It’s probably not a comparison you make often. After all, one is reserved until after 5pm, and the other (usually!) before then. But coffee and wine have lots more in common than you’d think.
Of course, they’re two of the most popular beverages in the UK (wine is reported as our favourite alcoholic drink, and we brew 98 million cups of coffee per day), but it goes much further:
Both the grapes behind wine and coffee cherries love altitude and just the right climate. At dizzying heights, they gain complex flavours and that all-important balancing acidity. They both struggle to grow with too little heat, but die with too much.
In fact, both have their own ‘belts’ (strips of land) on which they thrive – known as the wine and bean belt.
Sadly, due to climate change, both of these strips will look significantly different unless we do something about it, which is why we’re backing reforestation and sustainable efforts with every possibility. And why we’re teaming up with the carbon-neutral Virgin Wines for this article!