My name is Jorge Casimiro Martinez and I am a Cuban-American living in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Growing up on my family's Cuban tobacco fields in Vuelta Abajo Pinar del Río, I learned from an early age how to work the land, plant the seeds, collect the leaves, skewer them in the cujes, and rotate them while they ages in my family's Vegas.
When I move to Havana, I worked for the Partagás Cigar Factory, where I learned how the leaves are selected for the ligadas, how they are prepared for the cigar rollers, how the cigars are selected by color and tone, and lastly, how to ring and package them for sale. From Partagás, I went on to open and manage a location of La Casa del Habano in Marina Hemingway in Havana Cuba, a franchise of Habanos SA.
I have truly lived and I breathed tobacco and cigars my entire life.
If you would allow me, I would like to share with you a thank you to my family, with a special thank you to my grandfather and father
Vuelta Abajo: Western Cuba where the best tobacco of the Island is harvested,
Cujes: Wooden rods, usually long tree sticks, where the tobacco leaf are laid for their first aging on the farm.
Vegas: Special houses that are prepared to age tobacco on farms. Their location is important, as the leaves will need to be dried by natural air circulation. They are made with wood and usually covered by palm leaves.
Ligadas: Selection of tobacco leaves making up the blends that define particular Cigars brands.
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