Mexico

Cigars Santa Clara

Cigar factory in Mexico

Petr Liška
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Cigars Santa Clara
Inserted: 28.02.2014
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Los Tuxtlas region extending around volcanic mountains bearing the same name in the southeast of Mexican state Veracruz is famous for the largest tobacco plantations in Mexico. If you are interested to see how cigars are produced, there is nothing easier than to visit the small cigar factory Santa Clara – in the largest town in the area – San Andrés Tuxtla. The tour is free, but it is more or less expected that you will buy something here.

In the cigar factory

Working in the cigar factory is not as idyllic as it seems to be at first glance. Due to ubiquitous dust from tobacco leaves must every worker wear a mask, but even so, this work is very unhealthy and most workers have significant health problems after years.

 

In the cigar factory
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Working with tobacco leaves

Quality cigars are still done by hand. Total length of the cigar is dependent on the size of tobacco leaf.

Working with tobacco leaves
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Filling of cigars

Filling of cigars requires mainly careful and accurate wrapping.

Filling of cigars
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Final rolling of cigars

It is very easy to measure job performance at this factory :-). But this work is very difficult and requires a lot of practice. Cover sheets are the best that are available.

Final rolling of cigars
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Packing room

The last section, just like in every factory/sweatshop, is the packing room.

Packing room
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Final packaging of cigars

The finest cigars are wrapped into cedar boxes that do not affect the smell of tobacco.

Final packaging of cigars
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Portfolio of cigars Santa Clara

At the end of the visit you can buy some products in the local factory shop – you can buy individual pieces, but also this box containing virtually the whole portfolio of the company.

Portfolio of cigars Santa Clara
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