The Poolhouse opened its doors to Melbourne CBD eight weeks ago, and is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle. It’s located on the triangular site between Swanston, Victoria and Franklin streets, which is also home to the iconic heritage listed Melbourne Baths. This 112 year old Edwardian Baroque style building positioned just opposite RMIT University, was long overdue for a speciality coffee focused café. It’s the first hospitality venture for Jen and Luke, who designed the space themselves, with Luke doing all the building and construction work himself. The fit out is simple, yet refined, with marble table tops and counters, polished floorboards, and clean white walls.
With no commercial kitchen on site, the food options are simple, and include premade baguettes, rice paper rolls, and a selection of pastries from Rustica.
The main counter is dominated by a sleek white La Marzocco Linea Pb, a pair of Mythos One grinders, an EK43, and a pour over station. Coffee is roasted by Dukes, and both espresso and filter options rotate weekly. Current offerings included the Kenyan Gucienda Estate as a filter brew, and the Ethiopian Bariti as the espresso single origin option. The Ethiopian Bariti is a washed lot from a co-operative in Yirgacheffe. Over 250 farmers contribute to this co-op, and the resulting coffee is balanced with floral aromatics, citrus acidity, and a sweet finish.
6 Franklin Street
Melbourne, 3000 VIC