If you’re a creative, morning person who’s an introvert, then odds are you prefer coffee over tea.
A new study of 2,000 Americans examined the personality differences in people based on their morning beverage of choice: coffee or tea.
You’d expect coffee fans to be the buzzy, loud ones up at all hours; however, the results found that tea drinkers are more likely to be extroverted, night owls that are adventurous types.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Chinet® brand revealed that the average coffee drinker downs 3.4 cups a day typically, while tea fans sip through 2.7 cups.
All that caffeine appeared to have an impact on sleep cycles though, seeing as coffee drinkers were found to be more likely to be “light” sleepers.
Over half (57 percent) of tea drinkers were self-described “average” sleepers.
If coffee drinkers are light sleepers then it might be what’s helping them hear their first alarm and be punctual. Coffee fans are more likely to say they’re “always” on time.
A spokesperson for the Chinet® brand said, “With over 75% of respondents drinking their first cup of coffee or tea before 8 AM, people are looking to fuel their life on the go. From the car to the carpool, people are taking their drinks with them as they tackle whatever their day brings.”
The coffee versus tea debate even spanned into entertainment. Tea drinkers were more likely to enjoy The Walking Dead, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory on TV, while coffee fans preferred Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, and Seinfeld.
Music tastes varied between the two groups as well. Respondents that go for coffee like listening to punk, rock, blues, and jazz.
Fans of tea love to put on a little classical, country, pop, or hip-hop/rap.
The spokesperson for the Chinet® brand added, “We all wish we could have the luxury of a slow morning at home, leisurely drinking our coffee or tea before heading out the door for errands or work. The reality is life happens fast and most mornings require you to take your drink of choice on-the-go. Choosing Chinet® Comfort Cup® insulated hot cups are a convenient option to take and toss your coffee and tea—perfect for people on the move.”
When it comes to what goes in the hot drink of choice, coffee lovers are 96 percent more likely than tea drinkers to enjoy their brew straight.
Tea fans were 35 percent more likely to have a sweet tooth and add sugar to their drinks.
Coffee drinkers were pretty straight up when it came to why they prefer the beverage. They were 41 percent more likely to choose a steamy cup of joe because of its caffeine quantity.
Caffeine turned out to be the main reason for deterring those who prefer tea, seeing as 37 percent said “too much caffeine” was the coffee turnoff.
A little morning tea just doesn’t do it for coffee connoisseurs because over a third find tea to be “too boring.”
That all important caffeine buzz was a serious highlight for coffee lovers since four in 10 described themselves as “in need of caffeine” first thing in the morning.