Born Colombia | Arrived Australia 2005 | Co-founder, Kogi Coffee
Lorenzo fell in love with Australia and the Australian way of life and after being made redundant from his job in telecommunications, Lorenzo decided to embrace his Colombian heritage and take advantage of Australia’s sophisticated coffee culture by starting a sustainable coffee business – Kogi Coffee.
I’ve been lucky to live in some beautiful places, but there really is nowhere quite like Australia. Lorenzo Perafan
Education & opportunity in Australia
My partner originally migrated to Australia from our home in Bogota in Colombia to pursue studies in Marine Science at the University of Queensland. I followed her shortly after, enrolling in a Postgraduate Diploma in Communications, and we both fell instantly in love with this beautiful country.
I started working in the telecommunications industry. However, after I was made redundant I began my search for something more meaningful to do. My father suggested I speak to an Indigenous tribe from the north of Colombia, the Kogi people, as they were starting to consider exporting wild rainforest coffee.
Finding a gap in the market
Fast forward two years and my business, Kogi Coffee, now sells the Kogi tribe’s unique coffee beans to Australian cafes, retailers and supermarkets. I’ve fallen in love with the complexity of the coffee industry here in Australia and I have really enjoyed developing my networks and educating people on the sustainability benefits of wild rainforest coffee.
Running a small business take a lot of work, however I think Australia is one of the best countries in the world for business owners. Not only is it a safe place, the business environment is favourable.
Australia has an inclusive and supportive culture, and contributing to this great country is a hugely rewarding experience. Lorenzo Perafan
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