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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

How do you say "decaffeinated coffee" in Finnish?

I'm beginning to think the concept simply does not exist. I'd love to have another cup of coffee, or to get some for the nice little coffee pot in my room, but there is no word that I can find for it.

Well, that's pretty much the story of my Sunday morning and afternoon in Espoo. It is quiet--too quiet. Hardly anything is open today and the couple grocery stores that I've found have lots of coffee, but I can't find a word on any of them that would make me believe that they have decaffeinated coffee in Finland.

I took a couple nice long walks today, had lunch in a "nightclub" that is open noon until 4:00 on Sunday, and have begun reading the papers for the conference that I'll be attending starting tomorrow. I'm going to read a couple more papers before I try to find dinner and go back to sleep. I think I'll be on Finland time by tomorrow morning and will be able to stay awake through most of my encounters. I'll be posting some photos soon. I'll let you know where.


I'm not sure if it's the same in Finnish, but in some languages (Italian comes to mind) you just say 'decaf'...?
I got the hotel clerk to write it down for me. You can't get it in restaurants or coffee bars--only in grocery stores. It's kofeiiniton kahvi which may look obvious, but when you don't know what you are looking for, it's very hard to spot. I got some, though, so I could have a little coffee with my chocolate this evening. Speaking of which, it's almost 8:00 p.m. and I'm shot through and through, so will be headed for bed shortly.
Being a modern-times, chemistry based word, the finnish word for "caffeine" is quite likely a close cognate with the english. I'd try just asking for "khavi ilman caffeine" and see how far that gets you. I have no idea what order finnish grammar requires those words to be in, but that's the english word-order for "coffee without caffeine".