Personality Types Revealed in a Cup of Coffee?

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According to a new study, the type of coffee drinks we prefer offer greater insight into our personality types.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula conducted a study of 1,000 coffee drinkers to see if certain personality types coincided with the coffee drinks they ordered. While the survey was just for funzies, Durvasula did come across some interesting patterns:

People who preferred black coffee drinks were considered purists – they like to keep things simple. They’re patient and efficient, but are set in their ways and resistant to change.

Latte drinkers were considered open books and people pleasers – they go out of their way to help others, but are often over-extended and don’t always take good care of themselves.

Those who enjoyed frozen/blended coffee drinks had bold personalities – they’re spontaneous trendsetters, but can be reckless.

People who ordered very specific coffees had perfectionist tendencies and focused on healthy choices, but are overly sensitive and chronic worriers.

Finally, people who leaned toward instant coffee drinks were found to be laid back procrastinators who are too laid back for their own good.

While I’m in agreement with Durvasula, who said “we’re no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs,” my coffee drink preference and personality are bang-on with her findings (I’m a latte drinker, as is my mom, so now I know who to blame). But, says Durvasula, “It’s quite possible you may be a controlling latte drinker or a neurotic black-coffee drinker.”

I’m sure there are also those who don’t commit to a specific type of coffee at all, but enjoy a wide variety of coffee drinks – and I’m sure I used to date them.

Do any of these personality types coincide with your coffee drink of choice?

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Krissy Brady

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?). You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (you know, if you want).