There's never going to be a recipe for the perfect date out there, since everybody's version of "perfect date" differs from one another. Some people love the idea of dates that start at a dive bar and end in the bedroom, while others prefer dates in which both parties walk around in the fresh air and talk about important things like politics and trees.
However, no matter the venue for the date, the general goal for going out with another person is making a meaningful connection and hopefully seeing them again after the date ends. While the goal of sex can be easily achieved by going somewhere that serves cheap booze, it’ll likely take a few dates before both people learn -- and remember -- things about each other. That’s one of the reasons why coffee is the perfect first date drink. You don't have to love it, you just have to stand it.
It makes you happier
Call it a hack or label it as common sense, but a date in which both people are in high spirits is probably going to be better than a date where everybody feels like hell. That being said, you should drink coffee on dates, because a regular cup contains the neurotransmitter dopamine, which makes you happy. Psychology Today reports that the average cup of coffee can actually mimic some of the effects of cocaine. "... Dopamine produces the [euphoric] and pleasant feelings that people often associate with their first cup of coffee in the morning.
"Many drugs that produce euphoria, such as cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy, act upon dopamine in the brain."
Needless to say, that's one of the few similarities between coffee and cocaine.
You'll stay up later
But not as late as most people think. Despite the popular myth, drinking a cup of coffee in the afternoon won't turn you into an insomniac. Caffeine is obviously a stimulant, but the caffeine you consume in your post-lunch cup is processed through the liver at lightning speed and roughly 75% of it is flushed out of your body within four to seven hours. So, if you go on a coffee date at 8, you'll be able to call bullshit on your date when they say they're getting sleepy at 9.
You'll talk about something actually important
Coffee makes you smarter -- not, like, superhuman smart -- but smarter than a depressant like alcohol. This might be hard to grasp, but take a sip of espresso and try to follow along. Caffeine blocks the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. Adenosine is a neuromodulator that is believed to play a role in promoting sleep and suppressing arousal. The suppressing of adenosine, combined with the stimulating role of caffeine, increases neuronal firing in the brain, releasing neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
Wanna know what norepinephrine does? It's pretty cool, here's the definition: "In the brain, norepinephrine increases arousal and alertness, promotes vigilance, enhances formation and retrieval of memory, and focuses attention."