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

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A.C. said:   April 3, 2007 4:13 pm PST
Thank you so much for the bag of George Washington Coffee...I ground up some and brewed it, and I must say that it was fabulous!

Dominic said:   April 3, 2007 4:08 pm PST
Love the coffee

Scott Murray said:   March 19, 2007 5:43 am PST
The coffee is GREAT!

Seph Coutinho said:   March 12, 2007 6:28 am PST
I had no idea I could be so patriotic with my coffee addiction! Thanks for the history lesson. I am looking forward to trying the patriotic brew: George Washington Coffee!

Dan Abbott said:   March 10, 2007 3:30 am PST
It is exciting to hear of your father-in-law's work with the G. Washington Coffee Refining Co. We hope to build on the Washington coffee legacy and appreciate your input. I'd love to see a picture of the coffee cup with the logo.

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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."