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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

(continued from page 6)

Carrillo: No, because we use different tobaccos for that type of cigar. We sell them as seconds. "Apprentices' Cigars" we call them.

CA: How long does it take before they make a La Gloria?

Carrillo: I'd say about four months.

CA: In Miami, the newcomers are usually people that were in Cuba. Is that right?

Carrillo: Right.

CA: Therefore, you don't need a training program in Miami?

Carrillo: No, we don't have a training program in Miami.

CA: Have the 30 rollers spent their life rolling cigars?

Carrillo: Yes. With the exception of four, who have recently learned in the factory, most have worked in Cuba, in the well-known factories of Havana and Pinar del Rio.

CA: I would imagine, then, the demographics are quite different in that they're young people in the Dominican Republic and, generally speaking, older men or women in Miami.


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