Colombia’s Calorie-Free Coffee Sweets


Well, not really calorie -free, but they are only  if you are looking and not eating .

Miro and I have spent the last five weeks in the heart of Colombia’s coffee country, in a city called Manizales. Our home in Manaizales has been in the center of the main street, downtown at the Base Camp Hostel. Every day we walked down  Carrera 23 for our shopping, groceries grab a cup of coffee and run some errands.

Drinking coffee to Colombians is as natural as breathing air.

But it’s not just about the coffee. It’s about the fabulous pastries, cakes and sweets to accompany the coffee.


One day, it stuck Miro and I that there were at least two sweet shops per block. One day we decided to count all of the sweet shops on Carrera 23 and snap images of the delicious, delectable and scrumptious sweets so you can get an idea of our experience there. There were 31 shops selling cakes, pastries, candy and such on this street alone.

Mouth watering yet?

Well, instead of more words, feast your eyes on these sweets. We guarantee you, looking contains zero calories!

With so many sweets in this town, Miro asks “Why is there such a lack of fat people?”

Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green - eco business, non-profits and conscious business. Dazzling clients with her high-energy designs for over 18 years, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter.  But that was then.

In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her 11-year-old son, Miro. They sold or gave away all of of their possessions in 2009 and began a life of travel, service, and exploration. Lainie and her son Miro began their open-ended adventure backpacking through Central and South America. They are slow traveling around the globe allowing inspiration to be their compass. The pair is most interested in exploring different cultures, contributing by serving, and connecting with humanity as ‘global citizens.’

Today Lainie considers herself a digital nomad who is living a location independent life. She and her son write and podcast their experiences from the road at Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
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