Why do we call coffee a “cup of Joe”?
One of the most common ways we’ve referred to coffee in the past century is to call it a “cup of joe.” Why do we do that? The real answer is that we’re not quite sure, but there are some theories. One theory is that it’s named after Josephus Daniels, a U.S. Secretary of the Navy. In 1914, he banned alcohol from being served on Navy ships.
Why do they call it a Joe?
Since coffee is the common man’s drink, and “joe” is the common man’s name, coffee and joe became synonymous. Diner culture may also have had something to do with it, as more and more diners opened up in the 1950s and 1960s.
Why is coffee called “Black Joe coffee?
Another theory is that this name for coffee is based on an African-American spiritual written by Stephen Foster, called “Old Black Joe.” There is a comic strip from 1911 that describes this phrase as meaning coffee without milk.
Why do they call Martinson Coffee a Joe?
It’s possible that people referred to Martinson coffee as a cup of joe, due to the fact that the owner was named Joe Martinson. The Martinson coffee company was one of the oldest coffee companies in the US, having been around since 1898. Why do they call coffee java?