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Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary Cigar
Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary LE Toro



To celebrate the 15 years since the launch of his original Don Pepin Garcia brand, My Father Cigars has released the Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 15 years since Garcia released his namesake cigar brand, because Don Pepin’s cigars helped to launch the trend toward full bodied peppery Nicaraguan cigars that are so popular now. Coming in two sizes (robusto and toro), the Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary is limited to 2,000 boxes of 14 individually coffined cigars of each size.

Torano Vault W-009 cigar
Cigar Review: Toraño Vault W-009 Toro



Now under the supervision of Jack Toraño, since General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family Cigar Company, the brand has had some great new releases such as the new Toraño Exodus. In the past, the Toraño Family had released cigars based on the family’s 34 year old blend book started in 1982 by Carlos Toraño, Sr., such as the Toraño Vault A-008. Jack Toraño and the General blend team reworked some of these original blend recipes. The Toraño Vault W-009 is one of these re-envisioned blends...

Southern Draw Jacob\
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacob's Ladder Lancero


Our 2017 Cigar of the Year, the Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder, is now available as a lancero! Just like the toro vitola that earned the top spot on our Top Ten Cigars of 2017 List, the Jacob’s Ladder Lancero is a full bodied cigar that features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper from Lancaster County, and is a fitting addition to the Jacob’s Ladder line.

Caldwell Cigars the T
Cigar Review: The T. Toro by Caldwell



Matt Booth, Robert Caldwell and AJ Fernandez are all accomplished cigar makers on their own. Bringing the three of them together is similar to bringing together the 1992 Olympic Basketball “Dream Team,” and the result is definitely a winner. The cigar that comes from this collaboration bears the name The Truth or simply “The T.”, and is truly a great medium bodied cigar coming from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Top Ten Connecticut Cigars
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Connecticut Cigars



The last few years, many new cigars have been released that have brought new life to the Connecticut shade category of cigars. Instead of simply being mild cigars lacking in flavor that are primarily for novice cigar enthusiasts, these new cigars are complex mild to medium bodied cigars that can be enjoyed by both the novice and the seasoned cigar enthusiast. Many of these new breed of Connecticut cigars are coming from boutique companies that have, until now, been know for fuller bodied cigars.

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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