About Luz Karime Mendoza Panesso


Hola amigas, my name is Karime but you can call me Kari. I’m a Colombian chica, from Cucuta Norte de Santander, passionate coffee lover and business owner of Mi Tierra Colombian Coffee Shop.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA that I completed whilst living in London.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve acquired extensive knowledge and experience working in the coffee industry, both in my home country of Colombia and overseas in London and Australia.

I love sharing the love for a good Colombian cup of coffee with all mi amigos and healthy eating for a balanced lifestyle. 

The journey of Mi Tierra started about two years ago when I arrived to the Gold Coast (after living in the UK for 4 years). I noticed there were many coffee shops offering Colombian coffee but none of them were owned by real Colombian’s.

Therefore, I decided to bring to this amazing city a vibrant and happy coffee shop with a twist of latin flavour and that’s how Mi Tierra was born.

About Mi Tierra Colombian Coffee

Mi Tierra Colombian Coffee is a speciality coffee house serving only single origin beans from Colombia. These beans are sourced straight from the Colombian farms (aka ‘fincas’) and roasted locally so fresh coffee made by real Colombians is available every day.

The name ‘Mi Tierra’ in Spanish relates to having a connection with somewhere that holds a special place in your heart, and for our baristas and any coffee farmer that’s the best way to describe our love for coffee.

Menu and Speciality Drinks

Our menu is designed to provide both gluten free and vegan options, with a selection of delicious South American themed dishes, giving a unique experience to our customers.

Our house specialities include ‘Arepas’ (Colombian corn bread) which are made in house and suitable for GF/VG – these are the staple of every family dinner table back in Colombia. Arepas are a great option for breakfast or lunch with tasty ingredients freshly made in-house.

Try our signature Mi Tierra Arepa served with 2 poached eggs, double crispy bacon, guacamole and tomato salsa!

Whilst we offer standard aussie variety of coffees such as flat white, our speciality drinks range from single origin Hot Chocolate made from Panela (organic sugar can-non refined sugar) and Cacao served in a vintage jar (olleta) and molinillo (for stirring), or our Tinto Campesino (Colombian version of Drip Coffee) served in a traditional Greca, just like our farmers do back home. Amigos you would love it!

And if you’re in a rush we have a range of take away options including fresh wraps, toasties, fresh empanadas (latin pastries) or vegan chia puddings available from our display fridge, all of which are made fresh in-house.

Our team wants to bring to this amazing city a vibrant and happy coffee shop with a twist of Latin flavour where healthy and gluten free treats can be enjoyed.

Next time you are around Burleigh Waters come and practice your Spanish with us and say ‘Hola’ at our cafe, enjoy our Colombian coffee and experience a little slice of South America on the Goldy! We can’t wait to meet you all amigos!

Hours: Mon to Frid 6:30 am to 2:30 pm – Saturday 7:00 am to 1:30 pm
Address: Shop 6/ 12 Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters, 4220.
Phone: 07 5593 7515  About our coffee


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