NEXT time you place a coffee order, pay attention to who's watching – because it could reveal things about your personality you'd rather keep secret.
Darren Stanton, a human behavioral expert, former police detective, and psychologist, can discern elements of a person's personality by their coffee order alone.
Stanton detailed the deeper meaning behind our coffee choices, as reported by Delish, and some of the revelations are surprising.
Read on to find out which "simple" coffee order conceals a selfish streak, and what the "cutest" coffee order says about consumers.
Plain black coffee is the easiest coffee order, and the drink indicates someone with high focus and a wellness-based mindset.
"Some black coffee drinkers may be very fitness orientated," Stanton said.
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"This person is a determined, focused, and driven individual that looks after themselves."
However, the same ambition that makes black coffee drinkers "self-sufficient and empowered" can also mean they "border on having a selfish mentality."
Iced coffee drinkers aren't that different from classic coffee fans – unless they insist on ordering an iced drink when it's cold out.
"When the winter weather kicks in, people that would order an iced coffee, I would say, are misfits in the best possible sense," Stanton explained.
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These people love to be self-employed, are very individualistic, and "play by their own rules."
"They want things done their way and could potentially be quite stubborn in certain areas of their lives," Stanton said.
Surprisingly, the most laid-back, easygoing people are usually latte drinkers, Stanton said.
He said that latte lovers are "middle-of-the-road types" who don't like taking risks.
"They just want something simple to drink without complication," Stanton said.
"Latte drinkers tend to be mild-mannered, agreeable, happy to go with the flow," he continued.
A single or double shot of espresso is a bold drink, and Stanton said that people who make this order would also "probably walk into a bar and have a shot of whiskey or rum."
"They tend to be no-nonsense, straight-talking and shoot-from-the-hip type of people," he said.
Ordering an espresso illustrates someone is "adventurous and powerful" and "strong in character."
And cappuccino drinkers are adventurous, too – in fact, they "could be considered more fun" than their latte-drinking friends.
These coffee fans aren't afraid of unknown territory.
"These will tend to be people that might have a go at a new skill or visit a new place they’re interested in," Stanton said.
"They’re quite open-minded and up for a laugh."
Meanwhile, the biggest snobs will turn to a less-popular drink: the flat white.
"The flat white is a much stronger coffee and a more acquired taste," Stanton explained.
"People who order flat whites could perhaps be loners.
"They'd stand by their opinions no matter what and have clear views on particularly spiky subjects."
That means flat white drinkers are usually outspoken, and even arrogant.
Another highbrow coffee choice is the cortado, which is usually the pick of intelligent people, or "at least someone that thinks they are intelligent," said Stanton.
"This is the drink of a person who likes rules, structure and isn't that keen on change," he added.
They're strong, precise, and focused, and unlike some other coffee fans, they're often highly introverted. But because they have confidence in their opinions, they can have smooth conversations, too.
Stanton said that the often-photographed mocha is "probably the cutest of all coffees."
People who order mochas are the polar opposite of cortado lovers: often, they're "very extroverted, outgoing, flamboyant, and potentially quite loud."
If you order a mocha, your friends probably call you "the life of the party," Stanton said.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
In a similar vein, the pumpkin spice latte is a "fun" drink that a trendy person with a lot of friends loves to sip and post on Instagram.
However, it could also be a sign of low self-esteem.
"The drink represents a hearty, warm, autumnal feeling that helps to offer a comfort blanket when confidence is at a low," Stanton said.
And if you get flavored syrups in your hot or cold coffee, you're brave, refuse to settle, and aren't afraid of taking risks.
"They’re trustworthy, which is proven by the faith they put in baristas to now make their coffee too sweet or not sweet enough," Stanton said.
Flavored coffee lovers are not afraid to fail and usually hope for the best.
"People who order these drinks could be quite creative," Stanton said. "They don’t know how things will turn out with a drink like this, but they're happy to experiment."
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