Latest update: 2019-06-18
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Coffee Meets Bagel Site Review

Our review

Tinder has changed the world of online dating once and for all. With its coming to the Internet, there came the possibility to get a perfect match within several minutes and with fewer efforts than on an ordinary dating platform. Mamba-like platforms seem to lose their popularity because people value their time.

The success of Tinder has inspired a lot of startup companies to create something even better using the same approach. Coffee Meets Bagel was born in 2012 and became popular insanely quickly. The three sisters - Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang - wanted to create a place for everyone to find destiny within the shortest period and it seems that they managed it, because more than 7 million people have registered on CMB and trusted it. Maybe, the cozy name of their site creates a cozy atmosphere online, making “coffees” meet their sweet “bagels”.

If you want to meet new interesting people without boring creation of a profile and spending hours to filtering millions of people, try CMB app! But, before you make your final decision, let’s see what makes people talk about this platform and join its community in our Coffee Meets Bagel review!


Free and quick registration

CMB is a dating app, not a dating site, so your registration may be much shorter than on big dating platforms with websites. You will need several minutes to complete your registration or even several seconds with one click. Use your Facebook account to join the site’s community. will need only your name, email, photo of your profile, list of friends, and birth date. And, you can link your CMB account to Facebook one and upload photos from Facebook to dating app.

If you do not want to use Facebook, there is another way to sign up. Enter your mobile phone number and follow the instructions. It will take a few minutes too.


Your profile

There is almost no possibility to make your profile very descriptive, as mobile dating apps usually aim at saving time, and people usually spend a lot of time filling out their profiles and reading the other ones. But, you still can enter the most important data about you, such as religion, for example. We will discuss all the profiles later, and, please, pay attention to filling out all the text boxes that are on your account. It will significantly increase your chances to meet a perfect partner.

And, remember that mobile apps usually focus on photos, so choose your best one! Pick an image where you smile, laugh, or just look fantastic. But, please, do not overuse Photoshop. Do not transform your unique appearance and personality into a faceless humanoid. Be yourself and let people love you as you are.

How does it work?

Before you come to the communication, you need to understand how the CoffeeMeetsBagel app actually works.

This platform focuses on a psychological fact that “men love the selection, and women are selective”. In other words, the main initiative is given to men, who can choose the women. The women get the lists of men who liked them and pick the best partners among them.

There are two sections on the app: Suggested and Discover. In the Suggested section, you can see the matches offered by the application (they are called “bagels”). Men get up to 21 bagels every day at noon and can answer them with “Like,” “Pass,” or “Priority Like”. Priority Like is similar to Super Like in Tinder, and it means that someone has impressed you very much. To send a Super Like you need to pay some “beans” - we will talk a bit later about paying methods and currencies available.

Remember that the lists are renewed each day! You have 24 hours to like or pass your bagel in Suggested section.

In section Discovered there is a Search tool with filters. You can choose the needed ones to find your bagels personally, instead of for waiting for the suggested lists of profiles.

Making contact

Communication at

If you send a like to a person and get the like back, you can start your communication with that person. You can communicate via messages, just like in Tinder. But, there is a special messaging limitation you should know about. Talking with one person is available for only 8 days, and then you will have no possibility to send messages to him/her. You can extend this period using special local currency - beans.

8-days limitation makes pressure on people who use Reviews of some members express the opinion that it is an improper way to make people go on another level of relationships. But, for someone, it may be a great stimulus to search for a partner faster. Or, to meet the interlocutor faster! Internet users tend to text each other for months (!) and do not even think about swapping numbers or planning meetings. Keep in mind that there is nothing better than real-time communication. 8 days may be enough for you to understand whether or not you want to date a person. The time goes on, move with it!


Profiles on the app contain such information about its owners:

  • Name, age, and location - these data are needed to create an account so you can see them in all the profiles;
  • Main photo - the site asks for at least one photo where your face is clearly visible;
  • Education;
  • Ethnicity;
  • Religion;
  • Self-description (“I am…”, “I like…”, “I appreciate when my date…”);
  • Occupation.

Pay attention, please to the self-description sections, as they will tell the majority of information about you to the visitors of your profile.

Quantity of profiles

There are more than 7 millions of registered accounts on CoffeeMeetsBagel. There is no information that all these profiles are active, but you will still have a wide choice.


Matchmaking algorithms

You can find your matches on section Suggested: there will be either women who meet your criteria, or men who gave likes to you. The site learns your preferences, who you like or pass and will improve its work with the time you are active online.

You can find your matches on your own, entering the section Discover and choose the filters you need. You will get the list of profiles that contain features you have chosen. You may send likes them and see whether or not they have liked you already. If they have, click on a special icon and start a conversation! If not - wait for your answer with patience.

Free versus premium membership

What do free users get at

Once you become a registered user, you immediately get such possibilities, as:

  1. Getting lists with matches and viewing those lists;
  2. Sending likes and passing the profiles;
  3. Viewing who liked you;
  4. Sending and receiving messages.

Generally, you get everything needed to search for your sweet bagel. But, if it seems to be not enough for you, you can either use “beans” or upgrade your membership to Premium.

What do premium users get at

Premium grants users with such additional services, as:

  1. Activity Report. It will tell you about how long a user you like is online, how many times he/she sends the first message, how fast he/she replies to messages, and so on. It is useful for people who do not want to spend time, as such a statistic will help to understand whether or not it is worth sending a message to a guy who has 20% reply rate.
  2. 15% more beans.
  3. Skip The Line Feature - makes your profile to appear higher in Search.
  4. Getting the messages receipts.

Mobile application

Coffee Meets Bagel is originally an app, and you can access this site via your smartphone. Download it from App Store or Google Play and enjoy the time you spend online, searching for your “bagel”!

There is a desktop version of the site too, and you can enter your account using it, yet it is not as comfortable as using your mobile phone.!


Cost and Prices

The prices of Premium membership vary: you can buy either a month and continue buying one by one, or to buy 3 and 6 months.

  • 1 month - $35;
  • 3 months - $75 ($25 per month and you can save 29%);
  • 6 months - $120 ($20 per month and you can save 43%).

Additionally, the app has an internal currency that is called “beans”, and it is needed to buy services. For example, you can open a conversation with a person after 8-days period and talk with him/her longer.

  • 3000 beans - $24.99;
  • 2000 beans - $23.99;
  • 100 beans - $1.99.

You can earn beans as well, by using the application regularly, inviting your friends to the app, giving feedbacks, and so on. You can find the full list of what you should do to get free beans is on

Pros and Cons


  • Big database
  • Intuitive design
  • All the essential features are free
  • Multiple guides on how to use the app
  • Possibility to get free beans


  • Limited time to text a person (8 days)


Company:Coffee Meets Bagel
Address:SOMA Central, 560 Mission Street/Suite 1367, San Francisco, CA 94105
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