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  1. At The Airport
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  2. Arriving
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  3. Staying At A Hotel
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  4. Staying At AirBnB Accommodation
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  5. Talking To Locals
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  6. Sightseeing
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  7. Taking Care Of The Essentials
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  8. Food and Drink
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  9. Pubs
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  10. Safety Tips
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Lesson 8, Topic 2

Recharging In Coffee Shops

Gemma November 20, 2019
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Sightseeing and exploring is hard work! It’s important that you take little rests every now and again so that you can keep going.

Fortunately, coffee shops are very common so you’re never far away from a pick-me-up if you need it. Coffee shops have become very popular over the past decade and coffee shop culture has become part of daily life.

People go to coffee shops for lots of different reasons:

Grabbing a habitual coffee on the way to work

Meeting friends

Studying

Working

Hanging out after school

Going on a date

Relaxing with a book

Did you know….? A ‘pick-me-up’ is something that gives us energy or makes us feel cheerful!

Coffee shops are very versatile and offer a comfortable environment for everyone. Whether you’re on-the-go and want to grab some coffee to take away, or want to take a little time to relax and recharge, coffee shops have you covered!

You’re taking a well-deserved break and you’ve found a coffee shop. Great! How do you order? Coffee shop drink menus can seem scary, but here’s how to make sense of them.

Firstly, decide which drink you want. Maybe you need some caffeine to keep your energy levels up. In this case, you might want to order:

an americano (or black coffee) – one shot of coffee topped up with hot water.

cappuccino – one shot of coffee, steamed milk and foam in equal quantities.

latte – one shot of coffee, extra steamed milk and less foam.

espresso – one shot of coffee. If you’re really tired, you can ask for a ‘double espresso’!

mocha – One shot of coffee, chocolate and steamed milk.

iced coffee – one shot of coffee, milk and ice cubes.

Coffee shops also offer a large range of tea. Ask your server which types of tea they offer. The most common teas include:

breakfast tea

Earl Grey tea

green tea

chamomile tea

peppermint tea

Hot chocolates are particularly popular in winter and there’s a range of vocabulary you can use to order them. Sometimes you can ask for your hot chocolate with a ‘shot’ of flavour. For example, ‘mint’, ‘ginger’, ‘hazlenut’ and ‘vanilla’. Your server may ask if you want whipped cream with it. This is a fluffy, light cream that goes on top of your drink. A simple, ‘yes, please’ or ‘no, thank you’ is helpful here. Finally, you might be asked if you want marshmallows in your hot chocolate. It all comes down to preference. Now you know how to order the perfect hot chocolate and make your friends wish they’d ordered one too!

If you have an allergy to cow’s milk, there are some dairy-free alternatives you can ask for too. The most common are ‘soya milk’, ‘oat milk’ and ‘almond milk’.

If you don’t see these on the menu, you can ask your server, ‘Do you have any dairy-free milk?’ They will tell you what your options are.

Once you’ve decided which drink you want, you need to tell your server which size you want. Usually, you can choose from small, medium and large. If you don’t see these sizes on the menu board, don’t panic! Some coffee shops use their own specific sizing, but you can still say ‘small’, ‘medium’ or ‘large’ and they will give you the correct size.

The last thing you need to do when you order is tell the server if you will ‘sit-in’ (stay in the coffee shop to drink your coffee) or ‘take-away’ (leave immediately with your coffee). If you’re sitting in, you will be given a cup and saucer. If you’re taking away you’ll be given a cardboard take-away cup that’s easy to carry on-the-go.

Coffee shops also offer a range of food if you’re hungry. You can often find sandwiches and cakes at the counter where you order your coffee. Just tell the server what you would like and they will add it to your order.

That’s everything you need to know about ordering at a coffee shop. It’s not so scary now, right?

Let’s order some drinks!