The hot, brown beverage that many people start their days with is called coffee. To make coffee, you can grind coffee beans and pour very hot water over the grounds.

Many people drink coffee because they love the deep, roasted flavor, and also for the caffeine it contains — drinking coffee helps you feel more awake and alert. The green coffee bean that's roasted and ground to produce your cup of Joe grows on a bush in a warm climate. People have been drinking coffee since at least the 15th century, although it didn't catch on with Americans until the Revolutionary War, when the British habit of tea drinking plummeted in popularity.

Primary Meanings of coffee

a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
a medium brown to dark-brown color
Full Definitions of coffee

n a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans

“he ordered a cup of coffee
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coffee substitute
a drink resembling coffee that is sometimes substituted for it
Irish coffee
sweetened coffee with Irish whiskey and whipped cream
cafe au lait
equal parts of coffee and hot milk
cafe noir, demitasse
small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream
decaf, decaffeinated coffee
coffee with the caffeine removed
drip coffee
coffee made by passing boiling water through a perforated container packed with finely ground coffee
strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
cappuccino, cappuccino coffee, coffee cappuccino
equal parts of espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and usually whipped cream
ice coffee, iced coffee
a strong sweetened coffee served over ice with cream
instant coffee
dehydrated coffee that can be made into a drink by adding hot water
mocha, mocha coffee
a superior dark coffee made from beans from Arabia
Turkish coffee
a drink made from pulverized coffee beans; usually sweetened
cafe royale, coffee royal
black coffee with Cognac and lemon peel and sugar
chicory, chicory root
root of the chicory plant roasted and ground to substitute for or adulterate coffee
trade mark for a coffee substitute invented by C. W. Post and made with chicory and roasted grains
caffe latte, latte
strong espresso coffee with a topping of frothed steamed milk
Type of:
beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
any liquid suitable for drinking

n any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans

coffee tree
Arabian coffee, Coffea arabica
shrubby tree of northeastern tropical Africa widely cultivated in tropical or near tropical regions for its seed which form most of the commercial coffee
Coffea liberica, Liberian coffee
small tree of West Africa
Coffea canephora, Coffea robusta, Rio Nunez coffee, robusta coffee
native to West Africa but grown in Java and elsewhere; resistant to coffee rust
Type of:
a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms

n a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee

coffee bean, coffee berry
Type of:
a small hard fruit

n a medium brown to dark-brown color

burnt umber, chocolate, deep brown, umber
Type of:
brown, brownness
an orange of low brightness and saturation

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