Honoring Veterans Day: “Cup of Joe” History

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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 KnowYourPhrase.com, 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.

Bottoms Up!


I’ve wanted to start this blog for awhile. I spend an unhealthy amount of my free time (what is that again?) sipping coffee and people watching in coffee shops. It’s “my place”. You know, the place you go to relax, chat and enjoy. Except, coffee shops (and public places, in general) have started to mimic an adult story time for me.

After overhearing (mostly, by accident) a countless number of stories from complete strangers – secrets, political rants, in-law controversies, celebratory meetings – I began to wonder: what if my coffee could talk? And here I am.

I’m going to begin sharing stories from inside the coffee cup, mostly from strangers with some of my own sprinkled in. So, grab a cup and bottoms up!

*When possible, posts will include a picture of the coffee cup sitting at my side.