Kaffeebaum (Coffea arabica) mit Beerenfrüchten

Coffea arabica, Coffea Cruda

Coffee (Wiktionary)


Alternative forms

  • coffée (rare)


From Dutch koffie (coffee) [from 1582], from Ottoman Turkish قهوه(kahve, coffee), from Arabic قَهْوَة(qahwa, coffee, a brew). The Arabic word originally referred to wine, a drink which was traditionally mixed and served hot in a similar manner. In Arabic "to brew" utilizes the same triliteral root as wine and intoxicant; see خ م ر(ḵ-m-r) to cover over, presumably with hot water. Other sources instead claim it traces back to the name of the Kaffa region

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