Swedisch Coffee Culture – Fika

Swedisch Coffee Culture – Fika

Vice World Champion in coffee consumption is famous for their fika


Fika Coffee mug - swedish coffee culture

  • Drunk from morning until before going to sleep. No wonder, therefore, that the coffee drink has its own name.
  • The “fika” has been about Swedish coffee house culture, hospitality and enjoyment for centuries.
  • “Fika” is the short form of “fikapaus” or “fikarast”, which means as much as coffee break.
  • Please do not be surprised when cafes are called “fik“. The sentence “Vill du fika?” is really only about coffee;)
  • In many cafes you order the coffee at the counter and take it there directly with cake.
  • What sweets can not be lacking in coffee. Whether Kanelbullar, Chokladbollar, Damsugare or warm apple cake with custard.
  • You can often take the second for free. Just look for a sign with the words “Påtår ingår“.
  • With the coffee have something sweet, sich as kanelbullar, chokladbollar, damsugare or warm apple cake with custard.

Swedish Coffee Preparation – Fika

Swedish coffee is usually roasted darker and thus stronger and less sour than in Germany.
Coffee is obtained in Sweden in two grinds: “Kok” coarser for the coffee pot, and “Brygg” finier for filter coffee

  • The traditional preparation now accounts for about 10% of the consumption.
  • The coffee is boiled together with water in a pot. (48g of coffee on 1l of water)
  • Then the coffee ground settles on the floor and you pour the finished coffee carefully into a cup.
  • Traditionally coffee is also served with cheese made from cow or reindeer milk.
  • The cheese is cut into small pieces and comes before the coffee in the cup.
  • After drinking, you can spoon the melted savory cheese – best from a traditional wooden cup (Kuksa*).



About 90% of coffee in Sweden is drunken as a filter coffee.
As in Germany, a Melitta paper filter is used.


The Brygg coffee can also be used in the percolator. This is a coffee machine that was modern in Germany in the 1950s.
In Sweden it used until today. And that is how it works.

Swedish Coffee
  • 2 tsp of coffee
  • 1 tsp of white sugar
  • 2 cl Aquavit
  • ¼ l sweet cream
  • 1 egg yolk

Beat the egg yolks together with the sugar and the aquavit and place in a pre-heated cup. Fill the cup with coffee and garnish with whipped cream.

  • 3 parts Cold Brew Coffee – strong filter coffee will be fine as well
  • 2 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 part syrup (heat 1 cup cane sugar with 1 cup water and the zest of a medium lemon until the sugar has dissolved, let cool)
  • 2 parts tonic water
  • Ice cubes (made of water or even better made of coffee)

Mix all in a glass and stir vigorously or shake in a cocktail shaker and then pour into a glass.


Fika - swedish coffee mug
Fika - swedish coffee mug

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