About Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is an innovative dating app that aims to invigorate the modern search for someone special, using a matching system that is both female-friendly and geared toward singles who value romantic happenstance over mass-messaging.

Before You Say “Not Another Dating Site!”

If you’ve ever tried online dating, you might be a little jaded at the prospect of another attempt to section off the singles market. From the truly bizarre to the overly specific, there already seems to be a love-match site for everyone. So what does Coffee Meets Bagel have to offer that’s any different?

In a recent presentation on NBC’s Shark Tank, Coffee Meets Bagel founders Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang claimed that the key to their successful new dating sites is winning over female users.

“Women are tired of signing up for dating sites only to be immediately bombarded by creepy strangers and disgusting messages,” the Kang sisters said during their investor presentation.

The standard dating site format treats people like pieces of information, requiring new users to complete elaborate quizzes and questionnaires before they can begin finding potential dates.

Then, searching for matches isn’t much more than a numbers game, as users wade through profiles in a huge database, filtering out potential matches using preferences similar to shopping on Amazon. How romantic.

How Coffee Meets Bagel Stands Out

Instead of creating another dating site that requires quizzes upon signing up and categorizes users into a sea of data, Coffee Meets Bagel was founded on three guiding principles:

  • Unless you want to tell others, your dating life should remain private
  • Your friends are the best conduits for your dates
  • Meeting quality people doesn't have to be so awkward or complicated

While that sounds like the best of intentions, how do those lofty goals translate into real-life benefits for users?

Taking the proven concept of daily flash-sale sites and merging it with social networking elements to create a high-quality dating service for singles, the Kang sisters have created a unique format for meeting other singles.

Meeting Matches: How To Use Coffee Meets Bagel

Signing up for Coffee Meets Bagel takes only a minute because, instead of loathsome personality quizzes and time-consuming match-preferences, it simply connects to your Facebook profile.

The connection is secret — no one on Facebook will see that you’ve joined. Instead, Coffee Meets Bagel curates potential matches by finding other Coffee Meets Bagel users that share friend connections with you on Facebook.

To clarify, this isn’t someone you’re already Facebook friends with, but someone with whom you have a mutual connection. The idea being that you’ll have most in common with someone who shares stronger social ties to your friends — plus, figuring out who your mutual connections might give you both something to talk about on your first date.

Every day at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel curates a single “perfect match” from your friends-of-a-friend pool. You have 24 hours to review their profile information and choose to “like” or “pass” on your match.

Mutual “likes” leads to a private chat line that expires in 7 days. Both parties must “like” each other to initiate contact and be a match, which is Coffee Meets Bagel’s method of saving female users from an overload of unwanted messages.

How Much Does Coffee Meets Bagel Cost?

To sign up, interested users can download the Coffee Meets Bagel app from either Google Play or the Apple App Store. Their core service is free, but there are premium features that users can unlock using virtual currency in the form of “coffee beans” — each bean is equivalent to about two cents.

The current premium features available on Coffee Meets Bagel include:

  • Open Sesame - For 95 beans (under 50 cents), Open Sesame unlocks the identity of any mutual friends between you and your current Bagel.
  • Rematch - If you missed a Bagel, you can get another chance with Rematch. This feature costs 295 beans (under $1.50) for a second shot, and “increases your chances of connecting by 8x!”
  • Mirror Mirror - For 600 beans (under $3.00) this feature discloses your score and ranking across the whole site. However, it’s only available after 10 Bagels.

So, how do you get these beans? A couple of ways! First, coffee beans can be purchased in bulk through your account’s membership area for the following prices:

  • $24.99 gets you 3,000 coffee beans
  • $23.99 gets you 2,000 coffee beans
  • $1.99 gets you 100 coffee beans

Don’t feel like breaking out your credit card? Coffee beans can be earned in a few other ways:

  • Uploading photos earns you 16 coffee beans each.
  • Filling out your profile earns you 3 beans per bit of information, such as personality, height and interests.
  • Recommending Coffee Meets Bagel earns you 150 coffee beans for 15 friends you invite, or 3,000 beans for 30 invites sent.

What If You Want To Quit Coffee Meets Bagel?

Because it’s a free service, there’s no risk of recurring charges when deactivating your Coffee Meets Bagel account.

To do so, simply visit the “Membership” section of your account page and click “Deactivate.” Doing so may take several days, but you won’t receive any more matches. You can choose to deactivate your account permanently or until a specific date, which is useful if you’re going away on vacation. Additionally, if you feel like you’re not getting enough matches, Coffee Meets Bagel urges users to contact them before throwing in the towel.

How Likely Are You To Meet Your Match?

At the time of taping their Shark Tank presentation, Coffee Meets Bagel’s user base was “somewhere between one hundred thousand and five hundred thousand,” though the Kang sisters refused to state an exact number — a move that many felt reflected an intention to use the show’s wide audience for publicity instead of forming an actual investor relationship.

While the dating app is currently only available to singles in four US cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, their plans for 2015 include expanding to achieve international dating domination.

What Users Are Saying About Coffee Meets Bagel

Called “a female friendly version of Hot or Not” by one Shark Tank investor, Coffee Meets Bagel does seem to be a big hit with female singles.

Some reviewers of the app’s San Francisco Yelp page stated that it’s great for supplemental dating options, but that one match a day isn’t really enough to fill their social calendar. Others, who were dissatisfied with Coffee Meets Bagel, say there simply weren’t enough people signed up within their area to create interesting matches.

On a positive note, many users stated that because you only receive one match a day, you’re able to consider that match more seriously.

Additional members appreciated the feeling of mutual consent that comes from both people having to “like” each other before a conversation commences.

What’s The Bottom Line On Coffee Meets Bagel?

With 409 reviews on Google’s app store, singles are certainly using the app— and with mobile dating on the rise, more might be on the way soon.

One thing I didn’t like about the Coffee Meets Bagel sign up was that it automatically pulls all of your pictures from Facebook. So if you sign in and notice you suddenly have 500 points, double check to make sure you’re not unintentionally oversharing!

Whether or not there’s someone special in your area that’s available through Coffee Meets Bagel is up to fate. But, if you’re looking for singles in hip, big cities, a free app that's female-friendly certainly isn’t the worst place to start.

Additionally, their blog has some great date ideas and stories to spark the imagination of even non-Bagel users.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve used Coffee Meets Bagel and had any success!

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4 Customer Reviews for Coffee Meets Bagel

Average Customer Rating: 1.0
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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Users are not active.

    • Dec 17, 2015

    This app reminds me of MySpace. It seems like the users are not active and the active users are scammers. Please do not fall for scammers on this app.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Will not delete my profile

    • Florida,
    • Nov 28, 2015

    Forget about the poor quality of the users. They will not delete my profile! I have repeatedly emailed them as this is the only option. I am sure I am not the only one and hope legal action is taken soon. Any lawyers looking for a class action suit?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Scammers on site

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Nov 24, 2015

    First guy was married and pretended he was single. And the next one pretended he was in the army and wanted me to pay for his flight home. Terrible site.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Stinks

    • Washington DC,
    • Nov 7, 2015

    Tried it for 6 months. Plenty of "people" but nobody talks. Even spent money to try a few options. Waste of money. This is a scam. Avoid at all cost!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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