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Meet ‘Wine Coffee’: Your Two Favorite Beverages Have Finally Been Combined

Good morning, it's happy hour!

While pairing coffee and alcohol is nothing new, brace yourself for the newest invention for your taste buds: wine coffee.

That’s right, you can now start (or end maybe? more on that later…) your day with your two favorite beverages: Coffee and wine.

Your new go-to drink comes from a cafe in Napa, California, called Molinari. Roaster John Weaver supplies the beans for the drink, which Molinari’s website says is full-bodied coffee that “relaxes in a beautiful wine, absorbing the wine’s nose and history.” The coffee is then carefully dried and hand-roasted in small batches.

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Molinari Private Reserve

Professional tasters say the coffee tastes “rich” and “full-bodied” and of “small dark fruit” such as, blueberries.

Flavored coffee first became popular in the 1970s with the rise of Starbucks, and the trend continues today. Starbucks alone sells multiple flavors in store and for brewing at home.

Molinari seems to be on to something new, however, as this appears to be the first time coffee beans have been soaked in wine prior to brewing.

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Distribution is currently local, but you can buy the wine-infused coffee online for $19.95 for a half-pound bag. Don’t be surprised if you see small coffee shops selling their own versions in the future or even your friends making homemade imitations. (I mean, you can soak gummy bears in all sorts of things, so why not coffee beans?)

Coffee beans and a scoop
Flickr | Andreas Poike

Wine-infused coffee certainly doesn’t sound like the worst thing to wake up to—or is it for going to bed? And, how do you drink it? Warm, we’re guessing. But do you add sugar? Creamer? Can you drink it at work? Do you use a mug or a wine glass? Can you drink it while driving?

So many unanswered questions about this mystery beverage. And there’s only one way to get them all answered, so we’re off to order a few bags of those wine-soaked beans!