George Washington Coffee
~George Washington Inn~
Port Angeles, Washington
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Peter H. said:   September 10, 2007 12:33 am PST
Just wanted y'all to know that the "Valley Forge" blend is "as advertised!" The wonderful distinctive aroma is still adorning our kitchen. That first cup was everything I expected from GW and more.......! For more than 30 years, I have been seriously sampling "dark roasts" literally around the world and have discovered my personal preference to be coffee brewed in Montreal. Your product certainly approaches that experience...robust, intense, flavorful without the acidic pungency. In a word, it is similar to the original Green Mountain (and I was associated with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters during the startup) without that pervasive "burned flavor." And your "finish" is velvety and most delightful. Your roaster should be complimented...a superior product...and I DO know the difference! Looking forward to consuming copious quantites upon our return. Good fortune...one and all.

SPC Jon Logan, US Army, Baghdad, Iraq said:   August 29, 2007 2:17 am PST
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!

Robert Mongold said:   July 28, 2007 4:33 am PST
Thank you I'm glad to hear your enthusiasm. Whole beans would be better due to how fast the heat dries the coffee grounds out over here. The 5 lb bag sounds better. And for as how much coffee that is truly up to you, I work in a busy hospital with many wards and many patients. And most are coffee drinkers, there's always someone who who greatly apperciate some. And if not we have a donation table in our Intensive Care ward where the patients can pick up supplies to take with them on their long and tedious journey through the army health care system back to the States.

Dan Abbott of George Washington Coffee said:   June 28, 2007 2:28 am PST
PFC Robert Mongold, thanks for your kind words, but most of all for your service to our country. It would be an honor to help you provide coffee for the wounded soldier there in the war hospital E.R. We will do all we can and also solicit help from our friends and customers to provide you with the coffee you need. Our prayers and hopes are with you.

PFC Robert Mongold said:   June 28, 2007 1:26 am PST
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!

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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."