Did you know that coffee was first harvested sometime in the second century BCE? Did you also know that the first written instance of the word “barista” comes from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice? Or what about the fact that “spres,” the root of espresso literally translates in Italian to “spray?” If you were privy to all those factoids or knew from the jump that they were completely fabricated by my dumb brain (and best I can tell, most likely incorrect), then you may be just the sort of person that would kill it at Royal Coffee’s Coffee Trivia Night. Taking place at Oakland’s Awaken Coffee on Thursday, August 30th, it will be a night of coffee and coffee facts, and it’s all for a good cause.

Hosted by Royal Coffee’s Chris Kornman and Sandra Elisa-Loofbourow, Coffee Trivia Night will be a competition like no other. Sure, you can pour a 98-tier tulip in a thimble and maybe that would help you win a throwdown, but can you explain the fluid dynamics that make that pour possible? Because that’s what it’s going to take to win Coffee Trivia (well probably not that, because that’s really, really impossibly hard, but you see where I’m going here). Teams of up to five will battle it out over a variety of coffee-related facts, none of which can be spoken of before the event lest there be foul play afoot.

Winners will receive prizes donated by sponsors Grounds for Health, Equator Coffees & Teas, Ritual Coffee, the Created Co, the Crown, and more.

And the best part is, it’s all for charity. The entirety of the proceeds go to Ground for Health, an organization working to prevent cervical cancer in women in coffee growing regions.

Tickets for Coffee Trivia Night are $10 person and can be purchased here (and if you feel so inclined to donate a little extra, that will go to Grounds for Health as well). If you don’t have a team, fret not, for the event organizers can help join you up with other loosies, should you and they be so inclined to share in the plunder. For more information, visit Coffee Trivia Night’s Eventbrite page.

And remember all those rock solid facts I told you earlier. They will surely be indispensable in the final round when it’s all on the line.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Top image via Royal Coffee

Disclosure: Royal Coffee and Equator Coffees & Teas are advertising partners on Sprudge Media Network.

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