How to make Swedish boiled coffee aka ”kokkaffe”

If there is one thing us Swedes love, it’s coffee! We come in second in the country where people drink most coffee, after Finland being number one. Finland drink about 10 kilo per person and year, Sweden about 9 kilo per person and year, which sum it up to about 3 cups of coffee as an average. Yup, we’re a coffee loving country!

One old traditional way of making coffee, or kaffe as we call it, is to boil it also called ”kokkaffe” (koka = boiling). If you aske me, the best way of doing kokkaffe is to make ut over an open fire. Everything just taste better outside, do you agree?

So, the ”recipe” for making kokkaffe, or what I call boiled coffee, is simple yet a bit complicated depending on how you want to look at life (and coffee making):


Water, enough
Coarse ground coffee – made for boiling
Coffee pot
A wooden cup ”kåsa” or similar

Pour the water into the coffee pot and add enough coffee. You know it’s enough when the coffee starts to form a peak on top of the water. Feel it in your got, or visualize a little lemming walking across the coffee whitout getting his or hers paws wet…then you know it’s enough.

Put the lid o and place the coffee pot on top of a heat source of your choice. It should not be too hot or the coffee will boil to furiously and the coffer becomes more bitter. Bring it to a simmer, lift the pan from the heat, and let it ”calm down”. Put the coffee pot back and wait for it to start simmering again, life the coffee pot from the fire/heat source and then repeat a third time.

Place the coffee pot, with the lid on, on a heat safe surface and let the particles settle to the bottom of the pan (takes a few minutes). Listen to the birds, sing a song out loud or in your head, listen to the crackling sound from the fire, pick some flowers, dance in the snow or whatever you feel is suitable for the season and the mood.

Pour the coffee in preferred pot, add some milk or sugar if you like that, and enjoy!

Ps. The coffee goes great with campfire cinnamon rolls but also with really dry crackers that’s only edible when dipping in hot liquid. 😉

Puss & Kram,

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  • Reply
    Alexa Gibbons
    12 december, 2019 at 22:57

    Beautiful video and I’d love to try this. So you don’t strain the coffee grinds? You don’t get coffee grind in your coffee when you drink it? Thank you!

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    Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff
    7 januari, 2020 at 06:47

    Do you make the lovely wooden mugs (cups) ? Do they have Scandinavian sigils inscribed on the handle? Are they for sale?

    — Kaersten

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    Shelly Williams
    12 januari, 2020 at 08:13

    Maria, thank you for your bravery and beautiful life you have shared through film, photos & stories with us, thank you. You have inspired so many& keep going ! Best wishes today & always…and a great cup of coffee /kaffe always to brighten your day!

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