Hot Drink Heaven: A Fika For One

My life has been incredibly hectic as of late, I’ve started working full time for the summer before my upcoming university embankment, having to start at 07:00 on one week and on another at 14:00, Time to myself has become something sought after.

In my search for quality time, I stumbled upon the Swedish concept of Fika, in Swedish culture a Fika is a coffee break where we catch up with our peers and enjoy quality time together over a coffee and biscuits.

It’s a big social thing for the Swedish, similar to our concept of going on the sesh after work. But at this Fika its just going to be me and my faithful MacBook

A Fika wouldn’t be complete without the key element, coffee! And today’s Fika break is accompanied with the Taylors of Harrogate Fika blend. More mellow than my usual coffee type. Described as “A serene crisp roast with mellow flavours of toffee and hazelnut”.

The aroma of sweet toffee and the crunchy hazelnut shine through instantly. An enticing and beautiful combination, as the hot water landed on the grounds forming the delightfully dark colour.

After blending the coffee for 5 minutes, the plunge came down and the dark brown became a more relaxed light brown with the milk. That first sip and the gentle roast hits the tongue. The hazelnut and toffee compliment the caffeine. 

After each sip, I want more! So much so that I may make another, extending my Fika even further. Although it’s better with friends so I’ll stick to only one. A brilliant blend and one I’ll happily suggest when my friends come over and join me In a Fika.

Does into Hot Drink Heaven? No doubt what so ever 

Score? 5/5 

Will I drink it again?  Definitely even with or without friends

Hot Drink Heaven: IKEA Coffee, No need For an Alan Key for this one

When you were little, did your parents ever take you to IKEA?  its the greatest day trip imaginable! While your parents wanted to get a Billy Bookcase and a load of cutlery for absolutely cheap prices, you were fascinated with all the little rooms in the showroom and excited to get food at the cafe.

Well, I bet you didn’t know that IKEA does a range of Ground coffee! is there anything that IKEA Don’t do? from bookcases to jams, beds to Decorations and almost struggling with the English to Swedish language barrier.

After going around the showroom, I collected a vacuum-packed brick of the PÅTÅR Medium Roast Coffee, at a Price of £3.95 its one of the more expensive packs I’ve bought, You can’t just go to IKEA and not get something!

Described as “A well-balanced, elegant coffee with a nice acidity and a medium body and notes of fruit in the lingering aftertaste” and on the packaging as “Stay in the moment with a PÅTÅR, a second cup of coffee”

The coffee is a beauty of a roast, medium roast with a strong acidity and a medium body, the coffee when made is incredibly moreish, it gives you the jolt you need to keep going while giving you the craving for more

one of the more deceiving aspects is the smell, you get a strong whiff of hazelnuts and yet the coffee doesn’t taste of hazelnuts, its a mysterious one for the ages, the acidity isn’t overpowering and the aftertaste is warming and tongue-tingling, giving fruity notes.

The colour of the blend is much lighter than the typical coffee, with hints of light brown and malt chocolate blending the traditional black. cleaning out the cafetiere is simple with the coffee coming together naturally after water extraction.

Overall, IKEA have made a fantastic roast and one of the best ground coffee’s I’ve ever tried, so if you pop down to IKEA and  have  to assemble furniture with an Alan Key, Get yourself some PÅTÅR medium roast coffee and enjoy a moment before going nuts and swearing like a docker at that stupid cartoon character instructions.

Score 6/5

Does it go into hot drink heaven? without a doubt

Will I buy it again? Ja verkligen (Yes Indeed)

This has been Jordan’s Thoughts on the 15th of April