Thursday, April 12, 2012

K ~ Kaffe Kopp

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Alrighty then, let's get to today's lesson. Today you will learn two new words because they are practically inseparable: kaffe kopp.

kaffe: cuff + eh?
Kopp: cup

Have you guessed the meaning? Coffe cup. Swedes like their coffee. They like it hot, dark, strong, and several times a day. Drinking coffee is a major social event, and it's a frequent one.

Of course there's coffee for breakfast. Then in midmorning, there's another cup. If someone has “stopped by”, that midmorning cup is served with some sweets that the hostess “happens” to have on hand. Coffee is consumed with lunch. Mid afternoon, an unarranged coffee visit might occur again, and the ritual is repeated. Yes, Swedish hostesses need to be ready for visitors on a moments notice. With lots of sweets.

After dinner, there's more coffee, and in most of the households where I've stayed, there's later the “evening food” which is a before bed snack. As I recall, we are by now done with coffee, and tea is served with this food.

Please keep in mind that a lot of these memories are from when I was nine, and the freshest are from my teenage years. I know Farmor and Farfar were so happy to have us visit that they wanted us to visit all their friends. This made for two-a-day coffee parties for teenage girls who would rather have gone on a boat ride, or downtown to shop, or even for a walk in the nearby woods.

We were dutiful granddaughters though, and went to all of these parties. I don't know if the other women of my Farmor's generation had as much china as she did, but here's a selection of kaffe koppar (plural) from the sets I inherited.  

This one is called Grandmother's Rose, and I have the entire set, this is just the serving pieces.  I have them in a china cabinet on display, but with the light coming in my patio window, you couldn't see them at all, so I pulled these out so you could see them.  These were my favorite since childhood.  

These blue cups and saucers are part of another set that includes creamer and sugar and serving plates.  

These flowers are called "Vildkaprifol" and are the official flower of the county "Bohuslän".  I have 12.  

This kopp is from another set of county flowers.  It's ljung (name of flower) and from the county of Västergötland.  I have 8.  

This last kopp is another company's version of the kaprifol from county Bohuslän.  If you compare the two, you'll notice similarities, and differences.

This is not all the china Farmor collected.  Remember the matching clothes?  At least with the china, she didn't repeat.  My sister has just as much as I do, but in different patterns.  My brother didn't get china, but he got most of her antique furniture as I recall.  All's fair.  Wanna come over for kaffe?  I have lots of koppar.


Annalisa Crawford said...

I've been a terrible student, and not been to all your classes, but I will now be able to offer kaffe to my Formor (I think, was that right?)

Sherry Gloag said...

What an interesting blog :-). I am trying to visit as many participants as possible, but may only make once to each.
This is the first time I've participated and am thoroughly enjoying it.

Laurita said...

Hang on, I'm going to grab my kaffe kopp.

Ahhh, that's good.

Tose cups are so pretty. I could definitely get with this Swedish coffee tradition. Another cup? Yes, please.

Unknown said...

Återigen blir jag tårögd när jag läser dina texter. Min mormor tvingade mig dricka kaffe (tack och lov med grädde i) när jag var 17 år. Jag hatade kaffe då. Jag hatar kaffe än idag. Ge mig hellre mjölk eller jos eller saft. jag brukar dricka detsamma som vad barnen dricker när det är skolmöte eller dylikt.

Men, jag har också mormors kaffekoppar!

Anna's A-Z, the letter K

Sally said...

I wish I liked coffee more, you make it sound so nice. The china collections are very pretty. My mother keeps passing her china sets on to me - she says she doesn't have room for them anymore, neither do I but I can't say no.

Brian Miller said...

ok seriously second to i love you from yesterday this is probably the second most important words to and love..yep that is life...did we cover, where is the bathroom yet? smiles.

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

I was just drinking my coffee reading this post about.... coffee! love learning about different cultures and those china sets are to die for. I have a side board and a mid-century modern side board filled with all kinds of china! love this kind of stuff! Enjoyed it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd be in trouble as I don't drink coffee.

Cheryl said...

I have a couple of teapots that were my MorMor's and the remnants of my favorite set of dishes that were my FarMor's.

The French-Canadians are tea all day folks. Breakfast, dinner, supper, and lunch (late night snack). I can't remember what my MorMor called the meals but she loved her coffee hot, black, and strong.

Unknown said...

I am drinking out of a kaffe kopp right now! :) What a cool word to know :).

Thanks for installing the buttons. They are pretty cool!

raymond alexander kukkee said...

Kaffe and cookies for you! Great post! I like the side buttons too. Handy! ":)

Unknown said...

What a great idea for a blog...I should teach Welsh to people. I love the new buttons that were installed thought there are still over 1800 participants on my list.
Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (around # 793 on A to Z list)

Amanda Lee said...

This post reminded me of our mutual Swedish friend Dorothy, who had her special coffee klutch that she participated in for decades.... :)

Anonymous said...

Cool post! Now I want a cup of cof ... errr.... Kopp of Kaffe.

Sue McPeak said...

A very Special 'K' post with thoughtful and treasured memories. How lucky you are to have such rich cultural experiences, and the Kaffe Kopp sets. They are truly Family Heirlooms.
Sue CollectInTexas Gal

Konstanz Silverbow said...

I love your theme! This is a beautiful post! Sorry I haven't made it here until now. :(

Konstanz Silverbow
A to Z C-host

DayDreamer said...

I love the new buttons, how cool are they?
I'm sure your Farmor and Farfar did want to show you off to their friends, bet they were very proud of you both :) The kaffe koppar are very lovely heirlooms to inherit.

Susan Kane said...

such lovely china! I wish I could come over--I could use a cuppa right now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the visit to my bog. I was delighted to see your K post as well! I am of Swedish heritage. My Dad's paternal family immigrated from Sweden in the late 19th century. The name was anglicized - curiously and almost unpronounceably - as Tohline. It was originally To(with umlaut)lin. (For some odd reason, this font won't let me give you the correct "o.")

I am enjoying this challenge so far. I am flying by the seat of my pants - writing each day for the day. It gets a bit hairy sometimes, but so far so good!ö

ediFanoB said...

In Germany a lot of people drink Kaffee = coffee = kaffe.

The similarity is obvious.

I changed from coffee to tea sveral years ago.

Mummygadgetgeek said...

I don't like coffee, but often seeing things like this I wish I did. Your coffee cups are so pretty and its great that they've been passed down through your family.

I don't think anyone will be after our mismatched and chipped IKEA offerings!

danneromero said...

Beautiful cups. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole said...

You have the best China! No coffee for me, please. I'll take tea instead, so I guess I won't be using this lesson may come in handy when I'm entertaining guests though :)

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Donna B. McNicol said...

Love, Love, LOVE the new buttons. Snagged, added and tweeted!

Alex said...

Those plates and cups are just gorgeous! Thanks again for stopping by and mentioning the "Surprise Me!" button.

Heather Murphy said...

This is another important one for me! I've got to have my coffee! Thanks for the lesson

Mary Aalgaard said...

I know all about this with my Scandinavian heritage. My mom has some pretty Kaffee kopper with a flower pattern. They even say Kaffee, and some other words.

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Unknown said...

Beautiful lesson on the Coffee Cup! I need to add all the info you talked about today :)

Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Life Strings said...

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