George Washington Coffee
~George Washington Inn~
Port Angeles, Washington

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George Washington said:   August 14, 2011 9:29 pm PST
Dear Mr. Dan Abbott, I am so very pleased to know that you have George Washington Coffee available to bless the discerning palates of Americans, and those who wish they were. I used to daily consume much coffee at the "Higher Grounds" Panera Cafe at Beacon Hill in Mount Vernon, the highest point on U.S. Route One from Maine to Florida. However, now in my Mount Vernon hideaway near the Belle Haven Marina on the Potomac, I brew my own coffee with Kangen alkaline water that makes it taste so smooth, and requires less coffee to brew each pot. And it is more healthy, for it has a pH of near neutral, 6.8 (7.0 is neutral) versus 4.4 to 5.5 for most coffees, that brew up acidic. Let's discuss this discovery, and your George Washington coffee.

Dimitar Behlimov said:   June 1, 2009 2:19 pm PST
My name is Dimitar, I'm from Republic of Macedonia, Europe, and I'm writing you about G Washington's coffee which has been in our family for around 65-66 years. I'm talking about a can of soluble coffee (1oz) which is still not opened and is preserved very well, I can still read what is written on it (that's how I find out about your company). That can of coffee was given to my grandparents from the Red Cross during the Second World War when they came from Greece to Macedonia (1943-1944) like a refugees. Until today nobody opened that can and I keep it with a special feeling reminding me about the suffering of my grandparents. I just wanted to share it with you, especially because of the connection and because I never seen "Washington's" coffee in Europe before.

Rod Leith said:   April 2, 2008 6:26 am PST
I am very proud to say that my great-grandfather James Leith, an immigrant from Glasgow, Scotland, worked as a tool and die maker at the Washington Coffee Company in Morris Plains, NJ. Thank you for resurrecting the Washington Coffee name and helping bring to light the fascinating history and legacy of G. Washington, the inventor, and his coffee innovations. I have not tried your coffee yet, but will be ordering some very soon!

D. Fink, Valley Forge National Park said:   December 4, 2007 2:33 am PST
I'm writing from Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania. Gen. Washington encamped here from 1777-1778. Am interested in...GW coffee. We'd love to try it in our shop. Thanks. The Encampment Store (

PFC Robert Mongold, Tallil, Iraq said:   September 10, 2007 12:42 am PST
I got back from mission today and the coffee shipment was waiting for me. Thank you very much. Needless to say but it will be very much enjoyed. Thank you for your patriotism!

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A Cup of George

Back in 1918 during the First World War, all the American coffee output was requisitioned by the US Army. As a dominant producer at that time, the G. Washington Coffee Refining Company, proudly advertised its contribution to the war effort, "G. Washington's Refined Coffee has gone to war." The following were some of the comments that were received from hardy soldiers in miserable trenches who were enjoying, as they called it, their "cup of George".

"I am very happy despite the rats, the rain, the mud, the draughts [sic], the roar of the cannon and the scream of shells. It takes only a minute to light my little oil heater and make some George Washington Coffee.... Every night I offer up a special petition to the health and well-being of [Mr. Washington]."

"There is one gentleman I am going to look up first after I get through helping whip the Kaiser, and that is George Washington, of Brooklyn, the soldiers' friend."

Excerpted from Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast,
Basic Books, New York, NY, 1999, p. 147-148.

A  New York Tribune magazine ad (dated June 22, 1919) announces the return of G. Washington's Coffee to the American home following WWI.
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So where did "cup of Joe" originate? We believe "cup of George" evolved into "cup of Joe". George is often shortened to "Geo." and can be read as "Joe". That's the only logical explanation of its etymology in Wiktionary!

Comments from soldiers serving on the field:

"I'm a medic currently stationed in Tallil Iraq. I am deployed with the 250th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne). I work at the base hospital in the emergency room. Another soldier told me about your coffee for the soldiers program and I'm just writing to say thank you for the support. You have no clue how much it means to U.S. soldiers when people back home send appreciation. It really helps us through times of doubt and struggles. Too many people today focus on the politicians' decisions and blame us for them. Many many soldiers are making incredible sacrifices in order to insure our country's safety, I see them come through the E.R. on a almost daily basis. I was wondering if I could sign my hospital up for your program where I would be able to distribute your product to the ones who need it most, the wounded war fighter. Regardless of your response thank you very for what you are doing for us, you are a true patriot!"

"I'm a team leader with the Infantry. The guys here have already drank most of it, and everyone seems to really like it. It must be good for them to be drinking it in this heat (it's hotter over here now than it was when I left). Thanks again!"

"I got back from mission today and the coffee shipment was waiting for me. Thank you very much. Needless to say but it will be very much enjoyed. Thank you for your patriotism!"

"My name is M.R., and I am currently deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. I am a huge coffee fan and so are about 9 other co-workers of mine. We all work here in a CSH (Combat Support Hospital), as part of the surgical team. We live and breath coffee due to the late hours, and random calls we get in the middle of the night when things go wrong. We take care of American troops so they can live to see another day. We are looking for a program that sends coffee to troops in combat zones. We are here for 15 months and already things are very hard to come by."