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Why is a coffee bean not called ‘coffee’ when it obviously originated from there, it seems they reversed it to the coffee drink. Even the Google search engine refers ‘Coffee’ as a drink and not the coffee bean itself.

Other fruits/vegetables are just called by [name], while their tree is called [name] [tree], they call a beverage name by the [fruit/vegetable name] [type of beverage]

(E.g: mango shake, lemon juice,)

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But when you heard coffee, it's not the coffee bean itself but the drink. Why is that? What might be the (possible) history behind this?

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Actually, the word coffee originally referred to the drink, not the beans. It is a loanword that ultimately came from an Arabic word, which referred originally to mulled wine, later coffee.

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