Definitions for coffee
ˈkɔ fi, ˈkɒf icof·fee
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word coffee.
a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
"he ordered a cup of coffee"
coffee, coffee treenoun
any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans
coffee bean, coffee berry, coffeenoun
a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
chocolate, coffee, deep brown, umber, burnt umbernoun
a medium brown to dark-brown color
a cup of coffee, especially one served in a restaurant; as, we each had two donuts and a coffee; three coffees to go.
a social gathering at which coffee is served, with optional other foods or refreshments.
a color ranging from medium brown to dark brown.
A beverage made by infusing the beans of the coffee plant in hot water.
The seeds of the plant used to make coffee, misnamed 'beans' due to their shape.
A tropical plant of the genus Coffea.
The end of the mealwhere coffee is usually served.
He did not stay for coffee.
Of a pale brown colour, like that of milk coffee.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The tree is a species of Arabick Jessamine, which see.
Etymology: It is originally Arabick, pronounced caheu by the Turks, and cahuah by the Arabs.
It is found to succeed as well in the Caribbee islands as in their native place of growth: but whether the coffee produced in the West Indies will prove as good as that from Mocha in Arabia Felix, time will discover. The berry brought from the Levant is most esteemed; and the berry, when ripe, is found as hard as horn. Philip Miller.
Coffee also denotes a drink prepared from the berries, very familiar in Europe for these eighty years, and among the Turks for one hundred and fifty. Some refer the invention of coffee to the Persians; from whom it was learned, in the fifteenth century, by a mufti of Aden, a city near the mouth of the Red Sea, where it soon came in vogue, and passed from thence to Mecca, and from Arabia Felix to Cairo. from Egypt the use of coffee advanced to Syria and Constantinople. Thevenot, the traveller, was the first who brought it into France; and a Greek servant, called Pasqua, brought into England by Mr. Daniel Edwards, a Turky merchant, in 1652, to make his coffee, first set up the profession of coffeeman, and introduced the drink among us; though some say Dr. Harvey had used it before. Ephraim Chambers.
They have in Turky a drink called coffee, made of a berry of the same name, as black as soot, and of a strong scent, but not aromatical; which they take, beaten into powder, in water, as hot as they can drink it. This drink comforteth the brain and heart, and helpeth digestion. Francis Bacon.
To part her time ’twixt reading and bohea,
Or o’er cold coffee trifle with the spoon. Alexander Pope.
Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Darkly colored, bitter, and slightly acidic, coffee has a stimulating effect on humans, primarily due to its caffeine content. It has the highest sales in the world market for hot drinks.Seeds of the Coffea plant's fruits are separated to produce unroasted green coffee beans. The beans are roasted and then ground into fine particles that are typically steeped in hot water before being filtered out, producing a cup of coffee. It is usually served hot, although chilled or iced coffee is common. Coffee can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways (e.g., espresso, French press, caffè latte, or already-brewed canned coffee). Sugar, sugar substitutes, milk, and cream are often used to mask the bitter taste or enhance the flavor. Though coffee is now a global commodity, it has a long history tied closely to food traditions around the Red Sea. The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking in the form of the modern beverage appears in modern-day Yemen from the mid-15th century in Sufi shrines, where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed in a manner similar to current methods. The Yemenis procured the coffee beans from the Ethiopian Highlands via coastal Somali intermediaries and began cultivation. By the 16th century, the drink had reached the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, later spreading to Europe. In the 20th century, coffee became a global commodity, creating different coffee cultures around the world. The two most commonly grown coffee bean types are C. arabica and C. robusta. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa. As of 2018, Brazil was the leading grower of coffee beans, producing 35% of the world's total. Green, unroasted coffee is traded as an agricultural commodity. Despite sales of coffee reaching billions of dollars worldwide, farmers producing coffee beans disproportionately live in poverty. Critics of the coffee industry have also pointed to its negative impact on the environment and the clearing of land for coffee-growing and water use.
Coffee is a dark brown aromatic beverage made by brewing the roasted or ground seeds of various tropical trees of the genus Coffea. It is typically served hot, and is known for its high caffeine content. The coffee plant is native to Ethiopia but is nowadays cultivated in regions worldwide, notably in Brazil and Vietnam. Additionally, the term "coffee" can refer to the coffee beans themselves, which are the seeds of the coffee cherries.
the "beans" or "berries" (pyrenes) obtained from the drupes of a small evergreen tree of the genus Coffea, growing in Abyssinia, Arabia, Persia, and other warm regions of Asia and Africa, and also in tropical America
the coffee tree
the beverage made from the roasted and ground berry
Etymology: [Turk. qahveh, Ar. qahuah wine, coffee, a decoction of berries. Cf. Caf.]
Coffee is a brewed beverage with a distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The seeds are found in coffee "berries", which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Green coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee is slightly acidic and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Wild coffee's energizing effect was likely first discovered in the northeast region of Ethiopia. Coffee cultivation first took place in southern Arabia; the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia. The beverage was also banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kof′ē, n. a drink made from the seeds of the coffee-tree, a native of Arabia: the powder made by roasting and grinding the seeds.—ns. Coff′ee-bean, the seed of the coffee-plant; Coff′ee-berr′y, the fruit of the coffee-tree; Coff′ee-bug, the Lecanium coffeæ, destructive to the coffee-plant; Coff′ee-cup, a cup for coffee; Coff′ee-house, a house where coffee and other refreshments are sold; Coff′ee-mill, a small mill or machine for grinding coffee-beans; Coff′ee-pot, a pot or vessel in which coffee is prepared and served; Coff′ee-room, a room in a hotel where coffee and other refreshments are served. [Turk. qahveh—Ar. qahwah, orig. meaning wine.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A beverage made from ground COFFEA beans (SEEDS) infused in hot water. It generally contains CAFFEINE and THEOPHYLLINE unless it is decaffeinated.
A type of cultivar, plant, seed, shrub or tree created and cultivated in a variety of species.
Coffee is drank globally all over the world.
Submitted by MaryC on September 18, 2016
A type of drink created in various forms.
Coffee is loved globally and drank by many people in various forms.
Submitted by MaryC on September 18, 2016
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coffee is ranked #5585 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Coffee surname appeared 6,223 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Coffee.
68.5% or 4,264 total occurrences were White.
23.7% or 1,480 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 175 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.7% or 171 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.7% or 106 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'coffee' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1729
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'coffee' in Written Corpus Frequency: #883
Rank popularity for the word 'coffee' in Nouns Frequency: #693
The numerical value of coffee in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of coffee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.
It’s about how you feel two hours later, with normal coffee, you get a food craving and get tired two hours later. [Bulletproof coffee] doesn’t cause a 10:30 crash we’re used to. It gives you a huge boost over normal coffee.
the words on the paper im readin are blarin out at me loud an angrylike tellin me there's no end to the recession theres no jobs theres no peace theres no hope man an people wonder why i do what i do? an bums are bummin lights from me and babies are squintin up at me an my coffee is rupturing my gut bitterlike an i guess the world is kinda like the coffee sometimes – ill be suffering thru both tomorrow.
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Translations for coffee
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- بن, قهوةArabic
- кофе, ҡәһүәBashkir
- кафе́, кафеBulgarian
- ཁོ་ཕིTibetan Standard
- cafè, marróCatalan, Valencian
- къахьо, кофэChechen
- káva, kávovníkCzech
- ffa coffi, coffiWelsh
- kaffetræ, kaffe, kaffebusk, kaffebønneDanish
- Kaffee, Kaffeepflanze, kaffeefarbig, Kaffebohne, Kaffeefarbe, kaffeefarben, kaffeebraunGerman
- ގަހުވަ, ކޮފީDivehi
- καφές, καφέ, καφεόδεντροGreek
- café, tinto, cafeto, grano de caféSpanish
- kohv, kohvipuu, kohvipruunEstonian
- قهوه, قهوهایPersian
- kahvinruskea, kahvipensas, kahvi, kahvipapuFinnish
- café, caféierFrench
- kofjeWestern Frisian
- cofaidhScottish Gaelic
- café, cafeeiraGalician
- કહવા, કૉફીGujarati
- קפה, פולי קפהHebrew
- कॉफ़ी, क़हवा, कोफ़ी, काफ़ीHindi
- kávécserje, kávébarna, kávé, kávébabHungarian
- սուրճ, սրճագույն, սրճահատիկ, սրճենիArmenian
- biji kopi, kopiIndonesian
- kaffibrúnn, kaffiIcelandic
- caffè, marrone, chicco di caffèItalian
- コーヒー, 珈琲, コーヒー色, コーヒー豆, コーヒーの木, コーヒーJapanese
- ყავა, ყავის მარცვლებიGeorgian
- kaffiKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 커피, 커피콩, 커피색Korean
- قاوهیی, قاوه, qehwe, qawe, qehweyî, qaweyîKurdish
- KaffiLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- kopi, kahwaMalay
- mokka, koffie, koffiebruin, koffieplant, koffieboonDutch
- kaffe, kaffiNorwegian
- gohwééhNavajo, Navaho
- makade-mashkikiwaabooOjibwe, Ojibwa
- хъауа, къофиOssetian, Ossetic
- ਕਾਫ਼ੀPanjabi, Punjabi
- kawowy, kawa, kawowiecPolish
- کاوهPashto, Pushto
- café, cafezeiro, [[árvore]] [[de]] [[café]], [[pé]]-[[de]]-[[café]]Portuguese
- cafea, arbore-de-cafea, cafeniuRomanian
- ко́фе, [[кофе́йный]] [[цвет]], [[кофейный, кофе́йный, кофейный, кофе́йное де́рево, [[цвет]] [[ко́фе]], кофеRussian
- gáffe, káffeNorthern Sami
- кахва, kafa, кава, kava, кафа, kahvaSerbo-Croatian
- කෝපිSinhala, Sinhalese
- káva, kávovníkSlovak
- kava, kavovecSlovene
- kofiSouthern Sotho
- kaffe, kaffebuske, kaffeträdSwedish
- kahawa, mbuniSwahili
- กาแฟ, เมล็ดกาแฟThai
- кофе, каһвәTatar
- قەھۋەUyghur, Uighur
- کافی, قہوہ, کوفیUrdu
- kofe, qahvaUzbek
- cà phêVietnamese
- kafabraunik, kafabraun, kafaköl, kaf, kafakölikVolapük
- ohun mímu, kofiYoruba
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