10/07/2012 11:48 BST

High Earners Drink More Coffee Than Those Who Are Less Ambitious

Do you guzzle copious cups of coffee throughout your working day? According to a recent survey, your caffeine habit not only reveals your love for lattes, but could also indicate how successful you are at work.

The survey of 2,000 professional Brits by Nespresso discovered more than three quarters (77%) of top and senior managers prefer to drink coffee over tea throughout their working day.

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'High earners' prefer coffee over tea, a survey has suggested

During the survey, participants were asked to rate their ambition level from 1 to 5, with 5 being extremely ambitious.

Researchers found that fiercely ambitious people (who scored between 4 and 5 on the ambitious scale) knock back 1.5 times more cups than those considered to be ‘less ambitious’.

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Respondents of the study were also asked to choose which description their job role matched from a selection of 13, ranging from managing director to supporting role (cleaner or security guard).

These were then grouped into Top Management, Senior Management, Middle Management, Junior Level and Non-office workers, which helped researchers determine who were the ‘high earners’ in the study.


Four fifths (78%) of high achievers admitted that coffee was a necessity for them to "feel more on the ball" and productive throughout the day.

They also preferred strong coffees, like an espresso or macchiato, with two thirds of people in top management roles and three quarters of ‘ambitious workers’ choosing these over milky lattes and chocolate sprinkled cappuccino - which were the chosen hot drinks for 'less ambitious' people.


The survey also suggested a link between status and coffee, as nearly half of participants (45%) admitted they thought coffee had a ‘higher social status’ than a humble of cup of tea.

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