About Don Benigo Cigars
We painstakingly strive to produce the finest cigars possible. This commitment to quality pays tribute to our respect for the tradition, history, and trade. From the selection of the finest tobacco, to the simple, yet proper, box made of imported cedar for storage, you can be assured that each cigar will be a delight for any smoker.
Most aficionados know, a premium cigar is the culmination of years of work. The art of rolling a cigar is a delicate and interesting process. For more information about the rolling process, please visit The Family Workshop section.
Our Premium Cigar Workshop
We never use the term factory to define where Don Benigno Cigars are rolled. The conditions and processes of the cigar factories of the world are vastly different than those of our workshop. Where factories have hundreds of rollers, we have less than a dozen… where factories factories have quotas, we have none…. where factories have a technique, we have an art.
Located in beautiful San Jose, Costa Rica, our Taller Familiar or Family Workshop is where all of our cigars are produced. In this unique Cigar Workshop, the atmosphere is that of an art studio as opposed to a production line.
We have developed a setting with the perfect conditions for creating our cigars. At Don Benigno Cigars we strive to make the finest cigar possible, and proudly affirm that our cigars are premium in every sense of the word.
Every step process has it’s own quality assurance methods, but we take it a step further. After the wrapper haa been placed on and the cigar has been cut to it’s precise length, each cigar is reviewed for veins, bumps, and other aesthetic flaws. Any cigar with the most minor blemish is immediately pulled.
Next every cigar is weighed individually. Each vitola has a specific weight, and any cigar that is under or over is separated. Weighing cigars is a normal process in nearly every cigar factory, but cigars are weighed in groups of 50, and as long as the weight for the 50 is in the right range, no additional action is taken. We feel that process leaves too much to chance. Weighing each cigar insures greatly reduces the risk of cigars that do not draw well or that burn too fast.
The final step of our quality control process comes at the last moment when our cigars come out of the hibernation in our cedar cabinets. Each cigar is ringed and boxed by a master roller. Once again, even the slightest blemish will result in that cigar being pulled.
In addition to all of these processes, Don Benigno smokes numerous cigars throughout the day. A life long smoker, he can notice small variations in flavor that may result in an adjustment to the blend or further investigation into what caused the variation.
Don Benigno takes great pride in his namesake cigar, and every one of us on his staff shares his love for creating the finest cigar possible.
The history, tradition and skill that was brought from Cuba to Costa Rica was flawlessly transferred into our “Taller Familiar”, or Family Workshop.
Purchasing Our Cigars
Our cigars are availabe in fine Tobacco Shops throughout Costa Rica as well as the IMAS Duty Free shops in Costa Rica's international airpors.
English: Commercial Center Plaza Mayor, Stage 2. Pavas, San Jose :: Spanish: Segunda Etapa de Plaza Mayor. Pavas, San Jose *Any taxi driver in San Jose can find us with the Spanish information.