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"Cette cafetière n'a pas d'eau."

Translation:This coffee maker does not have water.

March 31, 2018



In UK English, we use cafetière to refer to what others might call a French press or coffee plunger (cafetière à piston), which was, fittingly, actually invented by an Italian.



As you know, a French press is "une cafetière à piston". But "une cafetière" is just a coffee maker.


Actually, those have become very rare in French households and the market is 2 fold: electric coffee machines cafetière électrique and Nespresso-type machines (capsules).


Do the French often use "instant coffee" at home? As a child in Vancouver Canada long ago, I remember coffee preparation as rather an arcane ritual involving a complicated piece of equipment; my parents soon switched to instant coffee.

Myself, I generally drink coffee out; for rare home preparation, I have a jar of instant in the frig.


For coffee lovers, "le café instantané" is not real coffee and tastes bad. New machines, especially expresso machines have become a huge market and the preparation is even simpler than instant coffee because you don't need to use a kettle to heat water.


A lot of my fellow Canadians call what you're taking about a bodum. But Ive heard it called a French Press as well.


"Bodum" is a brand name; the company makes French presses.


"There's no water in this coffee maker" would be more usual. English does not tend to personify coffee makers.


Sure, but you have to stick to the construction of the original sentence.

There's no water in this coffee maker = Il n'y a pas d'eau dans cette cafetière.


Why do you have to stick to the (unnatural) construction? We'd say 'it does not have any water in it' anyway


I certainly would say "it doesn't have any water" and I think the French wording would be the same for that; "il n'a pas d'eau".


I flagged up the pronunciation here - sounded like "cas-pierre"


The coffee maker is out of water

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