JRE Trip to the Eiroa Family Farm in Honduras

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On Sunday, February 20th the Nelson Loguasto crew arrived for a once in a life time adventure in Honduras to visit the Eiroa family farm and JRE Tobacco facilities.

It was a truly amazing experience. Julio and Justo Eiroa treated us all like family and we learned so much about the process of growing tobacco and making cigars. Also at the tour were other cigar retail shop owners and crew that does a weekly cigar podcast (Smokin’ & Toastin’).

Below are pictures from our journey.


BELOW: After leaving the airport, Justo (far right) took us to lunch and Reed got a chance to meet the brother of the President of Honduras (far left).

BELOW: Our private rooms we stayed at during our visit to the Eiroa family farm.

BELOW: Various photos of the view outside our room and our animal neighbors.

BELOW: The view of the valley from Julio Eiora’s home.

BELOW: The Aladino Eiroa sign near Julio’s pool.

BELOW: The family dining room table we enjoyed our meals at each day with Justo and Julio.

BELOW: A sneak peek of the soon to be released Aladino Connecticut that we enjoyed very much!

BELOW: Loading up into the trucks to travel from the main compound (camp aladino) to the farm (camp corojo).

BELOW: Arriving at the farm (Camp Corojo).

BELOW: In order to protect the corojo crop, cleanliness is important. Here, the tires of the trucks are being disinfected. At the top left of the photo, you’ll see people entering a green building where we would each get disinfected.

BELOW: Justo and Pete discussing the farm.

BELOW: Julio leaving the farm as we entered. He gets up early and checks the farm and factories each day.

BELOW: Justo going over the map of the farm.

BELOW: Reed and Pete checking out the farming equipment.

BELOW: Justo beginning the tour of the farm.

BELOW: Justo showing us how small the tobacco seeds are.

BELOW: We begin by seeing where the corojo tobacco begins its growing cycle.

BELOW: Once ready, the tobacco is transplanted to the fields.

BELOW: Justo pointing out the drip irrigation lines that water the crops.

BELOW: A quick shot of the eucalyptus trees that protect the corojo crops by keeping dangerous diseases and molds away from the fields.

BELOW: Workers picking through the primings of the leaves.

BELOW: Once the leaves are picked, they enter the curing barns where they begin their aging cycle.

BELOW: Reed ‘loves’ the corojo

BELOW: A worker rolls an experimental cameroon leaf around my cigar.

BELOW: Reed inspecting the new cameroon leaf.

BELOW: Workers taking down the leaves from the curing barn to send to the sorting factory.

BELOW: We toured the cigar box making facilities.

BELOW: Sunset of the Jamastran Valley, view from Julio’s pool.

BELOW: Evening fun time with Julio.

BELOW: The second day started with a tour of the sorting facility where the workers sort the tobacco leaves. The best leaves are saved as wrapper leaf, the rest are divided into binder and filler piles.

BELOW: Once sorted, the leaves are piled into pylones where they age for about 18 months.

BELOW: Julio inspecting the leaves in the pylones.

BELOW: This room is where the leaves are stacked on racks where the remaining ammonia in the leaves are allowed to escape before they are bundled up and stored away.

BELOW: Workers using a machine that compress then bundle up the leaves to go into storage for future use.

BELOW: Reed having fun in Julio’s yellow antique car.

BELOW: Workers in the rolling factory.

BELOW: A draw test machine to test the draw of each and every cigar made by JRE.

BELOW: Cigars bundled and resting after being rolled.

BELOW: Pete saddling up for his horse back riding journey.