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Hurricane Harvey One Love
Houston Strong: The Cigar Industry and Hurricane Harvey



It’s hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that it caused over the Greater Houston Area. In a period of less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water on South Texas to fill the entire San Francisco Bay TWICE!

Altadis H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez
Cigar Review: H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez



Over the last few years Altadis has teamed up with outside cigar makers, like with Pete Johnson on the Henry Clay Tattoo, but perhaps the most sought after cigar blender of late is AJ Fernandez. Altadis has partnered with AJ on the new H. Upmann Nicaragua, which is a departure from standard Altadis fare. The new H. Upmann Nicaragua is one of those cigars regular production cigars that’ll make a good everyday smoke for the avid cigar enthusiast.

Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3
Cigar Review: Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3


Rarely does a specific tobacco attain a celebrity status of its own, but Davidoff’s proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper is one such type of tobacco. The 702 wrapper has been a part of some amazing cigars, making its appearance with the Davidoff LE 2009 Seleccion 702, and then being included on legendary cigars like the Avo LE 2012 La Trompeta and Davidoff LE 2013 Year of the Snake. Davidoff has taken this impressive tobacco and used it in place of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on seven of their core blends.

Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017
Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector's Edition



For years, Viaje has laid claim to Zombie themed cigars, with cigars like the Zombie Supershot, the Zombie Antidote and the recent Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet. This year, there is a new Collector’s Edition of the Zombie Antidote. Unlike previous versions of the Viaje Zombie Antidote which measured 6 1/4” x 44, the latest version has earned the moniker “Double Dose” because it is 6 1/4” x 50.

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon



Last year released its first Connecticut cigar with the QuickDraw Connecticut, and since the release of that cigar, many have wondered if there would be a Connecticut addition to their core line of cigars. Finally, there is one, with the release of the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon. As with previous cigars in the core line, the company is keeping with its theme of flower plant name, while also drawing on the biblical expression that first appeared in the King James Bible in 1611...

Jan
20
2011

Coffee Review: Guatemalan Quiche, RockStone Coffee

Company: RockStone Premium Coffees Bean Origin or Blend: Guatemalan Quiche Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $16.50/lb (Purchase) Background: We have reviewed several single origin beans from RockStone, who just began in 2010. In the second half of that year they released their first two house blends, while maintaining a...

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Dec
13
2010

Coffee Contest – Sponsored by Fratello Coffee Roasters

We’re back with another coffee contest sponsored by Fratello Coffee Roasters! In true Holiday spirit, we’ve joined with Fratello to give away 5 bags of coffee to 5 lucky winners! Up for grabs – 16 oz bags of Fratello’s Guatemalan Montecristo. It’s Single Estate, Direct Trade, and Rainforest Alliance approved. We reviewed it a while...

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Nov
13
2010

Coffee Review: Rocketfuelcoffee.com XXX (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe)

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Rocketfuelcoffee.com XXX (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Bold Organic) Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $25/lb (Purchase) Background: We’re back with another review of Rocketfuelcoffee.com. This time, we are reviewing a lower priced bean, the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. It’s an organic...

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Oct
02
2010

Coffee Review: Hawaiian Kona, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: 100% Hawaiian Kona Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $36/lb (Purchase) Background: I’ve been looking forward to trying a 100% Kona, having lots of blended Konas over the years. Here is how Rocketfuel’s website describes their variety: Kona Coffee is the...

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Sep
25
2010

Coffee Review: Kopi Luwak (the cat poop coffee), Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Genuine Kopi Luwak Body: Medium/Full Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $100 per ½ lb (Purchase) Background: If you haven’t heard, there is a coffee known as the “cat poop” coffee, though it’s officially called Kopi Luwak – and we have a review of it for you today! Here are some details on...

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Sep
16
2010

Coffee Review: Jamaican Blue Mountain, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Jamaican Blue Mountain Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $46/lb. (Purchase) Background: Rocketfuelcoffee.com describes the Jamaican Blue Mountain: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is a globally protected certification mark meaning that only coffee certified by the Coffee...

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Sep
02
2010

Coffee Review: Brazil Yellow Bourbon, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Brazil Yellow Bourbon Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $36/lb. (Purchase) Background: Today we are reviewing another single origin bean from Rocketfuelcoffee.com. Here is how the bean is described on their website: This Yellow Bourbon is produced by Fazenda Cachoeira...

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Aug
26
2010

Coffee Review: Komodo Blue Dragon, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Komodo Blue Dragon Body: Medium/Full Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $36/lb. (Here) Background: Over the last year or so, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know Lisa, owner of Rocketfuelcoffee.com. She puts out some amazing beans and is a great artist and friend as well. To view...

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Aug
19
2010

Coffee Review: Sumatra Aceh Organic, Fratello Coffee Roasters

Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Sumatra Aceh Organic Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $30.75/2lbs. (Here) Background: Sumatra Aceh is apparently a popular variety of coffee, even though I’d never heard of it before Russ from Fratello sent me a bag for review. Do a quick google search, and you’ll...

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Jul
15
2010

Coffee Review: Ethiopian Nekisse, Fonte Coffee Roasters

Company: Fonte Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Ethiopian Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $24.50/16oz. Background: Fonte Coffee Roasters was the first independent coffee roaster in the Pacific Northwest, being founded in 1992 in Seattle, Washington. Slightly different from most coffees we’ve reviewed here, Fonte is...

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Jun
24
2010

Coffee Review: Gevalia 1853 Heritage Blend

Company: Gevalia Bean Origin or Blend: 1853 Heritage Blend Body: Light Roast: Light Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $9.95/1/2lb Background: Today’s review is of a new offering from Gevalia, the 1853 Heritage Blend (picture). This coffee is in celebration of their upcoming 150 year anniversary and is not currently sold in the United States. This is...

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Jun
10
2010

Coffee Review: Tanzania Songea Peaberry, Fratello Coffee Roasters

Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Tanzania Songea Peaberry Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $35.20/2lbs. (Purchase) Background: From the region of South Songea in Tanzania Africa, this bean is grown at altitudes as high as 5900 feet. Songea is the capital of the Ruvuma Region in southeastern...

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Jun
03
2010

Coffee Review: Konakaze, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: 100% Pure Hawaiian Kona and Arabica Espresso Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $30/1lb. (Purchase) Background: Lisa at Rocketfuelcoffee.com has become a friend and it has been great getting to know her, her company, and her product. We’ve reviewed several of her coffees in...

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May
20
2010

Coffee Review: Costa Rican Tarrazu, Fratello Coffee Roasters

Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Costa Rican Tarrazu (Single Estate: Rio Jorco Micro Mill) Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $31.20/2lbs. (Purchase) Background: This 100% catura bean comes from the Tarrazu Valley in Costa Rica and is produced on a Micro Mill. The Rio Jorco Micro-Mill employs around 5...

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May
06
2010

Coffee Review: Rwanda Abakundakawa, Zoka Coffee & Tea Company

Company: Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company Bean Origin or Blend: Rwanda Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $13.50/12oz. Background: We detailed Zoka Coffee on a previous post (here) so be sure to check that out. Today’s coffee is my first experience with a Rwandan bean. The website provides some great information on...

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Apr
29
2010

Coffee Review: Costa Rica Calle de Copey, Cup of Excellence 2009

Company: Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company Bean Origin or Blend: Costa Rica Calle de Copey, Cup of Excellence 2009 Body: Medium/Full Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $25/12oz Background: Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company was founded in 1996 by University of Washington graduate Jeff Babcock. The roaster began as a lot do, as a...

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Apr
22
2010

Coffee Review: Cafe Borique Arabica

Company: Caribbean Grain Coffee, Corp. Bean Origin or Blend: Arabica, Gold Class Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $20.50/lb. Background: Café Borique is a product of the Caribbean Grain Company and is located in Puerto Rico; they distribute 100% Arabica beans. I was sent this coffee by Luis Falto, of La Garita Cigar Company,...

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Apr
15
2010

Coffee Review: French Roast, Newhall Coffee Roasting Company

Company: Newhall Coffee Roasting Company Bean Origin or Blend: French Roast Body: Light/Medium Roast: Full Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $11.50/lb Background: We reviewed Newhall’s California blend not too long ago and provided a bit of information about the company. Take a visit to that post to learn more about Mitch, the company’s founder, and to...

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Apr
08
2010

Coffee Review: Bolivian Caranavi Villa Oriente, Fratello Coffee Roasters

Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Bolivian Caranavi Villa Oriente (Organic Fair Trade) Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $31.25/2lbs. (Here) Background: We detailed Fratello Coffee Roasters in our review of their Panamanian bean, so check it out here. They have a great thing going!  Fratello’s Bolivian...

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Apr
01
2010

Coffee Review: Haitian Highlands Pic Macaya, Irving Farm Coffee Company

Company: Irving Farm Coffee Company Bean Origin or Blend: Haitian Highlands Pic Macaya Body: Full Roast: Full (Dark) Brew Method: Drip and French Price: $7.99/½lb Background: Irving Farm Coffee Company is sprawled out on a renovated farm in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, 90 miles from the city, and situated at the foothills of the Berkshire and Catskill...

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Mar
25
2010

Coffee Review: Millionaire’s Blend, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Kopi Luwak and Cup of Excellence Honduras Body: Full Roast: Full Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $60/1/2lb. Background: This is our third review of Rocketfuelcoffee.com and we have been very impressed. Check out our preview reviews of the Kona Dark (here) and Global Warming (here). Today we are...

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Mar
18
2010

Coffee Review: Panama Hacienda la Esmeralda, Fratello Coffee

Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Panama Hacienda la Esmeralda (Diamond Mountain, Single Estate, Rainforest Alliance) Body: Light/Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $35/2lbs. Background: This is our first coffee review from Fratello Coffee Roasters, out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Fratello is run by three...

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Mar
11
2010

Coffee Review: Global Warming, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuelcoffee.com Bean Origin or Blend: Global Warming (Jamaican Blue Mountain, Hawaiian Kona, Triple X [Ethiopian Yirgacheffee Bold]) Body: Medium Roast: Medium/Full Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $20/lb. Background: We profiled Rocketfuelcoffee.com in our first review of the Hawaiin Kona Dark (review) and in our interview with company...

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Feb
25
2010

Coffee Review: California Blend, Newhall Coffee Roasting Company

Company: Newhall Coffee Roasting Company Bean Origin or Blend: California Blend (Certified Organic blend of Sumatran Mandheling, Peruvian, and Papua New Guinea) Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $10/lb. Background: Newhall Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 1994 by the McMullen brothers, Mitch and Kyle, in downtown...

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Feb
11
2010

Coffee Review: Hawaiian Kona Dark, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

Company: Rocketfuel Coffee Bean Origin or Blend: Hawaiian Kona Dark (100%) Body: Medium-Full Roast: City Plus Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $36/lb. Background: Rocketfuel Coffee is based out of Toronto, Canada and specializes in premium, rare coffee beans from across the world. The Kona Dark is a new offering and is in answer to a request for...

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Feb
04
2010

Coffee Review: Sumatra Mandehling, RockStone Premium Coffees

Company: RockStone Premium Coffee (of Jameson Cigars) Bean Origin or Blend: Sumatra Mandehling Body: Medium-Full Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip Price: $14/lb. Background: This particular roast comes from North Sumatra (Indonesia), a region that has been producing coffee since the 18th century. Mandehling gets its name from one of the Indonesain ethnic groups,...

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