Finland

The world champion in coffee drinking!

The Finns have the highest coffee per capita consumption worldwide with 12.2 kg of coffee. That’s 33g of coffee every day, which is equivalent to 3.6 cups a day. The Germans manage only 7.2 kg!

  • Axel Käg from Turku was the first Finn to try coffee in 1637 on a journey to Persia. Axel Käg was at that time the valet of the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • During the Second World War coffee was rationed or it was only coffee substitute available.
  • A ban on coffee was at the time of Swedish rule from 1756 to 1761 and a few times in the 19th century for a short time.
  • Already in the 19th century, the Finns were the number one in coffee consumption.
  • Founded in 1876, the coffee roastery plant Paulig has a monopoly and serves about 90% of the Finnish coffee market.
  • Thanks to the typical Finnish light roast, more coffee can be produced in less time at more favorable conditions.
  • Paulig runs the coffee shop chain “Robert’s Coffee“.
  • Of course, the Third Wave movement has also arrived in Finland and there are many small roasteries that gently roast high quality fair trade beans like Caffi.
  • Coffee seems to be a kind of fundamental right in Finland, as workers even have the right to make a quarter-hour “kahvipaussi” twice a day, which is considered as working time.

☕ Preparation

Kahvi

The Finns drink their filter coffee very strong – is the dark winter to be blamed?
In any case, the coffee goes together with yeast pastries (Pulla), Finnish pies or Korvapuusti – cinnamon rolls.
If you order “kahvi ja munkki” you get a cup of coffee with a pastry that has been fried and rolled into sugar.
Coffee is usually drunk with sugar and milk. Attention: coffee with “real cream” (oikea kerma) is with a shot and not with cream 😉

Kaffeost

Traditionally, Kainuu in central Finland serves coffee with Juustoleipä (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.

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