Investigate where coffee comes from and how it gets from the farm to cups in the staffroom. The Cafod website has great background information and a free downloadable poster. Visit www.cafod.org.ukresourcesschoolsteachersbackground_and_teachers_notesthe _story_of_coffee_in_pictures_ks1_ks2 KS3-4
Use coffee as an example of global trade - who wins, who loses? The Global Eye website has a case study of the coffee trade and Columbia. Visit www.globaleye.org.uksecondary_autumn04eyeoncoffeetrade.html
Details of fairtrade coffee can be found at www.fairtrade.org.ukproducts.htm
Investigate the environmental impact of coffee production. Visit the CBBC website for materials and activities: news.bbc.co.ukcbbcnewshiteacherscitizenship_11_14subject_areasglobalis ation_environmentalnewsid_29820002982641.stm
Pupils should compare this with the article "Coffee may save El Salvador wildlife" at news.bbc.co.uk1hiworldamericas4513593.stm
What impact does coffee have on your high street? Develop this question as an urban fieldwork enquiry: where are the coffee shops located, and why? What is their visual impact? Do they increase the amount of litter?
Is Starbucks the coffee shop of choice or a global villain? The company offers a fascinating example of a global brand. Many different positions can be argued - students could begin by comparing the Starbucks website (www.starbucks.comdefault.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1) with the Organic Consumers Association website (www.organicconsumers.orgStarbucksactionaid.cfm).An internet search will yield further points of view.