December to March
The municipality of la Plama in Chalatenango, where Abel Recinos was born and raised, is mountainous and has great climatic conditions to produce specialty coffee. This municipality has a thriving artisan community with hundreds of colours and crafts all over: in the streets, the restaurants, all the way up to the mountains where coffee is grown. Abel used to grow tomatoes on his farm, but he noticed that many of his neighbours were growing coffee so he decided to study the possibility of doing the same. He saw that coffee was proﬁtable and that the soil and altitude of his farms meant it would definitely be feasible to produce it there. This was twenty years ago, the day in which he planted his ﬁrst tree on Finca Puerta La Hondurita. Since then, Abel has always aimed to do the best he can, to produce the best coffee with the tools he has. Over time, with good practices and proper management, he has been able to produce some amazing coffees. He has always been interested in improving the cup quality of his coffee and being recognized for it. In 2012, Abel heard about specialty coffee and he thought that it would be a good opportunity to learn more about production, ways to improve processes, as well as to achieve better prices. Today, Abel lives with his daughter Blanca Isabel, who helps him with managing the farm, keeping records of costs of production and the accounting. Currently, Abel is investing all his efforts in maintaining what he has managed to achieve so far.