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    strong coffee

    Is there any colloquial name for a really strong coffee? In Polish you'd say "siekiera" (axe). I'm wondering how English speaking people phrase that?

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    Re: strong coffee

    So strong it can get up and walk away? It triggers my imagination . Perhaps descriptions work even better? I'd love to read more of these!

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    Re: strong coffee

    In AmE, "strong coffee" usually is a sufficient description. However, I do recall many years ago when I was young and not a coffee drinker a manager at my office asked me if I'd mind making him a cup of coffee (he had mobility issues and it was very difficult for him to serve himself). Having never used a coffee maker before, I didn't know the scoop-to-water ratio, and I'd apparently used too much coffee with too little water. His comment after the first sip: "Wow, that's cowboy coffee!"

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    Re: strong coffee

    Perhaps descriptions work even better? I'd love to read more of these!
    This one is used:
    So strong the spoon stands up in it

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    Re: strong coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    So strong it can get up and walk away? It triggers my imagination . Perhaps descriptions work even better? I'd love to read more of these!
    It'll put hairs on your chest / strong enough to put hairs on your chest / etc.

    If something "will put hairs on your chest" it usually means it is tough or macho.

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    #6

    Re: strong coffee

    Espresso.

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    Re: strong coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Espresso.
    Just to help learners, I think Rover is making a joke about English coffee. Espresso is not necessarily strong, but will seem strong to some people.

    Different countries make coffee in different ways and use different words to describe coffee making. Espresso is an Italian word - now it is used to describe a common way to make coffee in many countries these days - this method makes a concentrated, very flavorful cup of coffee.

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    Re: strong coffee

    Speaking of which, back when I just started drinking coffee, somebody offered espresso to me. I had no idea what it was but, god knows why, I thought it'd be best to act like all I drank was espresso, so I said, 'sure, bring it on, and make it double please!' and I remember it to this day - even though I'm not a man I could swear it put hair on my chest...and everywhere else for that matter.

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