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About Us

History of Dona Elba Cigars

In 1996 Don Silvio Reyes, b1948-d2012 created Doña Elba Cigars. The Company grew in a short time to over 100 employees producing more than 100,000 cigars a year. With the passing of Don Silvio in 2012, Doña Elba Cigars have been operated by Don Silvio's wife, Jennifer Sandino, along with some of the original employees dating back to 1996. The Company continues specializing in Private Label and Private Blended Premium Cigars.

About Jennifer

JenniferJennifer was raised in Estelí, the tobacco capital of Nicaragua. She grew up in the tobacco fields with her first venture into the industry at the young age of 16. She has followed in her family’s footsteps of making premium cigars.

Nicaragua Habana is the story of Jennifer Sandino taking the leadership at Doña Elba. Jennifer is dedicated to the selection of tobacco leaves and the management of the process of making Doña Elba premium cigars.

Our Factory

We have served some of the largest online cigar stores since 2007 averaging 10,000 cigars a month in our Esteli Factory.  Our small-batch Premium Private Cigars are made in our Granada Factory.  We have the capacity of making thousands of cigars a month.  Doña Elba Cigars has become one of the most sought-after Customs Labeled and Blended Premium Cigar makers in Nicaragua. 

Doña Elba also offers daily demonstrations of how Nicaragua cigars are made in our Granada Factory for the tourist of Nicaragua.  Besides just watching and learning how premium cigars are made, you may have a chance to roll your cigar while under the watchful eyes of our Master Blender. Want to learn how a "pigtail" cigar is made? Visit us for an experience in Granada, Nicaragua.

Want your blend of a cigar to help increase your Gross Margin Dollars or a Private Label from one of our Premium Cigars? Now is an opportunity to talk custom cigars in quantities as low as 500 sticks. Get in touch with George Cooper. He will walk you through the process.

Visit our Nicaragua factory and learn how we can blend and supply you with some of the best-tasting Premium Cigars in all of Nicaragua.

Our Management Team

 Here is a look at our management team as you will meet on your visit to one of our factories in Nicaragua.  

Seated is Jennifer who is the owner of Dona Elba Cigars and wife of the founder of Dona Elba. Jennifer joined the Dona Elba team in 1998.  Her tasks are many as she cares for and looks after our Granada Factory also does the sorting and buying of tobacco along with many other tasks.  She manages our Granada Factory and looks after our Esteli Factory as we continue to make our larger orders there.  Jennifer diligently monitors all of our Premium Cigar blends and inspects all shipments.

 On the left is Juan, our Master Blender.  Juan manages the formula for our blends.  He also is responsible for the distribution of tobacco for the bunchers.  Juan overlooks all of the production of our Premium Cigars.  Don't be surprised if he offers you
Management Teamone of the new blends we constantly work with while you visit us in Nicaragua. Juan joined the team in 1998, too.

Standing next to Juan is George.  George is a partner sharing ownership with Jennifer.  He manages our USA business.  His responsibilities, among other duties, are overseeing the Warehouse Distribution, working with Premium Cigar Label customers, and assisting with private blends for customers.  He is back and forth between Texas and Nicaragua always improving our online sales marketing.

Next to George is Martza.  Martza manages our Esteli Factory for our larger order.  This factory has been producing over 10,000 cigars for selected online Private Labeled cigars.  When not busy in Esteli supervising the larger orders, she will assist the team in our Granada Factory.

Standing on the right is Manuel, who is our in-house lawyer.  He is also responsible for shipping, supplies, assisting in managing our Boutique Factory and store in Granada, Nicaragua.

You can see, Dona Elba has years of experience in making Premium cigars with puro Nicaragua tobacco for retail sales and Private Label customers.
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