Vice World Champion in coffee consumption
- The Swedish climate is too cold for the cultivation of coffee.
- This does not prevent the Swedes from consuming abundantly.
- 1685 came the first coffee to Sweden.
- At the beginning of the 18th century there were already more than 50 coffee houses in Stockholm.
- When approx. 6 tons of green coffee were imported in the middle of the 18th century, today it is more than 100,000 tons per year.
- The Swedes have the highest consumption of coffee after Finland.
- While the Germans consumed 7.2 kg of raw coffee per person, the Swedes were 10.1 kg in 2015.
- In liters it is the 160-170l of coffee a year and 3.5 cups per day.
- 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 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.
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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.
- 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.