Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: Kyle Quaffs Chicago Coffee
From: tneff@bfmny0.BFM.COM (Tom Neff)
Date: 1991-01-13, 23:39

In article <> (Richard Hancock) writes:
> >Is "Jo" (== "Java"?) synonymous with good coffee in the USA? What about
> >Jamaican Blue Mountain?

No on all counts.

During World War II coffee was rationed, both for civilians and
soldiers.  There were several grades -- the lousier, the more available
in general.  Java and java-mocha ("jamoke") were blended in varying
proportions with chicory.  The worst stuff was called "Joe" because
that's what GIs usually drank.  "Cup o'java" was what you got in the
diner.  Ike and Monty got all the Jamaican Blue Mountain. :-)

I think Heinlein (a WWII type guy) laid out the hierarchy in one of
those books I read as an adolescent and wouldn't be caught dead with
now: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe, and Carbon Remover.