Yesterday, I received a wonderful little gem from fellow list member Lisa Carton (from her recent 3-way tradition). It's a trivia card set called "coffee SMARTS". It has 4 sets of over sized playing card made up of coffee trivia questions and answers from "coffee culture", "bean basics", "indulging", and "wild card". It is housed in a nice heavy cardboard box with a lid. It's just a really great Q&A thing on coffee with very good information on them. Here a few for YOU to see how "coffee savvy" you are. I'll do a random selection from each category. Answers are at the end of the email. Thanks again Lisa! ~Dan "Indulging": * In coffee terms, "bourbon" is the name for:" A) A bean variety B) A smoky aftertaste C) An overly roasted bean D) A novice barista "Bean Basics": * Coffe treas yield how many pounds of coffee per year? A) 2 B) 10 C) 42 D) 100 "Coffee Culture": * True or False: Americans drink more coffee now than ever before. "Wild Card": * Coffee saunas are popular in which country? A) Japan B) India C) Sri Lanka D) Finland Answers.... . . . scroll down . . . scroll down . . . scroll down . . . scroll down . . . scroll down . . Indulging: "A..... A bean variety. Bourbon is the name given to a popular and prized variety of Arabica that, while native to Ethiopia, was planted by the French on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Other important cultivated varieties are Typica and Caturra. There are over 40 varieties of Arabica in use today, and some have been hybridized with Robustas." Bean Basics: "A..... 2. A prolific Arabica tree will produce a maximum of 2 pounds of roasted coffee in a year. Typically, a tree is picked 3 to 4 times during harvest to glean all the ripe berries." Coffee Culture: "False. U.S. per capita coffee consumption has fallen by half since 1960. This is widely attributed to stagnating consumption of mass produced coffees, accompanied by the rise of caffeinated soft drinks. Specialty coffees sold in coffee-houses are one of the few growing sectors of the American coffee market." Wild Card: " Japan. The Japanese have been bathing in coffee grounds for centuries as a means to detoxify and de-stress. Caffeine is also believed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite when applied to skin, and it is an active ingredient in man cellulite creams. it is even woven into "coffee tights," hosiery that reportedly helps smooth and tone legs."