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Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops

Date: Nov 21 2008

Themes: Food, Hobbies

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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It’s easier to get out of bed in the morning when you know there’s a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you and friendly people to meet at the coffee shop. Big chains like Starbucks offer convenience, but small, independent coffee shops have something else: personality.

For some, local coffee shops are more than just a place to grab a quick caffeine fix. They’re more like a second home, a comfortable place to spend hours studying, working, or talking with friends. Listen to Beren and Mason discuss coffee shops.


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Mason:  You know what I miss the most now that I am a 9 to 5-er?

Beren:  What? What’s that?

Mason:  Getting to hang out at coffee shops all the time.

Beren:  Ooh, yeah. Did you used to do that a lot?

Mason:  Yeah, I mean when I was in my crazy swinging freelance days, I had my couple favorite shops and that was just where I’d go get all my work done. And you kind of become part of a scene there, you know. You get to know the baristas and the regulars. It’s awesome.

Beren:  Yeah. I get coffee. I need my caffeine fix and everything in the morning. But I don’t know, ever since I worked at a coffee shop I just have not been able to like hang out there. Just because I feel too bad for the people behind the counter.

Mason:  What kind of place did you work at? Was it like an independent shop?

Beren:  Um, it started out as like a locally owned independent coffee shop. Then it kind of got slowly taken over by a big corporation.

Mason:  Really? That doesn’t happen all that often.

Beren:  No, not too often. But, yeah, I don’t know. It’s just…Once you work in a coffee shop, you’re drinking so much coffee all the time, you get totally wired. You can’t handle…anything. Simple conversation. That’s why people that work at coffee shops are so jittery and angry. They’re just like, “Ahhh!” It’s all the caffeine.

Mason:  Okay. I’m going decaf.


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Mason recently started working a 9 to 5 job so he can’t spend all his time at coffee shops any more. He misses being a regular at his favorite coffee shop and belonging to a local scene.

Beren used to be a barista at an independent coffee shop that got bought out by a large chain. Beren’s experience working at a coffee shop has turned her against them. She says all baristas are wired and angry from drinking too much caffeine and dealing with difficult customers.

Are coffee shops popular in your country? Do you like going to coffee shops to get your caffeine fix or hang out with friends?



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hi everyone.

i had work at coffee shop.  i had no idea how busy there is!!  now when i go to the coffee shop, i always thanks to workers!

11:17 PM Dec 15 2008 |




well OK, I've only been to coffee shops in Amsterdam aaaaand yeah, quite relaxing but hard to recall what actually happened

09:01 PM Dec 15 2008 |

Nice simon

Syrian Arab Republic

i 'll love coffe just to drink it with you

12:37 PM Dec 14 2008 |




thank you


10:50 PM Dec 13 2008 |



i like araian coffe

03:17 PM Dec 13 2008 |



really ,there have so many differents between the man and the woman in your country? hard to believe that.

06:02 AM Dec 12 2008 |



coffee shops ,i come to those places only for the business ,for the freely time, i'd like drink green tea,for the coffee life ,maybe they appear in the big city  or the compactive socity in the world. coffee ,most time make us keep a clear head during the working ,for its special taste.  i drink little coffee during my life, more people think its bad for healthy ,i am agree that point, and smoking makes more hurt for our life.espacilly for the working time, we know that most male like smoking in the business in China, my work place also filled with smokes ,i am so pain for that bad habits.

06:00 AM Dec 12 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

i do not know what you talking about

01:35 AM Dec 12 2008 |




i het the coffe

04:34 PM Dec 11 2008 |

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i enjoy having coffee with my friends in the cafe

but i did not spend much time on it

because i am a college student 

no cafe in my school…

03:46 PM Dec 11 2008 |

soso so

soso so

Saudi Arabia

I like coffee so much when I study I drink a lot of coffee

10:12 AM Dec 10 2008 |



hi every one!!!
i like coffee very much, as it energizes me, specially when i study at night, it keeps my eyes open. But too much coffee intake is dangerous for health like ,Smoking, So be CAUTIOUS!!!

05:45 AM Dec 10 2008 |




coffee can make me excit!

I really don't like it !




05:09 AM Dec 10 2008 |




coffee can make me excit!

I really don't like it !




05:09 AM Dec 10 2008 |




i don’t think drinking coffee is a pleasure to me.

03:16 AM Dec 10 2008 |

soso so

soso so

Saudi Arabia

I like go to coffee shops and drink a lot of coffee everyday but just in the morning

11:21 PM Dec 09 2008 |



i am with all my friend  what can i say i am like y

01:56 PM Dec 08 2008 |



if you have a cigrette in you right hand, you have a coffe in another one!!

08:51 PM Dec 07 2008 |




In my country, we have coffe shops are called "Kahvehane". We mostly drink Turkish coffee and tea there. They are different than other coffee shops in USA or Europe. In some cities they are being started to converte to librirais like reading coffee shops.

05:10 PM Dec 07 2008 |



01:15 PM Dec 07 2008 |

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