For my first blog I thought I’d brooch every Swedes favourite past time Fika.
Living in London my friends used to ask about the concept of “fika”. They had heard about it as just like hygge it had become a bit of a buzz word.
I’ve always cherished fika as I believe most Swedes do, but I did feel when coming back home to Sweden that the coffee served wasn’t always up to par. Coffee should be drunk because it tastes amazingly, not just to keep you going, and in particular when it is the case of enjoying a fika. This is a cherished time when you might indulge in something tasty on the side with your coffee and so the whole culinary experience should be a feast for your senses, whilst enjoying the company of friends or loved ones.
With the selection of coffees that The little bean co. offers you can pick the coffee that suitable for you and your friends. Perhaps to avoid does pesky calories but still enjoy something with a bit of a sweet taste you choose a Fantastically Flavoured coffee such as Salted Caramel, or if its later in the day or your just sensitive to caffeine then perhaps a decaf coffee.
If I haven’t convinced you to drop what you’re doing and put the coffee machine on well the allow me to continue. The addition of fika breaks in the work place has actually been proven to increase productivity and efficiency. That little break and chance to recharge your batteries is positive for both you and your employer. A study in 2010 by Grant Thornton showed that Swedes were the least stressed worldwide and on top of that only 1% of Swedes work overtime and still in 2014 Sweden was ranked 11 out of 38 of countries that were measured for productivity, I would say the proof is in the pudding or in this case the cup of coffee.
Now pick up some cinnamon buns from your local bakery, get yourself some good coffee, and even better friends over for a fika.