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Colombianos Emprendedores 10 – Mi Tierra Colombian Coffee – AUS (ENG)

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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Where am I going?>

This is not a story with a happy ending. Nor is my intention to inspire you. This is me trying to find something – I don’t know what, and I’m not sure if I’m going to find it or not.

I’m not sure when my journey started. I don’t remember the first time  I thought that I needed to find myself or my purpose in life, but the truth is that 10 years ago I made a promise to myself that changed my life.

When I was 18 years old I decided to travel abroad (for no particular reason) at least once a year to a different country. This was a challenge for me, as I was barely a woman. I was a little girl with no experience, no money, and zero knowledge of another language (I didn’t even have a passport). Now when I think about it, I realize that my promise wasn’t really all that ambitious, because even if I keep that promise all my life I won’t be able to visit all the countries in the world.

Anyway, the first country I visited was Costa Rica, where I served as a volunteer at a National Natural Park located on the Pacific Coast. Fun fact: I had a connecting flight in Panama City and after the plane landed I went directly to the next flight. I didn’t know where my luggage was, but I thought “they” will take care of it… Hell no! So, first trip, new country and no luggage.

It was a trip full of firsts though; first time I sailed in the ocean in the middle of the night, first time I had dinner with people from five different countries, first time nude on a beach, but also my first panic attack. There I was in the airport, ready to head back to Colombia from this incredible trip, and I was told there was a departure tax of $40 USD, that I had to pay prior to boarding my flight. I hadn’t a single penny in my pocket, and the hopelessness of the situation drove me to tears (so dramatic I know). One hour later, some girl, a complete stranger, who had been watching me, decided to give me the money… I’ll never know her name, I was so choked up from crying that I could barely say thanks. As I reflect upon that experience, I know that was precisely the moment when I learned the meaning of empathy, which is the most important principle that I apply in my everyday decision process.

Since that trip, my bucket list of countries continues to grow smaller, as I visit the places I have always wanted to see; Costa Rica (obviously), Peru, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bolivia, Panama, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. I’m actually writing this from a little town called Beacon (New York) … Beacon has a few definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and one happens to be “a source of light or inspiration” – Don’t forget that my intention is not to inspire you though 😉

What can I say after 10 years? That I still don’t know what I’m good for or what is my purpose in life… I enjoy the feeling of exploring new things and places, and that’s enough pleasure to move forward, maybe because I don’t like the sensation of being trapped. My point is, we (girls) have different reasons, different moments in life, different goals, different start points and finish lines that make us move, transcend, create, research, dispute, or just live. ¡So – just live!


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¿Hacia dónde voy?

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We are Judith Lozano and Maria Clara Piñeros, the designers and founders of Jalaru Jewelry. All our lives, we have been surrounded by art. Jalaru is the manifestation of our unique sensibility, creativity two generations work together to create unique and special pieces that became part of the complement of the women’s outfit.

We believe in the nature power of objects like semiprecious stones that are lovingly made and passed down over generations.

Every Jalaru piece is unique and handcrafted out of mixed of precious stones, ethnic elements like precolombine objects made of gold, silver and coper. When a woman wears Jalaru Jewelry, we want her to feel that it was made especially for her.

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