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Task 1 Report: Coffee Production

Question: The graph above gives information about coffee production in 4 different countries from 1990 to 2010. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. (Test Date: 30/4/20)

Band 8+ Sample Answer:

(Intro and Overview) The bar chart compares four different countries in terms of the amount of coffee produced over a period of 20 years from 1990 to 2010. It is clear that all four countries saw upward trends in the production of coffee with the exception of Colombia. The most significant rise could be witnessed in the amount of coffee produced in Brazil, and this country was also by far the biggest coffee producer among the four over the period shown. The other three countries (including Vietnam and Indonesia) are relatively minor producers.

(Detail 1) Looking first at the leading coffee-producing country, around 0.7 million tonnes of coffee was produced by Brazil at the beginning of the period, which was followed by a steady and almost threefold increase to finish the period on 1.9 million. In contrast the figures for Colombia followed an opposite pattern. It produced 0.6 tonnes in 1990 but then it observed a steady decline of 0.1 million every 5 years to end at 0.4 tonnes by 2010.

(Detail 2) Turning to the figures for the two remaining countries, Indonesia and Vietnam, the former started at 0.2 million in 1990, which then plateaued over the next 5 years and finally doubled to 0.4 million to surpass the figure for Colombia and become the second highest in 2010. During the same period, Vietnam mirrored the same trajectory, remaining unchanged at 0.1 million over the first 5 years, before trebling to 0.3 million at the end of the period. (252 words)

Words: Student Report, fully corrected and upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS Examiner.

Image: Cambridge / Vietop


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