Federation Coffee, Brixton Market – I would never have had imagined that a coffee place, nestled amongst the hustle bustle of Brixton Market would serve up great coffee. The coffee is intense, chocolatey, somewhat saltish, smooth and creamy. And for that, Federation Coffee is not the cheapest cup of coffee that you will get in town – eg flat white: GBP 2.40, americano: GBP 2.00, cortado: GBP 1.90. Cakes, cookies and savoury light bites – croissant, are made in their kitchen situated few doors down. And for tea lovers, a handful of choices from their chosen tea supplier: teapigs.co.uk.
Here, the clients range from students to traders to self-employed. Either having in or takeaway, we wait patiently for the coffee to be served. In the chilly December weather I am surprised to see that there are few customers who still choose to sit outside.
However, inside Federation Coffee it is not the most comfortable coffee place that you would choose to sit. Unlike the seduction of comfortable sofa armchairs in some places, Federation Coffee provides you with the simplest, unstylish form of seating set-ups; pocket folding chairs and stools. The shop/café decoration is furnished with their products to sell, artist’s hanging “art” (for sale too), is minimalist. It is the place to be here if you want a good cup of coffee.
The business/practical sense to this place is realistic, with the not so comfy seating, no presence of any heating felt and the coffee served up is not too hot. It is warmish, just the right temperature a coffee should be served.
Service was in a very casual and friendly manner. Even with a quieter moment around, the staffs are busying themselves with tasks in the café and at times, building rapport with their clients.
There seem to be more of these independent and casual small coffee places around in London. I am certainly one keen to see more of them instead of the usual multi-national chains taking over. Perhaps one or two comfy armchairs would just make it perfect!
Food: 9/10 (For the cup of coffee)
Brixton Village Market
London sW9 8PS
+44 (0)207 777 7777