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Why is coffee called cup of Joe?


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2008-07-30 15:40:00
2008-07-30 15:40:00

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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