8th
Nov
2013

Posted in Kafevend Blog

Find yesterday's quiz here.

1.Who inadvertently invented the ring doughnut?
c: Captain Hanson Gregory- Though the story has a hint of the apocryphal about it, Gregory is typically cited as the inventor of the ring doughnut after he wedged one on to a spur of his ship's wheel during a particularly violent storm. The doughnut, or oliekoek, had always been plagued with the issue of the centre being uncooked. Prior to the ring doughnut, the centre was often stuffed with something like fruit to get around the issue.

2.What did Milton Hershey make before moving on to chocolate?
c: Caramel- After serving as an apprentice to a confectioner, Hershey tried multiple times to start up a business, only to be met with failure. Returning to his home town, he opened the Lancaster Caramel Company. Despite early issues, the business got on to the right track and Hershey was able to sell it for $1 million to put towards his advances on chocolate manufacturing.

3.Which country drinks the most tea per capita?
b: Ireland- Whilst England certainly gets through a fair amount of tea, and is often the butt of many a tea related joke, Ireland in fact leads the world in tea consumption per head. The Irish prefer a milky tea, a long running tradition that came about due to the initially poor quality of tea that made its way to Ireland.

4.Which product, alongside tea and coffee, forms the trio of tradeables that Douwe Egberts has been selling for centuries?
d: Tobacco- Douwe Egberts started out as a shop owned by a couple selling the plethora of goods brought in to the Netherlands by traders and groups like the Dutch East India Company. Coffee, tea and tobacco made up the lion's share of items sold however, and whilst the tea and coffee markets have expanded massively over the intervening years, Egberts still feature tobacco in their range.

5.What is facing shortages down the line?
a: Chocolate- With a rising preference for dark chocolate and its health benefits, and the rising demand for chocolate in the Asian market, a shortage of cocoa in the near future is a real possibility. Industry sources have been pointing out the potential for a shortage for a few years. Cocoa is a tricky crop to mass produce; growing times before being able to harvest are 4-5 years, and it can also only be grown in a narrow band around the equator. Companies like Mars are taking steps to ensure all of their cocoa comes from sustainable sources in a bid to combat the issue before it's too late.

6.Which country does Witch's coffee come from?
a: Italy- The city of Benevento has a long association with the supernatural, home to a cult of Isis in the Roman era, and part of the pagan Lombard kingdom later on. Benevento is also known as the City of Witches, a name which inspired Giuseppe Alberti in 1860 to name his new liqueur, Liquore Strega. It is a popular addition to coffee, thus creating Witch's Coffee.

7.Who is the patron saint of coffee shop owners?
b: Saint Drogo- Despite being born into nobility, Drogo took up the life of a pilgrim, visiting shrines and churches along with trips to Rome on several occasions. Drogo apparently had the ability to bilocate; that is, to be in two places at once. Coffee shop owners cite this reason for his adoption, as enough coffee can give you the ability to get twice as much done!

8.How was coffee introduced to Austrian culture?
c: Conquest- Conflict between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg dynasties and much of Europe raged for centuries. A turning point for the Europeans presented itself in the Battle of Vienna, where the Ottomans were defeated in a battle spanning two days. There was much loot to be had after the battle; some was present in the form of sacks of coffee left by the Ottomans. It didn't take long for the Austrians to discover its potential, and coffee shops were soon springing up all over the place.

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