Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 167 - The table shows sales made by a coffee shop

» You are advised to spend about a maximum of 20 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

The table below shows sales made by a coffee shop in an office building on a typical weekday.

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

» You should write at least 150 words.

Sales made by a coffee shop

Sample Answer 1:
The given illustration presents data on the sales volume in a coffee shop on a weekend based on four different time-slots. As can be seen from the given table data, the shop sold four items - coffee, tea, pastries and sandwiches and the sales of these foods and drinks varied based on the time of the day but coffee sold exceeded the sales of any other item.

It is obvious that early morning (7:3 am to 10.30 am) and evening (5.30 pm to 8:30 pm) are the time people preferred to have a cup of coffee as the 265 and 200 coffee sales in these two time-slots indicate. The restaurant sold around 800 cups of coffee which was almost 3 times higher than the tea sales in this very shop. Interestingly, demands for tea and coffee in the noon were far less. Besides, the highest pastry sale was in the early morning with 275 sale volume and this was the highest sale unit on this day. Sales volume of no other item on that day went beyond 275. Despite a high demand for pastries in the early morning, it decreased in other times of the day. Finally, sandwiches were bought more in the lunch time than any other period of the day. 200 sandwiches were sold in the noon alone while the combined sale volume of it in the rest of the day was even less than that.

[Written by Griffin]


Model Answer 2:
The supplied table lists vending made by a coffee shop in an office building on a typical workday. In general, consumers prefer coffee to tea throughout the day. Meanwhile, for snacks, both pastries and sandwiches sales show a fluctuation.

Looking at the details, the coffee requisition is preferable to people. It counts 265 sales in the morning around 7.30-10.30 am and 200 sales by the end of the day as 5.30-8.30. Despite the number of coffee demanding levels down, the figure is still higher than tea consumption in the same day. Tea sales almost halved coffee sales in the morning, only 110 and pertain 75 sales as 5.30 – 8.30 pm, approximately 3 times lower than coffee vending at the same time. Coffee and teas are preferred by people earlier in the morning and in the evening time.  

In the case of snack preference, pastries are true as the favourable snack in the morning. It is about 275 sales, almost 5 times higher than sandwiches which are only sold 50 pieces at the moment. The sale of pastries fluctuates modestly during the rest of the day and it is only 80 at 5.30-8.30. In contrast, more sandwiches are sold at the end of the day. It is calculated 100 sales, about double higher than in the morning retail.

[ Written by - Linda ]


Sample Answer 3:
The table illustrates a typical weekdays’ sales of a coffee shop which is located in an office building. The sales of coffee, tea, pastries, and sandwich are shown in four times,  7.30-10.30, 10.30-2.30, 2.30-5.30, and 5.30-8.30.

It can be clearly seen that the highest sale in a day is made by coffee. The best selling time is between 7.30 am - 10.30 am, when the sales of each item are the biggest, except for the sandwich. The sale of sandwiches is just 50 at that time. Coffee becomes a favourite menu for costumers in the morning and evening. The sale of this menu is the highest within 7.30-10.30 am and 5.30-8.30 pm, which is 265 and 200 respectively.The sales of sandwich become the highest at 10.30 am -2.30 pm period while coffee is in the second rank with 185 sales. At 2.30-5.30 pm, the sale of pastries is the highest among the menu. However, this number is under the morning sales of pastries which is 275.

To sum up, coffee has the highest sales in a day. On the contrary, the sale of tea is the lowest. Early morning (7.30 -10.30 am) is the time when the number of sales is the highest.

[ Written by - Dharmesti Wijaya ]

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+4 # Evren Erdem 2016-03-30 01:24
The table compares the sales of four food-and-drink items in a coffee shop in four different times of a typical day- 07:30-10:30 (in the morning), 10:30-2:30 (at lunch time), 2:30-5:30 (in the afternoon), and 5:30-8:30 (in the evening).

In the morning, people consume pastries more than sandwiches and the highest sales of pastries (275 pieces) occur in the morning. People drink 265 cups of coffee during 7:30 am to 10:30 am while tea consumption during this period is only 110. However, intake of coffee and tea are highest in the morning while it is second highest in the evening. People prefer to eat sandwiches in the late morning hours and in early noon while they usually avoid it in the morning and evening. Therefore sale of sandwiches reaches the highest level, 200 sales, in a day at noon.

In the afternoon, although sales of all foods and drinks reaches the minimum level, coffee and pastries are the most preferred items by costumers, which are 145 and 150 respectively. Sales of tea and sandwiches at that time are 35, 40 respectively. Finally in the afternoon, people’s food and drink consumption habit shows a difference and more coffee are consumed during this period than tea and other two food items.

To sum up, coffee is the most sold item in a typical day of this coffee shop which is situated in an office building and snacks like pastry and sandwich sales depends on time of the day.
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