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Why is coffee called "joe"?

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Rhea Mraz

2020-04-28 21:36:11

   There's no consensus on how coffee got the nickname "a cup of joe," but there are a bunch of theories, some way more plausible than others. The most likely is that other nicknames for coffee—"java" and "mocha"—got smushed into one word, "jamoke," which got shortened to "joe" over time.

   The next theory in terms of plausibility is that "joe" has a long history of standing in for the common man, and since coffee came to be the common, everyday beverage, the two were a natural fit.

   There are other popular theories—like the one claiming "joe" is an homage to Josephus Daniels, who banned alcohol on Navy ships in the early 1900s and thus sparked an uptick in coffee consumption among the crews—but they're not very well proven.

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2014-06-27 22:05:59

   The term â??joeâ?? for coffee dates back to the World War I era.

   Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson, tried

   to improve the morality of the sailors by banning certain things

   like prostitution and alcohol on the bases. As a substitute for

   alcohol, coffee rose in importance and the beverage came to be

   associated with Daniels. Originally disparagingly called â??A cup

   of Joseph Danielsâ??, it was soon shortened to â??A cup of


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2020-05-22 22:54:12

   The coffee makes us stress-free and relax . That is the reason to called Joe :)

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2020-05-11 13:52:34

   i luv tea no coffee plz

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2020-05-11 12:44:56

   because it was invented by someone called joe

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2020-05-11 12:21:32


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2020-05-11 05:15:02

   the real question here is who's joe?

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2020-05-10 19:26:27

   because it got sparkles on it

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2020-05-10 19:25:13

   two hundreds, six tens, two ones=

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2020-05-10 05:46:08

   Anh l.._.. haz

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2020-05-08 20:30:52

   Until the end of WW2, many Americans called coffee Java, because

   much of their beans came from there.

   Java and Sumatra make up the biggest land mass of present day Indonesia.

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Where did cup of joe come from?

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   The Martinson Coffee Company claims that the founder, one Joe Martinson, took such care making good coffee starting in 1898 that, as legend has it, the phrase "cup o' joe" was used in speaking of Joe Martinson's coffee.

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Why is coffee called cup of Joe?

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   Coffee has been called many things in America. Joe, Java, mud, murk and Jamoke. Poplar theories abound. The word Joe for coffee has two seemingly reasonable possibilities. In 1860 a popular song of the times was "old black Joe" written by Stephen C. Foster the same man who wrote "Camp town races" and "Oh! Suzanna". Diners of the time picked up the slang 'Cup O Joe'. Another possible answer could be that Secretary of the Navy, Joseph Daniels banned alcohol from US Navy warships in 1913 and sailors began drinking more and more coffee and calling it 'Joe'.

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Why do people call a cup of coffee a cup of Joe?

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   The strongest drink available on board navy ships was coffee. It was dubbed "a cup of Joe" after the secretary. It also refers to the GIs' favorite drink. During World War II, the US defense workers were supplied with as much coffee as they wanted. Coffee was a source of warmth and comfort for troops. A variation is that "a cup of Joe" is the average drink of the average man. There was a New York company named Martinson's Coffee owned by a man named Joe Martinson. The neighborhood of the company would be saturated by the aroma of roasting coffee, and coffee became known as "a cup of Joe."

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Another word for coffee?

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   It was called a coffee maker because it makes coffee.

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   Because java has also been a nickname for coffee. Just like "a cup of joe".

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   he singed with mr. coffee

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