New Study: Prefer Your Coffee Black? You May Be A Psychopath

October 16, 2015Oct 16, 2015

A new study may be worrisome to those of us who prefer our coffee black (the way God made it), or perhaps it's more worrisome to those who prefer their coffee sweet and have to live with us.

According to research published in the journal Appetite and reported on by The Huffington Post, people who prefer bitter flavors such as black coffee, celery, radishes, and tonic water are "more likely to be vain, sadistic and enjoy manipulating and hurting others."

Researchers Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer say they've discovered "the first empirical evidence for the hypothesis that bitter taste preferences are linked to malevolent personality traits."


But before you start shunning the black coffee drinkers in your life and reporting their suspicious behavior — like repeatedly sharpening their pruning shears — know that the sample group of prisoners and students, as reported by Eater, was small and self-reporting, bringing into question its reliability.

The Huffington Post also points out numerous other studies that defend the health benefits of coffee and suggest partaking of it without the added fat and calories of milk and sugar.

I'll drink to that.