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Java & A Cuppa

An afternoon walk in Calistoga brought us to Calistoga Roastery. As we waited for friends to place their order, I took a picture of this colorful paper-pieced wall hanging. The Roastery's logo was perfectly displayed on one of the cups.



There are a few theories for how "coffee" came to be known as "joe."

Found at . . .

"While those of the Starbucks generation may almost think they discovered the drink, coffee, that enticing hot brew, has been part of everyday experience in Western society for a number of generations. It has fueled the productivity of countless offices and imparted warm comfort to innumerable half-frozen G.I.s, and it’s been the prominent beverage in multitudinous housewifely gatherings (coffee klatches) and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Over its history of popularity in Western culture coffee has attracted affectionate nicknames such as “java” and “joe,” and it is the latter which concerns us, because unlike the origins of the term “java,” how the beverage came to bear the appellation of “joe” is still a bit of a mystery. (We colloquially term coffee “java” because at the time the beverage became popular in the 19th century, the primary source of the world’s coffee was the island of Java in Indonesia.)"

Read all of the theories, and see if you agree with the strongest contender, in the rest of the Snopes article.


You've, no doubt, heard the inspirational quote by Eleanor Roosevelt . . .

"A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."

Photo credit from Creative Commons:

"Quilt show" by moonlightbulb is licensed under CC BY 2.0

I have collected various tea cup fabrics over the years, but I have never made a wall hanging or showcased cups in a quilt. There wasn't much information on the appliqué work (above) by moonlightbulb, but I love the colors and whimsy of the themed piece.

There are many blogs, articles and posts relating to the term "cuppa". From the Boston Tea Party Ship website, you may find the "What's Happened to the Traditional British Cuppa?" an interesting read.

This says it best . . .

"If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you." ~William Ewart Gladstone

Now, it's time for a "nice cuppa" with some lunch. Then, I'll get back to cleaning my work table so I can begin pulling fabric for an animal-themed quilt. Are you working on anything with a coffee, tea or cuddly animal theme?

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