New Zealanders love a good DIY ( Do It Yourself ) attitude – build your own fence, concrete your own driveway…but Finns bring it into the everyday as at most cafes you’ll find it’s DIY dishes.
You don’t actually have to wash them but there’s usually a place for you to scrape your dishes, stack them and sort the rubbish from the recycling.
Having grown up with school lunches provided I’d say most Finnish adults are used to this and probably do it without thinking.
It’s great actually – it means the tables are cleared before you sit down, even when the staff are busy.
At Cafe Regatta there are a couple of places for customers to stack their used dishes. You can also have free coffee refills and you get 5c back each time you refill your cup….*
So if times were tough and you were really desperate, you’d probably only have to drink 45 cups of coffee before you started to make your money back and started getting paid to stack that one dirty cup.
*the beauty of this is no one wants a 5c piece in their wallet so they tend to go straight into the tips jar