The smell of coffee: 6 Minute English


Neil: Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute English, I’m Neil. Catherine: And I’m Catherine. Neil: Catherine, I’m going to start this programme with a quick test, just for you. Catherine: Ooo, I love tests! Neil: Complete this phrase: Wake up and smell the… Catherine: Coffee Neil! It’s coffee. I have to say, I love coffee, it’s great. Neil: OK, so do you drink much? Catherine: Well, just a couple of cups, you know. Neil: Every day? Catherine: No, no, every hour! I love coffee, don’t you like coffee, Neil? Neil: I do but maybe not as much as you! What’s the best thing about it? Catherine: It’s the smell. It’s got to be the smell. You know, when you open the packet, it’s great, isn’t it? Neil: Yes, but it never quite tastes as good as it smells, does it? Catherine: 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. Neil: OK, you’ve had quite a lot of coffee today, haven’t you? Catherine: Just the usual six cups. Neil: Well, our topic today is the smell of coffee and coffee is also the subject of today’s question. The world’s biggest producer of coffee is … Catherine: Brazil! Brazil! Neil: 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, c: Ethiopia Catherine: Right, so it’s not Brazil but I bet it’s another South American country, so I’m going to go for Columbia. Columbia, is that right? Neil: We’ll have the answer later in the programme but 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. When you walk in to the coffee shop in the morning and that smell hits you, you’re getting physiological responses. Neil: So how important is it? Catherine: 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. Neil: 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? Catherine: 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. Neil: Can you describe the container that you are given when you have a coffee to go? Catherine: 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. Neil: Don’t you think that’s a problem? I mean, we know how important the smell is, so what is the effect of the lid on that experience? Catherine: The effect of the lid? Neil: Yes. 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. Neil: So what is it he’s describing there? Catherine: 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. Neil: Yes, and he says that 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. Neil: 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, c: Ethiopia Catherine, you said? Catherine: I said it was a: Colombia. Neil: 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. 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. Neil: 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. Catherine: Something that baffles you, confuses you, you don’t understand it. Neil: You might find something that baffles you to be weird. This adjective means unusual or strange. Catherine: And finally, a chain is a group of shops from the same company with the same name. Neil: Well that is the end of our programe. For more from us, check out Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our App and of course the website bbclearningenglish.com. See you soon, bye. Catherine: Bye! Fancy a coffee? Neil: I think you’ve had too much!

100 comments

  1. It's a relaxing conversation about a delicious theme. I really enjoy learning English like that. Thank you very much for your time.

  2. I’m addicted to ☕️ and every morning I have to drink at least one cup to energize myself in order to increase productivities at work for entire day. In the winter, hot coffee or tea is the best choice for those living in the colder places. Love it!!

  3. Colombia’s coffee is delirious…I’m writing this while I’m tasting a delicious cup of Colombian coffee♥️🇨🇴

  4. Hmm… I'm Vietnamese and I really really love the smell of coffee. On the weekends, a cup of strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk and chilled on ice and a book is really perfect for me to relax from all the stress at work.

  5. My teacher from Columbia (I from Vietnam) and he said he loved Vietnam because he had been impressed by Vietnam coffee, That time i proud of my country and now I'm more proud of it. Although I cannot drink coffee except coffee with lots of milk bc I fear of bitter but I like it's smell. Welcome everyone come to my country and drink coffee together.

  6. Only morning before start new day I usually drinking a cup milk coffee hot. I'm grow in highland Viet Nam. My home town to grow coffee.

  7. Wake up and smell the coffee

    Is your cup half full or empty?

    When we talk, you say it softly

    But I love it when you're awfully quiet

  8. Why you guys dont show the English subtitles for your videos on the screen .. it will help us so much to record the words we don't know so we can learn it later ?

  9. The taste sometimes disappoints but the smell never does. I don't have it often but I often visit coffee shops to feel its smell.

  10. I'm Vietnamese, I saw many comments which were from my countrymen. We've been proud of coffee products, but nobody mentioned of an big coffee issue in Vietnam in 2018. That was coffee powder was mixed with battery powder => An extreme bad case.

  11. Brazil is amazing but unfortunately we're facing somes problems we love coffee for forget something like crises wish us luck

  12. I love coffee too. I can't imagine my life without drinking coffee . It made me really happy . But I think Cathrein you drink so much coffee it's extra doze take care . Thank you guys for this vedio .

  13. I love coffee!I live in Italy. espresso, caffe lungo,corto ristretto, coretto(with a drop of alchool) , cappuccino, moccacino etc , moka.How is it prepare the coffee in Vietnam or Brasil?Is it strong and small or weak and long like in America?
    Sorry for my English

  14. As the majority of Brazilians, I love a good cup of coffee! I already had it today! Very cool subject from this week video! Congratulations to the bbc learning english team! Thank you for helping us improve our english!

  15. Thank you for bringing this topic up I'm addicted to the smell of coffee even more than coffee itself! lol
    it relieves stress 😀😍

  16. Brazilian new government has just released the use of many new pesticides, some of them forbiden in Europe. Brazil is one of the countries in the world that uses more pesticides on agricultural products.

  17. I love and l like this subject about coffee it is most important for my life l usually drink it daily l will describe kinds of coffee Arabic coffee and french coffee as well as turkish coffee

  18. The answer is Vietnam!😀 actually l love cofee bean from Vietnam which has attractive and delicious flavor !

  19. Get a coffee for aroma and block it by putting a lid on… I never recognised how weird it is.
    No lid on cup anymore!☕️

  20. Neil

    Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil.

    Catherine

    And I'm Catherine.

    Neil

    Catherine, I'm going to start this programme with a quick test, just for you.

    Catherine

    Ooo, I love tests!

    Neil

    Complete this phrase: Wake up and smell the…

    Catherine

    Coffee Neil! It's coffee. I have to say, I love coffee, it's great.

    Neil

    OK, so do you drink much?

    Catherine

    Well, just a couple of cups, you know.

    Neil

    Every day?

    Catherine

    No, every hour! I love coffee, don't you like coffee, Neil?

    Neil

    I do but maybe not as much as you! What's the best thing about it?

    Catherine

    It's the smell. It's got to be the smell. You know, when you open the packet, it's great, isn't it?

    Neil

    Yes, but it never quite tastes as good as it smells, does it?

    Catherine

    Well no, not really. It's always a little disappointing. I live in hope, another cup, I think it will be better. I might change brands actually and try a different one.

    Neil

    OK, you've had quite a lot of coffee today, haven't you!

    Catherine

    Just the usual six cups.

    Neil

    Well, our topic today is the smell of coffee and coffee is also the subject of today's question. The world's biggest producer of coffee is…

    Catherine

    Brazil! Brazil!

    Neil

    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

    c: Ethiopia

    Catherine

    Right, so it's not Brazil but I bet it's another South American country, so I'm going to go for Columbia. Columbia, is that right?

    Neil

    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?

    Tim Hayward, Coffee shop owner

    It's absolutely vital, it's the key thing. When you walk in to the coffee shop in the morning and that smell hits you, you're getting physiological responses.

    Neil

    So how important is it?

    Catherine

    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 something that is essential, it's really important.

    Neil

    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?

    Catherine

    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.

    Neil

    Can you describe the container you are given when you have a coffee to go?

    Catherine

    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.

    Neil

    Don't you think that's a problem? I mean, we know how important the smell is, so what is the effect of the lid on that experience?

    Catherine

    The effect of the lid?

    Neil

    Yes. Well here's Tim Hayward again talking about coffee being served with lids.

    Tim Hayward

    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.

    Neil

    So what is he describing there?

    Catherine

    I see now, 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. 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.

    Neil

    Yes, and he says that 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.

    Tim Hayward

    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.

    Neil

    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

    c: Ethiopia

    Catherine, you said?

    Catherine

    I said it was a: Colombia.

    Neil

    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.

    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.

    Neil

    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.

    Catherine

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

    Neil

    You might find something that baffles you to be weird. This adjective means unusual or strange.

    Catherine

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

    Neil

    Well that is the end of our programe. For more from us, check out Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our App and of course the website bbclearningenglish.com. See you soon, bye.

    Catherine

    Bye! Fancy a coffee?

    Neil

    I think you've had too much!

  21. One Vietnamese here ^^ pround of our country and happy when Vietnam is mentioned on BBC. Welcome all to our place to enjoy variety style of coffee.
    I am really want to invite who visits our place a cup of coffee ^^

  22. Owsome!!! This channel is helping me to improve my listening and my practice as a teacher. Thanks!!!

  23. Please is it useful to listen and see the subtitles at the same time or I should begin with just listening ? I can't catch all words ..thanks alot

  24. i'm from Colombia, second producer of coffee in the world 🙂 and i love coffee :v, thanks for these videos it have helped me alot with my english.

  25. Another problem with lids is that they are usually made from plastic, which is bad for the environment.

    🍃🍃🍃PLASTIC IS NOT FANTASTIC🍃🍃🍃SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT🍃🍃🍃

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