A new body of research has revealed that black and bitter coffee drinkers might have psychopathic or sadistic tendencies over other people who add cream and sugar to their coffee. This suggests that people who have a preference for bitter drinks such as black coffee could have a personality associated with malicious and antisocial traits. Opposite to this is that people who prefer sweeter beverages like creamy coffee tend to be kind, cooperative and show more compassion.
A preference for bitter drinks could be associated with malevolent personality traits
The study titled “Individual differences in bitter taste preferences are associated with antisocial personality traits” was published in a 90th volume of the journal called ‘Appetite.’ Conducted by researchers from Austria’s University of Innsbruck, the research team was led by psychologists Christiana Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer. The survey was designed to test for different preferences in the taste of food and drinks (which included bitter, sour, salty and sweet) of the 953 respondents. The participants were then assessed using personality test questionnaires. Areas covered in the test were; the Big 5 personality traits (openness, neuroticism, extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness), Machiavellianism, narcissism, aggression, sadism, and psychopathy. From the research, it was concluded that lovers of these bitter drinks like black coffee, beer also exhibit malevolent personality traits.
Bitter beverage lovers could enjoy inflicting pain on other people
Psychologists Christiana Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer also suggested that an increasing love or enjoyment of bitter and sour beverages could mean an increase in malevolent activities. Similarly, such people have a tendency to cause pains in the lives of other people while drinkers of sweet beverages tend to exhibit empathy and are more agreeable.