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07 Mar 2013, 02:36
I picked C.
The flaw is lied on the statistic. Buying more coffee beans does not mean having more beans in the blend per cup. If Kreemo sells more coffee cups, the amount of coffee beans in the blend per cup will be reduced. Hence, C is correct.
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16 Mar 2013, 08:17
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Hey All,

Everybody seems to be on the right track with this one, but I wanted to respond to a few complaints. This is a VERY realistic GMAT question. There are no ambiguous answers. The problem is only if you spend too much time writing stories in your head, in which case, any answer choice can begin to look good. This argument says they buy the most Colombian beans, but think of it this way:

If I buy 10 beans and you only buy one bean, it may look like I must have the best coffee.

But if you only sell one cup of coffee, your one bean means the overall quality of your coffee is super excellent.
If I then sell 10,000 cups of coffee, splitting my ten beans between them, the overall quality of my coffee is super poor.

This is why the answer is what it is. Don't get into thought processes involving the history of the company, why people buy their coffee, what effect technology may have...ANYTHING that isn't in the passage itself. Keep in mind that this question asks you weaken THE ARGUMENT, not THE CONCLUSION, so you won't be bringing in any new information.

Word up.

Hope that helps!

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thanks for the explanation.First i went for A.Your explanation cleared my concept
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18 Mar 2013, 01:30
I chose C because the passage said that The more Colombian beans in a blend of coffee, the better the blend and claim that no company purchases more Colombian beans than Kreemo Coffee and ask for flawed in the argument in the advertisement.

It's possible for another brands of coffee to have more Colombian bean than Kreemo because if they sell less coffee they won't need to buy the coffee as much as Kreemo to achieve more Colombian ratio in the blend.
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09 Nov 2014, 05:16
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I'd say C.

The statement says that ratio of Colombian beans to total beans in a blend affects quality.

So

Colombian beans
---------------- = quality (roughly)
Total number of beans

The conclusion is therefore the more Colombian beans purchased, the higher the quality.

However the second part of the equation is not clear, i.e. how many beans total they use.

So if Kreemo's sales are sufficiently high, they may be diluting their coffee with lesser quality beans, and hence not have the highest quality coffee. This is also born out by real world experience (not that I'm suggesting you rely on that for GMAT =) ).

Using process of elimination, A states all equipment used is the same, and therefore removes a possible alternative factor affecting quality, strengthening the argument rather than weakening it. B also strengthens it. D price has no connection to quality, or to the argument made, which is solely referring to quality. E may be true, but the statement specifically says "You're buying the best blended coffee available today" and so is out of scope.

Both methods reach the same conclusion so I'm fairly confident.

What is OA?

Hi,

Can u please explain how B strengthens the claim.IMO if for example no/very few coffee makers use Colombian beans then even if Kreemo uses 5 gms of coffee in the blend,then it can be said that they use the most COlombian coffee.However that very little quantity of CCoffee might not be enough to really improve the quality.
Could this be a correct explanation,or is it too far fetched!?
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21 Oct 2016, 02:56
It says that more the beans, better the blend. X brand purchases it more than anyone other company and hence the best.

But what if they sell lot of coffee cans and hence they need more of those beans. So the actual proportion of the beans in that coffee could be less.

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