Pronunciation key

( kôfi )
( kofi )

cof•fee [plural term same as singular.]


[It. caffé; Turk. qahveh; Ar. qahwah, drink produced from berries, coffee].

  1. Aromatic beverage created from ground roasted beanlike seeds of the tall, tropical plant from the madder (Rubiaceae) family.
  2. The seeds, green, roasted and ground used in producing the beverage. They are found in the red berries which grows on the shrub.
  3. The shrub.

  4. The flavor of coffee or the color which resembles coffee when milk or cream is mixed in, brown.

cof•fee bean

The seed produced within the berries of the coffee plant.

cof•fee ber•ry ( kôfi-ber′i, kofi-ber′i ) [pl. COFFEE-BERRIES (-iz)]

Fruit produced by the coffee shrub. The coffee bean.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Coffee Branch and Berries
Coffee Branch and Berries
Kingdom Plantae – Vegetal, plants
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae – green plants
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants
Subdivision Spermatophytina – spermatophytes, seed plants
Infradivision Angiospermae – flowering plants, angiosperm
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Asteranae
Order Gentianales
Family Rubiaceae – madders
Genus Coffea L. – coffee
Direct Children:
Species Coffea arabica L. – Arabian coffee
Species Coffea benghalensis B. Heyne ex Schult. – bengal coffee
Species Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner – robusta coffee
Species Coffea congensis A. Froehner – congo coffee
Species Coffea liberica W. Bull ex Hiern. – Liberian coffee
Species Coffea stenophylla G. Don
Coffee Plant
Coffee Plant
Coffee Bean
Coffee Beans

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Coffea, L., Taxonomic Serial No.: 35189
  • The Coffee Bean
  • Coffee
  • Charleston Coffee Exchange
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