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A glass carafe

A carafe (/kəˈræf/) is a glass container with a flared lip used for serving liquids, especially wine and coffee.[1] Unlike the related decanter, carafes generally do not include stoppers.[2] Coffee pots included in coffee makers are also referred to as carafes in American English.


In France, carafes are commonly used to serve water.[3] To order a carafe d'eau ("carafe of water") is to request to be served (free) tap water rather than bottled water at a cost. In Greece, in tavernas or similar establishments, carafes are normally used to serve draught wine. Carafes are also used to serve coffee; these carafes come in glass or thermal variants used for certain purposes, such as storing larger amounts of coffee without affecting the taste or keeping the coffee warm for extended periods.

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  1. ^ "Definition of CARAFE". Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Carafe". Yale University Art Galley. Yale University. Retrieved 21 January 2022. and therefore did not have matching stoppers
  3. ^ "Food & Cooking ID Definitions" (PDF). SDSU Extension. South Dakota State University. Retrieved 21 January 2022. In France, carafes are commonly used to serve water.

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  • Media related to Carafes at Wikimedia Commons