What’s in a name? More than you’d think. Take mocha for instance. It’s not just the name of a type of coffee, it’s a place too. And not just any old place, it’s probably the birthplace of coffee. As far back as the 15th Century, the port of Mocha (al-Mukhā in Arabic) on the Arabian peninsula has been synonymous with coffee: buying it, selling it, consuming it. And from there it spread to Egypt and the rest of the world.
And while the humble latte is much more literal - latte means milk in Italian - the ever popular cappuccino is not named after its frothy nature or chocolatey sprinkles. Its name comes from the colour of the robes worn by the monks of Capuchin, Italy! So the next time you ask for your favourite coffee you just might appreciate it all the more for knowing why it’s called what it’s called and that there’s more to a name than meets the eye.