To the rolling board

After the harvest, the tobacco leaves are transferred into threading places for the next process of drying and fermentation, in the so-called tobacco houses. In the escogidas, (selection), skilful usually feminine hands, with smoothness and gentleness select, classify and benefit each leaf collected in the field.

Once in the factory, the leaves intended for wrapper are separated and sprayed with water, because during the process they have lost moisture and have become fragile. Later, the wrappers used in the precious cigars envelope are classified by size and color.

Wet expert hands rub, stretch, press and examine each wrapper. Then they select about 18 to 20 classes of leaves to use as wrappers. The final work goes to the rollers' hands. Cuban Tobacco On his table or board he places half leaf of capote. Then he takes several kinds of tobacco leaves and envelops them. In order to clothe the cigar he smoothes the wrapper, cuts its borders with a blade and roll it. After the twist, the cigar is placed in a small horizontal guillotine which cuts it by the opposite end of the nozzle, according to the wished length.

Once verified the suitable form and the size, the cigars get smoothly tied up with a strip into groups of 50, and thus are taken to a vacuum fumigation camera where it get immunized against plagues.

Then they are placed in warehouses or special cupboards for three weeks, until they lose their extra moisture. Later on, they are taken to the classification and packing department, popularly known as escogida. Finally they are bundled.