1. A quick survey of students (adults) should reveal how many cups of coffee they consume per day or younger students can survey their parents. Also include a question about other beverages that participants consume.
> tally results
> develop graphs - column, bar, line and/or pie
> find the average number of cups consumed
> write questions for the survey
> write a summary of findings
> develop a PowerPoint Presentation to display results
> discuss findings in groups
> compare results for coffee with other beverages.
2. Write instructions on how to make the perfect cup of coffee. I have used this activity extensively with youth and adult learners with great success. Having a portable espresso machine enhances this activity as the learners actually make different types of coffee. Learners photographed the different steps to use in their instructions. I suggest you video the process to be used as a visual presentation.
3. Audio-visual comprehensions are a great way for learners to become engaged in an activity.
4. Reading tables and graphs to locate information regarding the production of coffee in the world. This is a great activity for developing the concept of pie graphs. If you haven't already, to introduce learners to the Chart options in Microsoft Word.
5. Use the tables/graphs from #3 to develop a reading comprehension.
6. Calculate the mass for each bag of coffee, by using the information in the table (right). Convert tonnes to tons if you use imperial measurement.
7. Compare the different styles of coffees e.g. macchiato & latte, and calculate the amount of milk and coffee used to make x number of cups. Learners can approach local coffee shops to survey how many mugs / cups they sell each day and what is the most popular type of coffee they make. Using the average cup size of 240ml/9oz, they can then calculate the amount of milk used per day. Extrapolate that information to the amount of milk used per week and year. They can also look at the cost of milk used in the production of these coffees.
8. Locate the top 10 coffee producing countries on a map of the world and record the production of coffee for each country.
10. Volume - Measure the volume of different sized cups and mugs. Use the ratio from the 1/3 coffee, to 1/3 milk and 1/3 froth for a cappuccino to calculate the amount of espresso, milk and froth that will be in each cup/mug. Mark these amounts on a paper/cardboard cutout of the cup or mug.
11. Use the information in #10 to calculate the volume of coffee, and milk that are used to make a cappuccino.
Global income from coffee http://tutor2u.net/economics/revision-notes/as-markets-coffee.html
Coffee and fair trade http://www.globalexchange.org/fairtrade/coffee/faq#1
Interruption to coffee trade http://www.quora.com/What-would-the-world-be-like-without-coffee
Coffee consumption trends http://www.thecoffeeguide.org/coffee-guide/world-coffee-trade/consumption-trends-in-importing-countries/
USA coffee stats http://www.e-importz.com/Support/specialty_coffee.htm
Coffee facts (USA) http://www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=30