For the love of coffee
Fabian Schmid recently wrote to me about his new documentary series Fika: to have coffee which explores the magical Swedish tradition of taking time out to enjoy a coffee with pastry. I really liked his presentation and wanted to share it here with my readers.
Since my own arrival in Sweden, fika is something I’ve come to embrace nearly everyday – often at my favorite writers cafe – sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. It has its own kind of varying personality fika does – in the summer sitting at an outdoor cafe, in winter cozied up with blankets (the blankets are usually provided by the cafe) and candle light, the lovely welcome of spring time when all the Swedes wake up and turn to the sun, and in the autumn sipping an espresso watching the leaves turn to gold.
Fabian began his project after spending five months in Gothenburg as part of a student exchange program. In Gothenburg, he grew to love the idea and tradition of fika and when the time came for him to come up with an idea for the final project for his studies in Zurich, Switzerland, he combined his interests (coffee, food, culture, people, cafés…) and ended up with a rough idea for the documentary series.
Fika:to have coffee has so far released three episodes exploring and interviewing locals about their thoughts and memories of fika, the ritual, and the social aspects. To start you off, here is episode one of Fika: to have coffee – the ritual.
The cafes included in Fabian’s series are:
You can find Fabian on Vimeo, as well as on Facebook – Fika: To have coffee.
Somehow living in Europe has caused many of us to become baristas and coffee connoisseurs in the making. See my photos from the 2015 World of Coffee Convention in Gothenburg where I covered the show for convention sponsor BWT – Best Water Technology.
Featured photo (top): BWT World of Coffee, Gothenburg Sweden. By Lisa Mikulski – all rights reserved.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the US. Editorial, features, and creative.