noun, often attributive \ˈk-fē, ˈkä-\

: a dark brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water

: coffee beans

Full Definition of COFFEE

a :  a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant
b :  any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is prepared
c :  coffee seeds especially roasted and often ground — compare arabica, robusta
d :  a dehydrated product made from brewed coffee <instant coffee>; also :  a beverage made from this
:  a cup of coffee <two coffees>

Examples of COFFEE

  1. I bought a pound of coffee.

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Origin of COFFEE

Italian & Turkish; Italian caffè, from Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa
First Known Use: 1598

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with COFFEE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tropical evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea, in the madder family, or its seeds, called beans; also the beverage made by brewing the roasted and ground beans with water. Two of the 25 or more species, C. arabica and C. canephora, supply almost all the world's coffee. Arabica coffee is considered to brew a more flavourful and aromatic beverage than Robusta, the main variety of C. canephora. Arabicas are grown in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Indonesia, Robustas mainly in Africa. The shrub bears bouquets of small white flowers with a jasminelike fragrance. The fruit, 0.5–0.75 in. (13–19 mm) long and red when mature, is called a cherry. Coffee contains large amounts of caffeine, the effects of which have always been an important element in the drink's popularity. Coffee drinking began in 15th-century Arabia. It reached Europe by the mid 17th century and immediately became hugely popular. Coffee is now consumed by about one-third of the world's population.


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