Whether you call it 'Cup of Joe', 'Cuppa Joe' or 'Cup O' Joe' this commonly used phrase used to signify a cup of hot coffee has an enigmatic origin. Although it's not 100% certain, there are a few clues as to where this term originated from. Did you know that one of them actually has roots in North Carolina history?!
No matter which way you say it or where you believe it came from, we still appreciate the reference and nickname for our favorite beverage. The term, in its not-so-literal sense, is also used to figuratively describe one's personal preference. We may always keep guessing why such a commonly used expression has no single origin, but we can say with all certainty that coffee is our 'cup of joe'. ;-)
You may also be familiar with the local coffee shop in downtown Raleigh, NC called 'Cup A Joe' which has been serving up this hot beverage for over two decades. We are actually long time customers of the local cafe and have enjoyed their coffee and lunch sandwiches for many years. You could say our love and appreciation for coffee was fulfilled at Cup A Joe with a 'Cuppa Joe'.