Martinez Handmade Cigars – Dominicans in New York City

We are not to ask what our country can do for us, but to think on what we can do for our country. This mindset has been planted in the citizens of the United States of America through the famous words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. However, for immigrants that continue to embark into an unknown [...]

A Flatiron is not a Torpedo, but a Flatiron / Notes on the Martinez Flatiron #2 Cigar

In the neighbourhood of the Flatiron Building, a foreign culture has been absorbing the New York district since 1974. Bedded six streets and two avenues away from the iconic architecture, the Martinez tobacco factory is a representation of the Dominican cigar hand rolling tradition. Six days a week the torcedores begin the day by starting [...]

What Ashes might say

Watching various torcedores and torcedoras one gets to study details and sequences, subsequently coming somewhat closer to understanding why a good cigar costs a bit more. I have had the privilege of studying the movements of various cigar hand rollers live. In our modern age it is also possible to observe great masters like Norma Fernández [...]