25 Jan FIKA
HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR WORK MATES
You want to make a big difference? Make one small change at a time.
You want the world to change? Reflect those ideals into your small daily habits.
This is what brought Fika into my life.
It wasn’t a radical revolutionary concept, it was just one thing I started doing to improve the quality of my life and the quality of my relationship with my crew.
As a freelance content creator, I have the luxury of being able to choose my crew and work from home -most of the time. Brilliant as it may sound, this has a lot of downsides. One of the drawbacks is that you have to share your personal space with people, you work all day and all night long and when you spend unlimited time with your work buddies working non-stop, you reach the saturation point of a work-relationship.
Then it’s time for Fika.
Taking a true break with your work buddies, brewing a cup of good coffee while enjoying each other’s company. At any Swedish workplace, there is always a fika break, or two; in the morning and in the afternoon. Connecting with your team is as important as deadlines and it’s a wicked form of team-building and bonding.
Fika is Swedish for a coffee break that’s more about socializing than drinking coffee. And something sweet is also welcome. Swedes prefer not to translate the word fika. They don’t want it to lose significance and become a mere coffee break. And I totally get that.
I think of is as a sanctuary from the work pressure and a good excuse to savour the moment while dunking a biscuit in your coffee.
The smell of coffee helps a lot. We are creatures of habit and we have associated that particular aroma with quiet moments, and refuelling before setting off into the world of business again.
You can Fika alone but life is better with friends.
People’s fika habits tend to vary greatly but there’s always coffee. Indulgent and flavorful, there should always be coffee.
I like to use my Moka Pot.
It’s a process that helps me slow down and feels like an indulgent ritual, a little luxury in the middle of the day that reminds me to unwind for a few moments. I was working with a photographer a few days ago, from home, and I stopped to make a pot of coffee. He stared my Moka Pot for a while. He never saw one before. I realised that a lot of people don’t know how to use a Moka Pot, so let me show you how simple yet lovely it is:
Take your time. Get yourself a nice coffee mug. Mine came from a thrift store in England, and it makes me happy every time I see it.
I suggest you learn to drink your coffee straight up black, without adding anything extra to experience the true taste of your coffee.
Let me introduce you to my latest obsession,
and unapologetically do so, as you know by now that I only work with brands that I truly love. This is my queendom, my utopia and there’s no room for compromise. So, I’m sipping my Coffee Temple Americano as you are reading this.
Coffee Temple is a Cambridge based, Colombian coffee specialist supplier. Sourced directly from Colombian farmers, using the finest coffee beans that grow in the region of Cauca, on volcanic soil at an altitude of around 1700 – 1850 metres above sea level this is the true avant-garde of coffees, the best Colombia has to offer.
And you know me…
I like all the coffees. I never met a coffee that I didn’t like.
Let’s keep it real and unpretentious. I can and I will drink all sorts of coffee and I will not complain. I feel the same way about food. It’s a basic need to be met.
I’m addicted like that. But I can certainly tell the difference between a coffee, a good coffee and the elite of coffees.
The latter is definitely a good way to describe Coffee Temple.
If you look into the brand it gets even better.
They are using a direct trade model, they speak directly to the small-scale growers in Colombia and make sure they are supported. Everything Coffee Temple imports are fair trade. They have the support of a local coffee shop in Cambridge, and through word of mouth, they are growing in an organic, authentic way.
If you are in Cambridge, stop by the Emperor and have a cup of joe.
And make sure you stop by The Coffee Temple Shop to get one of these:
Until the next one,