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Cup of Joe


“Cup of Joe”

An American nickname for a cup of coffee.

Did you ever wonder where the term, “Cup of Joe” came from?

Well, the exact origin of the phrase has not actually been formally traced, but there are theories as to how it came into existence:

1) Since “Joe” is a name to describe an average, ordinary gentlemen, it stands to reason that the word “Joe” indicates it is for the common, typical man.

2) The G.I. Joe soldiers (the average guy who enlisted in the military) were popular in the 1930s and 1940s and during World War II.

3) It could have been named after the Secretary of the US Navy, Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels who abolished alcohol on Navy ships in 1914 which made coffee the beverage of choice for the sailors.

4) During the 19th century the island of Java in Indonesia was the major source of the world’s coffee…”Joe” could be derived from Java.

5) Joe Martinson owned a coffee company in New York and you could smell the aroma of roasted coffee throughout the neighborhood. Actually, his neighbors didn’t like the potent smell so the term had a negative connotation.

6) It could have also been from a coffee drink with frothy milk or “Chaud” which is a French term for “hot”…also known as “Cappuccino”!


Do any of these theories about a cup of Joe sound convincing to you?  Give us your feedback…thanks!




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