24 Apr '15

Fancy a fika?

Coffee isn’t just coffee in Nordic countries – it’s a lifestyle.

Finland tops the world’s coffee consumption table, followed by the Netherlands and Sweden, where people drink coffee all day, every day when having a fika.

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A fika is a Swedish tradition that the Finns also enjoy.  We use the word as both a noun and a verb and it refers to a pause in the day.  It’s a time when we take a coffee break with friends, family or colleagues.

Fika is a very social activity.  It is something that we Nordics do together every day and this is why coffee has been woven into the fabric of our lives and forms part of our culture.

So, whilst you might find a lone person sitting down to a coffee whilst reading their tablet device, Nordic coffee culture almost always involves a chat with others over a coffee.   So ingrained is the fika, that it is an fundamental  part of the working day and many organisations make it compulsory for staff to take a fikapaus or fikarast at work.

For us, a fika can be a calm, relaxing experience – a time when we appreciate our surroundings and unwind in the easy company of a friend.  Or it can be a bustling occasion with lots of banter and lively chatter.

The coffee does not have to be some pretentious specialty blend.  Nor does it have to reflect the latest trend in barista making.  The most popular coffees in Finland are often very light roasts. What is important is that the coffee should be of premium quality and that it is served in the same welcoming, friendly style you’d expect when socialising with friends at home.  The coffee is usually accompanied with something to eat – we like to offer a biscuit, cake or a bun – often a fresh and warm cinnamon bun, for a home-from-home welcome.

We believe that everyone can experience a little Nordic coffee culture wherever they are and hope that you can stop and take a pause in your day to enjoy a fika moment with friends.