How did coffee come to Finland?
History lesson. No need for taking notes though. Just a sip of your coffee as you read on. Coffee came to Finland in the 17th century, from Sweden and Russia. At first, it was the beverage of the elite and the rich people. They even considered it a medicine with healing features. By the 18th, coffee spread all around the vast country. In 1919, coffee was brought more in the spotlight as alcohol was totally banned from the country.
During WW II, coffee came extinct and locals turned to substitutes of organic origin (sugar beet, beetroot etc). After the war, coffee came back and Finland can be considered the world capital of coffee, way more than Italy or Spain.
How has coffee been appreciated by reserved Finns as a social thing?
Stereotype or not, Finns are considered quiet and not very talkative (at all). This does not mean that they do not like to socialize. It is just that they like to do it in a more silent way. It is not uncommon to get with other people, to enjoy a cup of coffee together. With silence. No need to talk if you are not into it. Silence is gold as they say. Coffee too!
It is also mandatory by law, to have two 10-15 minute coffee breaks at work, every day. On top of the 30 min long lunch break. Hooray! This is work-life balance in action! So, employees gather to take their break at the office kitchen or other common places. Or even at a nearby cafe. There are lots of them in Finland (practically at every corner). Wait! Are we talking about fika or what?