Millions of coffee-loving Brits won’t allow anyone else to make them a brew

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Just under a third (27 percent) are concerned others would make their drink too watery, while one quarter worry it will be too strong, and 14 percent are even fussy about the size of the mug.

Every person’s coffee experience is different and clearly perfection is the standard

Alex Pickering, De’Longhi spokesman

Those partial to a coffee also have strong feelings about the quantity of sugar, how hot or cold the drink is, and 13 percent are particular about whether instant is used over beans.

The study also found 23 percent of adults are adamant their coffee has to be absolutely perfect to drink it, while 14 percent consider themselves something of a coffee-making expert.

Over a fifth of adults would happily tell someone their brew was awful – if it didn’t meet standards.

Alex Pickering, for De’Longhi, which commissioned the research, said: “We are a nation of coffee drinkers, with many starting their day with their favourite type.

“The majority love the taste, looking forward to the first sip – and the caffeine content is an added bonus.

“And if it’s not made perfectly, it can impact our enjoyment and even set us up for the day in the wrong way.”

More than one-third of those polled, by OnePoll, can’t start the day without a coffee, while a quarter has to make the first brew of the day themselves as it needs to be perfect, and others can often get it wrong.

The study found almost two-fifths (18 percent) would not trust their partner to make the morning coffee, while 16 percent would be wary if their boss prepared it for them. 

And it can make or break relationships, as it was revealed 14 percent have even fallen out with someone over a bad coffee.

In terms of the best way to get the caffeine fix, a little under one in five (18 percent) use a bean to cup coffee machine, while almost three-quarters (73 percent) of the nation will simply use instant coffee.

Cappuccino came out as the most sought-after coffee type, with almost two-fifths selecting that as their drink of choice, closely followed by latte, flat white, Americano or the classic black coffee.

Respondents enjoyed its taste most of all, with 67 percent choosing this as the main reason they enjoy a cup – but just under one in ten will drink it simply because its trendy or they see their favourite celebrities doing so.

The majority of the nation has two or three cups of coffee a day, and four in ten would rather make coffee themselves at home than buy it elsewhere.

Alex Pickering added: “We knew that coffee was the nation’s favourite drink, but even we were surprised at the levels people were willing to go in order to get perfection.

“Every person’s coffee experience is different and clearly perfection is the standard, and whilst for some it may be about consuming caffeine in the fastest way possible, making a bean to cup coffee your way is the best way to get that “perfetto” moment, every single time.”


  1. Making it too watery
  2. Making it too strong
  3. Putting too much milk in
  4. Adding sugar/not adding sugar based on my preference
  5. Making it too cold
  6. Using a cup or mug which is too small
  7. Making it far too hot
  8. Using the wrong milk e.g. oat milk in instant coffee
  9. Not mixing it together enough
  10. Only using instant coffee
  11. Adding flavoured syrups
  12. Putting it in a glass or mug with no handle
  13. Over-steeping the coffee
  14. Burning the coffee beans
  15. Putting it in a glass
  16. Giving caffeinated instead of decaffeinated
  17. Using stale beans
  18. Making it too frothy
  19. Adding chocolate on top of a cappuccino
  20. Using tap water instead of spring water

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