Coffee exam question bemuses students – and even baristas can’t agree on answer

When it comes to coffee people usually debate which is better – real or instant.

Others argue black coffee is the superior over all the sugary versions chains like Starbucks produce.

However people are currently involved in a rather different argument about the hot drink – and it’s all thanks to an exam question given to secondary school students in Australia that’s gone viral.

Last week a number of pupils sat a HSC Hospitality Food and Beverage exam which featured a question all about coffee.

Those taking the paper were asked to look at diagrams of two different coffee drinks and correctly name them.

The first diagram featured a cup filled with espresso and hot water, which was topped with a small amount of crema.

Everyone agreed this was a long black.

But the second diagram has caused trouble for students – and it seems even baristas can’t agree what the drink is.

The other cup contains 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.

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 cap.

He said: “This is a tricky question for students, as the answer is dependant on geography and coffee culture of where it is served.”

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

People online have since branded the exam question “stupid” and others even added new answer suggestions to the mix, with some wondering if it was a latte.

One person tweeted: “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.”

A second asked: “Without chocolate it’d be a latte but that wasn’t an option right?”

“Of course it’s not a cappuccino, there’s no chocolate sprinkles mentioned,” wrote someone else.

A fourth proclaimed: “Seriously! How dumb are we getting. Can’t spot a cappuccino?”

A different user really didn’t care either way, adding: “It’s a cup of coffee that costs way too much is what it is.”