We often hear people saying: “My day doesn’t start without a ‘Cup of Joe’ or my ‘Cup of Java’“. That is how many refer to their morning Coffee cuppa.
So, why coffee would be called as a cup of Java is not much of a brainer. As we know, the Indonesian island of Java is a major producer of local Indonesian coffee. So, coffee made from Javanese coffee beans can very well be known as a Cup of Java.
But why do we call coffee The Joe? Isn’t it the name of a person? Sounds funny, doesn’t it?
Here’s why a cup of coffee is called ‘Cup Of Joe’
In 1914, at the time of World War I, the Secretary of Navy, Joseph ‘Joe’ Daniels banned alcohol on the ship. The only other beverage available to the sailors was coffee. With a sore spirit and sarcasm, they tried to mock the Secretary without actually provoking or offending him. So, they would plaintively ask, “would you like a ‘Cup of Joe’?” Although the ban was announced in 1914, the term started being used much later when the sailors went aboard in 1930.
In 1898, the Martinson Coffee Company was founded by Joe Martinson in New York. By 1930 the company name spread across New York and the company sales boomed up. The coffee from Martinson was originally known as Joe’s Coffee or Cup of Joe. However, later every coffee- no matter what brand or where they sourced it from coming to be known as Joe in the neighborhood.
Also in the 1930’s, Jamoke was a term used across many coffee outlets, which literally meant a combination of Java coffee and Mocha. Eventually, the term ‘Jamoke’ changed into an abbreviated form called ‘Joe’. It is quite possible that Joe was nothing but a blended variety of coffee with cocoa.
There’s another probability that says that coffee is a common man’s drink and Joe is used as a term to define an average male in America. So. basically a Cup of Joe is nothing but a commoner’s beverage choice.
So again, no one can pinpoint the exact fact of why and how the term Cup of Joe came into being, or whether either of the stories was linked to one another in any way.
What we do know, is that the term came into being in 1930, but it became widespread only after 1980’s.
Do these facts seem intriguing enough to impress your friends over a Cup of Joe? Let us know how it goes!