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How the type of coffee you drink reflects your personality

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According to new research, the type of coffee you drink could reflect your personality.

A study has found common attributes between people who enjoy certain types of coffee.

If you like extra-foamy coffees such as cappuccino then you’re more likely to be obsessive and controlling, whereas latte drinkers go out of their way to please others.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula conducted an observational study of 1,000 coffee drinkers.

The survey assessed numerous common personality styles and psychological traits including introversion and extraversion; patience; perfectionism; warmth; vigilance; sensitivity; and social boldness, among others.

Black coffee drinkers were found to be “no-nonsense” individuals and straightforward.

They liked to keep things simple, could be quiet and moody, and were set in their ways.

Being abrupt and dismissive were also common personality traits.

The type of coffee you drink could reflect your personality

The type of coffee you drink could reflect your personality

Latte drinkers tended to be more neurotic and eager to please people.

They were happy to go out of their way to help others – but didn’t take great care of themselves.

Instant coffee drinkers had a greater likelihood of being procrastinators, were too laid back and were likely to put things off.

And those individuals who ordered sweet drinks, like frozen and blended coffees, were “socially bold” and considered to be “overgrown kids” who retained the taste buds and sensibilities of children, while being “young at heart”.

They didn’t always make healthy choices and could be reckless. They were also found to be trendsetters.

Those who chose double decaffeinated, extra-foamy coffees tended to be more obsessive, controlling and detail-oriented.


In the survey, which is described in Dr. Ramani Durvasula’s book entitled You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, people were given common scenarios including waiting in long lines and planning dinner parties.

Participants were asked to choose from a series of approaches to these scenarios.

The survey then asked if they drink coffee and what they typically ordered.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula said despite the interesting research that was gathered “we are no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs”.

He suggested it was still quite possible to be a controlling latte drinker or a Type A black coffee drinker.