For those of you that know what a flat white is, there is little more I need to say, except that you’ll also be pleased to find a nice shiny La Marzocco espresso machine waiting for you too as you walk in the cafe.
The moment I read that the owner was from Australia I knew that if there was one thing they were going to do right, was their coffee. Sydney and Melbourne have an incredible coffee scene, I have never been to any city in which there was so much time and dedication to make the perfect shot, and where practice and professionalism comes before reputation.
To accompany your coffee, they have a selection of pastries, cakes, and some nice late breakfast options like burgers and omelets, but nothing which I would consider the typical brunch menu items.
Keep in mind that they don’t accept reservations so if you try to come during local’s lunch peak hours or afternoon coffee you might find yourself waiting for a table or having to share their communal table in the back. From experience the best time to come is around noon which is still a bit early for Spanish locals to have lunch therefore getting a table should be easier.
In Federal Cafe, you’ll get the chance to taste a little of that dedication and love Australians have for that magical bean. As a coffee geek, I would say this cafe puts Madrid one step closer to coffee heaven.