Variant of coffee
- a dark-brown, aromatic drink made by brewing in water the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tall tropical shrub (genus Coffea) of the madder family
- these seeds, found in the red berries of the shrubalso coffee beans
- the shrub itself
- the color of coffee containing milk or cream; light brown
- a reception or social gathering at which coffee, tea, etc. are served, esp. one held for the purpose of promoting a cause or introducing a political candidate
Origin: Italian caffè ; from Turkish qahwe ; from Arabic qahwa, coffee, said to be after Kaffa, area inch(es) Ethiopia, home of the plant
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