One theory: In 1914, Josephus Daniels, then Secretary of the Navy, issued General Order 99. Sound ominous? The men of the Navy thought so. Order 99 prohibited alcohol aboard Navy vessels. Since then, the "strongest" drink available onboard has been coffee. The sailors, possibly disgruntled with this decision, dubbed their coffee a "cup of Joe" as a dig to the SECNAV. After the American Revolution, as a nod to the British Royal Naval tradition, the U.S. Navy had established that each sailor should receive "one half-pint of distilled spirits" per day. In 1842 that was reduced to four ounces, or "one gill." During the Civil War the ration was eliminated entirely. And in 1914... you know the rest. This "cup of Joe" theory is probably a myth, but, hey, it makes for a great story! #cupofjoe #coffee #josephusfortherestofus #cpfcusoon
  • cedarpointfcuOne theory: In 1914, Josephus Daniels, then Secretary of the Navy, issued General Order 99. Sound ominous? The men of the Navy thought so. Order 99 prohibited alcohol aboard Navy vessels. Since then, the "strongest" drink available onboard has been coffee. The sailors, possibly disgruntled with this decision, dubbed their coffee a "cup of Joe" as a dig to the SECNAV. After the American Revolution, as a nod to the British Royal Naval tradition, the U.S. Navy had established that each sailor should receive "one half-pint of distilled spirits" per day. In 1842 that was reduced to four ounces, or "one gill." During the Civil War the ration was eliminated entirely. And in 1914... you know the rest. This "cup of Joe" theory is probably a myth, but, hey, it makes for a great story! #cupofjoe #coffee #josephusfortherestofus #cpfcusoon

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