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drek

noun;
Very poorly brewed or low quality coffee; corporate coffee. ('the chain coffeeshop sells only drek') The original word is often seen in the form 'dreck', a slang word meaning trash and rubbish. The German spelling is 'dreck'. It has also become a jargon among coffee aficionados, and they used the Yiddish spelling 'drek' and extended it to mean poor-quality coffee. Coffee can taste extremely bitter when made improperly and drunk without milk or condiments; this is probably the reason why this word was used.
 
You wouldn't believe what oily drek passes for espresso beans in the States!
Etymology : from Yiddish drek, 'filth, dregs, dung, trash'
Source : http://www.math.columbia.edu/~bayer/coffee.html
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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