George Washington Coffee
~George Washington Inn~
Port Angeles, Washington
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Jose & Judy Brochez said:   June 8, 2007 12:29 am PST
Judy and I are both truly amazed and excited with your idea and energy for the project. I have looked at the Inn a dozen times on your web site and each time I feel proud just to know a good friend that is building a legacy. I printed off the "Monday Evening Prayer" (from the Inn website) and quite often read it. People are going to fall in love with the theme and the location . The coffee idea to go along with the theme was also brilliant. The whole marketing plan will be exciting to watch it unfold.

Elizabeth Fitch said:   May 10, 2007 10:33 am PST
Best coffee I've ever had! It has such body and I'm crazy about it. I've had a lot of coffee all over the place and I've never tasted any better. My uncle owned a restaurant so I know what I'm talking about. I'm also from Texas, so I'm straight and direct. Believe me, that is some good coffee!

J. Belvin Greene said:   May 7, 2007 10:37 am PST
How well I remember George Washington Coffee! About 50 years ago I was away on business and had enjoyed some George Washington Coffee the evening before. The following morning I was asked by a colleague how I'd rested. I told him, "Old George sat on the edge of my bed and talked to me half the night." I've referred to it many times since. Thanks for making it available once again.

Maria Esterle said:   May 7, 2007 10:25 am PST
Thank you for the wonderful coffee!

Joe Cook said:   April 23, 2007 7:47 am PST
That coffee is strictly out of this world!

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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."