I would like to offer you an exclusive, first look at South Bay’s newest Coffee Roastery, The Fika Company.
Opening July 7th, The Fika Company in Redondo Beach will focus only on the best quality of coffees from Colombia by variety, single origin, and cup profile. All of their specialty Colombian coffees are Direct Traded, meaning the farmers get 100 percent of the income when they purchase their coffees; no third parties are involved in the purchasing. Direct Trade helps to improve the farms and farmers living standard and infrastructure, while also acting as a motivator to produce better quality coffee in each new harvest. With the growing awareness of sustainability and supporting local farmers, Andres Pineros, Columbian born owner of Fika, knew he wanted to give back to the farms that were so accessible to him growing up.
The exclusive coffees are shipped directly to Fika from Colombia and carefully roasted in small batches of 5 kilos. On a Diedrich IR5 installed in full view of patrons, Pineros himself will roast 100 percent Colombian-grown coffee for retail, wholesale and to be prepped and served from the café counter a few feet away. The bar is equipped with a 3-group La Marzocco Strada EE, custom-painted matte black to match the black and copper colors of Fika’s branding.
The Fika Company was founded in 2012 by Pineros in a gourmet food court in the Colombian city of Villavicencio, which is about 60 miles outside Bogota. Pineros moved from Colombia to Sweden in 2009 at age 24 and discovered fika there, consequently bringing it home to Colombia a few years later, at which point he began roasting and selling fine coffees in his hometown that were proudly grown and processed in his home nation. That café is still running, though it was in 2014 that Pineros relocated once again to Long Beach, Calif., where his enterprise continued to expand.
Fika is one of Sweden’s most well-known terms, meaning coffee break accompanied by a small bite to eat. However, Fika isn’t just a a coffee break; it’s a moment to slow down and really appreciate everything in life that is simple and good. A strong and fragrant cup of coffee, a perfectly flaky pastry, a relaxed chat with friends. It’s all fika.
A soon-to-be mecca for the hip coffee crowd, the roastery serves everything from the classics to more unique beverages such as their Nordic Lights brew topped with whipped cream and honey. In addition, Fika will be serving classic Swedish pastries.
In the coming months, the roastery is planning to host several events spotlighting each visiting farmer, providing the South Bay with a unique look at what really goes into making a single cup of coffee. We’ll take our coffee with a side of sustainability any day.
If you find yourself in the South Bay craving quality coffee; head over to The Fika Company and order a double shot, single origin cup of java, take a seat and learn about the art of fika.