Christmas is known as Jul or Joulua in Scandinavia. Santa Claus was originally described as a gnome, a simple bearded farmer, who did good deeds and caused a little trouble too. He expected a bowl of porridge with a pat of butter to be left out for him on Christmas Eve. In the last 100 years, he has become more like Santa Claus in size and shape, but instead of a chimney, the jolly elf enters through the front door.
Traditional foods include meatballs, ribs, specially-marinated cod, herring, cabbage, and ham washed down with a big mug of glogg, a mulled wine. Finding the almond in your Christmas pudding means you will have a prosperous year, and you may even get a little gift for the honor.
And of course, coffee is always served. Scandinavian coffee is delicious, from the select beans which are then carefully and gently roasted, resulting in a distinctive style and flavor of coffee. Scandinavians are one of the top consumers of coffee on a per-capita, or per-person, basis.
These are just a few of the fun, interesting and unique traditions that Scandinavians enjoy this time of year. Please read farther down to find out more about holiday traditions in these countries.
In the meantime, we want you to enjoy coffee from our Nordic ranges: Paulig, Arvid Nordquist, and Lofbergs Lila. Get 15% off of these iconic Scandinavian brands with no minimum order at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*
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Here’s our roast review to help you decide among these enjoyable brews.
Paulig, from Finland, roasts and packages their coffee out of their facilities in Helsinki. We offer two roasts. Juhla Mokka Ground Coffee is light-roasted, rich, balanced and intense blend of beans from South America and Africa. Presidentti Ground Coffee is a light roast (1 of 5) blend of beans grown in Africa, and delivers a strong and rich coffee. These coffees are perfect examples of Finnish coffee.
Lofbergs Lila, one of the largest coffee roasters in the Nordic countries, is based in Sweden. We offer three exemplary roasts made with 100% Arabica beans: the Medium roast is perfect anytime with a rich taste and aroma (2 of 5); the Jubilee roast is rich with sweet notes (3 of 5), and Kharisma is dark, intense, nutty with subtle fruit notes (4 of 5). About 1/3 of the beans in each blend is certified by the Rainforest Alliance (an international sustainability organization we have written about here before). All are available already ground.
Arvid Nordquist opened a small shop in Stockholm, Sweden in 1884. Today Arvid Nordquist is a leader in premium coffee, food and wine products. We offer three roasts: Medium roast, Extra Dark roast, and Gran Dia, all prime examples of Swedish coffee roasting. In addition, all three are UTZ Certified and CO2 Compensated (read more about these organizations on the product page). The Medium roast is balanced, with chocolatey and spicey notes. Extra Dark (intense) is full-bodied, and intense, with just the right amount of bitterness. Gran Dia is a medium to dark roast, full-bodied, with nut and floral notes, with a nice finish.
Holiday Delivery Suggested Deadlines
Order by Friday, December 8th to be assured of delivery by December 25th. After that, you’ll have to choose expedited shipping to receive your order in time.
More Scandinavian Traditions Explored
In Sweden, Advent (the 4 Sundays before 12/25) kicks off the season. St. Lucia Day, December 13, brings children dressed in white, singing angelic hymns, carrying candles led by a young girl wearing a crown of candles. Christmas porridge is sweetened rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon, a staple of the big meal on Christmas Eve. It’s where the single almond will be found by one lucky diner. In Finland, it’s not Christmas until you’ve had your Christmas Sauna. You can always pick up your ham that’s been cooking there too! That’s right, the holiday ham used to be cooked (smoked) in a sauna, a practice recently gaining popularity again. And, that marinated cod fish? Well, it is known as lutefisk, whitefish soaked in lye, and can have an overpowering aroma. It appears to be an acquired taste, and believe it or not, is more popular with Norwegian expats living in the U.S. than with the people back in the old country.
Finally, and this is big, Finland is where Santa lives the other 364 days a year. Visitors can see him in his natural home environment, a town on the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland.
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!