Graph Writing # 167 - The table shows sales made by a coffee shop

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

» 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

Model Answer 1:
The table shows a typical weekday’s sales of a coffee shop which is located in an office building. It is clear that people purchase more coffee and tea from this restaurant in the morning and evening while they opt for sandwiches during the lunchtime.

Analysing the coffee shop’s sales report reveals that people purchase 265 cups of coffee and 110 cups of tea in the early morning and 200 cups of coffee and 75 cups of tea in the evening from this coffee shop. In the noontime, the number of sandwich sales quadruples than that in the early morning. The sales of this item in the evening is also far higher than of the 2.30 to 5.30 pm. Tea sale is highest in the morning, 110 cups, while the coffee sale is high both in the morning and in the evening. Pastries are sold more in the breakfast time amounting 275 which is more than thrice than the sales in the evening. Finally, people purchase 50 pieces of sandwiches in the early morning and the highest sales could be observed later in the morning till the lunchtime. The sale of sandwiches drops in the later parts of the day.


Sample Answer 2:
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 the high demand for pastries in the early morning, it decreased in other times of the day. Finally, sandwiches were bought more in the lunchtime 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 3:
The provided table displays the number of sales in a coffee shop, which is located in an office building. Information is categorized for 4 different items and 4 different 3-hour periods in the day.

Overall, the best selling product in the shop is coffee. Coffee, along with tea and pastries, has the largest sales from 7.30 to 10.30 in the morning; while people prefer to buy sandwiches in lunchtime.

In detail, about 800 cups of coffee are sold in a typical weekday, with a third (265) just in the first 3 hours. Sales of tea and pastries, at the same time, are 110 and 275, respectively. Additionally, it can be seen that people gradually buy less coffee and tea in lunchtime and even less between 2.30 and 5.30. However, the figures increase by the late evening to become 200 for coffee and 75 for tea. Sales of pastries decrease to just over one-third (95) between 10.30 and 2.30 after a flying start and finish the day with the number 80. Regarding sandwiches, sales in lunchtime (200) and late evening (110) are significantly larger than those of early morning (50) and afternoon (40).

[Written by - Nguyen Thuong Vu]


Model Answer 4:
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 on the same day. Tea sales almost halved coffee sales in the morning, only 110 and pertain 75 sales at 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 5:
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 was recorded for 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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Angelo Montenegro
The table illustrates the sold products by an office building coffee shop on a certain day of the week in four different time frames.

It can be seen that employees and customers opt for coffee and tea as beverages and pastries and sandwiches as snacks. Coffee stood out to be the preferred drink in comparison to tea.

At 7:30-10:30, there were 265 coffee drinkers whereas 110 chose tea. However, during midday (10:30-2:30) and afternoon (2:30-5:30), the demand to consume the former and the latter dropped to 185-145 and 50-35, respectively. But then again, in the evening, between 5:30-8:30, the demand for these drinks rose up to 200 and 75 subsequently, stating coffee as the leading consumed liquid in the entire time period.

On the other hand, pastries and sandwiches were the desired snacks from morning until nighttime. The demand varied on the given time slot. Most office workers, select pastries for snacks at 275 rather than sandwiches at 50 in the early morning. At 10:30-8:30. the order for both snacks was altered. 95, 150, 80 for pastries in contrast to 200, 40, and 100 for sandwiches.

Evren Erdem
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 lunchtime), 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 in the early morning while tea consumption during this period is only 110. However, the 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 early noon while they usually avoid those in the early 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 food and drinks reach the minimum level, coffee and pastries are the most preferred items by consumers at that time, which are 145 and 150 respectively. Sales of tea and sandwiches are 35, 40 sequentially. Finally, in the afternoon, people’s food and drink consumption habits show a different scenario and more coffee are consumed during this period than tea and other two food items.