9 Reasons Why People Don’t Like Coffee

It is all too common to notice countless people with a coffee cup in hand while on their way to work in the morning. While there is no shortage of coffee drinkers, there are also plenty of people who do not drink coffee. Personal taste, preferences, and more can influence whether someone likes coffee. So, why don’t people like coffee?

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Read on to learn 9 reasons why people don’t like coffee. Though coffee can be a great way to start the morning or give a boost during the evening hours for many people, it is not for everyone. Below are the main reasons why you may not like coffee.

1.   Coffee Has A Distinct Taste

Perhaps the most common reason someone may not like coffee is because of its distinct taste. Coffee is extremely bitter, and especially when drinking coffee without any additives, this bitterness can quickly become overwhelming. If you drink black coffee and do not love it, you might find it difficult to finish just one cup. Unless you drink Specialty Coffee 😉 – Not familiar? Here you have our explanation.

Of course, adding sugar, cream, and so many other flavors to enhance the taste of coffee is popular, but the foundation of that bitter taste will always be there. Not everyone is willing to substitute what they may consider a tastier drink with the same effects as coffee.

2.   Quitting Caffeine Can Have Health Benefits

Some avid coffee drinkers decide to stop drinking coffee. This may be to take a break from caffeine. While drinking coffee does have proven benefits for certain circumstances, quitting caffeine also has proven health benefits. For one, taking caffeine out of your diet can reduce stress and anxiety.

Another factor that can influence someone’s decision to quit drinking caffeine is that they drink it too often. Some studies suggest that, while much different than a more serious drug, caffeine is an addictive substance. While coffee does not often pose serious health threats, it is possible to develop a reliance on having one’s morning coffee. Quitting caffeine can be a nice way to refresh.

3.   Caffeine Is Not As Effective For Everyone

Some people do not like coffee because they may not experience as dramatic an energy boost as other people. Depending on differences in the body, caffeine may be digested differently. If you try drinking coffee for a caffeine boost and come to find that the effects are negligible, you may decide that there is no point in wasting time or money on coffee.

4.   There Are Plenty Of Other Caffeinated Drinks

Going back to the bitter taste of coffee, some people want caffeine but cannot stand drinking coffee. They may turn away from coffee because there are plenty of other caffeinated drinks out there. That is not to suggest that certain caffeinated drinks are as healthy as coffee, but anything from tea to soda can provide you with caffeine.

If someone seeks the energizing effects of coffee but does not like coffee, they have so many other options to choose from.

5.   Some People Don’t Like Caffeine

Another reason people don’t like coffee is that they do not enjoy caffeine. Some people have enough energy as it is, and adding caffeine into your diet can cause anxiety, stress, headaches, or may simply make you feel too jittery.

If you experience these effects, drinking coffee can make your daily routine much more difficult. If caffeine prevents you from staying focused, it is completely understandable that you would not like coffee. In this case, it may not only be that people don’t like coffee, but they simply stay away from caffeine.

6.   Developing A Distaste Is Common

You might know someone to be an avid coffee drinker, only to find out that they have stopped drinking coffee. Developing a distaste for coffee is not unheard of. Just as your taste buds may change regarding other foods or drinks throughout your life, you might grow tired of the taste of coffee. It may not even be that you stop liking it, but having it so often can get boring.

While some people stop drinking coffee for a caffeine detox, others may choose to take a break due to developing a distaste for the drink. This does not mean they will never drink coffee again, however. Starting back a regular coffee routine may be sparked if you miss the caffeine boost, find a different coffee flavor to drink, or any other reason.

7.   Disliking Coffee May Be Genetic

Studies have also shown that someone’s dislike for coffee may be linked to genetics. Interestingly, people more susceptible to tasting a stronger bitterness in coffee might be more inclined to drink coffee regularly. This could mean that the bitter flavors are more enjoyable to some, while other cases suggest people actually associate the taste with productive aspects in which drinking coffee has made them improve.

8.   Daily Coffee Comes At A Price

One huge factor that plays a role in people’s decision to refrain from drinking coffee is the price. Particularly for big-name brands, buying coffee every day can put a substantial dent in your wallet. Specialty drinks, seasonal choices, and other specific types of coffee can raise the price even more.

There is always the option of buying your own coffee maker to reduce the overall price of coffee, but even an initial investment in an at-home pot can be a nuisance. Some people don’t like coffee simply because it is too expensive.

9.   Morning Coffee May Not Fit Into The Schedule

If you do have your own coffee maker, you might find it difficult to find the time to make coffee. If you have a small portion of time to wake up and get ready for work in the morning, you may not have time to stop for coffee.

Even with some coffee makers that only require one button to make your cup of coffee, you still may not have the time to sit down and drink your coffee. In addition, dealing with a hot cup of coffee in the car on your way to work can pose several risks.


You may love coffee and believe that it is the best way to start your day, but not everyone feels the same. There are many reasons why some people don’t like coffee, from the taste to the effects to a myriad of other examples. Some people may even wish they liked coffee, but their genetics prevent them from enjoying it.


Charlie McFarlane

Specialty Coffee Enthusiast. Hungry for knowledge in the art and science behind specialty coffee and decided to document my journey, while sharing it with the public. More than 10 baristas were interviewed; over 21 farms were visited across 5 countries. Almost 100 Coffee Shops. Bean of choice: Pacamara. Preferred coffee country: Panama. Preferred Brewing Method: Aeropress. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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