I remember my first taste of coffee as a young child. My grandmother would percolate a pot and serve Leslie and me a cup (back in the day, before we had mugs!). We enjoyed a third of a cup of coffee swirled with two-thirds of a cup of skim milk…and we loved it! We felt so grown up. I just realized I’m currently celebrating my 50th year of drinking coffee. Do I get a 50-year plaque or award?
To this day, I still drink coffee with a splash of nonfat milk at home. At restaurants, if I’m given half-and-half, I’ll drink my coffee black–and I love it! Back in the day, when Leslie and I escorted my dad to work on Sundays and operated the elevator in the furniture store, I remember going to a street vendor and asking for a “regular coffee.” Back in the 70s, “regular” in New York meant milk and sugar, and I thought I was going to choke on the sweet coffee. After that one sweet experience, I still take my coffee dark and strong, like my men. Am I right ladies? 🙂
I recently read a headline saying that if you drink your coffee black, you may be a psychopath. Wait, what?
The article states that, if you like your coffee black, you may be someone who prefers strong flavors, takes good care of their health, or just wants to drink their coffee the way it’s supposed to be drunk. Or you have psychopathic tendencies. A recent study published in the journal Appetite found a correlation between a love of black coffee and sadism.
I tried starting a day without coffee once. My court date is pending.
The research surveyed more than 1,000 adults, asking them to give their food and flavor preferences. The participants then took a series of personality tests assessing antisocial personality traits, such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Innsbruck, found that a preference for bitter flavors was linked to psychopathic behavior.
The study also found that it isn’t just black coffee ringing alarm bells. Participants who reported a fondness for radishes, celery and tonic water were also more likely to exhibit antisocial traits. Previous studies have shown sweet taste experiences increase “agreeableness” and eagerness to help, while bitter taste experiences increase hostility and elicit harsher moral judgments.
What do you think?