Sowndarya Krishnamoorthy, a programmer with the UWinsite project, won Tuesday’s DailyNews quiz contest and its espresso-flavoured prize package.
One question proved challenging for contestants eager to affirm Italian heritage for the birth of the espresso method. While there are competing claims for the first espresso machine—Angelo Moriondo, Luigi Bezzera, and Achille Gaggia among them—the specified 1822 patent was awarded to Frenchman Louis Bernard Rabaut. Most respondents, including Krishnamoorthy, got that one right, so the quizmaster’s conscience is clear.
Other correct answers were: again, over differing accounts, the Oxford English Dictionary credits the Italian term for “pressed out” as the origin of our word espresso; the line “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” is from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Krishnamoorthy has received her prize, a capsule espresso maker with 40 pods and a set of eight cups and saucers, donated by UWindsor staffer Lily Powis.