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.

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Entry from January 20, 2017
“When has a man a right to scold his wife about his coffee?"/"When he has sufficient grounds.”

A coffee riddle has been cited in print since at least 1851:

Q: When has a man a right to scold his wife about his coffee?
A: When he has sufficient grounds.


This was made into a lawyer joke by at least 2004:

Q: When does a lawyer make coffee?
A: When he has sufficient grounds.



Google Books
1 January 1851, Robert Merry’s Museum, pg. 137, col. 2:
When has a man a right to scold his wife about his coffee?
When he has sufficient grounds.

Chronicling America
1 August 1916, Hopkinsville (KY) Kentuckian, pg. 2, col. 4:
When has a man a right to scold his wife about his coffee? When he has sufficient grounds.

Google Books
World’s Wackiest Riddle Book
By Evelyn Jones
Illustrations by Dennis Kendrick
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2004
Pg. 12:
When does a lawyer make coffee?
When he has sufficient grounds.

Google Books
Old Groaners
Selected and edited by Susan Watkin
Published by author
2006
Pg. 31:
When has a man a right to scold his wife about his coffee?
When he has sufficient grounds.

Twitter
Sam McDowell
‏@iamsamiams
@DerrenBrown When does a lawyer make coffee? When he has “sufficient grounds”
10:21 AM - 12 Jan 2010

Reddit—Jokes
When does a lawyer make coffee?
submitted January 20, 2017 by CompletePlague
When he has sufficient grounds

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, January 20, 2017 • Permalink