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An Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

Owner, El Credito Cigar Co., makers of La Gloria Cubana, La Hoja Selecta, El Rico Habano and Dos Gonzales cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
James Woods, May/Jun 97

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Carrillo: He helps out during the summer. Shipping and that type of stuff.

CA: Your father was in the business. How far back does your family go in the tobacco business?

Carrillo: Since 1907.

CA: Was that your grandfather's generation?

Carrillo: My grandfather and his brother started making cigars on the sidewalks. They had a little cigar table and they made their cigars and they sold them for a penny.

CA: Where was this?

Carrillo: In Cuba. Havana, Cuba.

CA: So they were in the business and they handed it down to your father?

Carrillo: When my father started out, he worked for Cuban Land Leaf Tobacco Co., which was an American company that would buy Cuban tobacco and resell it in the U.S. or wherever.

CA: What year was that?

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