At their manor in Clevedon they built a tower from where they could watch the trading vessels, carrying sugar cane from the Caribbean, making their way to Bristol.

6.How is coffee traditionally grown?
b- In the shade: Most varieties of coffee thrive in shade provided by a tree top canopy. Sun grown coffee is a more recent affair, where hybrid species of coffee have been bred. These varieties produce large amounts of coffee compared to the shade grown types, but are unsustainable, causing soil erosion, water pollution and a loss of habitat. Go green, dudes.

7.Which place does vanilla take when it comes to the world's most expensive spices?
b- 2nd: After saffron, vanilla is the most expensive spice on the planet. The reason for this is that the plant has to be pollinated by hand, which is a very labour intensive process that must also keep to strict windows of time as the flowers of the plant open.

8.Which decade saw coffee make a resurgence in Australia?
c- 1980s: Coffee was first introduced to Australia in the 19th century, possibly as far back as 1832 in Brisbane. By the 1880s it had certainly made its presence felt, having made its way to northern New South Wales and the fertile soils there. Production costs saw it phase out however, and it wasn't until the 1980s that it finally made a comeback with the introduction of mechanical harvesting.

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