Stogie Geeks #322

Date: March 6, 2020

Show Overview:

This week Joe interviews, Dr. Gaby Kafie, Kafie Trading Company- Premium Cigars & Coffee. Dr. Kafie is also the Founder of the BCA, Boutique Cigar Association. After his departure from practicing medicine, Dr. Kafie wanted to bring the finest cigars handcrafted in Honduras to market. In 2013 he created Kafie 1901 Cigars.

Interview: Dr. Gaby Kafie, Kafie Trading Company

“It takes time to create a perfect blend, and it takes even more to age the tobacco that goes into these blends.  Minimum 4 year aged tobacco goes into our premium long filler cigars.” – 

“A rich family history spanning over a  118 years in the region of Central America.  With origins in  agriculture , the Kafie’s have long enjoyed premium tobacco for over a Century.” – 


Joe Hozempa | Host of Stogie Geeks

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Everyone knows Joe Hozempa. The “Italian Stallion” of the Rhode Island cigar culture. Joe isn’t afraid to give a cigar an average review. He knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to say it.


Andrew “The Band Man” Galvan | Co-Host

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Andrew Galvan works in the Insurance Industry (Property Loss Adjuster). Andrew’s love for the cigar has been cultivated over the years and he made a goal to learn about the cigar business from seed to consumer. Thus, he has endeavored into the cigar business with Prestige Cigar and Tobacco in Bedford Texas aside his dual career.

“The Band Man”- Every time I smoke a cigar, I have a ritual. Going in I look at the cigar, the construction, color, smell the foot, taste the cap, I gently caress it in my fingers. Then I cut it, most time it will be a Deep ‘V’. I then look at the band, I read it, I study the artwork and fonts of any symbols or numbers, I imagine the person rolling this cigar and then putting the finishing touch of the band… I collect the bands and keep them as gifts of appreciation from the Tobacco growers, and procurers of said cigar. I become one with this cigar, I toast it, I wait patiently for the filler, binder, wrapper to ignite, the first hint of aromas fly through the air like an Aaron Judge Home Run…. Beautiful.
“Impeccable customer relations yields the greatest customer experience”-AG

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