Do you like your coffee hot or cold? Believe it or not, your answer may reveal more about your personality than you realize.
A new study of 2,000 coffee drinkers in the United States found that those who prefer cold brew or iced coffee are more likely to travel and to be introverted. They are also more likely to prefer warm and sunny climates and binge-watch science fiction shows.
In contrast, hot coffee drinkers tend to be more extroverted and prefer comedies. They also like overcast weather and listen to musical artists like Taylor Swift.
The study also found that plant-based milk options like oat and almond milk are a must-have coffee ingredient for almost 40% of iced coffee drinkers. In contrast, nearly the same percentage (37%) of hot coffee drinkers would rather have traditional heavy cream added to their coffee.
For many, milk is a required ingredient. One in four coffee drinkers would rather go without their morning coffee if their favorite milk additive was unavailable.
But regardless of your preferred coffee temperature, most coffee drinkers need at least one cup of coffee in the morning to properly start their day. In fact, a similar study found that almost 90% of people believe their Cup O’ Joe in the morning helps them to think more positively.
And, there’s scientific evidence that helps back up that feeling.
Can coffee improve your life?
Caffeine, a common active component in coffee, has been shown to offer a wealth of benefits. It can help improve our focus and mental acuity because it is a natural stimulant. “Its main effect is on the central nervous system, where it can increase alertness and provide a needed boost when you are tired,” wrote Harvard.
Within an hour after drinking caffeinated coffee, your body is at its peak. With enough caffeine, your blood pressure may increase. Studies have shown that caffeine helps us concentrate. And, it can also help our physical endurance.
But, that doesn’t mean that caffeine is completely harmless, either.
There is such a thing as “too much caffeine”.
“People who have never had a heart attack or keep their blood pressure well-controlled should consume no more than 400 mg per day, which is the amount found in about four cups of coffee or up to 10 cups of black tea,” Harvard wrote.
And, ditch the energy drinks. Research has revealed that some energy drinks can be dangerous to your cardiovascular system and very often contain a good amount of sugar. Coffee, on the other hand, is generally a healthy source of caffeine due to its disease-fighting antioxidants.
“Studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches — not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s diseases,” wrote WebMD.
Has the pandemic affected your coffee intake?
The original study of 2,000 coffee drinkers found that almost six in 10 coffee drinkers had their coffee consumption habits disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that they did not expect. For instance, fewer people went out to their favorite local coffee shop.
Almost half tried to experiment with different types of coffee at home during the lockdowns. 42% tried to recreate their favorite coffee-shop coffees at home, including latte art and the recent Dalgona coffee trend, which involves whipping instant coffee powder with sugar and hot water to create a creamy topping that is added to hot or cold milk.
Cold coffee drinkers may have been more likely to experience “cabin fever” during the lockdown than hot coffee drinkers, which could be related to their natural propensity to travel.
And, the study found that hot coffee drinkers preferred good old-fashioned regular coffee while their cold coffee counterparts were more likely to add sweeteners to their coffees or prefer fancier options with flavorings and syrups.