My Father Cigars
My Father Cigars was started when Jose Pepin Garcia and his family established a small factory in Little Havana in 2003. Since then, his passion and love for cigars has helped him to build one of the most recognised companies in the cigar industry. We sit
Thank you very much! We are in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela. We would like to enter the Middle East with force. In the Emirates, you can sell very well because there’s lots of money. the movie sets, waiting for lights, sound, make-up, all that stuff, I was smoking cigars with people like Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Harisson Ford, Steven Segal and all these guys.
Then a private lounge opened up in the Beverly Hills area—i was one of the original founding members, and celebrities joined. We’d go after work to relax, smoke a cigar. And then somebody approached me to make cigars as a hobby—they wanted an investor. I went for it, and pretty soon a small investment became a pretty big investment, and this guy was sitting around in Honduras and Nicaragua, and not executing the plan how I wanted.
So I basically bought him out. Everyone said, “Just forget about the money, you’ll never get your money back—you’re not Cuban, you’re not Latin, this is a business that’s handed down from generation to generation.”
But when somebody tells me I can’t do something, I’m definitely going to do it, so I spent seven years in Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, asking a lot of stupid questions, learning, working in the farms on the curing and the fermentation. I made thousands and thousands of blends to educate my palette. I knew I had good taste in wine and food, so I trusted my palette, and I implemented the strictest quality control standards that anybody could implement. I saw what people were doing right, trying to take all the good things, and what people were doing wrong, and tried to stay away from the bad things. And we became serious about having the strictest quality control and consistency, and that’s when we launched it. In 1999, I moved to Florida, and that’s when we launched the cigars.