Turkish Coffee Powder

The word ‘coffee’ comes from the Arabic word (qahwah). The importance ofPicture5 coffee in Turkish culture is evident in the words ‘breakfast’, kahvaltı, whose literal meaning is “before coffee” (kahve ‘coffee’ + altı ‘under/before’) and ‘brown’, kahverengi, whose literal meaning is, “the color of coffee”.

The word for “coffeeshop” in Modern Standard Arabic is مقهى (maqha, literally meaning “place of coffee”, plural, (maqahi(n)), but the more common term in colloquial Arabic is simply (qahwa), meaning “coffee” in much the same way as many Romance languages use café for both.