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I Heart English - Coffee

I Heart English

Posted: 11 May 2015 01:54 PM PDT

Starbucks Coffee Culture
Reading and discussion activity

The Perfect Coffee
Conversation, vocabulary & video

Tom’s Diner, by Suzanne Vega
Song, listening & vocabulary

The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar
Discussion & listening activity

Coffee Quotes
Conversation activity
Posted: 11 May 2015 01:52 PM PDT

Reading and discussion activity

  • Is coffee popular where you live? Is there a coffee culture?
  • How often do you drink coffee?
  • Where do you usually drink coffee?
  • Are there any Starbucks coffee shops in your area? Who are their typical customers?
  • What do you know about the company Starbucks, origin, name, success, etc.?

Read the text below and find the answers to the last question, among other information on the company.


The first Starbucks opened in 1971 in downtown Seattle. Back then, the company was a single store in the historic Pike Place Market. The small coffee shop offered some of the world’s finest fresh-roasted whole bean coffees. The name, inspired by Moby Dick, evoked the romance of the high seas and the tradition of the early coffee traders.

In 1981 a New York man by the name of Howard Schultz became curious about the company. Schultz went to Seattle to see what Starbucks did, and met the three partners who owned Starbucks. He wanted to become part of the company. In 1982, he was hired as the company’s head of marketing

A year later, in 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. A place for conversation and a sense of community. A third place between work and home.

Between 1987 and 1992, Starbucks opened 150 new stores—and that was only the beginning. Starbucks first international coffeehouse opened in Tokyo in 1996 and the response was extraordinary. Starbucks coffeeshops have been embraced by millions of people around the world. With more than 21,000 stores in over 65 countries, it’s clear that the company’s passion for great coffee, genuine service and community connection transcends language and culture.

Source: starbucks.com

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:

an espresso – instant coffee – a French press or Cafetier 
a latte -   an Italian percolator/coffe maker
 an espresso machine  -  a plastic cup with a lid

B)Discuss the questions below with a parter or in small groups.

  • Do you drink coffee, tea or any kind of hot drink in the morning?
  • What kind of coffee do you prefer? Do you care if you have instant or blend coffee? Is there a particular brand or coffee shop that you like?
  • What’s the best method to prepare a perfect cup of coffee: a French Press, an Italian Coffee Maker, an Espresso Machine,..?
  • Do you know the difference between blend, cappuccino, espresso, latte, etc?
  • Is coffee bad for you?  Does coffee affect your appetite?
  • Does coffee have any health benefits? Which?

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

A diner is a small, usually inexpensive restaurant with a long counter and designed to resemble a dining car on a train. They are characteristic of American life, especially in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and in other areas of the Northeastern United States, as well as in the Midwest.

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.

  1. Where is she?
  2. What is she doing?
  3. What is she thinking about?
  4. Who else is mentioned in the song? What are they doing?
  5. Is this a happy or a sad song? Why?

Posted: 11 May 2015 01:43 PM PDT

Discussion & listening activity

How do astronauts eat in space?
Is eating in space the same as eating on Earth?
Do astronauts eat the same foods we do?
How do astronauts make sandwiches?
How do astronauts drink?
What if astronauts want ketchup on their meat?
Can you eat chips in space?

Research the answers to these and other questions on www.NASA.gov

NPR Report - Length: 2.59 minutes

Listen to the report and mark the statements below as TRUE or FALSE. Correct the mistaken ones.

1.At the International Space Station nothing is considered more precious than water.

2.Nasa sent an espresso coffee maker to the station.

3.In space all they've got is instant coffee.

4.There’s an Italian austronaut on the station who likes his coffee very strong, with foam on top.

5.Three companies got together and created an espresso maker for space, called ISSpresso.

6.The coffee maker looks like a box, bigger than a toaster but smaller than a microwave.

7.The machine has been tested to work in zero gravity.

8.Some think it will be also a great occasion to meet and have a coffee on the space station.

9.For the astronaut who manages the space station's food supply,
the capsules will produce a lot of trash.

10.Once astronauts get a taste of espresso, the machine will have to stay.

Posted: 11 May 2015 01:40 PM PDT

Conversation activity

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.

  • What do you think the author was trying to say or show?
  • Do you agree? Why (not)?

If this is coffee, then please-bring me some tea. But if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
    ~Abraham Lincoln

 “Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.”
    ~ Talleyrand

Decaffeinated coffee is kind of like kissing your sister.
    ~Bob Irwin

In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.
    ~Jeff Bezos

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
    ~T.S. Eliot

Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.
    ~Jonathan Swift

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
    ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.
    ~Napoleon Bonaparte

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.
    ~Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr.

I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.
    ~Clark Gable

It is the duty of all papas and mammas to forbid their children to drink coffee, unless they wish to have little dried-up machines, stunted and old at the age of twenty
    ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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: t
ea – afternoon – chair – clock – cake – boy  - question – eyes - waiter

2.Lyrics : 

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