The Perfect Coffee

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

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