Find Hygge through Your Coffee
By Sara Yeoh
The Nordics have life figured out to a tee, being some of the happiest and healthiest people in the world. In Denmark, the pace of life is slow – spending hours sipping coffee in the afternoon, people-watching in the sun from outdoor café seats, cycling everywhere… And over here at Kopenhagen Coffee, they have their coffee figured out too. But it’s more than just coffee here – they want to introduce the Danish way of life through the café. And if we could round up Danish culture in one word, it would be ‘Hygge’, which means feelings of cosiness and comfort as a result of contentment and wellbeing. Following a sign that said “Find Hygge upstairs”, we made our way up the white stairs of the café and into a cosy nook.
An approach to the Nordic lifestyle starts with the food. The menu here is prepared with Hygge and wholesomeness in mind – starting with the ingredients, which they source from local farmers (to give back to the farming community). And you could taste it through the spelt bread – a healthy, wholegrain bread made from a medley of nuts that was full of texture and loaded with flavours. Smothering butter and cream cheese over it, and topping it with smoked salmon sprinkled with sea salt and ground pepper makes a familiar combination of Danish open sandwiches.
And speaking of the delight that is Danish open sandwiches, or Smorrebrod, if you like, you could order a tasting platter of it. Among the assortment there was, of course, the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, poached chicken breast, and beef and cheese. It’s not hard to make healthy choices here. Their breakfast menu looks like clean eating goals – freshly baked spelt bread with sliced avocado, served with velvety smooth scrambled eggs. Eat it with the Greek yoghurt that is served with crunchy granola with blueberries and fresh seasonal fruits for the ultimate power breakfast.
There are Danish touches everywhere – coffee and hot drinks set in pretty porcelain mugs from Royal Copenhagen, a PH lamp that reflects the simplistic and functionalistic aesthetics of Danish design, and a minimalist Scandinavian interior throughout. A decluttered space like this energises you as if the clean interior empties your unhappy thoughts too. But for me, I found my ultimate Hygge in a sip of their latte made from a blend of 3 different beans.
And of course happiness must include a sweet tooth – we tried their traditional Danish dream cake (freshly baked by a Danish lady herself) that was moist and spongy, and topped with a caramelised coconut topping, which fascinatingly reminded me of Malaysian flavours (gula Melaka to be exact). Their coffee counter is also filled with a variety of cakes such as lemon yoghurt loaf, carrot cake, banana cake, and so on. Pair one of their coffees with the brokie, a combination of brownie and cookie – one that can’t go wrong, right?
After passing time with exceptional coffee, wholesome food and good company at Kopenhagen Coffee, we think that Hygge isn’t that hard to search for, after all!
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