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Cuban cigars

Cohiba 'behike 56' are famous high end cigars produced at the Cohiba factory, El-Laguito in Havana.

These handmade cigars are carefully selected, sorted, pressed and rolled by the workers, a process that has remained unchanged for two centuries.

A woman fills a box of high end 'Behike 56' cigars at the Cohiba factory 'El Laguito' in Havana. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman fills a box of high end 'Behike 56' cigars at the Cohiba factory 'El Laguito' in Havana. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman fixes the ring on a cigar. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman fixes the ring on a cigar. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman sorts the cigars before they are packaged. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman sorts the cigars before they are packaged. ? Photo by Reuters
A factory worker with brightly colored nails rolls some cigars. ? Photo by Reuters
A factory worker with brightly colored nails rolls some cigars. ? Photo by Reuters
Hand rolled cigars are smoother since the workers easily spot flaws and bumps unlike those produced by machine. ? Photo by Reuters
Hand rolled cigars are smoother since the workers easily spot flaws and bumps unlike those produced by machine. ? Photo by Reuters
Rolling cigars is a tedious job as it requires skill and deep concentration. ? Photo by Reuters
Rolling cigars is a tedious job as it requires skill and deep concentration. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman sorts tobacco leaves at the factory. ? Photo by Reuters
A woman sorts tobacco leaves at the factory. ? Photo by Reuters
Tobacco leaves are delivered and sorted before being pressed. ? Photo by Reuters
Tobacco leaves are delivered and sorted before being pressed. ? Photo by Reuters

Comments (4) (Closed)


Cyrus Howell
Sep 13, 2012 02:08am
At the turn of the century Cuban cigar factories hired Leeradores (Readers) to sit at the front of the cigar makers' benches and read them classic literature like: The Three Musketeers, Man in the Iron Mask, Tale of Two Cities, Robin Crusoe, Don Quixote and Treasure Island before there was radio. It was a good job, and it paid well. The workers were satisfied. Cigar wrapping is still a good trade in Cuba and Florida. Once you learn to make cigars it is employment for life.
saythetruth10
Sep 14, 2012 06:34am
Cigar are death traps.
Zalim Singh
Sep 13, 2012 05:14am
grt. i love cuban cigars.
michael
Sep 12, 2012 06:34pm
to bad we can't buy them in the states