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Our Favourite Finnish Things

September 22, 2016 | Leave a comment

Finland – Land of Coffee, Salmiakki and Saunas

In just a few weeks – early October – we are launching our new Finnish range. That’s right, around 60 new Finnish products are hitting the shelves (have a look at what’s coming here). From rye bread to liquorice, ice cream toppings to chocolate – we are super excited. Can one ever have enough salmiakki or dark strong coffee? We think not.

There are thousand things to love about Finland (in addition to the lakes, of course), here are – in no particular order – a few of them.

    1. Coffee – Kavhi
      Finns drink approximately 12kg of coffee per person per year. That equals roughly 240 cafetieres, or 1200 cups – depending on size – an average of 3.3 cups per day. The word caf-finn-ated suddenly got a new meaning (oh ho ho – excuse our humour, we have had too much coffee and are currently bouncing up and down).
      coffee finnish kahvi
    2. Liquorice – Salmiakki
      Ask any Scandinavian (or Dutch) – they’ll tell you the super salty intense stuff is The Only Liquorice worth eating. In Finnish called Salmiakki, it has an addictive edge that is as alluring to us as a freshly made bread. Finnish is arguably the best – you can check out our pan-Nordic range of liquorice here – Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Finnish – we have it all.liquorice salmiakki lakris
    3. Chocolate – Suklaa
      They’re good at many things, the Finns. Chocolate is not widely associated with chocolate, but the Karl Fazer brand is truly worth seeking out. It is smooth and creamy, slightly less sweet than many other brands – and it comes in a range of flavours – Salmiakki (of course!), the Praline-filled Geisha, mint-crispy Marianne-flavoured, and the yummy chewy Dumle toffees.
        Karl Fazer Marianne Mjölkchoklad – Peppermint Crisp Milk Chocolate 100g
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        Fazer Salmiakki – Chocolate with Liquorice 100g
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        Fazer Geisha – Chocolate with Hazelnut 100g
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      More coming – have a look here.
    4. Moomin-trolls 
      These little trolls have a fond place in many Scandi and Nordic hearts. The books, written and beautifully illustrated by Tove Jansson were all published between 1954 and 1970 and were also made into a television series. Raise your hand if you had nightmares about Mårran/Hufsa/The Groke and the scary electrifying little Hattifnatteners?Image result for mummitrollet
    5. The Finnish Language
      Finnish has a word for everything, that’s right – one word where in English you’d need a whole sentence. Some examples;
      Juoksentelisinkohan? – I wonder if I should run around aimlessly?
      Hyppytyynytyydytys – Bouncy-cushion satisfaction
      (any more – please please let us know in the comments. We love these!)

      running around aimlessly
    6. Finnish Rye Bread – Ruisleipä
      Finnish rye bread is robust, dark and full  of flavour – and it pairs oh so well with toppings such as smoked salmon or herring. If you are yet to try the latter, get your hands on some mustard herring (for example, this one) and eat it on a slice of Finnish rye bread (lightly toasted if you prefer). You can thank us later.
      rye bread herring sandwich
    7. Saunas
      Of the many Finnish contributions to the world, the sauna has to be one of the most famous ones. With over 3 million saunas in a country of around 5 million people, it is undeniably an important part of the Finnish society – not surprisingly maybe, for a country who for large parts of the year experiences relatively harsh and cold weather conditions.
      Image result for traditional finnish sauna
    8. Design
      Finnish design – need we say more? Beautiful, simple and sometimes almost supernatural in its use of organic shapes, materials and colours.finnish print marimekko


Any other things you love about Finland? Let us know.

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It Is Time For Summer Fika

July 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

It Is Time For Summer Fika

Scandinavian people love their coffee. Norwegians are in the top of coffee consumption but Sweden and Finland consume the most cups of coffee per day in the world. So to say the least – Scandinavians are well caffeinated!

coffee drinking gif

But when having a Fika in the summer it is sometimes nice to cool down with a cold drink. If there is no ice coffee available Scandinavians love to make a jug of ‘saft’ – cordial. This cold drink matches any favourite nibbles such as cookies, pastries or cinnamon buns. What Fika truly stand for and what you need to have to create the best Fika moment you can find here. And here you can find 10 ways to Fika so that you can find your new favourite.


Now we want to brew some coffee and make a jug of ‘saft’ – don’t you?

What is Fika?

September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment


Time for Fika

Every language contains a few untranslatable words.  In Denmark and Norway, “hygge” is generally used as an example for a general state of lovely cosiness.  In Sweden, the word that is hard to translate literally is ‘Fika’.

‘To Fika’ is a good old Swedish word that basically means to ‘meet up, have a coffee and a chit-chat’.  We Scandinavians love nothing more than to meet up for a Fika. This can be done at any time – and a Fika can take anything from 10 minutes to several hours, depending on how good you are at Fika-ing.  If you’re in Norway or Denmark you don’t use the actual word Fika, but the rules of the game are the same.

For a good Fika you’d be expected to serve good Scandinavian coffee.  People in the Nordic countries drink more coffee than anyone in the world, even the Italians.  This is because we love our filter coffee – and it needs to be very strong and served in abundance.  When you have a Fikarast (coffee break) at work or meet someone for a Fika it is not unlikely to polish off a good 2-3 cups of filter coffee in one sitting.  Each.  Perhaps this abuse of caffeine goes a little way to explain why the Norwegians always sounds so happy and why we’re one of the biggest producers of Europop: Our veins are constantly beating in tune to Basshunter hits.

Once upon a time, back in the day, when men were men and women wore twin-sets and went to bed with rollers in their hair, people knew how to treat their guests when they popped by for a Fika.  No pre-packaged cakes, no just popping out to M&S for a roll of digestives and a ham & egg sub.  No, no, back when Granny ruled the roost, things were made from scratch, guests were treated to coffee in the finest china and nobody had to help with the washing up.

Back in the forties, a book was published in Sweden entitled ”Sju Sorters Kakor” – meaning, Seven Kinds of Biscuits.  It does contain recipes for well over a hundred biscuits and cakes, but the reason for the title was simple: seven was the number of different homemade cakes a good housewife should offer any guests that popped over for Fika.  Hmmm, yes.  Six kinds and you were stingy (and probably lazy), any more than seven and you were a show off.  Lagom.


This lovely book quickly became part of Swedish culture and every household owns at least 4 copies and swear by the fact it is the most influential book since the Bible. Almost.  Every time a distant relative dies, you are guaranteed to receive a few more copies.  Despite the fact that it is illegal to throw any copies of this book away, it is still in print and new editions are churned out every couple of years.  There is a fear Sweden may sink into the ocean one day from a surplus of Sju Sorters Kakor books. Seeing as very few people still offer you seven kinds of biscuits when you pop over, one can conclude that someone somewhere is slacking in the baking department.

In Denmark, a similar fashion arose at around the same time.  In the south of Denmark, near the German border, a tradition known now a days as Sønderjysk Kaffebord, literally Coffee Table from Sønderborg, seeks to rival the Swedish housewife’s offering.  There, you are also expected to serve seven sorts of biscuits – as well as seven sorts of soft cakes – from carrot cake to chocolate cake and layer cakes.  Considering the generation of South Danish ladies who lunched at each others’ houses did not have to be carried around by pick-up trucks, one must conclude that restraint is in the back bone of those Danes.

While the average Scandinavian household no longer has a mini production line of home baking going on (the same as most British household no longer serve high tea on a daily basis), Scandinavians still do love their coffee breaks and we always take time to fika when we can – it is simply part of our culture and still today, it is generally accepted you can pop over to visit your friends without having to synchronise your Blackberry diaries 2 week in advance.  Whether you choose to take your fika breaks with seven kinds of cake, or simply pop out for a skinny soya decaf with vanilla syrup in the sun, make sure you spare a thought for the poor grannies that had to stay at home baking all day fretting about how to look better than the neighbour without over stepping the ‘lagom’ rules – and maybe have a go at making a few of your own (Ask any Swede and they’re bound to have a few spare copies of ‘Seven Kinds of Cakes’ recipe books lying around).




Celebrate Bun Week with us 21-27 July 2014

July 17, 2014 | Leave a comment

Next week  (21-27 July 2014) is bun week at the cafe. Here’s the voucher you need in order for you to get your mitts on a free cinnamon bun on the mornings.

Print the voucher or smart phone it – but you do need mention the offer and show voucher when you order.

Please do read the t&c, too.

See you next week.


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