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What Your Favorite Coffee Order Reveals About You

The kind of coffee you drink can reveal secrets about your personality—and your genetic code.

Straight black coffee drinkers are antisocial

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Everyone’s coffee order is different. One way is to just take it black. For many people, this isn’t an appealing option because it offers too bitter a taste. But there are also a lot of people who can only drink their coffee this way, and it’s been reported that those people tend to be more antisocial, narcissistic, and, occasionally, even psychopathic. A 2015 study (“Individual differences in bitter taste preferences are associated with antisocial personality traits” by Sagioglou C. & Greitemeyer T.) suggested that people who prefer bitter tastes “are associated with traits related to the darker side of personality.” You might not be a knife-wielding psycho if you like your coffee black, but you may not be the most cheerful, gregarious person either. Find out more about the connection between black coffee and psychopathic traits.

Espresso drinkers are well-traveled

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Now, if black coffee is bitter, espresso hugely multiplies that taste. Just one little shot of espresso can be very bitter and very intense. Likewise, the person who drinks it can also have a rather intense or bold personality. If your coffee order is espresso, it can mean that you want to associate yourself with a particular social class or even that you’re pretentious. There are a myriad of articles that discuss the attractiveness and the sophistication of espresso and even offer a guide on how to drink it the proper way. People often link espresso with being well-traveled or having a more refined palate. Test your coffee expertise with these trivia questions only coffee lovers will get right.

Extra sweet coffee drinkers are friendly

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Bitter tastes are associated with antisocial personalities, so it only makes sense that ordering an extra sweet coffee order means just the opposite. If you like lots of milk, cream and/or sugar in your coffee (and even whipped cream on top), then research suggests you are a more social kind of person. It also means that you’re more in need of comfort than a black coffee drinker is. Statistically, people tend to eat and drink sweeter substances when they’re stressed. If you’re ordering an extra sweet coffee, you’re looking for a treat. Either it’s because you’re stressed and looking for a reward, or maybe because it keeps the stress at bay.

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