Which is correct, ‘fresh brewed coffee’, ‘fresh, brewed coffee’, or ‘freshly brewed coffee’?

Which is correct, ‘fresh brewed coffee’, ‘fresh, brewed coffee’, or ‘freshly brewed coffee’?

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  1. Hi Scott,
    I would say that the answer to this question is “freshly brewed coffee”. Brewed is a verb and to modify it you need to use an adverb, in this case freshly. Adverbs frequently end in “y”,
    The first option is incorrect because it uses fresh instead of freshly. While the meaning is essentially the same, it is grammatically incorrect.
    The second variant is also incorrect because it puts an emphasis on brewed, which is nonsense. All coffee is brewed therefore there is no need to tell the customer something that is obvious.
    All the best to you,

  2. I will say what it is not and that is: fresh, brewed coffee. You would not put a comma after ‘fresh’ because it modifies ‘brewed’ not ‘coffee’. I have seen this term several ways including using a hyphen: ‘fresh-brewed coffee’. I cannot find a dictionary that even lists this much less specifies what the preferred spelling is. The most common I have heard is ‘fresh brewed coffee’ but that does not tell me whether or not a hyphen is utilized.

  3. I think they are all correct, but they mean slightly different things to me:
    fresh brewed coffee = fresh (brewed coffee)
    fresh, brewed coffee = coffee that is fresh and brewed (fresh modifies coffee directly).
    freshly brewed coffee = (freshly brewed) coffee
    There’s a fourth possibility, which might be what you want:
    fresh-brewed coffee = (fresh brewed) coffee
    Adjectives in English are generally “right associative” unless overridden by a hyphen.


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