Coffee Meets Bagel is a comparatively new dating app that was launched in 2012. The idea that sets it apart from other dating apps is that it’s geared towards its female users, giving them the final opinion on the men that have shown interest.
Each day male users of Coffee Meets Bagel are presented with up to 21 curated matches called “Bagels”. They are then given the option to like or pass. The women on Coffee Meets Bagel are only shown men who have expressed interest, and are a strong potential match. At the end of this process, the women can either choose to match with the prospective guy or pass.
Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐
👍🏻 The good
- Quick sign-up
- Different concept of “matching”
- Quality matches
👎🏻 The bad
- Number of users
I personally find this concept fair and an appropriate way to create meaningful matches with real interest from both parties. Too many dating apps throw people together that don’t truly have a connection, and seem to follow a ‘quantity over quality’ type strategy. Coffee Meets Bagel endeavours to eliminate this mindset from online dating.
Does it really work?
My experience using Coffee Meets Bagel is overall very positive but that’s not to say that the app itself doesn’t have flaws. I enjoyed the thought provoking questions and the challenge to describe myself in an ‘attractive’ way, but I felt that what I wrote wouldn’t truly find me the match that I was looking for.
Other apps, such as OkCupid for example, go extremely in-depth with questioning, attempting to find out as much as possible about your personality and is important to you.
Coffee Meets Bagel fails to ascertain real personality traits and meagerly scratches the surface of your character. On the bright side, it keeps anonymity of your prospective match until you two actually match.
I also found that the concept of only receiving matches once a day a very fresh idea. It allows a user to check the app once a day, asses their matches, and then only launch the app when they have received a like. Being on a dating app all day quickly gets monotonous and impersonal, especially when looking through tens or hundreds of different people. I think that Coffee Meets Bagel deserves some credit and recognition for this concept that keeps more people off their phones.
Going Deep on Coffee Meets Bagel
Signing up for Coffee Meets Bagel is quicker than most dating apps. It asks for basic information, such as your name, location and at least a single photo. From there, you are immediately introduced to the full service. The app suggests to fill out your profile as much as possible as statistics show that more complete profiles receive more matches, but it is fully optional.
The profile system on Coffee Meets Bagel is exceptionally basic, among the most plain profile systems of the dating apps that I have used.
The three main questions asked to describe oneself are “I am…”, “I like…”, and “I appreciate when my date…” As you can see, Coffee Meets Bagel takes a simplistic approach to the matching system.
The apps saving grace however, are the Icebreaker questions, which are shown only to those who you match with, and are purposed to begin a smooth conversation. The messaging system on Coffee Meets Bagel is nothing special, it shares messaging features with other apps such as Tinder.
My experiences on Coffee Meets Bagel were exceedingly positive. All the women that I matched with were pleasant and polite. Further than that, I failed to feel any genuine connection with my matches. I think this is a major downfall of Coffee Meets Bagel, and that it should alter its approach in order to obtain a more full picture of your personality.
The biggest and most developed feature of Coffee Meets Bagel is its ‘beans’ system. Beans are the premium currency used on the app. They can be used for assorted different features that affect separate sections of your profile.
For example, one such feature is the ‘Photo Lab Report’ where you select two photos and the community anonymously votes on which is the more attractive one. After voting takes place, the results are delivered back to you to make a more informed choice on which to post.
Coffee Meets Bagel also has an optional premium subscription service. For 40$ a month, you are given an abundance of premium features, beans, along with new options.
The most prominent feature of the subscription are user Activity Reports, which show various statistics of the user. These include how often they respond to messages, activity within the app, and percentage of the time they send the first message.
What about user interface?
The interface of Coffee Meets Bagel is well thought out, easy to navigate and acquaint oneself with. It uses soft, inviting colors and basic illustrations. I had no trouble whatsoever with using the app, with the exception that when I was trying to delete photos from my profile, I had to restart it multiple times before they were actually removed.
I think that Coffee Meets Bagel is based off a great idea and is executed well, but still has some major downfalls. This, however, is not to say that it is or will become an unsuccessful app. If Coffee Meets Bagel truly wishes to shine brighter than the rest of the available apps, it absolutely can, but it must first seek to derive more information from the user to create more deep and meaningful matches.