The Story of Coffee

Published: 3.19.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 4:13
Accent: South African
Source: Nestle

Nestlé (the coffee company) explains the orgins, history and varieties of coffee.


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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • been around [exp] - existed
  • a century [n] - 100 years
  • a beverage [n] - a drink
  • a goat [n] - an animal [image]
  • a herder [n] - a person who owns and takes care of animals
  • a concoction [n] - a mixture
  • the Tropics [n] - 23.5 degrees of North and South Latitude [image]
  • roast [v] - cook in an oven
  • grind [v] - crush
  • extract [v] -remove
  • aromas [n] - (good) smells
  • restituted [v] - restored
  • exclusive [adj] - limited to only the best
  • additives [n] - things that are added
  • preservatives [n] - chemicals that stop food from going bad
  • alert [adj] - awake
  • revitalize [v] - get lots of energy
  • a stimulant [n] - a drug that increase energy
  • antioxidants [n] - something that prevents oxidation
  • toxins [n] - poisons
  • stave off [phv] - fight off / prevent
  • a stroke [n] - a serious illness caused when no blood can get to the brain
  • diabetes [n] - a disease that is created by a sugar imbalance in the body
  • aromatic [adj] - having a nice smell
  • cinnamon [n] - a type of spice [image]
  • ginger [n] - a type of spice [image]
  • cloves [n] - a type of spice [image]

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

triangle Questions

  1. When did coffee first appear?
    110 years ago
    1100 years ago
    11 000 years ago

  2. What is the most consumed beverage in the world?

  3. What is the second most consumed beverage in the world?

  4. How many cups of coffee are drunk every second in the world?
    15 000
    15 000 000

  5. Where was coffee first invented?

  6. Why did the goat herder get the idea to make coffee?
    He loved the taste of coffee beans.
    He accidently poured water on coffee beans and drank it.
    He noticed his goats had more energy after eating coffee beans.

  7. What is the coffee belt?
    The area of the world where coffee is grown.
    The area of the world where coffee is consumed.
    The area of the world where the best coffee comes from.

  8. Where is the coffee belt?
    between the tropics
    in Africa
    in Europe and the U.S.

  9. Which two countries produce the most coffee in Africa?
    South Africa
    Cote d'Ivoire

  10. What is the correct order for making coffee?
    pick - grind - roast - dry - extract
    pick - dry - extract - grind - roast
    pick - dry - roast - grind - extract

  11. What does Nescafe claim to do the best?
    Make YouTube videos.
    Select and produce the best coffee.
    Advertise their coffee.

  12. What things does Nescafe coffee NOT contain?
    orange juice

  13. What type of drug is caffeine?
    a stimulant
    a depressant
    an antioxidant

  14. Which of these contains the most caffeine?
    a shot of espresso
    a bottle of cola
    100g of dark chocolate
    a cup of tea

  15. What are some of the health benefits of antioxidants?
    make your teeth stronger
    protect people from toxins
    stave (fight) off cancer
    stave (fight) off heart disease
    stave (fight) off diabetes

  16. How does he describe Arabica coffee?
    having a good smell
    having a mild taste
    having a bitter taste

  17. How does he describe Robusta coffee?
    having a good smell
    having a mild taste
    having a bitter taste

  18. Who adds salt to their coffee?

  19. Who adds cinnamon to their coffee?

  20. Who adds lemon to their coffee?

  21. What are the African flavors of Nescafe?
    ginger and honey
    ginger and salt
    ginger and spices
    ginger and lemon

  22. How many spoons of Nescafe do you need for a perfect cup of coffee?
    one half

triangle Script

Did you know coffee has been around for over eleven centuries and is currently the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. More than four hundred billion cups are drunk every year around the world. That's 15,000 every second. That a simple beverage could be so loved is a wonder.

Okay where did it all start? It all started with a curious goat. At least that's what the legends say. In the ninth century, an Ethiopian goat herder drank a concoction made from the coffee beans after seeing his goats eating them and getting energetic. As the preparation method of coffee improved, its popularity spread through coffee houses around the world and then into homes to become a very important part of people's lives. Now hhere are three main reasons why people love to drink coffee so much.

One - Coffee is 100% natural. Coffee comes from a tree that grows in what is called the coffee belt between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Ethiopia and Cote d'Ivoire are the biggest coffee producers in Africa. All it takes to prepare coffee is pick the beans, dry them, roast them, grind them, and extract the coffee with hot pressurized water. But for a good cup of coffee, it requires a lot of knowledge and skills to select the best beans, roast them gently, and make sure all along the process the great flavours and aromas are carefully captured to be restituted later in your cup. That's what we do best at Nescafe - selecting exclusively high-quality coffee from Africa, blending the right varieties to develop the best taste, roasting them to perfection, and keeping their fresh and rich aroma without adding any single thing. No additives, no preservatives, no flavoring, no chemicals. So you're really drinking coffee straight from the tree, just like freshly squeezed orange juice. 100% natural.

Two - Coffee is good for you. It awakens your senses and keeps your body and mind alert in a healthy way. You can literally feel it rush through your body and revitalize every inch of it. That comes from a natural mild stimulant called caffeine that you commonly find in many ingredients you drink or eat. One espresso shot contains thirty milligrams of caffeine. A cup of black tea or a bottle of cola, around 40 milligrams. 100 grams of dark chocolate, 60 milligrams. Coffee is also one of the highest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants are important compounds that protect our body from diseases. They act as an army to protect us from the toxins coming from what we breathe and eat and help stave off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. That's maybe why we say a cup a day may keep the doctor away.

Three - coffee tastes amazingly good. Whether it's made of the finest mild and aromatic Arabica or more bitter robusta prepared with sugar milk cream, spices, there's certainly a cup of coffee that you will love. The Italians drink their espresso with sugar. The Mexicans with cinnamon. The Belgians with chocolate. Ethiopians with a pinch of salt. The Senegalese add black pepper and cloves in their cafe tuba. The Nigerians add some lemon. And from Nescafe classic and Nescafe three-and-one, two Nescafes African flavors of ginger and lemon, ginger and honey, and ginger and spices, Nescafe offers so many different combinations of coffee to easily experiment with and enjoy. And remember, one spoon of Nescafe classic is enough for a perfect cup of coffee. So how would you like your Nescafe today?


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