The Name Coffee

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 plants 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

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