Follow us
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
Aspreso Singapore        |        |        +65 9721 6726

Coffee in any other name, would be as aromatic!

July 12, 2016

Coffee, cafe, cuppa, kopi whatever you may call it gives you the same results. In most countries ordering coffee or cafe should get you your much needed morning fix. If you're up for some adventure & want to impress the cute local barista, below is a quick guide on how to say coffee in more than 60 languages!


Afrikaans: koffie (pronounced coffee)

Albanian: kafe (pronounced KA-fey)

Amharic: buna (pronounced boona)

Arabic: qahioa, qahua or qahwe (The q sound is pronounced low in the throat, so it may sound more like 'ahua' (for example) to non-Arabic speakers.

In Egypt and some other ares, coffee is typically served with sugar. To order it without sugar, say “qahua sada.”)

Armenian: surch (pronounced suurch) or sourdj

Basque: kafea or akeuta

Belarusian: kava

Bengali/Bangla: café (pronounced ka-FEY)

Bulgarian: kafe

Catalan: cafe

Chinese (Cantonese): ga feh

Chinese (Mandarin): kafei (both consonants are in "first tone" / are high and even in pronunciation)

Creole: kafe

Croatian: kava

Czech: kava (pronounced kaava) or kafe

Danish: kaffe (pronounced kah-FEY)

Dutch: koffie (pronounced coffee)

English: coffee

Esperanto: kafo

Estonian: kohv

Ethiopian Semitic (spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea): bunna, buni or bun (Coffee beans got their name from the combination of “Kaffa,” a major Ethiopian coffee-producing area, and “bun.”)

Filipino/Tagalog: kape

Finnish: kahvi

French: café

Galician: café

Georgian: qava or chai

German: der Kaffee (pronounced kah-FEE; masculine; the “K” is capitalized 

Greek: kafés (pronounced ka-FACE)

Haitian Creole: kafe (pronounced kah-FEY)

Hawaiian: kope

Hebrew: ka-feh

Hindi: kofi (pronounced KOH-fee)

Hungarian: kavé (pronounced KAH-vey)


Irish: caife

Italian: caffe (pronounced KA-fee)

Icelandic: kaffii

Indonesian: kopi

Japanese: koohii

Korean: keopi or ko-pyi

Latvian: kafija (pronounced ka-fee-ya)

Lithuanian: kava

Luxembourgish: Kaffi (like in German, all nouns are capitalized in Luxembourish)

Macedonian: kafe

Malay: kopi

Maltese: kafe

Norwegian: kaffe

Ojibwe (language of the Anishinabek Native Americans): muckadaymashkikiwabu (literally, "black medicine water)

Persian: qéhvé

Polish: kawa (pronounced kava)

Portuguese: café

Romanian: cafea (pronounced café-ah)

Russian: kofe (pronounced koe-fee)

Serbian: kafa

Slovakian: kava (pronounced kah-va)

Slovenian: kave

Spanish: el café (masculine)

Sinhalese (Sri Lanka): kopi

Swahili: kahawa

Swedish: kaffe

Taiwanese: ka fei (same as Mandarin)

Tamil (Sri Lanka): kapi-kottai or kopi

Thai: kafea or ca-fea

Turkish: kahve (pronounced kah-VEY)

Ukrainian: kavy or kava

Urdu: coffee

Vietnamese: ca phe (pronounced ka FEY) or cafe

Wolof: kafe

Welsh: coffi (pronounced ko-FEE)

Yiddish: kave

Zulu: ikhofi

Please reload

Recent Posts

September 18, 2016

September 13, 2016

September 6, 2016

August 4, 2016

Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Untitled
  • Twitter Social Icon