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The surprising aspects of coffee and tea and what they tell about your personality

Updated on August 28, 2017

The surprising aspects of coffee and tea and what they tell about you

Coffee and tea are two of the favorite drinks that share the same market. While tea, as a drink, has been around longer then coffee, the last one has gained more fame then the first.
Both, coffee and tea, have been used as medicine and social drinks.

During centuries the tea lovers have developed the tea ceremonial in Asian countries and coffee lovers have built the coffee houses all over the world. Both drinks contain caffeine, the active substance that keep us alert and energize us during day, and awake during night.

So far, looks like there are major similarities between coffee and tea. Then why we usually chose one over another?

Is a coffee drinker different the a tea dinker?

Well, according with Bennett Allen Weinberg and Bonnie Bealer, the authors of The World of Caffeine, the Science and Culture of the World’s Most Popular Drug,there are lots of “aspects” of coffee and tea that are not only different but opposite.

Personality aspects

Male (The first customers of the coffee houses were men. Women were not allowed. For more info read mu hub Coffee role as a social drink) 
Female (Not sure why, maybe because in England the tea ceremony was hosted in a private house and the host was, usually, the housewife)
Bohemian (There were lots of writers and artists that used to attend the coffeehouses late in the night bringing with them nonconformist behaviour and strange ideas)
Conventional (The 5 o’clock English tea or the Japanese tea ritual speaks about order and rules, appropriate social attitude, freedom within limits) 
 Sordid(Again, coffeehouses and their libertarianism)
Beautiful(Didn’t Japanese used to make haiku’s at this tea gatherings. In oriental graphics representing the tea ceremony every piece of art looks polished, refined. In English society the conversation had to be not only proper but intelligent.)  
Common(Everybody could have a cup a coffee, even women, at home. The coffeehouses were open to all without social status discrimination) 
Refined(The tea thing was more upper class, an exclusive practice of people of noble condition.) 
Indulgence(No limits can be set for ideas or attitude. Turks drank coffee while smoking tobacco or other pleasing herbs.)
Temperance(Au contraire - lots of limits were imposed, from serving the tea, to the right clothes and right small talk.)
Vice(Maybe because the indulgence, described above. Or because the subjects that were discussed in a coffeehouse were sometime very bold. Even today some think that drinking coffee is a bad habit!!!!! )
Virtue(I don’t see the connection unless is opposing the vice aspect of the coffee.)
Excess(This aspect is obvious, from staying late at night, to plotting political strikes)
Moderation(I occasionally drink tea and I even like it but I think tea is the only drink you won’t go crazy about it)
Passion, Earthiness(From the first mention of coffee to a world wide consumption have past very centuries...that speaks passion)
Spirituality, Mysticism(On the other hand, tea is associated with a sophisticated mind and spirit)
Vivacious, Extroverted(Due to the caffeine effect, I believe)
Shy, Introverted(Because the imposed social restraining?)
Promiscuous(Maybe because coffee was accessible to everyone....)
Pure(...while tea was only for upper consumers, at least in England)
Work(I have never heard anybody that had a tea to stay up late...)
Contemplation(What is your mind doing when not concentrating to the task on hand? Wondering..)
Coffee house, oil by Rita Greer
Coffee house, oil by Rita Greer | Source

Social aspects

Mornings, Late Nights 
 Afternoons(English 5 o’clock...are they still do it? I‘m wondering when the Japanese tea ceremony take place...)
Formal, Ceremonial
Outlaw(This has to do with all the personality aspects described above. During it’s 700 years of known history coffee and coffee drinking have stirred lots of political issues and coffee have been even banned in some countries. German rulers have even tried to restrict it’s consumption to the nobility class by imposing huge taxes and regulating its price.)
Good citizen(Governments wants their citizens to be moderate and obedient)

Other aspects and comparisons

Yang (Chinese philosophy - masculine, motivation, mover and shaker) 
Yin (Chinese philosophy - feminine, the yang ‘s opposite) 
Kinetic Energy (The energy of motion) 
 Potential energy(Stored energy)
Balzac (Honore De Balzac, 1799 to 1850, french writer and coffee lover)

The aspects of coffee and tea listed above have been compiled from The World of Caffeine, the Science and Culture of the World’s Most Popular Drug.I added the commentaries in parenthesis, trying to describe the aspect from a historical and social perspective. I hope you’ll find some true lines for you.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and informative. You certainly are an expert on this topic from all the articles you have written about coffee and tea. I enjoyed reading of the personality traites of each type of drinker. I drink both tea and coffee but I lean more toward coffee. Fascinating topic - voted up+ and shared.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      This was interesting camecob. I did not vote in the poll since I drink both coffee and tea, not just one or the other. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.


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      Beverly Likewater Jackson 5 years ago

      I love tea.. I had to find out if drinking coffee or tea has anything to do with our personalilty.. and it does..who drinks this stuff.. :-)

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      frogyfish. I always suspected that there is a big difference between coffee drinkers and tea drinkers. I guess in a marriage they complement each other.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Amazing! My husband snarfs coffee all day and I drink some tea nearly daily...and guess what??humm-mm

      Interesting article containing things I had never deciphered before. Thanks for a fun read!

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      mr-burns 6 years ago

      Interesting article. I love coffee so I loved the story

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      cameciob 6 years ago

      @orangecountyjill...if I were to judje myself using the above chart I'll say I'm a coffee drinker. It works for me. Thanks for reading.

      @ShyeAn and celeBritys4africA, thank you.

      @Lis Smart...You Know, Lis, when I lived in Craiova, I used to drink a lot of coffee. Sometime there was no real coffee in the stores and they replaced it with a mix we used to call "nechezol". remember that?

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like the hub, awesome.

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      ShyeAnne 6 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      good read, thanks!

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      orangecountyjill 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Really interesting story. Had to laugh at the coffee drinker profile. Some of that definitely fits my artsy daughter!