The other day I was in Bugaba/Concepcion and I visited the Panama Caribbean Tobacco Company.
I had met David Reynaga at the David Wednesday Market and I thought it might be interesting to tour the facility.
David had called ahead and they were expecting me and ready to provide the tour. My understanding is that all of the tobacco is grown close to Bugaba.
We started at the back of the building where tobacco was in various stages of aging. This was recent tobacco.
Before it is processed the tobacco must cure for a year. This is tobacco that has aged longer.
We then went to the shop area where the cigars are assembled. This individual is sorting the tobacco in to different quality grades.
This individual is building one type of cigar. This one uses a machine to roll the cigar. They are then placed in the wooden tray to trim.
This station is building a different cigar and they are entirely hand rolled.
Here are a row of another type of cigar that have been processed.
We then went to some storage areas. I understood that the cigars cure longer here.
Here is another room with cigars that are ready to ship. The company exports through out Latin America.
We then went to the final area that has cigars that can be purchased. I took a photo of one of the boxes. Note that it says “Long Filler Havana Seed”.
That concludes the tour. I have included a short video showing hoe to drive to the company if you are in Bugaba.
Call 6538-3042 For more information.