To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, we wanted to share our top tips on how to make an epic Afternoon Tea. We like to do things a little differently though… and rather than your traditional scones, cream, jam and tea, we much prefer to ‘Fika’ like our Scandinavian cousins.
‘Fika’ (pronounced ‘fee-car’) translates simply to ‘having coffee and cake’, but it really is much more than that. Fika is a concept centered around wellbeing. It’s all about slowing down and finding time for friends and colleagues, or yourself, whilst you sip a drink and enjoy a tasty treat. The Swedes take time out of every day to pause with coffee and a cake to appreciate the good things. It’s a great way to refresh the mind, recharge your batteries and has been known to strengthen relationships too! The concept of a ‘coffee to go’ is almost the exact opposite of what fika is all about.
‘Firms have better teams and are more productive where fika is institutionalised.’
In this crazy busy world, we agree with the Swedes when it comes to coffee time. Coffee time is sacred: a time to slow down, take 5, chat to your colleague and be zen. For Afternoon Tea Week, we’ve given you some insights below on how to fika!
How to ‘fika’
1. Choose your setting
The great thing about Fika is that it can be enjoyed anywhere: in the garden, on the park bench, in a café, or in the office kitchen. It is often enjoyed by candlelight, even if it is in an office or the corner of a factory, as candles have a super calming and relaxing effect.
2. Choose your drink
First things first, you’ll need to choose your drink. Now don’t get us wrong, we love a cup of tea, but we don’t think it’s going to power us through the rest of our busy afternoons this week! We’re going to treat ourselves to cup of coffee. The Scandinavians, particularly the Finns, are big coffee lovers and won’t start the day without a cup (or three) of filter coffee. Today, we’re going to go for a tasty cup of our infused instant coffee. With twelve flavoured coffees to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice, but we’re going for our Cardamom Bun Infused Coffee to embrace our Nordic roots.
3. Choose your snack
A sweet treat is always welcome for fika. You can choose whatever food you like, but it’s generally good for it to be fresh, well-presented and ten points if you make it at home! Swedish managers think it’s important to regularly bake something at home to take into work for fika. Here at the Little’s office, we like to do the same. We have a few go-to recipes when it comes to our fika snacks. Our favourite is the traditional Swedish Cardamom Bun (or Kardamomma), here’s a good recipe. Another favourite is a banana loaf, or if you fancy something savoury, the Swedes enjoy an ‘open sandwich’.
We hope you enjoy the new-found art of fika! We’d love to see how you practice it, so don’t forget to share your fika moments with us @wearelittles