If there’s one thing that Christians enjoy more than debating the nuances of theology, it’s sitting down for a rich, caffeinated beverage.
But, like their choice in sneakers, coffee can actually tell us a lot about what a church-goer actually believes, and can help prevent uncomfortable arguments before they start.
Here’s our guide to what your coffee says about your theology.
This individual insists that their new, trendy way to make individual cups of coffee is so much better than what everyone else is currently doing, even though the French Press is actually a very old, difficult-to-master traditional method of coffee preparation.
In other words, expect the French Press user to have just embraced the liturgical calendar, singing hymns and reading Kierkegaard, as if they all just became things cool Christians now do.
The perfect beverage for the person that has little time for anything other than a tiny pod of sugary, super-heated caffeine and a six-point, acronym-based sermon on claiming your territory.
Mocha Frappuccino with Extra Whip
This person enjoys indulging in the finer things in life with no apologies: Clearly, a prosperity gospel advocate.
Some Organic, Locally Sourced Weird Cold Brew Thing that Actually Tastes Terrible
This individual probably has a beard, wears a Pork Pie hat and, of course, writes some really stirring 9-minute ballads for the praise band.
French Vanilla Latte
Look, we all know that there’s nothing actually from France or any real vanilla in this latte syrup. Clearly, the French vanilla latte drinker is susceptible to counterfeit theology. Very likely also a heretic.
Regular Coffee From One of Those Big Steel Cylinder Things
Anyone who enjoys drinking coffee from one of those big steel coffee cylinders and helping themselves to a few free pastries is likely a serial church-hopper whose Sunday mornings are primarily based on taking advantage of “welcome areas” set aside for first-time visitors.
Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)
Someone who enjoys constantly changing, seasonal drink menus likely finds themselves embracing whatever the latest church trend is with no real theological grounding. Accountability recommended.
Iced Black Coffee
They have obviously accepted the cold, dark truth of Calvinism.
The espresso drinker likely also takes part in strong, powerful, small doses of confrontational street evangelism.
Intolerant of weak sermon illustrations; flowery, contemporary worship songs; feel-good, self-help teachings; and, of course, lactose.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.