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  • Hello, and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil.

  • And I'm Catherine.

  • Catherine, I'm going to start this programme with

  • a quick test, just for you.

  • Ooo, I love tests!

  • Complete this phrase: Wake up and smell the...

  • Coffee! Coffee, Neil! It's coffee.

  • I have to say that I love coffee, it's great.

  • Yeah. OK. So, do you drink much?

  • Well, just a couple of cups, you know.

  • Every day?

  • No, no, every hour!

  • I love coffee. Don't you like coffee, Neil?

  • I do - maybe not as much as you!

  • What's the best thing about it?

  • It's the smell. It's got to be the smell.

  • You know, when you open the packet,

  • it's great, isn't it?

  • Yes, but it never quite tastes as good

  • as it smells, does it?

  • Well no, not really.

  • It's always a bit disappointing.

  • I live in hope, another cup,

  • I think it will be better.

  • I might change brands actually and

  • try a different one.

  • Yeah. OK, you've had quite a lot of coffee

  • today, haven't you?

  • Just the usual six cups.

  • Well, our topic is the smell of

  • coffee, and coffee is also the subject of

  • today's question.

  • The world's biggest producer of coffee is...

  • Brazil! Brazil!

  • Yes, yes, but that's not the question.

  • The question is, Brazil is

  • the biggest coffee producer, which is the second largest

  • coffee producing country?

  • Is it: a) Colombia, b) Vietnam or c) Ethiopia?

  • Right, so it's not Brazil but I bet it's another

  • South American country, so I'm going to go for Colombia.

  • Colombia, is that right?

  • OK. We'll have the answer later in the programme,

  • by which time, maybe, the caffeine will have

  • left your body, Catherine.

  • Tim Hayward is a coffee shop owner.

  • He appeared in the BBC Radio 4 programme

  • The Kitchen Cabinet.

  • How important does he say the

  • smell of coffee is?

  • It's absolutely vital, it's the key thing.

  • And when you walk in to the coffee shop in the morning

  • and that smell hits you, you're getting physiological responses.

  • So how important is it?

  • I'm feeling a bit calmer now.

  • Tim Hayward says the smell of coffee is vital.

  • That means it's very important, it's perhaps

  • the most important thing.

  • And he backs this up by saying that

  • it's the key thing.

  • Something that's key is essential, it's really important.

  • And he says that when you experience the smell,

  • when the smell hits you, you get a physiological response.

  • This phrase means your body has a reaction to the

  • smell of coffee.

  • Perhaps your mouth begins to water in anticipation.

  • Catherine, when you get a coffee, do you normally have it there

  • or take it away?

  • Well, I usually take it away, although if I'm feeling really

  • in need of a coffee hit, I might have one there

  • and then get another one and take with me.

  • Can you describe the container that you are given when you

  • have a coffee to go?

  • Yes, it's in a tall paper cup with a lid.

  • And the lid has a hole in it so that I can

  • drink that lovely coffee.

  • Don't you think that's a problem?

  • I mean, we know how important the smell is, so what's the effect

  • of the lid on that experience?

  • The effect of the lid?

  • Yeah. Well, here's Tim Hayward again talking about coffee

  • being served with lids.

  • What baffles me is that how many of the large coffee chains

  • actually sell a product in a cup that removes the smell.

  • So, you walk into the coffee shop, you get the smell, but when you

  • actually take the drink out you are drinking it from something that

  • is designed to deliver the hot liquid directly

  • past your tongue but stop any smell coming up to your nose.

  • That's just weird.

  • So, what is it he's describing there?

  • I see, yes. He's talking about the big coffee chains.

  • A chain is a company that has lots of its stores in

  • towns and cities sometimes around the world.

  • I think we can all think of a few well-known coffee chains.

  • And he says that by putting a lid on take away

  • cups, you're actually blocking the smell - that smell that is really important to the coffee experience.

  • Yes, and he says he finds that weird, which is a way of saying he finds it

  • unusual, thinks it's strange, odd.

  • So much so that he says it baffles him.

  • If you are baffled by something, you find it confusing, you can't

  • really understand it.

  • Here's Tim Hayward again.

  • What baffles me is how many of the large coffee chains actually sell a product

  • in a cup that removes the smell.

  • So you walk into the coffee shop, you get the

  • smell, but when you actually take the drink out you are drinking it from

  • something that is designed to deliver the hot liquid directly past your tongue

  • but stop any smell coming up to your nose.

  • That's just weird.

  • That was coffee shop owner Tim Hayward.

  • Right, before we have another cup of this week's vocabulary,

  • let's get the answer to the question.

  • After Brazil, which country produces most coffee?

  • Is it: a) Colombia, b) Vietnam, or c) Ethiopia?

  • Catherine, you said?

  • I said it was a) Colombia.

  • Ah, sorry, no extra coffee for you today!

  • The answer is Vietnam.

  • And now, on to the vocabulary we looked at.

  • Take it away, Catherine.

  • So the first word was vital, which is an adjective that means very important.

  • And another word with a very similar meaning

  • was key, meaning essential.

  • Next we had the phrase physiological responses.

  • Physiological refers to what our bodies do and a

  • response is a reaction.

  • So, a physiological response is a

  • reaction your body has to something, like the smell of coffee.

  • Something that baffles you, confuses you, you don't understand it.

  • You might find something that baffles you to be weird.

  • This adjective means unusual or strange.

  • And finally, a chain is a group of shops from the same company with the same name.

  • Well, that is the end of our programme.

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  • See you soon. Goodbye.

  • Bye!

  • Fancy a coffee? I think you've had too much!

  • Hello, and welcome to 6 Minute English.

  • I'm Dan and joining me today is Catherine.

  • Hey, Catherine.

  • Hey, Dan.

  • So, Catherine, do you prefer a brew or a cup of joe in the morning?

  • Well, if you are referring to whether I prefer

  • a cup of tea, which we sometimes call ‘a brew’,

  • or a cup of coffee, sometimes called ‘a cup of joe’,

  • I prefer my coffee in the morning.

  • I only drink coffee when I really need to wake up quickly.

  • And, why are you asking, Dan?

  • Because it’s part of this 6 Minute English.

  • Coffee. I see.

  • So, how do you take it then, Dan?

  • Well, I’m an instant coffee kind of guy.

  • And I like mine with a dash of milk.

  • How about you?

  • A dash of something is a small amount

  • of something, especially liquid.

  • Personally, I prefer freshly-ground coffee beans,

  • and I like my coffee dark and strong - preferably Colombian or maybe Brazilian.

  • Wow. A coffee aficionado, eh?

  • An aficionado is a person who’s very enthusiastic about, or interested in,

  • a particular subject.

  • Well, let me test your knowledge with this week’s quiz question.

  • The specialty coffee, kopi luwak, is made from coffee beans

  • which have already passed through an animal’s digestive system.

  • But which animal?

  • Is it a) an elephant, b) a cat or c) a weasel?

  • I’m always going to answer b) a cat.

  • Did you say this coffee actually goes through the animal?

  • As in, it eats it and then it comes out the other end,

  • and that’s what we use for the coffee?

  • Well, yes.

  • It is actually one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

  • Anyway, well find out if youre right or not later on.

  • So, talking of expensive, do you tend to pay more for your coffee

  • or are you happy with the cheap as chips stuff?