"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised. It's got me through the worst of the last three years. I beat the Borg with it."
Coffee was an Earth beverage, produced from the bean-like seeds of the several types of coffee plant. There were also a number of comparable beverages from other planets that were also considered to be "coffee".
Basic Earth coffee was generally served hot and was a deep brown in color, though it could be modified in countless ways – served frozen or cold, with cream, sugar, or any number of flavorings. It was usually high in the stimulant caffeine, and was used by many for these properties, especially in the morning.
The alien trader D'Marr, who was introduced to coffee in 2151, thought it to be "excellent". Upon learning this, Jonathan Archer, who was bartering with D'Marr, offered to have Chef wrap him up 10 kilograms of coffee in exchange for the location of a shipwreck. (ENT: "Oasis")
Some junior officers aboard the USS Enterprise had a low opinion of the ship's coffee in 2267. When Charlene Masters offered coffee to her colleague, he joked, "Is that an order, lieutenant?" Yeoman Rand's brew, phaser-heated when the galley lost power, was more welcome on the bridge in a time of crisis. (TOS: "The Alternative Factor", "The Corbomite Maneuver") When Hikaru Sulu and his landing party were stranded on the freezing surface of planet Alfa 177, he asked that the Enterprise lower down a pot of hot coffee on a long rope. (TOS: "The Enemy Within")
Some believed coffee was capable of curing drunkenness or a hangover, as Dr. Leonard McCoy indicated in 2293; following an unsettling dinner with Klingon chancellor Gorkon on the USS Enterprise-A in that year, McCoy planned to find himself a pot of black coffee. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In 2369, after Commander Benjamin Sisko ordered coffee from a replicator on ops, he yelled at Chief Miles O'Brien, having thought that the chief had repaired the replicator. Later, O'Brien ordered a "Hot coffee, black, double sweet," and was surprised about the good coffee. (DS9: "Babel")
Miles O'Brien preferred a Jamaican coffee blend, double strong, double sweet. (DS9: "Whispers") Keiko O'Brien believed he never drank coffee in the afternoon; this formed the basis for Miles' and Julian Bashir's rescue from T'Lani III, only after which did Miles tell his wife that he drank coffee in the afternoon all the time. (DS9: "Armageddon Game")
In 2372, Constable Odo had a conversation with Garak in the replimat, explaining how he could simulate sharing the dining experience with others (despite not needing food) by "creating" food with his own body and reabsorbing it through a mimicking of eating or drinking, reproducing more if need be. In demonstration, he morphed part of his body into a cup of coffee. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")
Captain Kathryn Janeway was well-known for her addiction to black coffee (with no milk or cream). She consistently had a cup first thing in the morning, sometimes in lieu of breakfast (VOY: "The Cloud", "Bride of Chaotica!"), and often refused to start the day without it. She once attempted to give it up, without success. (VOY: "The Cloud") She also occasionally enjoyed what appeared to be espresso. (VOY: "Prime Factors") However, in an alternate future, Admiral Janeway gave it up in her post-USS Voyager career in the Alpha Quadrant. (VOY: "Endgame")
Types of coffee
- Irish coffee
- Raktajino (Klingon)
- Vulcan mocha (Vulcan)
- "Even better than coffee substitute" (Neelix's invention)
Blends of coffee
- A deleted scene from TNG: "The Chase" revealed that Beverly Crusher was fond of a type of coffee known as a Macchiato.
- In a deleted scene from TNG: "Face of the Enemy", Ensign Stefan DeSeve tried to request coffee from a replicator but could only remember the name for it as Vorcha'ak.
- According to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine collector and archivist Penny Juday, the specific mugs used on Deep Space Nine for coffee and raktajino were fabricated by a local fabricator and the art department used specific colors on the series. The red/burgundy ones were used at Quark's Bar, the green ones in Ops, and the light blue ones in the replimat. ("Secrets of Quark's Bar", DS9 Season 1 DVD special features)