The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World

 

“Yet despite the shared lineage of these languages, which range from German to Spanish to Urdu to Slovak, their similar words for coffee can’t be attributed to their common ancestor. Instead, you’ll find the roots in classical Arabic.”

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People picked up the word for coffee as they picked up a cup of the curious beverage at a coffeehouse or picked up bales of the beans en route from one trading port to another.

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Imagine that you’re flying Turkish Air. The beverage cart bumps down the aisle. A flight attendant holds up that little carafe and asks, kah-vay?

You travel a lot. Now you’re flying Finnair. The beverage cart bumps down the aisle. A flight attendant holds up that little carafe and asks, ka-vee?

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