What was coffee originally called in Europe?
The word "coffee" itself is of Arabic origin – that's one of the reasons for this beverage to be known as "Arabian wine" in Europe. Nevertheless, a small linguistic investigation of its origin might be quite interesting.
The appearance of the word "coffee" in Europe is the result of various transformations of the Arabic phrase "qahhwat al-bun" which means "the bean's wine". Gradually, the phrase was cut to the "gahwah" form and then the variations of the transformed word were spread around the entire continent. In Turkey, it turned into "kahveh", in Dutch – into "koffie" and finally in the UK the word took its current form as "coffee".