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An Interview with Christian Eiroa

The man behind Camacho, La Fontana and Baccarat cigars from Honduras.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Emeril Lagasse, Sept/Oct 2005

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A: Twenty-six, twenty-seven. Didn't know a lick about selling. But I ended up getting the simple joys of sales -- even if it was a one-box order. Most of all, I started really understanding the business. Around July or August, my father surprised me with the corojo leaf they had been growing. I didn't know anything about that. He surprised me. It was good, it was nice and strong. And we had a group of retailers down, and they liked it.

Q: At that point you were growing Connecticut and other seeds in Honduras.

A: Yes, Connecticut, Mexican -- my father loves to experiment.

Q: OK, before you came out with Camacho Corojo in 2000, what was the state of the Camacho brand?

A: I think we bought Camacho from Simon Camacho's family in 1995. We launched it just to throw a brand out there. It had Connecticut wrappers, some had Indonesian wrappers. Then we came out with the corojo leaf.

Q: And how big did it get?

A: I think it hit two million cigars.

Q: Which primings do you use for Camacho Corojo?

A: It's third and fourth priming. Second priming goes for binder. And the corona priming, the fifth priming, goes for the Camacho Diploma. Next year, I think we're going to grow around 400 acres.

Q: Can you grow more?

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