Inside a Nicaraguan cigar factory

Inside the cigar storeroom at Mombacho

Inside the cigar storeroom at Mombacho

The term ‘cigar factory’ conjures up an image of concrete floors, high ceilings, and lots of machinery. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

I visited Mombacho Cigar factory in Granada, Nicaragua. It’s disguised as a house and, upon entering, isn’t dissimilar to many of the well-to-do hotels around town.

Each day three teams of two people produce over 750 cigars. With deft and nimble fingers the intricacies of cigar rolling are made to look easy.

So my brother, Thomas Snowdon, tried his hand at it and discovered that it isn’t so easy.

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