One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘A story went the rounds of one agent who went to a café and asked for a café noir - this was a mistake, because a café noir was the only kind available, milk being rationed, and his ‘cover’ was blown.’
- ‘Since we had already done that we left them there and went off on our own to walk the streets around the museum and have a café noir.’
- ‘In France, a café noir is a single shot of espresso and not a mug of black American coffee which is called a café filtre.’
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