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The name coffee

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Harvested coffee beans /Picture: Mario Carvajal/

Harvested coffee beans /Picture: Mario Carvajal/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mario_carvajal/

The dark, ground, roasted bean used around the world to prepare an aromatic, stimulating beverage is coffee.

History tells us that the Arabs had started to drink coffee by the 15th century.

Because the first beverages prepared from coffee were similar to wine, it was given the name of kahwa.

A century later, coffee expanded to Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and its name changed to kahvé.

The coffee plant’s name and classification spread thanks to Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

Today, the Spanish name for this delicious beverage is café and its English name is coffee. In other languages, the spelling varies, but it preserves the same root:

  • café in Spanish, Portuguese, and French;
  • coffea in Latin (its scientific name);
  • coffee in English;
  • Kaffee in German;
  • kaffe in Swedish.

Visit the Official Guide of the Coffee Triangle*

*"Unesco declares as World Heritage the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia that includes the regions of Quindio, Risaralda, Caldas and Valle del Cauca"

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