A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 05, 2021
“I like my women like I like my coffee. Sent back for not being hot enough”

"I like my women like I like my coffee” is a meme that has been used on many images. “A Negro comedian pulled this one: ‘I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women’” was cited in the New York (NY) Amsterdam News in July 1944. “Hot..and black, too” was an answer in 1973. “Hot and sweet” was cited in 1974. “Hot, sweet and black” was cited in 1994. 

A joke variation uses a pun on “hot” (also meaning “sexually attractive"). “Sxsw comedy ‘I like my women like I my coffee. Sent back for not being hot enough’ LOLz” was posted on Twitter by Cristin Culver on March 13, 2011. “I like my women like I like my coffee… sent back for not being hot enough. #ThingsHeardInTheGKL0unge” was posted on Twitter by Alex Hurst on March 13, 2012. “‘I like my women like i like my coffee: sent back for not being hot enough’ #sxsw” was posted on Twitter by “potato” on March 16, 2012. “‘I like my women like i like my coffee....sent back for not being hot enough’ - @benkronberg lmao” was posted on Twitter by Technoking P on July 20, 2020.

The joke probably originated with Ben Kronberg and was popularized at SXSW Comedy in Austin, Texas.


29 July 1944, New York (NY) Amsterdam News, “Belittling Jokes Choke Minorities” by Abe Hill, pg. 8B, col. 1:
A Negro comedian pulled this one: “I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women.”

12 May 1973, Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA), “I Like My Coffee Like I Like My Women...,” pg. 10, col. 5:
“Madam,’ he said, ‘our coffee is cold. I like my coffee like I like my women—Hot!’

“‘Yes Sir,’ she replied with a grin. ‘And Black, too?’”

Twitter
Cristin Culver
@CristinCulver
Sxsw comedy “I like my women like I my coffee. Sent back for not being hot enough” LOLz
9:36 PM · Mar 13, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Hasan Kaakarli
@hkaakarli
I like my coffee the way I like my women: sent back for not being hot enough #fnl lmfaoo.
7:33 PM · Dec 2, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
Alex Hurst
@thisisalexhurst
I like my women like I like my coffee… sent back for not being hot enough. #ThingsHeardInTheGKL0unge
3:12 PM · Mar 13, 2012 from Manhattan, NY·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
potato
@aMaryKat
‘I like my women like i like my coffee: sent back for not being hot enough’ #sxsw
11:35 PM · Mar 16, 2012·Twitter SMS

Twitter
Technoking P
@nferno
“I like my women like i like my coffee....sent back for not being hot enough” - @benkronberg lmao
11:33 PM · Jul 20, 2012 from Jersey City, NJ·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/AbnormalDream March 21, 2014
I like my women like I like my coffee
sent back for not being hot enough

Twitter
Joey Jojo Jr Shabado
@KamakaziKid
“I like my coffee like I like my women.  Sent back for not being hot enough” - @benkronberg
6:53 PM · Mar 29, 2014·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/cnickya May 24, 2015
I like my coffee like I like my women
Sent back for not being hot enough

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/CrediblyHandsome March 14, 2018
I like my women the way I like my coffee
Sent back for not being hot enough.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/kickypie December 7, 2019
I like my coffee like I like my women
Sent back for not being hot enough

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/FROTHY_SHARTS July 3, 2020
I like my coffee like I like my women
Sent back for not being hot enough

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/SkeletonSkeptic November 5, 2021
I like my women like I like my coffee.
Sent back for not being hot enough.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, November 05, 2021 • Permalink