First, let us be clear: we love coffee “snobs”! After all, if there weren’t a group of coffee lovers who truly appreciated speciality coffee (and organic, fair trade, to boot), we wouldn’t be in business!
But some of us are, well, a bit snooty when it comes to drinking coffee. Folgers in a cup? Puhleeze! Five Splendas in your machhiato? Get out! Instant coffee? You have GOT to be kidding me!
We believe that no matter how you like it, if you love coffee, we love you.
Still, it’s enjoyable sometimes to poke a bit of good-hearted fun at those who take their coffee a bit too seriously.
We’ve therefore put together a quiz. And if you’re a coffee snob, you should be able to get all six questions correct. Ready?
- How is espresso pronounced?
If you said espresso, you are correct (and please be kind and the bigger person when someone says expresso). (Extra point if you know what it means: Italian for “pressed out coffee.”)
- What is a cupping?
A coffee cupping is a coffee tasting (with a fancier word). Although, to be fair it’s not so much a tasting as the “practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee.” (Extra point if you’ve actually been to a cupping.)
- If coffee beans have a high level of acidity, what does that mean?
Acidity has to do with a bean’s pH scale, with 7.0 meaning neutral and numbers above 7.0 indicating the bean is more aciditic, while under 7.0 means the bean is less aciditic. Many coffee drinkers – coffee snob or not – are asking for low-acidity coffee because it may be less rough on the tummy. (Extra point if you acutally ask the barista at your favorite café about the acidity level of the day’s roast.)
- Is Grande a real coffee term?
No, it’s a size made up by that well-known, worldwide coffee chain. (Extra point for good sportsmanship if your friend offers to buy you a Grande at the chain and you don’t secretly roll your eyes!)
- What is Chemex?
This is that hourglass-shapped coffee brewer often seen in ads for high end cafes or specialty coffees. (Extra point if you know that the filters for a Chemex are denser than other coffee filters; many people believe this denser filter brews up a sweeter cup of coffee.)
- What is the Cup of Excellence?
This is an annual contest held in several countries in which coffee producers vie for the honor of having their coffee designated as of the highest quality (the winner’s coffee is then sold on the Internet to the highest bidder). (Ten extra points if you’ve ever been to a Cup of Excellence competltion.)
No matter if your favorite coffee brand is one you purchase at your local supermarket or if you were the highest bidder on last year’s Cup of Excellence winner, give Ubean Coffee a try. We’re not in the supermarket: find the independent distributor nearest you.