Coffee: Health, History, Psychology, & Cafe Culture (Study Group Materials)





  • Cultivation: the act of preparing and working on (land) in order to raise crops
  • To frequent: to visit often; go often to; be often in
  • Condemn:  to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of
  • Patron: a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, especially a regular one
  • Commodity:  an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
  • Dementia: A mental illness that causes someone to be unable to think clearly.
  • Anonymous: Not named or identified.
  • Causality: The relationship between something that happens or exists and the thing that causes it.
  • Moderate: Average in size or amount; neither too much nor too little.
  • Compound: Something that is formed by combining two or more parts.

Discussion Questions 

  1. How much coffee do you usually drink a day?
  2. Do you prefer to make your own coffee or go to a coffee shop? Why?
  3. How do you take your coffee?  (black, cream and sugar, etc.)
  4. What is your favorite steamed coffee? (Latte, cappuccino, espresso, americano)
  5. When do you usually drink coffee? (e.g. only in the morning, all day, when I have to stay up late studying)
  6. Why do people always drink a cup of coffee in the morning?
  7.  How do you think coffee affects your health and your mental and physical well-being?
  8. Do you think there’s a difference between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee? Do you have a preference?
  9. When you drink coffee in a cafe, how long do you usually stay?
  10. Do you think there are gender-based or generation-based differences in coffee drinking culture?
  11. How much do you think you spend on coffee in a year?
  12. In the past year, what’s the longest period of time you’ve gone without drinking coffee? (2 days, one week, 8 hours)
  13. How does drinking coffee make you feel – physically and psychologically?
  14. How do you feel when you don’t drink coffee?  Do you miss it – physically and psychologically?
  15. What was the best coffee you’ve ever had?
  16. What are your favorite coffee shops?


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