April 16, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 89

Coffee popular with Finnish people worldwide

To the Editor:

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In the very early 1950s when radio was still more prominent than television, I happened upon a quiz program beamed over the airwaves. To this day I cannot tell you the name of the broadcast, but I do remember the multiple choice question asked of a man as if it were yesterday.

The emcee asked, “Of these three nations, per capita, Switzerland, Finland or Columbia, which has the greatest number of coffee drinkers in the world?”

The man quickly responded “Switzerland.”

“No, I’m sorry, the answer is Finland,” the announcer said.

It must be a pretty safe assumption t...