Everyone has a go-to hot drink they are likely to order when they head to work first thing in the morning.
But it seems the moment you place your request, your barista is given a glimpse into your soul.
Ahead of Coffee Week, human behavioural expert Darren Stanton, has spoken to UK coffee retailer Coffee Friend about what each beverage choice says about our personalities.
From ‘adventurous and powerful’ espresso drinkers to ‘arrogant’ Flat White fans, here, FEMAIL has shared the hidden meanings between your favourite hot beverages.
If you’re a flat white drinker, then it’s likely you may think you’re a bit more sophisticated than others, according to Darren. Pictured, stock image
If you’re a flat white drinker, then it’s likely you may think you’re a bit more sophisticated than others, according to Darren, who adds that it as ‘a much stronger coffee and a more acquired taste.’
Speaking of the personality traits of flat white drinkers, he continues: ‘They will probably be quite single-minded, fairly outspoken – almost arrogant in cases.’
‘The flat white is not as popular as a latte or cappuccino, so I would even go as far as to say people that tend to order flat whites would even potentially be a bit of a loner.’
He goes on to say how that is only because they would stick by their opinions and have clear views on particularly spiky subjects.
According to Darren, those that drink lattes are more ‘middle of the road’ types of people that may even consider themselves real connoisseurs of coffee.
‘They just want something simple to drink without complication,’ he explains. ‘They are probably not that adventurous though and do not like too much risk taking.’
‘I think these people are quite mild-mannered, agreeable, happy to go with the flow and therefore do the same with hot milk and a bit of coffee because, well, what can go wrong.’
He adds: ‘They’re ultimately, quite boring people.’
Espresso drinkers are likely to be the ‘adventurous’ and ‘powerful’ type, the expert says. Pictured, stock image
If an espresso if your go-to hot drink, then you’re likely to be quite the ‘adventurous’ and ‘powerful’ type, the expert says.
‘These people are strong in character, know what they want and arenot afraid to ask for it,’ he explains. ‘The best way of describing someone that drinks an espresso, or even a double espresso, is the same kind of people that will probably walk into a bar and have a shot of whiskey or rum.’
He continues: ‘They tend to be no-nonsense, straight talking and shoot from the hip type of people.’
The human behavioural expert goes on to say that anyone who opts for a cappuccino are ‘slightly more adventurous than the latte drinkers.’
‘They’re looking for a bit more and could be considered more fun,’ adds Daren. ‘Their personality traits suggest they are prepared to push themselves a little bit more into unknown territory.
‘These will tend to be people that might have a go at a new skill or visit a new place they’re interested in.’
He notes that they’re also quite open-minded and are always up for a laugh.
PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE
Darren explains that people who ordered Pumpkin Spiced Lattes love a fad, showing off and are often the type to be posting a lot on Instagram. Pictured, stock image
People that order Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are ‘very interesting,’ notes Darren.
He goes on to say how these kind of people are love a fad, showing off and are often the type to be posting a lot on Instagram.
‘From a behavioural point of view, this stems from a need to be liked and accepted,’ he explains. ‘These people are ultimately lonely, crave a real need to belong and to achieve something, while also radiating a false happy go-lucky attitude to their friends in real life and in their online presence.’
Darren adds: ‘The Pumpkin Spiced Latte is perfect for this type of person too, because the drink represents a hearty, warm, Autumnal feeling that helps offer a comfort blanket when confidence is at a low.’
Although quite refreshing during the summer time, when the winter weather kicks in, people that would order an iced coffee could be categorised as ‘misfits’ – but in the ‘best possible sense,’ Darren says.
He continues: ‘They’re the people that go against the grain, the ones that potentially work for themselves and play by their own rules.’
‘They want things done their way and could be potentially quite stubborn in certain areas of their life.’
He concludes: ‘They are the ones that will sit outside when it’s raining and everyone else is clambering for shelter.’
The people who order a mocha are likely to be ‘very extroverted, outgoing, very flamboyant and potentially quite loud,’ says Darren. Pictured, stock image
The expert notes that the choice to have a mocha is ‘quite an interesting one’ because he classes it as the ‘most cute’ of all coffee drinks.
‘One of the most photographed drinks of all since it’s visually unique,’ he explains. ‘It is probably the most Instagram-friendly hot drink, so people that order this are likely to be very extroverted, outgoing, very flamboyant and potentially quite loud.’
He goes on to say how they’re probably the life and soul of the party and just like their drink hot drink of choice, want to stand out from the crowd and be unique.
Darren draws comparisons of the Americano and espresso drinker, saying both tend to be ‘quite single-minded. Pictured, stock image
Darren draws comparisons of the Americano and espresso drinker, saying both tend to be ‘quite single-minded.
Expanding on the characteristics of an Americano fan, he continues: ‘They’re probably a few bars down from the espresso drinker, who likes the instant shot and effect the caffeine brings.
‘Some black coffee drinks may be very fitness orientated, with an Americano being a known low-calorie order.
‘This says this person is a determined, focused and driven individual that looks after themselves, making them self-sufficient and empowered, but also bordering on having a selfish mentality.
‘Strong, small, efficient and precise – these are the characteristics of a Cortado drinker,’ explains the human behavioural expert.
‘Perhaps they are creative or design things for a living, but this is the drink of a person who likes rules, likes structure and is not keen on change.’
He notes how they are an intelligent type – or at least like to think they are intelligent.
‘Although it is a more unique order, they will not tend to be a true extrovert and personality-wise is quite middle of the road,’ Darren continues.
‘However, a cortado drinker knows their opinion matters when they feel strongly about something and is smart enough to back up their argument.’
Darren says that hot chocolate is all about ‘self-indulgence and decadence.’ Pictured, stock image
Darren says a hot chocolate is ‘probably the most indulgent of all the drinks.’
‘The hot chocolate drinker is saying, “right now is all about me,” he continues. ‘It’s about self-indulgence and decadence.’
‘Maybe it’s cold outside and you want a hearty drink to keep you warm and fill you up, maybe you’re having a bad time and feel the need for something sweet, comforting and reassuring.’
‘Whatever the circumstances the hot chocolate drinker is using their beverage to zone out from the world and recuperate alongside the warmth of their tasty order.’
The expert says that due to the huge variety of flavours available, tea is often reserved when you want a break from the norm and take time out for yourself.
‘What is considered to be the most civilised of all drinks, maybe it’s afternoon tea or maybe you’re treating yourself to one of the more exotic flavours, people that tend to order tea are fairly level-headed people,’ he says.
‘They’re grounded, the sort of people you go to for advice in a situation.’
He goes on to say how their demeanour suggests they are stable and constant with plenty of routine.