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Your Coffee Date, Decoded


Whether it’s chai, iced mocha, or just a cup of Joe, the drink your date picks says tons about your potential together. How to read between the lattes.

By Kimberly Dawn Neumann

ant to grab a cup of coffee? It’s probably the most popular pickup line of all time. And now, thanks to one study, that first coffeehouse meeting can also act as a tea-leaf reading into your future together. “Today the type of coffee someone prefers really makes a social statement,” says Alan Hirsch, MD, Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation and author of What’s Your Food Sign? “With so many choices, it’s like we now have a coffee Rorschach test to gain insight into an individual’s personality.” To prove his theory, Hirsch surveyed 18,631 men and women about their drink preferences and their personalities—and found there’s a strong correlation between the two. So the next time you’re wondering if someone you like has long-term potential for you, check out our Coffee Decoder below for the scoop.

If your date orders a black coffee…
These basic cup o’ joe types tend to be responsible, ambitious, and aggressive. Fiercely
Black coffee drinkers are pragmatic in relationships, so coaxing their romantic side to the surface could be a challenge.
independent, these individuals require you to work at coaxing out their romantic side in a relationship.

Most compatible with: Chai tea latte drinkers

If your date orders a café au lait…
Café au lait drinkers are veeery laid back. These tradition-seekers also find comfort in typical male/female dating roles (i.e., the man gets the check and opens the door).

Most compatible with: Mocha-flavored coffee drinkers

If your date orders a mocha-flavored coffee…
Mocha-flavored coffee drinkers are universal romantics who love to be in love. Keep in mind, though, that they can be moody and aren’t the most reliable bunch. Still, they can more than make up for it with their wonderful lovey-dovey gestures.

Most compatible with: Everyone!

If your date orders an iced mocha…
These spontaneous, seductive flirts make very captivating dates. But if a long-term
Mocha-flavored coffee drinkers are universal romantics who love to be in love.
relationship is what you seek, keep in mind that their idea of “future” is probably five minutes from now.

Most compatible with: Other iced mocha drinkers

If your date orders a chai tea latte…
Often stressed and anxious, chai tea latte drinkers tend to be shy in relationships. So know that the first move might have to be yours for the making.

Most compatible with: Black coffee drinkers.

If your date orders a coffee-based Frappuccino…
Loaded with ambition, these energetic optimists give their all to everything—including dating. The only downside: They’re often guilty of over-committing themselves, and appreciate a level-headed partner who’ll remind them when to put on the brakes.

Most compatible with: Café au lait drinkers

If your date orders a tea/fruit-based Frappuccino…
These non-coffee Frappuccino drinkers are more often followers than leaders. Relationship-wise, this translates to an incredibly supportive partner who approaches life, love and work in a serious and thoughtful way.

Most compatible with: Iced mocha drinkers


Kimberly Dawn Neumann is a New York City-based writer and a grande skim 6-pump extra-hot chai latte drinker who doesn’t think she’s stressed out… just over-caffeinated.
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