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Coffee-Powered Buses

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Published: 6.17.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:09
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (6.15.2017)

An entrepreneur in England is attempting to covert coffee waste into fuel for London buses.

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  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary


  • run on [phv] - be powered by
  • entrepreneur [n] - a person who runs a business
  • biofuel [n] - fuel made from plants (living matter)
  • waste [n] - garbage
  • widely drunk [adj] - many people drink it
  • fossil fuels [n] - fuels like gasoline, diesel, natural gas
  • greener [adj] - more environmentally friendly
  • run (a company) [v] - lead (a company)
  • reveal [v] - show
  • crops [n] - food or plants grown by farmers
  • no shortage [n] - there is a lot of something
  • aroma [n] - smell
  • petrol fumes [n] - the strong smell from gasoline

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective, 


triangle Questions


  1. The proposal is power buses using _____.
    coffee.
    coffee beans.
    coffee waste.

  2. The proposal is to use this fuel to power _____.
    electric buses in London.
    the London red buses.
    all public buses in London.

  3. Some of the reasons for using coffee include:
    Many people already drink coffee.
    There are too many coffee shops in England.
    It's cleaner than fossil fuels.
    It could combat pollution.
    It is very cheap.
    It tastes good.

  4. A company called Biobean is changing coffee waste into _____.
    biofuel
    fossil fuel
    gasoline

  5. Biobean is buying coffee waste from _____.
    people's homes.
    coffee factories.
    coffee shop chains.

  6. She says that the Biobean factory is located in...
    London.
    Manchester.
    the U.K.

  7. The first coffee powered bus will appear _____.
    later in the week.
    at the end of this month.
    early next year.

  8. People in the U.K. drink _____.
    500 000 tonnes of coffee.
    5 000 000 tonnes of coffee.
    500 000 000 tonnes of coffee.

  9. The woman says that it would be lovely to _____.
    have cheaper bus service in London.
    have a coffee smell on the bus.
    stop using petrol in buses.

  10. Biofuels made from _____ are becoming more popular.
    chocolate
    crops
    food waste

  11. She states that biofuels from food waste don't _____.
    require land to grow.
    produce pollution.
    cost a lot of money.

  12. She says that biofuels from crops are problematic because _____.
    they are not very useful.
    the crops could be better used to feed people.
    they are expensive to turn into fuel.