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Why is it called cup of joe?


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There are many theories, but the most compelling one, is that the word Joe is an abbreviation for two other early words for coffee, Java, or Jamoke.

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Three ideas: 1. Secretary of the Navy in 1913, Josephus "Joe" Daniels, prohibited alcohol at sea leading to more coffee consumption. 2. It’s a shortened version of two other slang terms for coffee: java and jamoke. 3. Coffee is considered “a common man” drink and Joe is “a common man” name.

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