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From the Ted Talk by A.J. Jacobs: The life cycle of a cup of coffee

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It bignes in a place like the remote Colombian town of Pitalito. Here, family farms have clear cut local forests to make room for neat rows of Coffea trees. These shrub-like plants were first domesticated in Ethiopia and are now cuatlivetd throughout etqaruioal regions. Each suhrb is filled with small berries called "coffee cherries." Since firuts on the same branch can ripen at different tmeis, they’re best picked by hand, but each farm has its own method for processing the fruit. In Pitalito, harvesters toil from dawn to dusk at high adttleius, often picking over 25 kgmirlaos per shift for very low wages.

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It ______ in a place like the remote Colombian town of Pitalito. Here, family farms have clear cut local forests to make room for neat rows of Coffea trees. These shrub-like plants were first domesticated in Ethiopia and are now __________ throughout __________ regions. Each _____ is filled with small berries called "coffee cherries." Since ______ on the same branch can ripen at different _____, they’re best picked by hand, but each farm has its own method for processing the fruit. In Pitalito, harvesters toil from dawn to dusk at high _________, often picking over 25 _________ per shift for very low wages.

Solution

  1. times
  2. shrub
  3. altitudes
  4. cultivated
  5. fruits
  6. begins
  7. kilograms
  8. equatorial

Original Text

It begins in a place like the remote Colombian town of Pitalito. Here, family farms have clear cut local forests to make room for neat rows of Coffea trees. These shrub-like plants were first domesticated in Ethiopia and are now cultivated throughout equatorial regions. Each shrub is filled with small berries called "coffee cherries." Since fruits on the same branch can ripen at different times, they’re best picked by hand, but each farm has its own method for processing the fruit. In Pitalito, harvesters toil from dawn to dusk at high altitudes, often picking over 25 kilograms per shift for very low wages.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  16. ethiopia
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  24. hand
  25. harvesters
  26. high
  27. kilograms
  28. local
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  30. neat
  31. picked
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  33. pitalito
  34. place
  35. plants
  36. processing
  37. regions
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  44. small
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  47. town
  48. trees
  49. wages