What Your Coffee Reveals About Your Personality

More from UK Coffee Week …. From The Telegraph, April 7, 2014

The type of coffee that you drink could reveal something about your personality, according to research.

A study has found that people who drink certain types of coffee share common attributes. If you drink a latte, or add milk to your coffee, then you are likely to go out of your way to help others whereas if you prefer to drink decaffeinated coffee you are more likely to be obsessive and controlling.

Clinical psychologist Dr Ramani Durvasula conducted a study of 1,000 coffee drinkers and assessed a number of common personality styles and psychological traits. These include introversion and extroversion; patience; perfectionism; warmth; vigilance; sensitivity; and social boldness, among others.

Black coffee drinkers were found to be “purist’ and prefer to keep things simple. They were found to be patient and simple but also set in their ways and resistant to making changes. Being quiet and moody were also common traits found in black coffee drinkers.

Latte drinkers were seen to be comfort seekers and generous with their time but could also be seen to overextend themselves.

Those people who order sweet, frozen drinks, for example a frappuccino, were seen to be ‘trendsetters’ and enjoy trying lots of new things. They are considered to be socially bold but also could be reckless.

People who order extra-foamy drinks such as cappuccino or opt for decaffeinated coffee enjoy being in control and are often perfectionists. They are overly sensitive and tend to be worriers but are scrupulous about monitoring their health.

Finally instant coffee drinkers were found to be the most laid-back people. But they are also poor planners and are most likely to put things off through procrastination.

In the survey, which is described in Dr. Durvasula’s book entitled You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, people were given common scenarios and asked to choose from a series of approaches to these scenarios. The survey also asked if they drink coffee and what they typically ordered.

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