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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay from the newly released Cambridge 15 on the topic of buying coffee and tea in 5 Australian cities.

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Before reading, listen and try to draw the chart:

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer Essay Cambridge 15: Coffee and Tea Buying and Drinking Habits

The chart below shows the results of a survey about people's coffee and tea buying and drinking habits in five Australian cities.
The chart below shows the results of a survey about people’s coffee and tea buying and drinking habits in five Australian cities.

The bar chart details drinking habits in 5 Australian cities as they relate to coffee and tea over the last 4 weeks. Overall, more than half the population in all cities except Adelaide went to a cafe for coffee or tea, while buying instant coffee was also popular and buying fresh coffee generally less common.

Looking first of all at going to cafes, it was most characteristic of Melbourne and Hobart at 64% and 63%, respectively. Sydney was comparably high at just over 60%, followed by Brisbane at over 55%, and finally Adelaide at under 50%. Adelaide was the only city where people bought more instant coffee by a slight margin (50%). In Hobart, instant coffee purchases stood at 54%, ahead of Brisbane at 52%, Melbourne at 48% and lastly Sydney (just over 45%).

Stocking up on fresh coffee was below 45% for all cities. It was most common in Sydney (44%) and Melbourne (42%). Hobart was next at 39%, and Adelaide and Brisbane were much lower and nearly level at around 34%.

Analysis

1. The bar chart details drinking habits in 5 Australian cities as they relate to coffee and tea over the last 4 weeks. 2. Overall, more than half the population in all cities except Adelaide went to a cafe for coffee or tea, while buying instant coffee was also popular and buying fresh coffee generally less common.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a general overview including all categories. Learn more about your overview here.

1. Looking first of all at going to cafes, it was most characteristic of Melbourne and Hobart at 64% and 63%, respectively. 2. Sydney was comparably high at just over 60%, followed by Brisbane at over 55%, and finally Adelaide at under 50%. 3. Adelaide was the only city where people bought more instant coffee by a slight margin (50%). 4. In Hobart, instant coffee purchases stood at 54%, ahead of Brisbane at 52%, Melbourne at 48% and lastly Sydney (just over 45%).

  1. Begin writing about the data. I start with the highest areas but you can start with any part.
  2. Include all the data.
  3. Compare with any exceptions.
  4. Continue with the data – don’t miss any areas!

1. Stocking up on fresh coffee was below 45% for all cities. 2. It was most common in Sydney (44%) and Melbourne (42%). 3. Hobart was next at 39%, and Adelaide and Brisbane were much lower and nearly level at around 34%.

  1. Move on to the next category.
  2. Always compare and group the data.
  3. Conclude with all the data.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The bar chart details drinking habits in 5 Australian cities as they relate to coffee and tea over the last 4 weeks. Overall, more than half the population in all cities except Adelaide went to a cafe for coffee or tea, while buying instant coffee was also popular and buying fresh coffee generally less common.

Looking first of all at going to cafes, it was most characteristic of Melbourne and Hobart at 64% and 63%, respectively. Sydney was comparably high at just over 60%, followed by Brisbane at over 55%, and finally Adelaide at under 50%. Adelaide was the only city where people bought more instant coffee by a slight margin (50%). In Hobart, instant coffee purchases stood at 54%, ahead of Brisbane at 52%, Melbourne at 48% and lastly Sydney (just over 45%).

Stocking up on fresh coffee was below 45% for all cities. It was most common in Sydney (44%) and Melbourne (42%). Hobart was next at 39%, and Adelaide and Brisbane were much lower and nearly level at around 34%.

Answers

drinking habits how people drink

relate to have to do with

more than half over 50%

instant coffee coffee that you just add and mix

generally less common overall not as popular

looking first of all at starting with

most characteristic of most popular in

respectively in turn

comparably high relatedly large

followed by precedes

over above

finally at last

under less than

slight margin just a little bit

stood at was at

ahead of preceding

lastly finally

just over a little above

stocking up buying

below under

much lower a lot less

nearly level about equal

around about

Pronunciation

Listen and repeat:

ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ ˈhæbɪts 
rɪˈleɪt tuː 
mɔː ðæn hɑːf 
ˈɪnstənt ˈkɒfi 
ˈʤɛnərəli lɛs ˈkɒmən
ˈlʊkɪŋ fɜːst ɒv ɔːl æt 
məʊst ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk ɒv 
rɪsˈpɛktɪvli
ˈkɒmpərəbli haɪ 
ˈfɒləʊd baɪ 
ˈəʊvə 
ˈfaɪnəli 
ˈʌndə 
slaɪt ˈmɑːʤɪn 
stʊd æt 
əˈhɛd ɒv 
ˈlɑːstli 
ʤʌst ˈəʊvə 
ˈstɒkɪŋ ʌp 
bɪˈləʊ 
mʌʧ ˈləʊə 
ˈnɪəli ˈlɛvl 
əˈraʊnd 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The bar chart details d___________________s in 5 Australian cities as they r____________o coffee and tea over the last 4 weeks. Overall, m________________f the population in all cities except Adelaide went to a cafe for coffee or tea, while buying i__________________e was also popular and buying fresh coffee g_______________________n.

L__________________________t going to cafes, it was m____________________________f Melbourne and Hobart at 64% and 63%, r_________________y. Sydney was c___________________h at just over 60%, f______________________y Brisbane at o_______r 55%, and f_________y Adelaide at u_________r 50%. Adelaide was the only city where people bought more instant coffee by a s________________n (50%). In Hobart, instant coffee purchases s___________t 54%, a___________f Brisbane at 52%, Melbourne at 48% and l_________y Sydney (j___________r 45%).

S_________________p on fresh coffee was b__________w 45% for all cities. It was most common in Sydney (44%) and Melbourne (42%). Hobart was next at 39%, and Adelaide and Brisbane were m______________r and n____________l at a______________d 34%.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Learn if you are drinking coffee the right way below:

Reading Practice

Read here from a medical website about the health benefits and risks of coffee:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202#:~:text=The%20potential%20health%20benefits%20associated,promotion%20of%20a%20healthy%20heart

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following real questions from IELTS speaking:

Coffee or Tea

Do you drink coffee or tea?

When did you last drink coffee or tea?

Is coffee or tea more popular in your country?

Which would you offer to visitors who came to your home?

Real IELTS Speaking Exam

Writing Practice

Write about the following graph then check with my sample answer.

The chart compares the number of people per household by percentage in the UK in 1981 and 2001.

ielts chart household uk
ielts chart household uk

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