Scientific studies have for long been trying to understand people and their diets. To be honest at times they can act like spoil-sports. Recently a research published in the Appetite journal came to the conclusion that if you like your coffee black, you might just be a budding psychopath.

The study was conducted by Innsbruck University in Austria where over 500 men and women were exposed to a variety of food products with bitter, sweet, salty and sour tastes, as reported by Independent .

After that, these individuals were asked to answer questions which were designed to assess their aggression, narcissism and psychopathy. These were also related to aspects like openness, agreeableness and neuroticism.


The results were used for a “Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies.” The results indicated that those who preferred items tasting bitter, which may include anything from black coffee to beer, have “the most robust relation to everyday sadism and psychopathy.” Ouch.

No intention of sounding an alarm, but if the suggestion by the report is to be believed, given the number of people who like coffee and beer, is there an army of “coffee psychopaths” in the making?