MACON, Ga. — A Houston County woman is bringing a taste of Central America to Central Georgia through your morning cup of joe.
Tabitha Samayoa is the founder and owner of Over the Border Coffee -- a coffee company that gets its coffee beans from land in Guatemala that's been in the family for over seven generations.
Tabitha’s husband, Loiber, was born on the family farm in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, according to the company’s website. They have over 200 acres of coffee land in the city, and the family farm has been harvesting coffee beans since the early 1900s.
“He just inherited it,” she said.
Tabitha says she was flipping houses for people in California when she started dating Loiber.
“And we got married. He had told me that he had some coffee land back in Huehuetenango, Guatemala,” she said.
He asked her if she could figure out how to import the coffee to the United States. At first, she told him, “no,” but when she was pregnant with their first child, she decided to challenge herself to figure it out.
“I self-taught myself to import the coffee because I couldn’t get anybody else to really help me at all,” she said.
In 2018, when Over the Border Coffee Company got started, Tabitha successfully imported 1,075 pounds of coffee.
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She says it wasn't until Dec. 2020 when business really started picking up while moving inventory. That’s when the company officially launched its online website and when Tabitha became involved with Robins Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a different magnitude of any business I’ve ever ran,” Tabitha said.
Business has picked up fast for Over the Border. Within the last two weeks, the company has become a Walmart supplier. In Feb. 2021, Tabitha successfully imported 10,000 pounds of coffee from her family's land.
The medium and dark roast coffee are Over the Border’s top sellers, but she says people like to mix the roasts too.
“I have customers that will purchase the light and they’ll purchase the dark. They’ll go for the light because it’s the less extracted water, which gives the most caffeine,” Tabitha said. “And then they’ll go for the dark, which gives that chocolate flavor.”
Tabitha runs this business all while raising her 2-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter.
She says large coffee corporations purchase coffee beans from her family's land in Guatemala too. Over the Border's coffee is different because the coffee beans aren't mixed and all of the coffee comes from one land, so it has a more of a pure taste. Tabitha says it feels amazing to literally bring a taste of Guatemala to Central Georgia.
“I tried it and I never went back to anything else. It’s such an amazing taste, it’s very soothing,” she said.
Over the Border is currently in search of a commission based sales manager. Tabitha says people can apply by sending a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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