NOUN AND VERB
Fika [verb] The act of drinking coffee and having a Treat together with friends, family or coworkers. The activity usually happens around 3pm every day.
Fika [noun] A cup of coffee (tea or a soft drink for kids),often combined with a treat. Generally, this is what you will be offered when visiting Sweden, a Swede abroad, or Sköna.
At Sköna, we make sure to fika together every day; a tradition we brought with us from Sweden. We see it as a 15-minute break that is not about work. Don’t get us wrong –we love what we do. We like it so much that most of the time you will find us huddled over our keyboards. We're moving pixels, designing, developing, planning and strategizing.
But around 3pm we step away from our desks and meet around the fika bar to fika. We hang out together. Sure, we talk about work, but we also talk about dogs, kids, biking, hockey, music, skiing, commuting, movies and, of course, Game of Thrones.
We fika because it’s good for us. We made it our project this year to build a custom fika bar to remind us of its importance. Research has actually shown that Swedish workers are less stressed compared to other nationalities due to their fika breaks, and that getting together to fika fuels creativity and boosts productivity. Fika is great.
So great that we want to share it with you. In this book you’ll find our favorite recipes for fikabröd – that’s Swedish for pastries – so that you can start your own fika tradition.
And, if you’re ever in Potrero Hill around 3pm, don’t hesitate to stop by; we’ll have a Swedish cup of Joe waiting for you!
Cravings for Fika
It’s a state of mind.
No reason not to give in.