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How to order a coffee in the UK

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All across the UK people are wondering what type of coffee to order today. Some years ago we had lots of cafes serving a nice cup of tea and pretty lousy coffee. Now the UK is overrun with coffee houses serving a bewildering range of refreshing coffees and pretty awful tea.

Look through the text above and find:

1. Two adjectives meaning very bad.
2. An adjective plus ‘with’ used to mean ‘full of’ or ‘’too full of’’
3. An adverb meaning ‘quite’ or ‘to a certain extent’
4. An adjective meaning ‘causing confusing’

Here are some different ways of asking for a coffee:

a. Hi, I’d like a coffee
b. Good morning, could I have a coffee please?
c. Give me a coffee now fish-face!
d. Please can I have a coffee?
e. Can I get a coffee?
f. Hello, just a coffee please

Which one is the most polite?
Which one will probably get you thrown out of the coffee house?

Notice that in option ‘e’ the verb ‘get’ is used. Nowadays many people in the UK use ‘get’ when asking for things such as coffee and sandwiches. The teacher writing this lesson prefers to use ‘have’, but he’s very old and traditional.

Talking about coffee:

Do you prefer espresso or a bigger cup of coffee?
Where can you find the best tasting cup of coffee in the world?
Which country produces the best coffee beans?
If you have coffee in the evening does this stop you from sleeping?



Answers:

1. Two adjectives meaning very bad: awful and lousy
2. An adjective plus ‘with’ used to mean ‘full of’ or ‘’too full of’: overrun
3. An adverb meaning ‘quite’ or ‘to a certain extent’: pretty
4. An adjective meaning ‘causing confusing’: bewildering

The most polite way to ask for coffee:
b. Good morning, could I have a coffee please?

The one that will get you into trouble:
c. Give me a coffee now fish-face!

Lesson by Jimi, EC London English school

Match the coffee with the definition:

  • 1) a small strong coffee made by forcing hot water through freshly ground coffee






  • 2) strong coffee plus a cup of steamed milk






  • 3) strong coffee plus a cup of boiling water






  • 4) strong coffee plus chocolate syrup and a cup of steamed milk






  • 5) strong coffee with a cup of half steamed milk and half frothed milk