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Your taste in coffee may reveal much more about your personality

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I have given up ordering a cappuccino or latte at restaurants, simply because they cannot get the “mix” just right, or rather opt for a coffee shop where they bring you the coffee in a separate receptacle.

I think how you drink your coffee gives people a bit of insight into your personality and researchers at the California State University agree.

In 2018, the researchers did a study with 1 000 coffee enthusiasts to assess what types of coffee people typically drank and associated those habits with numerous psychological traits and personality profiles.

According to the study, black coffee drinkers are simple, straightforward purists with a clear sense of what they want. Those who drink Americano, tended to be more pragmatic, patient and minimalistic. Of all the participants in the study, black coffee drinkers are more likely to be introverted. They are calm and conscientious, but may be prone to moodiness.

Espresso drinkers are characterised as bold, intense and well-travelled. The character of these coffee lovers tended to mimic the properties of the espresso – strong and complex, ostentatious and assertive. Espresso drinkers are self-assured, hard working and tend to challenge leadership. They are also more likely to have a fondness for travel.

Cappuccinos and Latte fans are trendsetters, adventurous, perfectionists and sensitive. If you have a taste for this sweet, frothy coffee variety you are more than likely to be extroverted. These creative, honest and motivated people will try anything once and are excellent friends, but can be perfectionists and lose interest quickly.

Flavoured coffee drinkers have been shown to be creative, imaginative, impulsive and prone to stress. They are daydreamers, artists and inventors. Like most creatives, this group tends to be whimsical and impulsive. Sensitive in nature, these coffee drinkers are people pleasers and can be indecisive.

And lastly, decaf coffee drinkers are believed to be cautious, observant and pedantic. Aside from sensitivities to caffeine, this group reported that they enjoy the taste of coffee, but not the effect. This indicates that a decaf drinker tends to seek control – both over themselves and others. These keen observers are confident and know what they want. While composed, decaf drinkers are likely to obsess over the finer details and be prone to worry.

Research by the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis also showed it can be beneficial to serve coffee before meetings.

Research was done with two groups; one served with coffee before a discussion, the other after. The before group reported a more positive experience, more of a willingness to work with the group again and a higher level of alertness, this group also generated more statements relevant to the topic.

It seems drinking a cup of coffee may actually reveal much more than you think and clearly, drinking coffee is not just drinking a cup of coffee anymore. Sources are www.ucdavis.edu and pretoria.getitonline.co.za.

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