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Cigar rolling at the Plasencia factory

Reserva Orgánica – The World’s first Organic Cigar

Reserva Orgánica – The World’s first Organic Cigar

Néstor Andrés Plasencia’s passion for sustainable farming took hold while he was studying agriculture. In 2002, the first completely organically grown cigar was born, the Reserva Orgánica.

Meet Maria Sierra, Master Roller at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze Factory

When Celia Sánchez, Fidel Castro’s indispensable helper, decided in 1967 to introduce women into the cigar business, hundreds of women lined up for the prestigious task of rolling for Cuba’s leader and his guests. One of them was 18-year-old María Sierra.

Sandy Cobas’ El Titan de Bronze Factory in Little Havana, Miami

The Little Havana area in Miami, Florida was once full of cigar factories, like My Father, Perdomo and Padrón. When they moved their production to Central America, El Titan stayed put. Today Cobas has ten rollers in what is one of very few factories left on the street.

Read About Jeff Borysiewicz’s Project of Growing Tobacco in Florida Again

Jeff Borysiewicz wanted to see if it was possible to grow tobacco in Florida again, so he set up the first tobacco farm in the state since 1977. Back in the day, Florida was the second-most important tobacco growing region in the United States, after Connecticut.

Meet Berta Bravo: The Guayabera Lady and Queen of Cigar Fashion

It started out as a worker’s shirt for guayaba pickers, or so some say. Now it’s the number one fashion item for people in the cigar world, and it’s all due to someone becomingly known as the Guayabera Lady.

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