New coffee shop opens in Delphi


photo provided from Fika Facebook page

Fika, a new restaurant in downtown Delphi, is located on the corner of Main and Union.

Emily Mears, assistant editor

Fika Coffee Wine Nibbles, better known as Fika, is a new business in Delphi with a target demographic of women ages 16-40 who live, work, and/or travel in the Delphi area. Fika (pronounced Fee-ka) is a word that means “coffee with friends” or to simply slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. 


Starting in March of 2020, Fika owner Kaila Brooks started catering events, and then the restaurant officially opened in Delphi on October 31, 2021. She offers a wide variety of items on her breakfast menu, as well as various types of coffee including espresso, cappuccinos, caramel macchiato, and lattes. Her house salad is also something to be mentioned. It is loaded with chicken, scallions, peppers, carrots, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, avocados, peanuts, oranges, cilantro, and has Asain-style rice noodles and a homemade dressing. She even offers a daily soup. But Fika is best known for their charcuterie boards. 


Kaila was born and raised in Delphi where she noticed there has never been a true coffee shop. “I wanted to fill that void,” she commented. It all started with three of her friends wanting to bring something new to Delphi, then the next thing she knew, she was opening up a coffee shop and a wine bar in her hometown. Now she is surrounded by inspiring women and a family that supports her in her new venture. “[The support of my friends and family helped] Fika become a reality,” said Kaila. 


Her favorite part of the journey has been creating the space. Kaila had a vision as soon as she stepped into the old Stonehouse building and she enjoyed making that vision come to life. However, there have been some struggles as well. Most notably trying to open a business during COVID-19. Due to COVID, the process of opening Fika has had a lot of stop and go moments, but Kaila is optimistic that in the end everything will work out the way it was meant to be. 


Kaila had been working in health care for the past 13 years and is now following her dreams of owning her own business. “When you put a thought out into the universe, it’s out there and therefore you have to ensure your vision becomes a reality.” Her main goal for Fika is to show her daughters that no matter what you do in life, if you work hard and put in the work you will be rewarded in the end.