Show me your coffee, I’ll tell you who you are

Research by psychologist and Irish Coffee Council claims to identify personality types by choice of morning brew

A coffee farmer holds freshly picked coffee cherries. Photograph: Cedric Arnold

A coffee farmer holds freshly picked coffee cherries. Photograph: Cedric Arnold


If you are one of the 30 per cent of coffee drinkers in Ireland who opts for a cappucino for your morning brew, you are likely to be “full of life, energy and positivity” as well as being “kind and considerate”. The 10 per cent who prefer a shot of espresso as their morning pick-me-up, on the other hand tend to be “disorganised and spontaneous” while Americano imbibers (27 per cent) are “generally outgoing and social”.

These are among the findings of a survey of 1,000 Irish adults undertaken by psychologist Patrick Kennedy of Amárach Research for the Irish Coffee Council. It’s no surprise that three-quarters of Irish adults drink coffee, but the fact that one in 10 of them drink five or more cups a day might raise a few eyebrows, as well as heart rates.

Coffee drinking is increasing in Ireland, and appreciation of the product is growing, with a quarter of coffee drinkers ranking themselves very highly on their knowledge and appreciation of the drink, according to the survey.

Next month the first Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival will take place at the RDS (September 12-14), and Ireland will host the World Barista Championships in 2016.

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