One of the first things you usually learn as a beginner is how to order a coffee in Germany.
You learn that a cup of coffee is ‘eine Tasse Kaffee’:
And a pot of coffee is ‘ein Kännchen Kaffee’:
So, I was really surprised when during our holidays in Germany I spotted this:
Two thoughts went through my head:
- Oh no, they Germanised the English ‘pot’ and instead of Kännchen they now also say Pott.
- I could do with a pot of coffee ☺
So we ordered it. We had a really nice piece of cake and ….
… a mug of coffee!
Whenever I taught the words for cups of coffee I always also got the question about a mug of coffee. When you look in dictionaries you’ll see that mug usually gets translated as ‘Becher’. To me and many others a Becher means a plastic mug mainly used for young children – hardly the utensil for hot coffee!
According to Wikipedia, ein Pott Kaffee is used in parts of Germany. Unfortunately it doesn’t mention in how many or where exactly. But if you’re in Germany and would rather have a mug instead of a cup, you can now get a Pott Kaffee, enjoy!
PS. Don’t forget:
… eine Tasse Kaffee
… einen Pott Kaffee
… ein Kännchen Kaffee.