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You're Only Allowed To Drink Coffee If You Can Pass This Quiz

Are you smarter than a barista?

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  1. 1. True or false: Black coffee is calorie-free.

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    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According to the USDA, one cup of coffee has five calories.

  2. 2. What is the minimum amount of coffee that can literally kill you?

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    4g of caffeine, or about 15 tall Starbucks coffees.
    5g of caffeine, or about 19 tall Starbucks coffees.
    6g of caffeine, about 23 tall Starbucks coffees.
    7g of caffeine, or about 27 tall Starbucks coffees.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Caffeine in excess of five grams is considered a lethal dose.

  3. 3. What percentage of Americans drink coffee everyday?

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    29%.
    47%.
    59%.
    75%.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 59% of Americans have a cup of coffee every day.

  4. 4. And what's the average amount of coffee Americans drink every day?

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    1.5 cups.
    1.85 cups.
    2 cups.
    2.85 cups.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), Americans drink an average of 1.85 cups per day.

  5. 5. According to recent studies, drinking 3–5 cups of coffee per day is associated with what:

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    Having to pee a lot.
    A lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
    Higher resting heart rate.
    Increased body temperature.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A 2014 study found that moderate coffee consumption is associated with a 10% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

  6. 6. Research has shown that low to moderate caffeine consumption can enhance _________.

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    Judgment and decision making.
    Critical thinking and analysis.
    Long-term memory and problem solving.
    Attention and reaction time.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Research has shown that caffeine can improve basic cognitive functions like attention, vigilance, and reaction time.

  7. 7. In what country is coffee said to have first been drunk?

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    Ethiopia.
    Italy.
    Colombia.
    Burundi.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The story goes that a herder fed coffee berries to his goats and they became so energetic they couldn't sleep. The herder told a local monk who started brewing a drink from the berries.

  8. 8. When coffee finally arrived in Europe in the 1600's, what did some suspicious people call it?

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    "The bitter invention of Satan."
    "The devil's drink."
    "The hot beverage of choice in the underworld."
    "An innovation befitting the Prince of Darkness."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    When coffee was brand new to suspicious Europeans, some called it the “bitter invention of Satan.”

  9. 9. How much caffeine does decaf coffee have?

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    None. (Duh?)
    <1mg of caffeine per cup.
    <2mg of caffeine per cup.
    >2mg of caffeine per cup.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A cup of decaffeinated coffee has 2-12mg of caffeine. (For reference, a cup of caffeinated coffee has 95–200 mg of caffeine.)

  10. 10. Drinking more than a cup or two of coffee causes dehydration.

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    True.
    False.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Even though coffee is a mild diuretic, a 2014 study showed that drinking four cups of coffee per day did not result in dehydration.

  11. 11. Which roast has more caffeine?

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    Light roast.
    Dark roast.
    They're about the same.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lighter roasted coffees have more caffeine. They are roasted for less time and as a result the beans are heavier and denser and contain more caffeine. So, when comparing the same volumes of light and dark roasts, lighter roasts have more caffeine.

  12. 12. And between espresso and brewed coffee, which has more caffeine?

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    A double shot of espresso from Starbucks.
    A tall coffee from Starbucks.
  13. 13. Can coffee sober you up?

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    It depends on what kind of booze you had.
    Only if it's black.
    Only if you're buzzed (i.e. not too drunk).
    Nope.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sadly coffee cannot help you sober up. Only time can make you undrunk!

  14. 14. What is the main way that drinking coffee makes you feel more awake?

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    It causes the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.
    It blocks the neuromodulater that makes you feel sleepy.
    It causes the release of serotonin, which has a role in mood stabilization.
    It sends a hormonal signal to your brain's sleep center.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Even though dopamine and serotonin are part of the brain's response to caffeine, the main reason coffee makes you feel more awake and alert is that caffeine binds to the brain's adenosine receptors. When adenosine is blocked, it can't do its job, which is to slow down neural activity and make you feel sleepy.

  15. 15. Which of the following statements about cold brew is inaccurate?

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    It's another way of saying "iced coffee."
    It tastes smoother and less acidic than regular coffee.
    It's a brew method where you make a coffee concentrate by steeping grounds in water.
    It takes 12 to 24 hours to brew.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Iced coffee is usually just coffee over ice. If coffee is cold brewed, it means it was made by letting coffee grounds steep in water for 12-24 hours and then straining the liquid with cheese cloth (or something similar) to create a coffee concentrate that can be drunk hot or cold.

  16. 16. What brewing method is pictured here?

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    Cold brew.
    French press.
    Chemex.
    Aeropress.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is a Chemex, a manual, pour-over style brewing method invented in 1941.

You're Only Allowed To Drink Coffee If You Can Pass This Quiz

You're a coffee novice.

Wow, OK, while you probably can tell the difference between a mug of black coffee and a Frappuccino, that might be the extent of your coffee knowledge. Not that we're judging.

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You're an aspiring coffee snob.

Congrats on your sophisticated palate and your pretty a-ok coffee knowledge!

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You're a full-on coffee lover and expert.

Wow, you know a lot. You know so much that you tell baristas what's up, not the other way around. You're probably opposed to people drinking espresso over ice. We salute you!

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  1. And finally, how do you take your coffee? (Your answer will not affect your score.)

    I don't drink coffee.
    Black.
    Black with sugar.
    Black with some kind of non-sugar sweetener.
    With milk (or non-dairy milk) only.
    With milk and sugar.
    With milk and some other sweetener.
    Light and sweet.
    Any way I can get it tbh.

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    I don't drink coffee.
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    Black.
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    Black with sugar.
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    Black with some kind of non-sugar sweetener.
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    With milk (or non-dairy milk) only.
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    With milk and sugar.
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    With milk and some other sweetener.
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    Light and sweet.
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    Any way I can get it tbh.

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