Coffee and Caffeine

On the international coffee day, Maureen talks about its essential role in our life as well as personality traits depending on your coffee order.

A daily dose of caffeine is what most of us are dependent upon. When I say most, I mean most, as in pretty much around 90 per cent of the people I know are either a tea addict or a coffee addict. We, the south Asians are fonder of tea compared to coffee but that does not change the fact that we love our coffee too. In our parents’ times, ‘chaa er tong’ was the thing. People would sit in these small roadside tea stalls with a small cup of tea in one hand and a cigarette in the other. However, a change was brought into this scene by the development of the country and our growing café culture. Though Manna Dey’s timeless song Coffee House had always been famous, the real change was brought about by Gloria Jean’s coming into our country. The conception of mocha, latte, macha tea and flavoured cold coffees did not have much importance until then. There has always been a coffee part on the menu in the regular cafes but the idea of a coffee shop or ‘Let’s meet-up for a cuppa coffee’ did not exist until recently. Coffee, as we know plays a vital role in our life. We have all come across different coffee memes on Facebook. Especially, the ones where they say how grumpy you are before you take your morning cup of coffee. It depicts us to be this monster ready to fire at anything and everything that comes our way, but as soon as coffee enters the system, we become all tame and tolerant about everything, ready to take on the day’s challenges. It is literally a drug that makes us dependent on it, not joking.

Coffee has turned out to be a common excuse in case of romance. ‘Coffee date’ is probably one of the oldest techniques used to judge compatibility between partners, be it for an arranged marriage or a matter of a love affair. One of the most common ways to say ‘I am interested in you’ is probably by ‘Would you like to have a cup of coffee with me?’ and the answer you get for that question will ensure if your proposal is accepted or rejected. It is as simple as that, determined by a single cup of coffee.

Coffee often symbolises a new beginning. Just like how your first sip of the day gives you a fresh new start, and helps you to get on with the day with a whole new energy level. There is a song ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ by The Cranberries which depicts this scenario perfectly. The singer calls out to a broken heart to leave the past and that ‘it’s time to smell the coffee’ i.e. to get back up from the memories that hurt you.

I am a big fan of coffee. I love to kick off each day with a hot cup of coffee, completes with milk and sugar. Drinking coffee is good for you. Not only can a few cups a day lower your risk of a heart attack, even smelling coffee can make you less stressed out. And the type of coffee you drink? Well, that can actually say a lot about you. At first I did not really believe this, but then I see there, indeed, are some points. Let’s match!

If you are an espresso drinker, you are someone who is a natural born leader. You work very hard and you also play very hard. Your Type A personality makes you a person who knows how to get things done. And your hardworking nature is an inspiration to others, both at work and in your social life. You like things to be straight forward.

A double espresso drinker believes in logic. You are an extremely practical person and are not susceptible to flights of whimsy like some of your friends. Like a single espresso drinker, you are a very hardworking person. However, you function much better with clear, concise direction from others. You do your best at work when your boss tells you exactly what they want.

If you are a cappuccino drinker, you are a very sophisticated individual. Your sense of style is very polished and put together. Unlike some of your friends, you aren’t the type of person to make crass jokes. You prefer to keep things a little classier. You also have a very creative mind, and your sociable nature makes you a very good friend to others. Obviously, a cappuccino is one of the classiest beverages out there, so it reveals just how sophisticated you are (or desire to be).

If you are a frappuccino drinker, you are a much more adventurous person than a lot of your friends. You prefer to be spontaneous and live in the moment, rather than plan every detail of your day. By nature, you are a very happy person, and your positive energy makes you very easy to be around. And speaking of energy, you have a lot of it, making a highly caffeinated beverage unnecessary. You would much rather give in to your spontaneous nature and satisfy your craving for something sweet!

If you are an iced coffee drinker, you are a very assertive person. You have a take-charge attitude and don’t have time for pettiness or drama. You feel very confident in expressing your opinions and you think of yourself as somewhat of a trendsetter. As someone who is drawn to an iced beverage at all times of the year, you are not affected by the weather like others are. You are much more in control of your emotions, and you love strutting confidently down the street with your iced coffee in hand!

If you are a black coffee drinker, you lead a much more minimalistic lifestyle. You don’t need splashy clothes or gaudy jewelry. You much prefer a straightforward approach in fashion and in life. You tend to be on the quiet side and can sometimes be prone to mood swings. But your straightforward nature makes you a friend that others want to be around. Your minimalist coffee order matches your minimalist personality perfectly. And with your black coffee in hand, you are ready to start your day free from chaos or nonsense!

If you are a cream-and-sugar coffee drinker, you have somewhat of a dual personality. On the one hand, you are organised and put-together. But on the other hand, you love to cut loose and get a little messy. Each day, you find yourself trying to strike the perfect balance between the logical and creative sides of your brain. You are someone whose minimalist side enjoys the taste of coffee and whose spontaneous side loves the sweet taste of sugar. With your cream-and-sugar coffee in hand, you are ready to have a fun and productive day!

Next will be me —a latte drinker. You may be someone who has trouble making decisions. You have a more laid back nature and, as a result, you don’t worry about overanalysing every decision. In fact, you are much more reflective in nature, preferring to let your imagination consider all the options in a leisurely manner. As a latte drinker, you are someone who likes to be comfortable. This explanation is exactly why I believe this research.

Everything aside, even if you are not a fan, who doesn’t love to have coffee with their loved one by the window while it is raining? Rain along with coffee is a different combination — a reason to pour your heart out to the one you love, a scope to share your deepest insecurities without fear.


Maureen Nawer is a student of BRAC University. Her motto is ‘imperfection is perfection into a beautiful perspective’.


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