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One of the most important Swedish rituals surrounding coffee is called fika, a regular coffee break taken with friends and family; and even during business hours—most workers take at least one break during a normal day. Often, two fikas are taken—one around 9:00 in the morning and another at 3:00 in the afternoon.

Where to Find the Best Coffee Around the World

Making the perfect cup of coffee involves a lot more than just pouring boiling water on the beans. Here are six mistakes to avoid as you brew

Fika Break in Visby, Sweden

The Best Coffee Shops For a Fika Break in Visby, Sweden

The Best Coffee Shops For a Fika Break in Visby, Sweden - Condé Nast Traveler

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden - private residence of the Swedish royal family, images via Wikipedia

Layover Site to see! Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden - private residence of the Swedish royal family, images via Wikipedia

The next time you’re abroad, skip the Starbucks and try one of these international coffee specialties instead.

Where to Find the Best Coffee Around the World

The Best Coffee Around the World (and Where to Drink It) - Condé Nast Traveler

When in Rome (or anywhere in Italy, for that matter) do as the Italians do—drink espresso standing up, and do it quickly. It’s not just about speed, though: Your goal is to drink the espresso before the “crema”—the creamy emulsion of the coffee's oils that temporarily covers the espresso and locks in the flavors—disappears. Another helpful rule of thumb? Steer clear of ordering a cappuccino after 11 a.m., as most Italians believe it will negatively impact your digestive system. Related: The…

Where to Find the Best Coffee Around the World

When in Rome (or anywhere in Italy, for that matter) do as the Italians do—drink espresso standing up, and do it quickly. It’s not just about speed, though: Your goal is to drink the espresso before the “crema”—the creamy emulsion of the coffee's oils that temporarily covers the espresso and locks in the flavors—disappears. Another helpful rule of thumb? Steer clear of ordering a cappuccino after 11 a.m., as most Italians believe it will negatively impact your digestive system. Related: The…

Lisa Strannesten on Instagram: “Looking for the best buns on the island while at Gotland? This is the place! Went to @sjalsobageri for a "fika" on my leave from the…”

Lisa Strannesten on Instagram: “Looking for the best buns on the island while at Gotland? This is the place! Went to @sjalsobageri for a "fika" on my leave from the…”

EAT | Chokladkoppen Fika (coffee + bakery) | Gamla Stan, Stokholm

EAT | Chokladkoppen Fika (coffee + bakery) | Gamla Stan, Stokholm

So muss der Sonntag beginnen: Feinster Kaffee...

Sharing for All coffee Lovers. Favorite coffee drinks, lattes, frappuccino, liquors, anything coffee.

Spectacular spettekaka, holiday cake from southern Sweden

Spettkaka (spit cake) - "So what does spettkaka taste like? It has a meringue-like consistency but the potato flour keeps everything soft. It’s very airy and light, sugary sweet, and richer than meringue since it includes egg yolks as well.

In Finland and Sweden, June 21st is the first day of a two day celebration of Midsummer Day that calls for a lot of singing, salty fish, bottomless glasses of beer, and aquavit, the local spirit distilled from potatoes.  But leave the wine at home.

A Midsummer Day’s Dream in Sweden

NY Times article about an authentic Swedish Midsommar celebration

Provinces of Sweden - I live in Skåne, the very southernmost tip.

Provinces of Sweden - I live in Skne, the very southernmost tip.

the meme that won't die

Fika is absolutely wonderful. Fika (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfiːˌka]) is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning "to have coffee", often accompanied with pastries.

Skansen Living History Museum, Stockholm

History Alfresco Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum. It was founded in 1891 to preserve and spotlight Swedish culture—from traditional artisans at work and period Nordic