- The Coffee Issue
- Starbucks Coffee Culture
- The Perfect Coffee
- Tom’s Diner, by Suzanne Vega
- The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar
- Coffee Quotes
- Solutions #44 The Coffee Issue
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:54 PM PDT
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:52 PM PDT
Reading and discussion activity
Read the text below and find the answers to the last question, among other information on the company.
Can you answer the following questions without going back to the passage? Check your answers afterwards with the text.
1.What is the main topic of the reading?
2.Who is Howard Schultz?
3.Where does the name Starbucks come from?
4.What idea did Howard Schultz get from his trip to Italy?
5.What’s the reason behind Starbucks success?
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:49 PM PDT
Conversation, vocabulary & video
A)Match the terms to the pictures:
B)Discuss the questions below with a parter or in small groups.
C)VIDEO Segment: Whatch the clip. Are these statements TRUE or FALSE? Correct the ones you think are wrong.
1. You can make a decent cup of coffee with any good coffee maker.
2.14 grams of coffee for 2 cups is a right amount.
3.They are using a cafetiere for 7 cups.
4.You will also need mineral water.
5.Oxigen helps percolate(a) the coffee.
6.It is best to pour(b) a little water, stir(c)and then pour the rest of the water.
7.To stir is very important.
8.Coffee needs to brew for at least 2 minutes.
Glossary: (a)filter (b) serve liquids (c)mix in circular motions
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:46 PM PDT
Song, listening & vocabulary
You can find the original video here: https://youtu.be/58Nz7y26Tfs
1.Listen to the song and mark the words mentioned.
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner from Maria Padró Casas on Vimeo.
2.Listen again if necessary and answer the questions below. Afterwards, read the lyrics and compare your responses.
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:43 PM PDT
Discussion & listening activity
NPR Report - Length: 2.59 minutes
Listen to the report and mark the statements below as TRUE or FALSE. Correct the mistaken ones.
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:40 PM PDT
Look at the images and discuss the sayings. How do you feel about them?
Compare and contrast. Give your opinion and fundament your views.
Discuss the following quotes with a partner or in small groups. Ckeck any vocabulary you might not known.
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:36 PM PDT
Starbucks Coffee Culture
1.Starbuck’s business history 2.the man who transformed and made the company grow. 3.the name was inspired by Moby Dick and evoked the romance of the high seas and the tradition of the early coffee traders. 4. the coffee experience, the idea of a place for conversation and a sense of community. A third place between work and home. 5.the atmosphere of their stores, community connection and the quality of the coffee served.
The Perfect Coffee
A) 1. a French press or Cafetier 2. a plastic cup with a lid 3. an Italian percolator/coffe maker 4. an espresso 5. an espresso machine 6. instant coffee 7. a latte
C) 1.F with a cafetier 2.T 7 grams per cup 3.F 3 cups cafetier 4.F Fresh water 5.T 6.T 7.T 8.F 4 minutes
Tom’s Diner, by Suzanne Vega
1.All except: tea – afternoon – chair – clock – cake – boy - question – eyes - waiter
2.Lyrics : TOM’S DINER
I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner
I am waiting at the counter for the man to pour the coffee
And he fills it only half way and before I even argue
He is looking out the window at somebody coming in.
“It is always nice to see you,” says the man behind the counter
to the woman who has come in, she is shaking her umbrella
and I look the other way as they are kissing their hellos
and I’m pretending not to see them, and instead I pour the milk.
I open up the paper, there’s a story of an actor
Who had died while he was drinking, it was no-one I had heard of
And I’m turning to the horoscope and looking for the funnies
When I’m feeling someone watching me and so I raise my head.
There’s a woman on the outside looking inside, does she see me?
No, she does not really see me ‘cause she sees her own reflection
And I’m trying not to notice that she’s hitching up her skirt
And while she’s straightening her stockings her hair has gotten wet.
Oh, this rain, it will continue through the morning as I’m listening
To the bells of the cathedral, I am thinking of your voice
And of the midnight picnic once upon a time before the rain began
And I finish up my coffee and it’s time to catch the train.
The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar
1.F : a cup of espresso coffee is considered even more precious than water. 2.F: it was the Italian Space Agency 3.T 4.T 5.F: it was two companies 6.F: it’s about the size of a microwave. 7.F: This is an experimental machine. Nobody's sure how all that coffee and steam will behave in zero gravity. 8.T 9.T 10.T