Sunday, 25 September 2016

Why Coffee Is Sometimes Called Mocha

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The word coffee itself comes from the Dutch koffie, which has its origin in a Turkish version of an Arabic word. Everybody's favorite stimulant has many nicknames, and every one of these words has a story to tell. Consider 'mocha,' which is named after a port on the Red Sea coast of Yemen.

The wild source of the beverage is thought to be the Ethiopia highlands. A quick glance at a map shows that Yemen is fewer than two dozen miles from Africa across the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The interior highlands of Yemen turned out to be quite suitable for growing the coffee plant.

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