The word ‘coffee’ has a great many connotations:
A dark, bitter and aromatic drink derived from the roasted and ground beans of a tropical plant.
This is the classic cup of coffee, which is prepared with mocha or an espresso machine, either at home or in coffee bars. The Turks have a saying: “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.”
The beans of the coffee plant
Each single coffee bean tells a story: its colour, shape and degree of shine give us a good idea how the overall flavour of the beverage should be when it is ready to drink.
The coffee plant grows in many regions of the world. It is an evergreen plant of the Rubiaceae family, bearing white flowers and scarlet berries, each containing two greenish seeds, or beans.
These beans have to be dried and roasted before they are ready to be made into a cup of coffee.
Coffee-coloured; dark brown, darker than chocolate
The colour of a cup of coffee can tell a lot about the quality of the drink we are about to taste.
The French word for coffee, ‘café’, is also a public place where coffee and other beverages are drunk; coffee bar
Cafés have played a very important role throughout history, both ancient and modern; it is in cafés that revolutions and executions have been planned, and laws have been created and broken.