Coffee exam question baffles students and leaves baristas disagreeing too

Students and baristas alike were left scratching their heads recently after an exam question about coffee left them disagreeing with one another.

The question was included in a HSC Hospitality Food and Beverage exam being sat by secondary school students in Australia and has since gone viral.

In the paper, there was a diagram of two cups of coffee and a description of what had gone into each of them.

Coffee 1 featured a cup filled with espresso and hot water, which was topped with a small amount of crema.

This didn't seem to be the head scratcher – as everyone agreed this was a long black.

However, coffee 2 caused trouble for students and even some baristas couldn't agree what the drink is after seeing the diagram on social media.

Coffee 2 contained espresso, crema, steamed milk and is topped with foam.

According to The Daily Telegraph, experts haven't been able to agree whether the coffee is a flat white or a cappuccino.

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Kieran Westlake, president of the Australian Specialty Coffee Association, told the publication that based on his local coffee culture the drink would be a flat white – but elsewhere it could easily be classed as a cappuccino.

"This is a tricky question for students, as the answer is dependant on geography and coffee culture of where it is served," he said.

But baristas argued that he was wrong, saying it had to be a cappuccino, as a flat white wouldn't have any foam on top.

Many took to Twitter to air their opinion, with one person writing: "Of course it’s not a cappuccino, there’s no chocolate sprinkles mentioned."

A second added: "As a trained barista it’s definitely not a cappuccino – caps have more milk foam, the foam is not thin enough for a latte. So it’s a flat white."

What do you make of it? is it a flat white or a cappuccino?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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