In times in which distinction is the name of the game in catering, counting on an expert that can provide patrons with a pleasant after-meal service is no doubt a trump card in hand.
Down to the legendary H. Upmann and Partagas cigar factories came the delegates attending the 15th Habano Festival, willing to delve into the manufacturing process of this flagship product of Cuba’s culture and tradition.
Cuba’s tobacco culture is likened to traditions that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Among them, the craftsmanship of humidors and other elements attached to any good smoker’s rituals and belongings have left memories worth recalling.
Alfredo Álvarez, director of the Francisco Donatien cigar factory where Habanos from the Vegueros brand are rolled, says the quality of its productions is owed, first of all, to the location the factory is nestled in, trapped within four tobacco regions: San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Consolacion del Sur and Guane, the sources of its supplies.
The best-known and most traditional way of packing Habanos is the use of wooden boxes, nearly handmade from top to bottom, in which the different formats fit in perfectly.
For several years, Habanos S.A. has been boosting up a couple of projects that allow consumers to cozy up with the fascinating realm of Habanos, the preservation and care of the product and the knowledge of their brands.
Maybe the act of puffing on a Habano could be nothing but a fleeting moment, but the history of Cuban tobacco harks back to many centuries and its roots are displayed at the Tobacco Museum in Old Havana’s historic center