The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week.  We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show.  Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

IPCPR 2014

Our 2014 IPCPR Digest is live.  Follow this to keep track of all products and news related to this year’s trade show in July.

We have completed four installments of our 2014 IPCPR Preview Series.  Part 5 will be this Sunday.

Part 1: “The Five Boutiques to Watch.”
Part 2: The Potential Cigar Trends
Part 3: Manufacturer Spotlight
Part 4: Around the Show Floor (First Pass)

Feature of the Week: Cubanacan Cigars Announces HR Blend

We are getting into the rapid-fire pre-IPCPR coverage for this year’s trade show.  While a lot of big announcements have been made, perhaps this one could be the most significant.  This week Cubanacan Cigars announced a partnership with Hirochi Robaina, the grandson of the legendary Don Alejandro Robaina for the new HR Blend.  Hirochi currently runs the Vegas Robaina farm located in Pinar del Rio, Cuba which has been in his family since the 1800s. Gonzalez who has over 40 years involved in the cigar industry from the cultivation of tobacco to spending many of those years overseeing La Corona Cigar Factory, one of the largest factories in Havana. The HR Blend will be made at the Cubanacan factory in Nicaragua.  The cigar will be positioned as a new brand under the Cubanacan Cigars umbrella and will be launched at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.

IPCPR News and Previews.

This week the busy news leading up to the IPCPR 2014 Trade Show continued.  All of these cigars will be launched at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.

Other News

Legislative News 

Stogie Geeks Episode Episode 102
This week we had the man who is known as “Chief of the Broadleafs”, Nicholas Melillo – aka “Nick R Agua”.  In this segment, we talk a lot about tobacco – and of course a lot about Broadleaf tobacco. We chronicle Melillo’s journey to Drew Estate, his tenure at Drew Estate, and his future plans with his new company Melillo International.

We then went through our smokes of the week and did a segment on Corona vitolas.

Our smokes of the week included:

Cuellar Connecticut Krēmē by Villiger Cigars
J. Grotto Anniversary T650 by Ocean State Cigars (Pre-Release)
La Antiguedad Toro by My Father Cigars
Las Cumbres Tabaco Senorial by Jose Blanco Corona Gordo No. 5
Leaf by Oscar Sumatra – Toro

On this date July 12th…