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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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Wiki User
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

Joeâ??.

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Anonymous
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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Anonymous
2020-05-11 13:52:34

i luv tea no coffee plz

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Anonymous
2020-05-11 12:44:56

because it was invented by someone called joe

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Anonymous
2020-05-11 12:21:32

yo

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Anonymous
2020-05-11 05:15:02

the real question here is who's joe?

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Anonymous
2020-05-10 19:26:27

because it got sparkles on it

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Anonymous
2020-05-10 19:25:13

two hundreds, six tens, two ones=

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Anonymous
2020-05-10 05:46:08

Anh l.._.. haz

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Anonymous
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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