The Chart Below Shows the Results of a Survey About People’s Coffee and Tea

Lilie King
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March 24, 2021

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

Summerise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 1 Writing Task 1.

Coffee and tea buying and drinking habits in five cities in Australia

the chart below shows the results of a survey about people’s coffee and tea

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Sample Essay

The bar graph displays the data collected in a survey about the coffee and tea buying and drinking habits of residents in five cities in Australia in the last four weeks.

Overall, in all the cities except Adelaide, more people went to a cafe for coffee or tea than bought instant or fresh coffee. In Adelaide, going to a cafe and buying instant coffee were almost equally common.

Most residents in Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, and Brisbane visited a cafe for coffee or tea, at approximately 64%, 63%, 62%, and 55% respectively, whereas just under half of residents in Adelaide did so. These five cities also had roughly half of residents purchasing instant coffee, and the figures in Hobart and Brisbane were almost 55%.

In comparison, the proportion of people who bought fresh coffee was never as high as 45% in any of the five cities, with those in Brisbane and Adelaide, both at nearly 35%, less likely than those in the other three cities to do so. (167 Words)

How to Avoid Repeating “Last 4 Weeks”

Make sure to include ‘last four weeks’ in your introduction paragraph. Once you establish the context, you don’t need to repeat ‘last four weeks’ again and again in the rest of your essay.

How to Write the Overview

In your overview paragraph, you can simply point out the biggest categories in each of the five cities. In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart, “went to a cafe for coffee” is the biggest category, while in Adelaide both “went to a cafe” and “bought instance coffee” are the biggest categories.

How to Select Data

The category “went to a cafe for coffee” is very important because it has the biggest figures. So, I included all five figures in this category.

The category “bought instant coffee” is less important, so I only singled out the two biggest figures in this category, which are the figures for Hobart and Brisbane.

“Bought fresh coffee” is the smallest category. So, for this category, the figures for Brisbane and Adelaide are the most important because they are the two smallest.

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  1. The bar chart reveals the results of a survey about peoples’ habits of drinking coffee and tea among 5 different Australian cities in the latest 4 weeks.

    Instant coffee was always more popularised than fresh coffee in all the 5 cities, however people were more likely to visit cafe for coffee and tea instead of Adelaide, where more people preferred instant coffee. Melbourne was the city with the greatest proportion of people who went to cafe while Adelaide had the least. Adelaide was also the only city that its percentage of people who bought instant coffee outnumbered those who went to cafe. People in Brisbane loved instant coffee that they had the least percentage of people who bought fresh coffee in the last two couples of weeks.

    About 64% of people from Melbourne had gone to cafe in the last 4 weeks, which was the most among the 5 cities. The other two cities with more than 60% cafe-goers were Hobart, slightly less than that of Melbourne, and Sydney, about 61%. Hobart was also the city with the highest percentage of people, which was 54% of them purchased instant coffee instead of the fresh one. Brisbane and Adelaide were another two cities with 50% or more people who bought instant coffee in the last 4 weeks.

    Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart were the three cities where the percentage of people who purchased instant coffee significantly outnumbered those who bought fresh coffee, both cities with less than 40% of people who preferred fresh coffee.

  2. Hello there
    Thanks for sharing your essay and tips. I have a few questions.
    – Could we use “during last month” instead of the last four weeks?
    – Based on Liz (IELTS Liz) we’d better not use more than 2 quantities for “respectively structure” in order not to confuse the examiner for giving too much data to check. Yours has many, is that fine?
    – You’ve used “residents” many times through essay, is that okay or we should replace them with proper synonyms?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Bruce, sorry for the late reply.
      – What if the period began in the middle of one month and ended in the middle of the next month? Would you call this time period ‘last month’?
      – I used “respectively” only once.
      – At 16:38 of this video, I talk about how trying too hard to paraphrase can cause you to lose marks.

  3. Hi Lilie,
    Hope you are doing well.

    Can we use the words like
    “more people showed a tendency for sth”
    or “have a more desire for”
    or”people prefer more …”
    in this type of report as they show people’s preferences?

    Also, can we point out in the introduction “In addition, people in all cities having less craving for fresh coffee than any of other types of drinking habits.”?

    Best regards,

    1. Hi, thanks for your comments.

      1. No, we shouldn’t use words that you suggested. Consider people who have a habit of getting up late. You don’t know if they prefer or have a desire to do so. Maybe they actually want to get up early.

      2. No, “craving” is not appropriate here.

  4. Could you give me a mark for my essay?
    The given bar chart illustrates information about the habits of 5 Australian citizens purchasing and drinking coffee and tea in the last four weeks.
    Overall, it is evident that the total amount of citizens was more willing to consume coffee or tea in a café rather than buying fresh or instant coffee during the last four weeks, except Adelaide. Among cities, most residents have coffee or tea in a café in Melbourne.
    More than 40% of residents bought fresh coffee last month in Sydney and Melbourne, at 44% and 42%, respectively. While more than 35% of citizens purchased fresh coffee in the previous four weeks, there is a constant percentage of people living in Brisbane and Adelaide, less than 35%.
    More than 45% of residents in all cities enjoyed instant coffee within the last four weeks. The highest proportion in Hobart is drinking instant coffee, with roundly 54%, while approximately 53% national in Brisbane consumed it. The consumption of instant coffee is a half population in Adelaide. Less than 50% population in Sydney and Melbourne enjoyed instant coffee.
    More than 60% population drinks coffee or tea in 3 cities, including Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. They are 64%, 63% and 61%, separately. While drinking in a café is slightly higher than enjoying instant coffee in Brisbane, Adelaide is the only city in which citizens prefer instant coffee rather than revelling in a café.

  5. The bar graph provided information about coffee and tea buying and drinking habits based on a survey of residents in five cities in Australia in the last four weeks.
    The data collected illustrated the comparison of consumption habits of coffee in several categories: “went to a cafe for coffee and tea”, “Bought fresh coffee” and “Bought instant coffee”. The survey was taken in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart city of Australia.
    Overall, where most cities vastly preferred going to cafeterias to drink coffee or tea rather than purchasing them, fresh coffee consumers were consistently the lowest among the citizens of all the cities.
    We can see that the result of “went to a cafe for coffee and tea” was the most popular category and exceeded more than half of the respondents with 56%-63% of the variance.
    The percentage of instant coffee buying habits was the middle category of interest with approximately between 44%-54% of the variance while the lowest of interest categories was “Bought fresh coffee” with a trend between 34%-44% of the variance.

  6. Hey, could you please give my essay a band score on Cambridge 15 Test 1, Task 1:

    The bar graph depicts data of a questionnaire about the public’s coffee and tea purchasing and consuming habits over the last month in five distinct cities in Australia.

    Overall, where most cities largely preferred going to cafeteria to drink coffee or tea rather than purchasing them, fresh coffee consumers were consistently the lowest amongst the citizens of all the cities.

    Sydney and Melbourne followed a similar trend, where instant coffee purchases were slightly more than those of fresh coffee, but cafe visitors for such drinks were still the highest at a mere 62 percent. Brisbane and Adelaide showed the least amount of interest in consumption of fresh coffee at just below 35 percent, with Hobart at a close second at around 38%. Moreover, Hobart and Brisbane had the highest discrepancy between fresh and instant coffee drinkers. Finally, Adelaide was the only city that had instant coffee purchasers slightly more than cafe visitors.

  7. The bar chart compares choice of Australian citizen’s of five cities with regards to buying or drinking habit of coffee and tea in the last four weeks.
    It is noticeable from the graph that people mostly preferred going out to a cafe for drinking tea or coffee. Also, in all the cities people were least likely to buy fresh coffee.
    In terms of going to a cafe, more than 60% people in the city of Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart went a cafe for drinking coffee or tea in the last one month, whereas the figures for the Brisbane and Adelaide were nearly 55% and 50% respectively. Interestingly, nearly half of the residents of Adelaide either bought instant coffee for drink or went to a cafe.
    Among the five Australian cities, around 45-48% citizens of Sydney and Melbourne bought instant coffee, while the figure for Hobart was around 38% and almost a third of the people in the Brisbane and Adelaide chose the same. Almost 55% of the residents of Hobart bought instant coffee, and the figures for Adelaide and Brisbane was about 50%, while the figures for other cities were less than 50

  8. The bar graph illustrates Australians’ buying and drinking habits of tea and coffee. The data is derived from a survey in five metropolises in Australia.
    Overall, going to a cafe is by far the most popular choice in almost all cities, while buying fresh coffee is the least preferred.
    In all the cities, people didn’t prefer buying a coffee that is freshly made, which is depicted by the fact that only 44% of surveyors in Sydney said they had bought such a coffee in the past 4 weeks, highest among all the cities. Instant coffee was a far more lucrative choice, with as many as 54% of people in Hobart preferring it. However, nothing was as popular as going out to a cafe and drinking coffee over there. As many as 64% of people Melbourne and Hobart reported, with at least half in every city.
    The general trend of the data, which is from fresh to instant to going out, was not followed in Adelaide. Here, people had no preference between going out and buying instant coffee, which is reflected by about half the people reporting both ways.

  9. The chart provides information on the habits of buying and drinking coffee and tea by Australian citizens in five towns. The research compares the consumers attitudes during four weeks.

    Overall, the habit of purchasing fresh coffee is less common in all cities, while the habit of going to a café shop is the more usual. The first attitude is under 50% in all cities and the latter above 49%. Yet the action of buying instant coffee is between 45% and 49%.

    We can see that the results of Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart follow the common trends. First, many dwellers went to a cafe, approximately 61, 64 and 63 per cent respectively. Then, the option for buying coffee fluctuates between 38% and 54%.

    By contrast, there was more appearance in the trends of Brisbane and Adelaine towns. The difference between buying instant coffee or going to a cafe is less than 3%. Already, the attitude of purchasing fresh coffee represents 34% for both cities.

  10. The bar chart illustrates the portion of residents in five different cities in Australia, who bought and drank coffee and tea during four weeks, using the data of a survey.
    In general, for all cities except for Adelaide, higher portion of people have gone for a café to have a coffee or tea, while all other cities accounted a lower percentage for purchasing fresh coffee. However, only for Adelaide, coffee buying and going for café has become a similar portion.
    For city Hobort,it depicts a significant difference between the people who had bought fresh and instant coffee.For Brisbane,one-third of people have bought fresh coffee ,while nearly half of people have purchased coffee. In addition, portion of resident who have bought coffee in Sydney and Melbourne have become same which is around 40%.
    Furthermore,Sydney,Melbourn and Horbot present a higher portion of people ,around 60% who had gone for a café while ,both people who live in both Adelaid and Brisbane indicate nearly a half of portion.

  11. Hi Lili,
    Could I have your comments for Writing Task 1?

    The bar chart demonstrates how often residents in different Australian cities were used to buy and drink coffee or tea in last four weeks.
    It can be clearly seen from given data that ‘went to café ‘and ‘bought fresh coffee ‘were the most and least popular habits, although ‘bought instant coffee’ gained approximately similar popularity in all cities.
    ‘went to a café’ was the most frequent habit to drink overall, with just over 60% in Melbourne, Hobart ,and Sydney, around 55% in Brisbane, and just only under 50% in Adelaide. However, Adelaide was accounted for the only city which its citizens preferred marginally more ‘instant coffee’ to ‘went to a café’. In contrast, people showed the least tendency toward to buy fresh coffee, with a minority of citizens in these five cities drinking it. Roughly just over two fifths of residents in Sydney and Melbourne, 37% of people in Hobart, and slightly over one third of dwellers in Adelaide spent on fresh coffee.
    ‘Instant Coffee’, on the hand, was purchased by more or less half of people, becoming the most chosen drinking after ‘went to a café’ option. Sydney and Hobart had the most and least buyers of instant coffee, with about a little above 45% and just under 55% respectively. Meanwhile, Buying fresh coffee and instant coffee were equally common, about 45%, in Sydney.

  12. Hey dear can you check this please.

    The bar graph illustrates the percentage of city residents’ survey consequences about coffee and tea purchasing as well as drinking habits in Australia’s five major cities.
    Overall, the biggest percentage of people in Australians five major cities bought coffee or tea in a cafe except for Adelaide whereas the least proportion of citizens purchased fresh coffee in all the five major towns. However, Hobart was the primary city for buying coffee and tea.
    In terms of Sydney and Melbourne, residents in Sydney bought more coffee or tea in a cafe was about 60%, this figure, then went up and reached an all-time high of 64% in Melbourne. Likewise, Sydney and Melbourne’s citizens bought instant coffee above 45%. However, those purchasing fresh coffee was less than 45% in Sydney and the figure, then slight decreased to about 43% in Melbourne.
    With regards to the remaining cities, the largest percentage of people in Hobart drank tea or coffee at a cafe which accounted for 63%, followed by Brisbane and Adelaide, at approximately 56% and 49% respectively. At the same time, around 53% of people in Brisbane and Hobart chose to buy instant coffee, compared to nearly 50% of those in Adelaide. Finally, a close similarity can be seen in the percentage of people buying fresh coffee in Brisbane and Adelaide, at around 34%, while Hobart’s figure was higher, at roughly 38%.

  13. All the writing examples in your blog only get the band 7? I am afraid that I can not get the writing answer as well as yours.

    1. Hi, Mike, all the essays on this site were improved by native speakers so they are far better than what I wrote in my real exams.

  14. Hi Lilie! I strongly like your writing style that clearly stated and simple. If you have online courses, I will be very grateful to take part in.

  15. The given chart illustrates consequences of search about purchasing and drinking coffee and tea by people who live in five different cities of Australia.
    It can be seen that, there is no big difference between percentages of these regions buying and drinking coffee or tea. Visiting coffee formed higher percentage in Melbourne and Hobart than others while the smallest percentage was buying instant coffee.
    According to the results of survey, the citizens who live in Hobart visiting to cafe for coffee was more than 63% in last 4 weeks. The percentages of Melbourne in this category was almost the same as Hobart. Also, Sydney stays in third place by that category, about 61% In Adelaide, people went to cafe to drink or buy coffee and tea less than other regions, around 50% of city residents.
    Buying fresh coffee was much fewer than other categories in all five cities. The biggest percentage was under 40% while the smallest one was a little bit fewer than 35%. In Brisbane and Adelaide had the same percentages by this category(around 35%) Buying instant coffee formed almost the same results around 50%. The biggest one was about 50% while smallest percentage was 45% in Hobart and Sydney respectively.

  16. The bar chart displays the outcome of a questionary about people’s coffee and tea buying and drinking activities in five Australian cities.
    Overall, going to a cafe is accounts for the largest proportion almost in all cities, followed by buying instant coffee and fresh coffee.
    In Melbourne and Hobart about 63% of city residents, which is the largest percentage among others, went to a cafe in the last 4 weeks while roughly 60% and 55% of citizens did the same activity in Sydney and Brisbane respectively. By contrast, only in Adelaide getting instant coffee was more popular than visiting a cafe.
    Buying instant coffee seems to reflect almost the same pattern. In Hobart, about 54% of people preferred instant coffee, approximately 53% in Brisbane, and about 48% and 45% in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.
    However, in buying fresh coffee the reverse is true. In Sydney, 44% would have liked to get fresh coffee while in Hobart only 37%

  17. The graph illustrates the different ways of purchasing and consuming tea and coffee in 5 cities around Australia in the last 4 weeks.
    It’s clearly noticeable that most people in those mentioned cities, had gone to a caffe for the purpose of buying coffee or tea in the last 4 weeks, while the least favorite option for residents, is buying fresh coffee.
    First taking Sydney, more than 60% of the city population had gone to a café for coffee or tea in the last 4 weeks. Adding to that, the percentage of people who bought fresh or instant coffee in the last 4 week in Sydney is quite close with numbers between 43% and 47%. Moving to Melbourne where we have the highest percentage of people who went to café with a percentage of 63%. Moreover, people in Brisbane and Adelaide tends less to buy fresh coffee with numbers between 33% and 34 %, but the number rise dramatically in the percentage of people who bought instant coffee and went to café. Furthermore, Adelaide has the lowest percentage in the people who drink or buy coffee or tea with numbers between 33% and 50 %. Next, in Hobart, the numbers climb again with the highest percentage of instant coffee buyers, about 54%.

  18. The bar chart compares the proportion of Australians’ buying and drinking habits on 2 kinds of beverages among five cities, namely, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Hobart, over the past 4 weeks.

    It is clear that the residents in Melbourne had the highest tendency to visit a cafe for either coffee or tea in the previous 4 weeks. It is also noticeable that a significantly higher amount of Australians purchased instant coffee over fresh coffee, among the 5 cities shown above.

    Melbourne has the highest portion of citizens visiting a cafe for tea or coffee in the last 4 weeks, at around 63%. The figures for Sydney and Hobart were slightly lower than Melbourne, at approximately 60%. Similarly, around 55% of Brisbane citizens went for tea or coffee at the same period. By contrast, the smallest proportion of people who went to a cafe was seen in Adelaide, at about 50%.

    Instant coffee has higher popularity than fresh coffee amongst all the 5 Australian cities. In particular, the greatest differences between the portion of people selecting the 2 types of coffee was seen in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Hobart, differing by around 17%. By contrast, people in Sydney and Melbourne projected the least differences between choosing fresh coffee and instant coffee, contrasting by around 1% and 5% respectively.

  19. The provided bar chart represents, the five different cities residents in Australia purchasing and drinking tea and coffee percentage wise under three categories in last month.
    According to the given percentage that, went to a cafeteria for having some coffee or tea were dominated four cities. As well, for the fresh coffee has low demand in last month.
    Turning to the details, in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney were the mostly popular for consumption coffee or tea in a snack bar which is 63%, 62% and 61% respectively. On the other hand, Brisbane (53%) and Hobart (54%) were the highest contribution of the instant coffee among the Australian people. In comparison, the percentage of brought instant coffee and went to the coffee shop for tea or coffee were remained stable at 50%.although, brought fresh coffee in Brisbane and Adelaide were stayed at the same level (35%).
    In conclusion, Australian peoples were notably enjoyed for drinks coffee or tea in a cafe while least demand for the brought fresh coffee at Australia in last month

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