There seems to be a passion/obsession for coffee in the Nordic countries. In fact, Finns, Norwegians, Danes, and even Icelanders, drink even more coffee than Swedes!
Why is coffee so popular here? First of all, thanks to fika, the popular coffee break in Sweden, and secondly, thanks to the cold weather. Who does not fancy a cup of coffee when it is so damn cold?
Well, I don’t even like coffee, but I like everything that tastes coffee. In other words, you will never see me drinking a cup of coffee, but you will see me delighting with a coffee ice cream, or tasting a delicious cappuccino!
So, what do I know about coffee? Well, I come from one of the world’s best-known coffee brewers. With more than 3 centuries of experience in brewing coffee, it is not surprising that Portuguese coffee is amongst the favourites. The famous Italian expresso machines, imported to Portugal around 1920s, were responsible for the great quality and intense taste on our coffee.
In Sweden, only recently, coffee machines started improving. There are not so many coffeeshops where you can drink a “normal/decent” coffee. A coffee in Sweden, will always be a bucket of coffee, mostly black, without foam. It doesn’t even smell nice… Whenever my parents come here, they have to endure a long coffee fast, or rely on my Dolce Gusto. They refuse to pay 20-30 SEK for something that reminds them of everything but coffee.
However, Swedes seem to love their coffee. Why bother? I’m just wondering if they have tasted real coffee in Southern Europe (France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia…). If I was a coffee drinker, and I had done so, I don’t think I could drink this coffee anymore…