Definition - a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant
Coffee, in both name and origin, can be traced back to Arabia. The drink has existed in Arabia since the 15th century, and the name comes from the Arabic qahwa. There are over two dozen species of coffee, with two of them (arabica and robusta) supplying the great majority of the beans ingested by coffee drinkers. Among those who care about such matters, arabica is viewed as the superior bean.
We are not informed whether the Prussians are as much addicted to the use of coffee as they are to beer-drinking and smoking, but from what we know of their countrymen, we judge they are.
—The New York Times, 10 Oct. 1870