Marysabel Caballero's maternal grandfather, Felipe García, established the family's coffee farms and passed them down to his daughter, Sandra, who shares ownership with her husband, Fabio, and their children, Marysabel and Fabio Junior. The family divided their land into a number of parcels, assigning specific areas to individual family members who manage those areas independently. Finca El Puente, for example, is one of Marysabel's areas, which she owns and manages with her husband, Moisés Herrera, along with land that he brought to the marriage.
Originally from Guatemala, Moisés came to Honduras in the 1980s for work with a Guatemalan coffee company, but he ended up buying some land of his own outside of Marcala and becoming a coffee grower before he met Marysabel. Together, they dedicated themselves to producing the highest-quality coffee they could, and, when they heard about the first coffee quality contests in Honduras, they naturally entered the coffee they had grown together. Right away, their coffee started to win prizes in these contests, and coffee from Finca El Puente began a winning streak that is unparalleled.
Today, Finca El Puente is one of the most-innovative farms in the world, growing exotic coffee varieties under unique conditions, testing experimental processing techniques, and generally pushing every aspect of coffee production to improve the coffee and the farm itself.
Marcala is in the southern-Honduran region of La Paz, which is approximately an hour drive from the border with El Salvador. This high-elevation town is dry and dusty with more pine trees than one might expect in a tropical climate, but the Caballero-Herrera's farms are blessed with plentiful natural springs, and they have chosen to conserve a good deal of their land in order to protect this resource.