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An image of a coffee plant in bloomWe recently came across a great list on the web of the word for coffee in over sixty languages.

Only goes to show what a great drink coffee is and how pervasive it is in world culture.

You can read more about coffee in other languages here on this About.com web page.

Wikipedia describes coffee like this…

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries, cultivated primarily in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Green unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.

Due to its caffeine content, coffee often has a stimulating effect on humans.

Today, coffee is the third most popular drink in the world, behind water and tea

We just love that last sentence.

Coffee plants are all members of the plant family Rubiaceae, of the order Gentianales. There are some 13,413 species in the world, it is reckoned.

The oldest fossil record of coffee plants go back some 48-49 million years.

Although one suspects that pre-historic man and woman did not enjoy their flavoursome get up and go cup in the morning from one of our stylish gull-wing coffee trucks.

(In Zulu coffee isikhofi by the way).

The Caffe Carino Team