The first does not refer to beverages made in the Rocky Mountains. It refers to the territory on one side of the mountains or the other. The second refers to beverages made in the areas adjacent to the Mediterranean.
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I look up the dictionary but I am still not quite sure of what "this side of" means.
The dictionary said it was used to convey that something is comparable with a paragon or model of its kind.
These are the example sentences:
1. This place has the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries this side of the Rocky Mountains.
2. It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.
So does exmaple 1 means that the coffee of this place is almost as good as the one of the Rocky Mountains?
And the example 2 means that the coffee it serves is almost as good as the one of the Mediterranean?
Am I correct? Please help me. Thanks a lot.
I am not a teacher.
Well, by definition, if you are making a comparison with a paragon you would be correct; the other one is better. But it doesn't mean the coffee of the Rocky Mountains. It means the coffee from the other side of the Rocky Mountains. The same goes for the Mediterranean.
In practice, it shouldn't necessarily be taken literally. It's just a way of saying that the coffee is very good.
It is not necessarily saying the coffee on the other side of the Rockies is better, it is just defining a wide geographic area.