Topic: Coffee


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In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over the topic “Coffee”. Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor first. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice making a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

caffeine a chemical found naturally in coffee or tea that is a stimulant
decaffeinated coffee (decaf) coffee that has had a certain amount of caffeine removed (decaffeinated coffee  is not caffeine-free)
coffee beans seeds of a coffee tree
coffee grounds coffee beans that have been ground or crushed, then brewed to make coffee
brew to add hot water to coffee grounds, making a cup of coffee
instant coffee


2 in 1 coffee

3 in 1 coffee

dehydrated coffee (powdered coffee) that can be made into a drink quickly by adding hot water

instant coffee with powdered cream

instant coffee with powdered cream and sugar

java another word for “coffee”
black coffee without milk or sugar; just coffee and nothing else
American coffee/ Americano espresso coffee diluted with extra hot water
a coffee addict a person who is dependent on coffee and drinks more than the average person


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge if anything interesting comes up.

  1. At what age do people start drinking coffee in your country?
  2. Do you prefer brewed coffee or instant?  Why?
  3. Do you think that coffee smells better than it tastes?
  4. Is decaffeinated coffee available in your country?
  5. Do you make coffee at home?
  6. What is your favorite time of the day to drink coffee?
  7. Are you or someone you know a coffee addict?  How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?
  8. What is your favorite coffee flavor?
  9. Does your country grow coffee beans?
  10. Once heard on David Letterman–“Decaffeinated coffee. It’s useless warm brown water.”  Do you agree or disagree?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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