Coffee people versus tea people

Over the years, there have been a number of ways of analysing personalities- based on their color preferences, favorite music, or holiday destination, amongst others. The conversations around whether he is a ‘hills’ or a ‘beach’ person and then the analysis of how he loves solitude and is not a party animal, are common.

People are categorised into different types based on the kind of music they like- with the ‘jazz’ lovers considered to be less adventurous than the ‘rock’ lovers.

The other day, while spending some time surfing through articles online, I came across this interesting way to analyse an individual- based on his/her preference of tea or coffee. After some more research and observing people, I figured out that there were a lot of behavioral traits linked to whether one preferred to start his day with a cup of tea or coffee.

Who would have imagined that the morning cuppa that ensures we have a perfect start of the day actually tells a lot more about who we are as a person!

It is interesting to note that there are huge differences in personality of individuals based on their morning beverage preference – as suggested by an American study. Also, the study indicated that the average coffee drinker typically downs 3.4 cups a day, while tea fans sip through 2.7 cups. Over the last few years, there are numerous studies that have been published across the globe, that help us craft some of the classic traits of tea drinkers versus coffee drinkers.

Let’s take a look at a few of these:

Coffee drinkers are more driven

Researches suggest that coffee drinkers are more driven, thanks to the stimulation properties of coffee. They are more ‘on the go’ types and prefer fast-paced life a lot more. On the other hand, tea drinkers are the ones who think a lot more and are more reflective in nature.

Introvert vs Extrovert

This was quite the opposite of what we generally expect. The coffee drinkers are mostly creative and introverts. They prefer their own space and are comfortable with their own company. On the other hand, tea drinkers are extroverts and like to interact and network.

Morning or night person

The most surprising revelation is that a coffee drinker is more of ‘morning’ person than a ‘tea’ drinker who is more of a ‘night’ person. This is why tea drinkers are generally quieter in the morning and are more adventurous, night owls. Also, coffee drinkers are generally light sleepers while tea drinkers are average sleepers. This, in turn, helps coffee drinkers to wake up with the first alarm in the morning and hence, they are generally more punctual.

Coffee lovers are more result oriented

Coffee drinkers are more result driven. Take the example of the brewing process of high-end coffee- it is all about the results, rather than the ceremony (what green beans, what roaster, particular computerised roast profile, what grinder, what grind setting, purity of the water, temperature of the water, what brewing method) – all that matters is the technical details and the end result.  The high-end coffee drinkers have rituals that are majorly technical in nature.

On the other hand, tea drinkers enjoy the finer things in life a lot more- they are comparably more laid back and content. Like in case of tea preparation where the rituals are more elaborate, the tea drinkers are more concerned about the journey, than the result.

Sweet tooth

Tea drinkers are more likely to have a sweet tooth as compared to the coffee drinkers. This is the reason why tea drinkers prefer to add sugar or honey to their tea, while coffee drinkers can easily avoid sugar intake.

The perfectly clean

Tea drinkers are generally fussier about cleanliness and tidiness as compared to coffee drinkers. Tea drinkers generally are more organised and focus on keeping things in order. They will seem more in control of their zone.

Coffee people are more addicted to their coffee

It is the coffee people who just cannot do without their favorite coffee- the high caffeine content makes coffee lovers more addictive to their drinks. According to a report by Huffington Post, 49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee. The same is not true for tea drinkers.

Entertainment preferences

The coffee versus tea debate not only defines our personality traits, but also our preferences. Researches show that coffee drinkers prefer listening to punk, rock, blues and jazz. On the other hand, the tea drinkers have preference for classical, country, pop, or hip-hop/rap. It has also touched our choices for favorite shows. Tea drinkers are more likely to enjoy “The Walking Dead,” “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory”, while coffee fans preferred “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Office” and “Seinfeld.”

To conclude, while we would have never seen this obvious distinction, there is a clear definition of preferences that tea as well as coffee lovers have. They both are typically seen to have complementing tastes and personality traits.

However, the switch over from one beverage to another is not easy. The tea drinkers are unable to develop the preference for coffee easily as they find ‘caffeine’ levels in coffee much higher than their own preferred tastes. Higher caffeine is exactly the reason why coffee drinkers prefer their java.

So, now that you have so much information on tea vs coffee drinkers, the next time you step out to meet someone, you may be able to guess if they are a tea of a coffee person based on your initial 2 minute chat and offer the right drink, or alternatively, you can guess the preferences based on the drink that your probable date orders!

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Akanksha Jain
Akanksha heads PR and Communication at BharatPe. She has over 15 years of experience in working across global/digital public relations, corporate and brand communications, crisis communications, brand and market communications domains.

In the past, Akanksha has successfully planned and executed public relations/brands campaigns across India and over 30 other countries. She is a start-up specialist and has extensive experience of working with emerging brands. She has been associated with brands like Pine Labs, MobiKwik, VLCC and Power2SME and spearheaded their PR/brand/communication campaigns.

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