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1.Which of the following composers was so entranced by coffee that he wrote the 'Coffee Cantata'?

B-Bach: Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the 'Coffee Cantata' during the early 1730s. A regular patron of Café Zimmermann in Leipzig, as well as drinking lots of coffee there, he often directed the café's musical society. It seems likely that Bach wrote the coffee-themed mini comic opera in response to the disapproval of coffee drinking by some in German society. Most of Bach's cantatas were written for the Lutheran church, so the 'Coffee Cantata' represents a rare departure from his normally quite serious work.

2. The eighteenth century became known as The Age of Enlightenment, but which one of these gifted writers and philosophers is reputed to have been fuelled by some 30-40 cups of coffee per day?

C-Voltaire: Françoise-Marie Arouet, more commonly known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a writer and philosopher of the French Enlightenment. He was renowned for his wit and satire and an outspoken advocate of freedom of expression and religion. A prolific writer, his prodigious appetite for coffee seems to have stoked his energy and creativity. Voltaire's pithy response to a medical warning against drinking such large quantities of coffee - 'If coffee is a poison it is a slow poison' - was eventually borne out by his long life of 83 years.                                                                                                 

3.Which coffee loving American president was reputed to have been the inspiration for Maxwell House's 'Good to the last drop' slogan?                                           

A-Theodore Roosevelt: The Republican president was in office from 1901 to 1909 and like Voltaire drank a lot of coffee to get him through the day; those around him referred to a gallon a day as normal! 1917 marked the inception of Maxwell House's long running 'Good to the last drop' campaign and by the '30s it was claimed that the slogan had been prompted by an overheard remark from none other than Teddy Roosevelt himself.                                                                                                   

4.Who decided that the perfect number of beans to make a cup of coffee was sixty, no more, no less?

D-Ludwig van Beethoven: While most people are aware that Beethoven's extraordinary talent for composing music wasn't diminished by the profound deafness which struck him at an early age, his coffee habits are less well known. He is purported to have counted out sixty beans per cup, which sounds like a painstaking exercise, but it stands a good chance that quality and precision pervaded more areas of his life than music alone!

5.Which of the following famous films has its roots in a coffee habit?

A-The Wizard of Oz: Like a lot of films this one was based on a book; Frank L. Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was published at the turn of the twentieth century. Baum would set himself up for the day's writing by eating a substantial breakfast, always accompanied by, not one, but four or five cups of strong coffee with sugar and cream.

6.War is never a good time for securing quality provisions, but who was particularly fed up with the standard of the coffee?

D- Abraham Lincoln: While travelling during the American Civil War, the president must have one bad cup of coffee too many and is reputed to have sighed, 'If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.' Whether the hot drink in question was in fact tea or coffee isn't known, but presumably Lincoln was pleased when the war finally ended and normal service could be resumed!

7.Which famous author preferred to drink coffee, claiming that tea tasted like mud?

B-Ian Fleming: The author was a confirmed coffee man, going so far as to cite tea as the reason for the fall of the British Empire. Another factor for his preference could have been the Jamaican bolt-hole where he spent each winter writing his James Bond novels, handily positioned for supplies of Jamaica's top tasting Blue Mountain Coffee.

8.Finally, which action movie star said, 'Coffee is a language in itself'?

C-Jackie Chan: Famous for performing all his own stunts, the Hong Kong born actor also loves his coffee and even launched his own coffee shop chain in the Philippines in 2006.

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