Home > Letter C >

English

From Dutch koffie (coffee) [from 1582], from Italian caffè (coffee), 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 trilateral 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 of Ethiopia, which is an Omotic word.