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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published March 28th 2016
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Federation Coffee, coffee, cafe, Brixton
A lovely latte


There's something in this liquor… surely? Sitting back, eyeing my latte carefully before I take a measured slurp, musing on the numerous passers-by, who all turn in to customers before turning the corner of Brixton Market's Federation Coffee.

Federation Coffee
All hail the great cup of Joe


Brixton is home to a few decent coffee joints so you might have missed Federation, but Southeast dwellers, along with coffee connoisseurs, find themselves in Federation.

But it's not just coffee which brings all the boys to the yard, Federation's simple menu of generously-topped breads, croissants, sandwiches, pastries and cakes.

I've been here twice, first I was surprised by the menu, after finding this place whilst lending an ear to an upset friend. We shared possibly the best avocado on toast I've enjoyed in a cafe, (little flecks of dried chilli, lemon juice, just enough salt and pepper, worked in to a very generous portion spread on toasted sourdough).

Federation Coffee, coffee, cafe, Brixton
Toast


Now the avocado was good, but nothing will put a smile on someone's face quicker than Federation Coffee's home-made Nutella. They generously spread the thick, chocolate-like-butter on toast and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top.

The Nutella is a smooth, nutty spread which gives in to the dark side compared to milk, but that's the beauty of home made stuffs: you use quality ingredients (like a fine dark chocolate), and the result is a little different to what's already on the market, and by different I mean better.

Federation Coffee, coffee, cafe, Brixton
Brunch killers


I tried the Nutella spread again, this time visiting Federation with a friend who cannot stand Nutella. We ordered the cashew spread along with the Nutella home-made stuff however. I'm proud to say I turned her head: she hoovered it up in seconds.

They source their bread from Brick House Bakery and their pastries from The Little Bread Pedlar, which are fresh from the bakery that day, so they sell out fast.

Speaking of speed, once you're in this, not-large cafe, be quick to secure a seat, they're sparse, and it's a great place to people watch (and coo over adorable babies, strapped to their parents who order a cup o' Joe).

Federation Coffee, coffee, cafe, Brixton
Nutella toast


You know where to find me on a Saturday morning, trying not to shovel slices into my mouth, or at least trying to do it with a little grace, along with the rest of Brixton.
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Why? The finest coffee and brunch in Brixton
When: MONDAY - FRIDAY - 8am - 5pm SATURDAY - 9am - 6pm SUNDAY - 9am - 5pm
Where: Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS
Cost: Two coffees and meals for £7.50
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