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Wake up and smell the coffee! 闻闻咖啡 清醒清醒

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咖啡有提神醒脑的功效,但它的奥秘可不止于此。专家表示,咖啡豆发出的醉人香气也同样重要。本集《随身英语》探讨为什么这种饮料闻起来总是比尝起来的味道要好那么一点。听音频,学习有关 "喝饮品" 的新词汇和表达。

Vocabulary: drinking 词汇: 喝饮品

There are only a few truly pleasant smells to wake up to in the morning. It might be the aroma of freshly baked bread, or the scent of your partner's freshly brushed teeth - but for me, it's the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Just a sniff of it makes me jump out of bed and rush to the kitchen for a gulp of the hot black liquid. But then things quickly go downhill.

If you're a coffee connoisseur, you'll understand that opening a new packet of coffee releases an amazing smell - fresh, roasted coffee beans. Delicious! And if you've got a nose for the stuff, you'll be able to identify the beans' origin - Colombia, Vietnam or maybe Brazil - the world's biggest coffee producer. Tim Hayward is a food writer and coffee shop owner; he told the BBC that the smell "is absolutely vital, it's the key thing. And when you walk into the coffee shop in the morning and that smell hits you, you're getting physiological responses."

I know from experience when I walk into a cafe for my double espresso or flat white, my mouth begins to water in anticipation. Although it's really the caffeine hit I'm after, it's the smell that makes me feel good.

However, this feeling sometimes turns to disappointment when I actually start drinking my hot beverage - the taste just doesn't match the smell. This is particularly the case when I order a coffee to go in a tall paper cup and sip the liquid through a hole in the lid. Yes, it's convenient, but is it really the right way to appreciate it?

Tim Hayward describes this process as 'weird' and 'baffling'. He says, "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."

As well as eliminating the smell, takeaway coffee cups create a lot of waste and a vast majority of them still don't get recycled. In 2011, it was estimated that 2.5 billion coffee cups were thrown away each year in the UK, and that figure is likely to be higher now. So maybe now is the time to really wake up and smell the coffee by drinking from a cup or mug in a cafe, chatting with friends and saving the planet!

词汇表

aroma (食物的)香气

brew 煮、冲(咖啡)

connoisseur 行家

roasted 烤的

have a nose for 善于发现...,有发现...能力

origin 原产地

physiological response 生理反应

double espresso 双份浓缩咖啡

flat white (有奶泡的)白咖啡

make someone's mouth water 使...馋涎欲滴

caffeine hit 咖啡因的提神功效

beverage 饮料

to go 外带

sip 喝一小口、呷

deliver 送到

wake up and smell the coffee (告诉人)认清形势

mug (装热饮用的)杯子

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Which country is the world's biggest coffee producer?

2. Name a style of coffee drink mentioned in the article.

3. Why might having a lid on a coffee cup spoil the taste?

4. True or false? Drinking coffee in a cafe means the cups don't get recycled.

5. Which word used in the article means 'easier to use/not causing difficulties'?

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. My Dad is a ______ of fine wine and now he's bought a share in a vineyard!

got a nose connoisseur aroma sip

2. When making a pot of tea, you need to leave the tea leaves in the hot water for a few minutes to allow it to properly ______.

brew brewed brewing brewable

3. We're in a bit of a rush so please could we have these pizzas ______?

go to to gone to going to go

4. John! Don't gulp your soup like that. You'll be sick! _________ it slowly!

Sip Deliver Roast Origin

5. How long until dinner? The smell of roast chicken is making ______.

my mouth watery my mouth water my mouth watered me water my mouth

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Which country is the world's biggest coffee producer?

Brazil is the world's biggest coffee producer.

2. Name a style of coffee drink mentioned in the article.

Double espresso or flat white.

3. Why might having a lid on a coffee cup spoil the taste?

According to a coffee shop owner, having a lid on a coffee cup delivers the hot liquid directly past your tongue but stops any smell coming up to your nose, and that can affect the taste.

4. True or false? Drinking coffee in a cafe means the cups don't get recycled.

False. It is takeaway coffee cups that often don't get recycled. A cup or mug used in a cafe can be used again and again.

5. Which word used in the article means 'easier to use/not causing difficulties'?

The word is 'convenient'. (A takeaway coffee is convenient because you can drink it as you travel.)

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. My Dad is a connoisseur of fine wine and now he's bought a share in a vineyard!

2. When making a pot of tea, you need to leave the tea leaves in the hot water for a few minutes to allow it to properly brew.

3. We're in a bit of a rush so please could we have these pizzas to go?

4. John! Don't gulp your soup like that. You'll be sick! Sip it slowly!

5. How long until dinner? The smell of roast chicken is making my mouth water.

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