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An Interview with Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez

Owners, La Flor Dominicana
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
Laurence Fishburne, Jan/Feb 00

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Gomez: We have about two years' worth of tobacco right now. This is going to be the third crop that we are going to have at the farm and I still haven't touched even one leaf from that farm. It is just aging and being processed at the moment, so we have a lot of tobacco. We are very safe.


CA: How did you decide to do the farm?


Gomez: I wanted to start taking care of our tobacco from the moment that it is planted in the soil. Within two years, 50 percent of the blend in our cigars should be able to come from our tobacco. We want to be as vertical as possible. We are not selling this tobacco to anybody. This is for us, this is for me to make cigars. So, whatever you know and whatever you learn is going to be done a little bit better because we are going to make cigars with this; this is not going to be for sale. If we want to grow the kind of tobacco that we would really want at the factory, then we have to do it on our own farm, in the way that we like to produce it.


We have seen the results, and it is a very different tobacco because of the way we clean those plants and the way we eliminate the suckers that grow between the leaves and the stem. We go four times around all one million plants in the farm, cleaning; then at flowering, we take the flower off so all the leaves develop fully. We also put a little more space between plants so they get a little more wind and more sun to the leaves so that the leaves will develop more muscle. Can you ask your tobacco supplier to do that? No. Because they have little control over all the small farmers who supply them. Dominican tobacco is great tobacco. But I have seen the difference when you handle the tobacco yourself. I am totally crazy about our tobacco. It is fantastic.


CA: Are you growing wrapper or just binder and filler?

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