To be produced at Tabacalera San Jerónimo in Danli, Honduras, Kafie 1901 will release a new regular production cigar named the Kafie 1901 Serie L (L is Roman script for 50) to commemorate the 50th birthday of founder Dr Gaby Kafie.
“Seven years into my career as a premium cigar manufacturer, I am now focused on what is to be the most important blend. Important because it marks an important milestone in my life. Turning 50 is a huge year for everyone, for me particularly it represents how much I have had to learn to get to where I’m at today,” said Kafie. “I have learned so much about tobacco, fermentation, and tobacco processing in the past 7 years I would like to feature the talents of our entire team in this blend.”
The blend, created over the past 18 months, will consist of an Ecuador Habano wrapper aged four years. This blend will implement all the teachings Kafie gathered from working with the family of the late Rolando Reyes Sr., as well as from his current team in Honduras. Undisclosed binder and filler tobaccos will be from Nicaragua.
On the market later this year, the Kafie 1901 Serie L will be a permanent line for Kafie 1901 and will be distributed globally. Packaging will be in 20 count boxes.
- 6×60 MSRP $14.99 Individual Cigar
- 6×52 MSRP $12.99 Individual Cigar
- 6×46 MSRP $10.99 Individual Cigar
- 7×38 MSRP $10.99 Individual Cigar
“I have had the great privilege to serve many roles in my life, most of which have been self-created and appointed. I have served as founder and principal of Kafie Trading Company, LLC, a company specializing in manufacturing premium boutique cigars & roasting small batch coffee. Our loyalty to brick and mortar retailers has never wavered.
The new line will complement the four current permanent blends under the Kafie 1901 Cigars brand, three of which have been nominated for Cigar Trophy awards from 2018 – 2021.
- Don Fernando Maduro (named after my father Don Fernando Kafie Sr.)
- Kafie 1901 Connecticut
- Kafie 1901 Sumatra
- Kafie 1901 San Andres
In 2016, Kafie founded the Boutique Cigar Association, a non-profit organization focused on helping small boutique cigar brands find their place in the market. Kafie notes that his satisfaction has always come from helping others, not expecting anything in return but instead building a community that can work towards protecting and elevating the boutique cigar craft around the world.
“The BCA has been very outspoken locally and nationally always protecting the interests of small producers. As a physician, my life centered around the unselfish quest for always finding time to help others, in any capacity. Although I no longer practice medicine, I find that my core principles have not changed or wavered,” said Kafie.
Just over a month away, a project spearheaded by Kafie, the www.boutiquecigarfestival.com will be taking place. Bringing together over 20 cigar manufacturers at a venue known as the Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery, and Distillery, with over 2000 people expected to attend.
“Life is a journey of milestones, successes and failures. The secret is to always learn from your failures and minimize them or whenever possible learn from the mistakes of others. The premium cigar industry has given me a new and positive outlook on my journey in life. Living with a visual impairment (disability) is not easy, but I do my best to try not to let it affect operations. I truly feel this journey I am on is a blessing, a second calling. My passion is to produce the finest cigars coming out of Honduras.”
“On behalf of myself and everyone that comprises our operations, I would like to personally thank you for all your support. We would not be where we are today without you. Life is about family, friends, and faith. My journey has been blessed because I always see the light where there is darkness. This includes people. I tend to only see the good in people, I don’t think I would ever want to change this. Life is beautiful, enjoy the journey.”