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Coffee-Powered Buses

Published: 6.17.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:09
Accent: British

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


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triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ run on [phv] - be powered by
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an 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
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an aroma [n] - a smell
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ petrol fumes [n] - the strong smell from gasoline

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

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  1. An entrepreneur wants to power buses using _____.
    coffee beans
    coffee waste

  2. His 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 _____.
    fossil fuel

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

  6. The woman says that the Biobean factory is located in _____.
    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.
    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 land could be better used to feed people
    they are expensive to turn into fuel

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Sentence 1

British / entrepreneur / want / run / famous / red / bus / London / biofuel / make / from / coffee / waste

A British entrepreneur wants to run the famous red buses in London on biofuel (that is) made from coffee waste.

Sentence 2

there / numerous / coffee / shop / London / produce / waste / that / could / use / make / biofuel

There are numerous coffee shops in London that produce waste that could be used to make biofuel.

Sentence 3

fuel / make / from / food / waste / seen / as / clean / alternative / fossil / fuel

Fuel (that is) made from food waste is seen as a clean alternative to fossil fuel(s).
Fuels (that are) made from food waste are seen as a clean alternative to fossil fuel(s).

Sentence 4

there / plan / have / bus / that / run / coffee / waste / end / month

There is a plan to have a bus that runs on coffee waste [at/by] the end of the month.

Sentence 5

people / U.K. / drink / about / 500,000 / tonne / coffee / year

People in the U.K. drink about 500,000 tonnes of coffee [per/a] year.

Sentence 6

500,000 / tonne / coffee / waste / could / power / city / size / Manchester

500,000 tonnes of coffee waste could power a city (that is) the size of Manchester.

Sentence 8

one / woman / hope / coffee-powered / bus / will / have / coffee / aroma

One of the women hopes (that) the coffee-powered buses will have a coffee aroma.

Sentence 9

biofuel / make / from / crop / lose / popularity / because / land / could / better / use / grow / food

Biofuels (that are) made from crops are losing popularity because the land could be better used to grow food.
Biofuel (that is) made from crops is losing popularity because the land could be better used to grow food.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. What are the three most interesting facts that you remember from the listening?
  2. Is this a good idea? What are the benefits? What problems do you think they will have?
  3. This news story is from 2017. There are no coffee-powered buses in London now. In your opinion, what happened?
  4. Do you make coffee at home? What do you do with your coffee waste?
  5. What type of coffee do you like the most? What coffee shop do you think has the best coffee?
  6. Do you like the smell of coffee? What food (or drink) has the best smell? What food has the worst smell?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Now many of us with busy jobs run on coffee. But could that work for buses? One British entrepreneur thinks so. He wants the famous red buses in London to be run on biofuel made from coffee waste. But why coffee? I asked our technology reporter, Jane Waitsfield.

It is widely drunk. I mean there is a coffee shop, it seems, on every street these days. And it creates a degree of waste, which is obviously then of no use to the coffee shops but can be used to make biofuels through, which is increasingly being seen as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

And it could also help combat pollution.

Indeed, yes. And in London we have an especially sort of a big problem with pollution. Cities around the world are looking for greener ways to bring down the levels of pollution, get rid of fossil fuels and tutn them into things like biofuels for that.

And in London, this entrepreneur who runs a company called Biobean has done lots of deals with coffee chains and has got a factory in the UK that is turning this coffee waste into biofuel. And his next plan is to do that with London Bus. The details of that are going to be revealed later this month

As you say, there is no shortage of coffee wasted in London. When will we see that first coffee run bus in London?

So the details are at the end of this month. And I guess that will be an actual real bus run on coffee on the streets.

If you could get enough coffee waste, and we do apprently drink 500,000 tonnes of coffee in the UK. And if you could use all of that, all of the waste from that, you could power a city the size of Manchester according Biobean.

It would be interesting to know if there would be an aroma of coffee as you are boarding that bus. It would be quite nice, wouldn't it?

Wouldn't that be lovely, abnd so much nicer than petrol fumes.

And there has been more of a focus on biofuels made from food waste rather than food itself because you don't then need land to grow it.

Exactly. A few years ago, there was a big push for biofuels made from crops, but then the question became well you know these crops in some ways you are creating as much problems with that because the crops could be used for feeding people. So increasingly, people are looking to things like coffee and ssewage even to make biofuels.

Even chocolate.

Chocolate. Well yes.