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Dona Cholita - Our Story

Our Story

Nestled in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Doña Cholita is Australia’s first solar-powered Tortilleria, using 100% natural ingredients.  Doña Cholita was founded in 2015 by husband and wife duo, Australian-born Joey and her Mexican beau, Jefte.

After settling in the Northern Rivers shire, Jefte was craving the authentic Mexican flavours from his childhood. Unable to find a tortilla that ‘tasted like a tortilla’, the pair began baking their own tortillas from scratch, so that they could replicate the traditional Mexican experience at home. After all, it’s not unusual for your average Mexican to eat at least eight fresh corn tortillas a day!

They soon realised that there were others, who not only shared their desire for quality, mouth-watering Mexican food, but who had a craving for education around living a Mexican-inspired lifestyle.  Jefte and Joey imported a traditional tortilla oven from Mexico, sourced suppliers for organic ingredients and started producing mouth-watering Mexican staples that they could share with Australia  – Doña Cholita was born.

Doña Cholita is named after Jefte’s Grandmother, who inspired in us a love of wholesome food and Mexican cooking. Our business is a tribute to our Mexican heritage and to our family who have shaped us to become who we are today. We are excited to share our recipes and help you to enjoy a taste of genuine Mexican culture through our food.”

Dona Cholita Joey + Jefte Juarez

Our Vision & Mission

At Doña Cholita we believe that our vision and mission act as a north star, they embody the culture of our company and remind us where we are headed.

Our vision is to bring heart & soul to Mexican food in Australia.

Our Mission is to be the authority on Mexican food in Australia – to do this we give insight into the history & culture of Mexico, We craft authentic Mexican corn tortillas & corn chips this enables Aussies to truly experience real Mexican food.

Our Values

Our Values are who we choose to be everyday – how we show up and what we believe are fundamentals to being the best we can be.

#1 – Live with integrity. Be proud of who we are, what we do, and our impact on the world. This means being proud of what we achieve, how we do it and the people we are along the journey. We are conscious consumers, we strive to reduce the impact our actions have on the environment. This is a global world we live in, let’s look after it!

We show up as ourselves everyday, we embrace diversity, we’re compassionate and humble, and we come from the heart. We tell the truth and accept the truth. We strive to be excellent in everything we do, to not give into mediocrity, we take personal responsibility and make shit happen. We value ideas over hierarchy. We live with passion and we celebrate life!

#2 – We love to bring people together through our love of Mexican food & share that experience with the world. Good food has a strong essence, it embodies the heart and soul of a country, ‘through food we can find our home.’ – Christina Martinez. 

Good food makes us smile and brings the truest feelings of contentment and joy to our hearts, there’s something almost magical about it. In Mexico, food is so ingrained in the culture it has become a way for people to connect & express their passion & love for life. Meal time is when our families come together to share stories & laughter, & to make memories we treasure forever. We love food, it’s in our blood and we thought it would be cool to be able to share that passion and hang out with other people who love good food, especially Mexican food.

#3 – Enjoy life. Be Playful. Life is an amazing gift, let’s make the most of it and have fun while we’re doing it. We want our work environment to be fun, engaging & rewarding, we spend ⅓ of our life at work & we believe work can be a contributor to happiness. We don’t believe in waiting for the weekend to live. We stay playful and positive, we believe in being light hearted and enjoying life..

Dona Cholita

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

Did you know that our Tortilleria is operated by sixteen solar panels on the roof and Enova Energy (our local renewable company)?

Reducing our carbon footprint is important to us at Doña Cholita.  Using solar helps us to keep our business processes sustainable.  As the sun doesn’t shine all the time here in the Northern Rivers, we joined with Enova Energy to provide the extra power we need to operate our tortilleria.

We also participate in The GreenPower Program, which is a government initiative that enables Australian households and businesses to displace their electricity usage with certified renewable energy, which is added to the grid on their behalf.

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