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Whilst I have never personally been opposed to a good cup of filtered brew, this type of coffee-making can lead to inconsistencies in the cup you consume. I noticed the difference in caffeine almost immediately. My cups were frequently too weak, too bitter, or too flat. But like the illegitimate lovechild of Goldilocks and Bruce Bogtrotte—the cake-inhaling hero from Roald Dahl's masterpiece Matilda —I valiantly ploughed through. Much like Kylie Minogue's lesser-known sister Danni, the fika package experience ultimately overshadows the emphasis on quality. Maybe fika—and all the wonderfully pastries that go with it—is causing Swedes to prioritise a cosy atmosphere or a seat at the much-sought-after cluster of comfy sofas over a perfectly brewed cup.
Could there be a war slowly stirring between the hardcore, coffee-loving youth and the traditionalists who want maintain fika culture? At Drop Coffee, there's not a cosy sofa in sight. Surprisingly, though, there are no treats for sale either—until I edge closer to the till and notice a small number of semlor a wheat flour bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream.
There's no weak sauce in sight. She is also off to Seattle to compete in the World Barista Championship.
Her co-worker, Jakob Adler, explains, "At Drop, we work mainly with flavors. We roast the coffee all the way through, as otherwise it would taste like grass or hay. As the coffee holds such high quality, it's incredibly tasty. That's it.
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The quality [of the coffee] doesn't really matter. We want to take fika to another level. At their konceptbutik concept shop , they're selling and sourcing beans, and even offer barista classes. There is a humble offering of confectionaries here. Does this mean that it's a fika-free zone? I love the atmosphere here and I want people to stay here because it's a nice place to be, but the main focus is the craftsmanship of the coffee. As Wedberg puts it, "When people have had a specialty coffee brewed and produced in the right way, they can really feel the taste of the bean and I think that is spreading.
Thankfully, Sweden's great coffee revolution is truly brewing, or at least in Stockholm.
Its aim is to redefine fika with quality coffee, but the revolution will not be a straightforward one. Coffee cherries contain caffeine, as does the tea, though while the tea is popularly understood to have a high level of caffeine, it actually only has about a quarter the caffeine levels of coffee.
Brewing guidelines are not standardized, but 20 grams per liter of water, or approximately 5 grams per cup 8 qz, ml is suggested. When the coffee cherry tea is ground and classified to loose tea industry standard size, one teaspoon per 6 ounces of water, steeped for 5 minutes are the standard brewing instructions.
Proper brewing yields a dark red tea; brew time guidelines range from 4 minutes to 7 or 8 minutes. Use 18g 3 heaping tablespoons of tea to g 10oz. Place tea in heated water and let stand for 4 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Cold Brew: Use 36g 6 heaping tablespoons of tea to g 10oz.
Place tea in water and let stand in fridge for 24 hours. Cascara can be made just like any other tea, but I prefer it in a French Press with some of the Fines sediment still in the cup.
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It really adds to the flavor. As it cools you will notice changes in the flavors that are quite good. Fell free to add a bit of Turbinado sugar to help round out, and bring forth the richer flavors. It is truly an exquisite cup!
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Try it iced too! Emporium Cascara is a coffee cherry tea filled with a high concentration of natural sugars, oils, vitamins and antioxidants which come from the skin and pulp of the coffee berry. Our cascara is sun dried and aged for 6 months then carefully hand selected using the highest quality and environmentally friendly control standards. For lasting freshness, keep your cascara in a sealed container at room temperature under dry conditions. Cascara does contain as much or more caffeine as a cup of coffee when brewed hot.
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