Want to grab a cup of coffee? It’s probably the most popular pick-up line of all time. And now, thanks to one study, that first coffeehouse meeting can also provide a glimpse into your potential future together. “Today, the type of coffee someone prefers really makes a social statement,” says Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation and author of What’s Your Food Sign? How to Use Food Clues to Find Lasting Love. “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 that there’s a strong correlation between the two. So the next time you’re wondering if someone you like has long-term partnering potential for you, check out our coffee date 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 independent, these individuals require you to work at coaxing out their romantic side in a relationship.
Most compatible with: Chai tea latte drinkers
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If your date orders a café au lait…
Café au lait drinkers are veeery laid-back people. 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 drinkers are universal romantics who love being 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 relationship is what you seek, keep in mind that their idea of “the 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 the first move might have to be yours for the making if you are interested.
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 they do — including dating. The only downside? They’re often guilty of over-committing themselves and might 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 or fruit-based Frappuccino…
These non-coffee Frappuccino drinkers are more often followers than leaders in the pack. 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 six-pump extra-hot chai latte drinker who doesn’t think she’s stressed out… just over-caffeinated.