What Your Coffee Order Says About You

Little did you know that every time you put in an order at Starbucks, you’re telling the barista (and anyone else who happens to be listening) a little bit about your personality. What, you ask? Maybe that you’re creative and honest, obsessive and controlling, or kind of high-maintenance. And thanks to this handy little infographic from Ryoko Iwata of, you can decode exactly what your favorite cup of coffee says about you.

Iwata, who describes herself as a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle, pulled her data from a couple of different sources. Some of it came from a 2013 study conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula, who found that black coffee drinkers were no-nonsense and straightforward, while latte drinkers were big people-pleasers; meanwhile, an earlier summation by body language experts Judi James and James Moore called espresso “the unfiltered cigarette of the coffee drinking world” (definitely my new favorite phrase) and determined that “those who are frightened by coffee are frightened by life.”

Yep. Just like that.

No matter what your preference is, it illustrates both the pros and cons of who you are. For example, instant coffee drinkers are laid back, but often guilty of procrastination, while Frappuccino fans, though adventurous, don’t always make healthy choices (makes sense — your average grande coffee-flavored Frappuccino has a whopping 240 calories, making it more of a snack than a drink). The only thing that's missing is the personality of those who smoke coffee (or whatever it is the cool kids are doing these days).

Oh, and if that cute little illustration at the bottom looks familiar, it’s probably because Iwata and Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal are an item. Occasionally you’ll see each of their respective sites cross-reference each other, which I kind of love. Small world, no?

Take a look at the full image below — and drink up!


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