2015 Year in Review: Factory of the Year (Small / Single): La Zona
The 2015 Cigar Coop Factory of the Year Award for a Small / Single Operation goes to La Zona.
When Erik Espinosa launched Espinosa Premium Cigars in 2012, he would also purchase a two story inn located in Esteli, Nicaragua that would become his very own factory – La Zona, It didn’t take long for La Zona to become the hub of Espinosa’s cigar production operations.
The factory employs traditional Cuban style production with entubado rolling and triple caps.
In 2014, La Zona produced the Espinosa Laranja Reserva – which Espinosa Cigars’ biggest hit to date. For 2015 the company did not rest on its laurels as La Zona produced several new lines for Espinosa including the Espinosa Especial,the re-vamped Espinosa Habano, and the return of Murcielago. In addition Espinosa added an extension to Laranja – the Caixa. All under the watchful eye of Espinosa and his Factory Operations Manager Hector Alfonso Sr., the company maintained consistency and quality throughout the year.