What Does Your Coffee Say About You?

By Ramani Durvasula, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, and Author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life

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Did you order that coffee, or did that coffee order you? The type of coffee you order may speak more about your personality than you think.

This concept was based on my research, which included observation, work done in other countries and even a survey of over 1,000 coffee drinkers. The survey assessed numerous common personality styles and traits including: introversion/extraversion, patience, perfectionism, warmth, vigilance, sensitivity and social boldness among others.

People were given common scenarios such as how they approach waiting in a long line, planning a dinner party or what their weekends look like and asked to choose from a series of approaches to these scenarios. The survey also asked them if they drink coffee and what they typically order – and the results were not that surprising.

Take a look at this coffee summary and see where you fall:


Personality Traits

The Light Side

The Dark Side

Black coffee

  •  Old school 
  •  Purist
  • Keep things simple 
  •  Patient  
  • Efficient
  •  Can be quiet and moody
  • Abrupt and dismissive
  • Sort of set in their ways 
  •  Resistant to making changes

Latte drinkers (folks who add milk/cream and sugar)

  •  Comfort seekers 
  •  People pleasers
  • Open book  
  • Like to soften the bitterness of life (like they soften the bitterness of coffee)
  •  Generous with time
  • Will go out of their way to help others
  •  Can get over-extended
  • Don’t always take great care of themselves

Frozen/blended coffee drinks

  •  Try lots of new things 
  •  Socially bold  
  • Trendsetters
  •  Childlike
  • Spontaneous
  • Imaginative
  •  Fall for quick fixes
  • Don’t always make healthy choices  
  • Can be reckless

Decaf/soy milk/Very specifically ordered coffee

  •  Like being in control  
  • May be labeled selfish  
  • Obsessive 
  •  Perfectionist 
  •  Very aware of their health and bodies
  •  Monitor their health  
  • Tend to make healthy choices
  •  Overfocus on rules, control and order  
  • Overly sensitive 
  •  Tend to be worriers

Instant coffee

  • Traditional in some ways
  • Laid back
  • Procrastinate
  • Take life as it comes
  • Don’t get too lost in details
  • Too laid back
  • Put things off and may neglect basic health issues
  • Poor planners