Daniel Mejia, director of The Colombian Coffee Co said he was excited to be located within the new Maroochydore CBD precinct.
Daniel Mejia, director of The Colombian Coffee Co said he was excited to be located within the new Maroochydore CBD precinct.

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The new Maroochydore CBD has its first dedicated coffee house after homegrown success story Colombian Coffee Co unveiled its third local cafe.

In less than six years, the company has grown from one flagship cafe along Mooloolaba's Brisbane Rd to expand to have its own roastery and cafe at Buderim and now Maroochydore.

Director Daniel Mejia said gaining a foothold within the new CBD was a no-brainer.

The cafe is located in the MET building on the corner of First Ave and South Sea Islander Way and while Market Bistro serves coffee, this is the CBD's first dedicated cafe.

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"The next strategic step for our business is to gain a foothold in the new Maroochydore CBD and the opportunity to have a presence at The MET was something that we can't overlook," Mr Mejia said.

"We love what is happening onsite, there are tradespeople working on a number of construction sites and it's really exciting that the first building Foundation Place is now open and filling up with workers.

"We know this is just the beginning with many years of onsite development ahead at the City Centre so we are taking a long-term view to this location with the potential to relocate into a building in future stages."

Mr Mejia said the cafe would also bring a distinct Colombian culinary culture to the new CBD with the introduction of Arepas.

"Arepas are a warm corn pocket which can be filled with endless food combinations, they are a cultural staple of our home country Colombia and I am sure they will be an immediate favourite for all that try them," he said.

"They are similar to tortillas or a pitas and are usually filled with pulled meats, cheese and salads. They are naturally gluten free, dairy free and vegan as they are made of 100 per cent corn."

The cafe is the latest addition to the new CBD after the Giddy Geisha was unveiled at Foundation Place earlier this year.