The Mystery of Coffee’s Name

How caffeinated do you like to be? Coffee has gotten some bad press in the past, including myths that it would stunt your growth or cause heart problems. But recent research generally puts coffee in the clear, with potential health benefits outweighing the risks. Who doesn’t love to have a vice transformed into a virtue?

A classic part of coffee’s mystique is the name “coffee” itself. The uncertainty around its etymology spans continents.

History shows that it was the Italians who introduced coffee to the rest of Europe as caffe. This word derives from the Turkish kahveh, which in turn stems from Arabic qahwah, short for qahhwat al-bun, meaning “wine of the bean.” This poetic phrase led to the misunderstanding that qahwah also meant “wine.”

However, some researchers suggest that the story of coffee’s name goes further, originating from the Ethiopian region of Kaffa, which is one of the historic homes of the bean. In Kaffa, coffee is called buno, and in Arabic the raw bean can be known as bunn. Returning to the lovely “wine of the bean,” qahhwat al-bun, both Ethiopian words are present.

Whether the name came from Kaffa or qahwah, coffee’s mystique tastes delicious to us. To close, here are the definitions of a few lesser-known coffee drinks! See if you know how they’re made, and what they taste like.

Café royale

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Nutrition Facts

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% Daily Value Total fat 7g 11% Saturated fat 1.5g 8% Trans fat 0g Polyunsaturated fat 2g Monounsaturated fat 3.5 Cholesterol less than 5mg 1% Sodium 280mg 12% Total carbohydrate 17g 6% Dietary Fiber less than 1g 3% Sugars less than 1g Protein 3g Vitamin A 0% Calcium 4% Vitamin C 0% Iron 6% go to site low calorie snacks

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  1. Lilliana Montgomery -  June 26, 2016 - 12:23 pm

    Qahwa isn’t wine

  2. wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 11, 2014 - 2:45 am

    blabberwocky – January 19, 2011 – 2:46 p.m.

    How can something that smells so wonderful taste so icky…sigh.

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  3. Sebastian -  October 10, 2011 - 3:19 am

    Also I believe the word “mocha” comes from the port city Mokha in Yemen. Thought that was pretty cool too.

  4. blabberwocky -  January 19, 2011 - 2:46 am

    How can something that smells so wonderful taste so icky.. sigh.

    • linda -  December 24, 2014 - 11:49 am

      I have no clue how people like coffee I wonder how you make coffee

  5. Elissa Sangi -  November 9, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    How interesting and how cool. “Wine of the bean” how lovely. I love to pass this information on to other people and they think I’m the real intellect of the group. How funny—READ,guys,READ.

  6. Jocantha Telsey -  October 9, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    liked this post. makes sense and i like coffee

  7. bing -  October 8, 2010 - 1:07 am

    “wine of the bean” coffee coffee coffee loves you so much mmmmmmm. Thanks for the very interesting info. :-) Have more reasons to drink more coffee… heheheh

  8. theresa -  October 4, 2010 - 6:22 pm

    yep. the turks brought us coffee. see, they were going to conques some european city in the medival era(i don’t remember what city it is) but reinforcments came and they hsd to flee, giving us coffee and helping protect Christianity(by not conguering the city) :)

  9. kbow -  September 26, 2010 - 10:33 am

    It’s truly some good stuff.And to think that my mom hates when I drink coffee.

  10. tal -  September 22, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    I think Joker should be the next Poet Laureate. I liked the poem and I share your love of coffee.

  11. sf2 -  September 7, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    My true desire is that people (or those who think they are doctors or fact finders) stop telling people that coffee or any other food item prevents or lowers cancer effects. If we knew for sure or even partially that coffee or certain foods did this, we’d be closer to a cure. My family are avid coffee drinkers and all died from some form of cancer; just keep it real to the fun facts and stop trying to make food a deterrent to cancers, it is about the genes and our total environment that cause cancers. At one time, they believed coffee caused cancers.
    Keep it real, please. who really knows?

  12. jham -  September 7, 2010 - 9:25 am

    I guess that is where the Bunn industrial coffee maker brand comes from. How bout that?

  13. KS -  August 26, 2010 - 9:53 am

    After so many years (not revealing how many!) I have finally learned to enjoy coffee. It used to taste like mud to me – and yes, fresh Kenyan coffee is the best! But even the decaf makes me jive!

    Oh come on, save us! – balance out the potential of being saved from a rare cancer to the significantly increased potential of dying from a heart attack from 4+ cups per day! Alternating with a little tea is good! Everything in moderation, eh? :)

  14. Liana -  August 26, 2010 - 3:51 am

    It would have been nice to have some dates in this article. For instance, I was under the impression that “coffee” wasn’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. Coffee had been around since the 9th century in Yemen, if I recall correctly, so I’m just wondering at that omission of information. I know we’re primarily talking about the origin of the word here, but I think it’s important to include that brief history lesson alongside this information. At present, this feels like it’s bordering on giving credit where credit isn’t entirely due. Just saying.

  15. kafayolai -  August 25, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    For years, my office got its coffee from a service named “Bunn,” which included a “Bunnomatic” coffee maker. I never guessed that Bunn and Coffee were so closely related otherwise- I wonder if its founder George Bunn knew?

  16. Wangari -  August 20, 2010 - 7:34 am

    The arab word qahwah rings a bell, I am from Kenya in East Africa and the Swahili word for coffee is KAHAWA, swahili being a mixture of arabic and bantu language kinda explains where the root word came from. We grow some really Good Arabica coffee in Kenya. Guess what the swahili word KOFI ( pronounced as coffee means? a slap) funny twist on words huh?

  17. Makiato -  August 20, 2010 - 5:04 am

    Common pronunciation in Ethiopia (where I’ve lived for several years) is ‘bunna’ (long ‘u’). And many Ethiopians insist they, not the brief Italian occupiers, invented the macchiato, which they sometimes spell ‘makiato’. A proper Ethiopian macchiato is made with the milk and coffee separated in the glass (and at least a centimetre of sugar on the bottom!).

  18. joker -  August 19, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    I just love it and so I made a poem for it:
    Coffe is the best, it is tasty and yum,
    until yesterday I thought the best would be a plum,
    but now that I know,
    without it I will never go,
    I don’t know what else to say,
    except that coffee is the best to this day!!!
    thanks for all the interesting facts i loved them
    I hoped you loved the poem I made
    :) :) :) :) :)

  19. Bluffmistress -  August 19, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    Coffee *AHHH*
    I <3 coffee
    it is da best
    i didnt know about some of da facts u had in article & believe me i know most of da facts!
    amazing :)
    thanx pples. <3 ya's all
    see ya
    :) :) :0 ;)

  20. Brosnan Lockesley -  August 19, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    It’s not only a Turkish word,in Slovak it’s Kava and doesn’t one say in England, ‘A cup of Java ‘. Kava or Kavu depending on the case is a normal Slavonic word. Coffe is good for the long term memory also.

    Brosnan Lockesley

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  22. Hector -  August 7, 2010 - 6:20 am

    A few years back there was a Colombian soap opera tiled “cafe con aroma de mujer” which means Coffee with the scent of a woman. In that soap opera the plot is not important. The facts spewed about coffee, its origins, usage by famous people. The fact that it just to grow in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka but due to a plague of mildew it disappeared. That is why the Brits drink tea instead of coffee.

  23. aryz_89 -  August 7, 2010 - 12:43 am

    I thought that caffeinated beverages fired up migrane..is’nt it??

  24. anto -  August 6, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    thank you for this inspiring etymology…:-)

  25. BHAGYASHREE -  August 3, 2010 - 6:45 am


  26. Jonel -  July 21, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    WOW!!!Interesting Article!!!!

  27. schmoo -  June 27, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    Hey amazing!!!! All you usually hear about coffee is the negative effects…this article is cool!!

  28. Atekdit -  June 25, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    I love coffee (bunn) as call it in our country. Most of the time I was made fear in drinking bunn telling me that it can cause blood pressure. So I had been and off drinking it, however it keeps more motivated and happy. I still drink it and I shall continue to drink coffee.
    It is nicely made in our home.

  29. CHRYS -  June 24, 2010 - 8:21 pm


  30. Holistic Doctor NYC -  June 23, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of uterine and liver cancers, and some evidence also suggests esophageal and colon cancer.

  31. Doug Kerins -  June 23, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    When I was in Saudi Arabia, the Qahwah was made from a coffee bean that looked to have a greenish color and is smaller than the bean we are familiar with in the west. It’s brewed kind of like ‘cowboy coffee’ with the ground beans directly in the water, laced with cardamon, then strained though grassy fibers (never did find out what it was) into small ceramic cups. By tradition, you should always have a second cup, but it is acceptable to refuse a third by turning the cup upside down and waving it back and forth slightly. Qahwah is part of the Arab tradition of hospitality and is usually offered with dates. To this day passengers traveling on Saudia Airlines are offered Qahwah and dates in buisiness and first class.

  32. Julie S -  June 23, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    WOO HOO, knew it was good for me – Love my JAVA. There’s another words associated to the wine of the bean.

  33. Xenobea -  June 23, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    “…the more coffee subjects guzzled during the day, the lower their risk of contracting a rare form of head and neck cancer.”

    All the more reason to love coffee. *sips on a cappuccino* :)

  34. monica -  June 23, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    wow!!!! i luv coffee

  35. monica -  June 23, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    wow!!!! super info!!! now i luv it more!

  36. Stinky Joe -  June 23, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    And all this time I thought coffee was from Folgers Mountain. . . who knew?

  37. Beau Leblanc -  June 23, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Any idea who conducted the study, and where was it done?

  38. p! -  June 23, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Wine’s fine anytime of day for me And now I now that i can drink in the morn wow! I’m fully Dionysian whether the bean or the grape!

  39. Frankie -  June 23, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Wow, “wine of the bean”! That’s really interesting. :) Thanks.

  40. George Johnson -  June 23, 2010 - 11:20 am

    I do love ma coffee. @-@

  41. rocío -  June 23, 2010 - 11:19 am

    I love Coffee ♥
    Thanks for the info :)

  42. Alec -  June 23, 2010 - 11:03 am

    So cool! Learned a lot :) thanks

  43. Saint of Sebastiani -  June 23, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Is coffee a ROCOCO drink or is it FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION LOL I need another cup! Cool info..


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