Thanks to a Facebook post by Caribou Coffee, I’ve learned where the phrase “cup of joe” is derived from and wanted to share.

According to, here’s a little information about the origin of the famous phrase:

The popular train of thought as to where this phrase originated, is from a man named Josephus Daniels, who banned alcohol on ships in 1914. Josephus Daniels was from North Carolina, and was a newspaper editor until he was later appointed to serve as Secretary of the Navy during World War I.

The sailors drank alcohol aboard the ship, that is until Daniels completely banned it’s use. Naturally, the sailors would have to go after the next strongest drink on the list: coffee. Since Josephus Daniels banned alcohol, effecively forcing every sailor to have coffee instead, it was only fitting that they nicknamed the the drink after him.