Freelance writer from Brisbane exploring the city and surrounds to find the best coffee
Published December 18th 2019
Pump@123 has become a Toowoomba staple over the last decade, providing delicious Merlo coffee, meals and gifts at its cafe store in Russell Street. Since the business has expanded, two more cafes, at Wyalla Plaza and the corner of Ruthven Street and Alderly Street, have been opened.
As a tragic Merlo aficionado, I was delighted to recently eat a lovely morning tea with the family in the Ruthven Street store. The cafe area is delightfully air conditioned, as well as very clean and comfortable, with booth seating and an outdoor dining area that's still undercover.
Everyone was kind and helpful, in spite of the busy Christmas season, and the atmosphere was one of busy cheeriness. The coffee was heavenly and though I discovered I'm not a big fan of hummingbird cake, I really enjoyed sampling the pikelets and jam another person at our table had ordered.