~ Topic Discussion ~ 107 ~ Coffee, Tea, and Living  ~

~ The Origin of Coffee ~ The Aroma in our Cups ~


Adapted from Wikipedia          


Kaldi, noticing that when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush, they became more energetic. His goats showed exuberance, making noise and jumping. Kaldi chewed on the fruit himself. He was pleased with the effects and brought the berries to an Islamic monk in a nearby monastery.


Being an ascetic, the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into a fire from which an enticing aroma billowed. Kaldi, realizing their value, quickly raked the beans from the embers. He then ground and dissolved the beans in a hot tea yielding the world's first cup of coffee. One wonders Kaldi¡¯s fate in view of the ascetic monk¡¦ Yet coffee prevails.

107Set ~ 1

1) How often do you drink coffee? Why do you drink it? Who do you drink it with and when?

2) Do you drink drip coffee/instant (package) coffee/coffee shop/or other? Describe your experience.

3) Where do you buy your coffee for your home? What shops do you drink coffee in? How often?

4) What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of coffee? Have you ever had too much? Explain.

5) Should children drink coffee? Could there be possible health concerns for children? Explain.


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding coffee¡¦

~ The Origin of Tea ~ The Medicine in our Cups ~


Adapted from UKTEA     


The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree. While his servant was boiling water for drinking, some leaves from a nearby tree blew into the pot. Shen Nung decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The resulting drink became what we now call tea.


Adapted from Wikipedia


A variant of the legend tells that the emperor tested the medical properties of various herbs on himself, some of them poisonous, and found tea to work as an antidote. Shen is also mentioned in Lu Yu's famous early work on the subject, Cha Jing. A similar Chinese legend goes that the god of agriculture would chew the leaves, stems, and roots of various plants to discover medicinal herbs. If he consumed a poisonous plant, he would chew tea leaves to counteract the poison.



107Set ~ 2

1) How often do you drink tea? Why do you drink it? Who do you drink it with and when?

2) Do you drink any special kind of tea(s)? Describe the tea and why you drink it. How often?

3) Where do you buy your tea(s)? Is your tea expensive? Why? How and where is it grown/made?

4) What do you think are the health benefits of drinking tea? Which teas have which benefits? Explain.

5) Should children drink tea? Could there be possible health benefit for children? Explain.



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~ TLW ~ Topics for Discussion ~ Page One

~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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107Set ~ 3

1) Describe the coffee or tea culture in your country. Do you participate in this culture? Why or why not?

2) Talk about the cost of going out for coffee or tea. Is it worth it? How often can you afford it? Explain.

3) What do people talk about when they go out for coffee or tea? How about you and your friends?

4) Describe these different environments: coffee shops, tea shops, and venues that serve alcohol. Explain differences.

5) Describe the character of your favorite (and least favorite) coffee or tea shops. Why do you like or not like them?


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding coffee, tea, or meeting friends.

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