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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: It is from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

CA: What's the mix between the two?

Carrillo: We use about 75 percent Dominican and about 25 percent Nicaraguan.

CA: Is there any particular leaf that you specialize in, in the blend that you make?

Carrillo: We use piloto Cubano, Cuban-seed tobacco from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Dominican tobacco comes from Villa Gonzales, La Canela and Jacagua. In Nicaragua, we use tobacco from Estelí and some Jalapa.

CA: How many rollers do you have in Miami and how many rollers do you have today in the Dominican Republic?

Carrillo: In Miami, we have 30 rollers and in the Dominican Republic, we have 228.

CA: And do you plan to expand the number of rollers in either location?

Carrillo: In the Dominican Republic, we do plan to expand our rollers to about 300. In Miami, we would like to expand to about 40.

CA: Are these basically new people who have never rolled before that you are training, or are these experienced people that have worked at other factories?

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