Unnamed Heroes

Aboyeur, potager, apprenti, commis de cuisine, eoucher, chef saucier and many more ... so what, who are they? As those who watch the famous cartoon Ratatouille may know, these are actually just some of the often overlooked kitchen sets that caused these successes after a restaurant became famous for its food and became a brand. On the back, out of sight in the kitchen, the ones who make everyone eat their stomachs with a taste that will make their fingers swallow. However, those who lost all or most of the compliments either solely to the restaurant owners or the maitretaries. In some newly opened modern restaurants, we have the opportunity to learn the names of chefs, see them one-on-one and thank them directly. Even then, in his absence, we also thank the kitchen staff, whose names we do not know, but who are certain that the chef cannot reveal those dishes in the kitchen without them. Here they are, in my opinion, the unnamed heroes of such businesses.

What I have explained above, of course, is also valid for the anonymous heroes who have worked in the production of cigars that give us such pleasure while smoking, from the sowing of the seed to the packaging of the cigar. These anonymous heroes are responsible for every good or bad decision made or every right or wrong move, from taking good care of the tobacco after planting to picking it, then picking the leaves, removing the veins, wrapping, packing, and having a direct impact on the quality of the cigar. A cigar is either enjoyable thanks to them or can be discredited thanks to them. The burden on them is more than I think. So who are these nameless heroes? Here is a complete list of those who contributed to the creation of a cigar and the stages of tobacco, from planting to packaging:

Agricultural Stage

Veguero : Those who grow tobacco.

Semillero : People responsible for watering the soil.

Tendedor: Those who spread the cloth that covers the tobacco to grow in the shade.

Zanquero: Those that fix the cloth that covers the tobacco that will grow in the shade.

Recolector : Those who collect ready-made tobacco leaves.

Sacador : Those who carry the collected leaves to llenador de cesto.

Llenador de Cesto: Those who pack the collected leaves to be sent to Casa de Tabaco (Tobacco Warehouse) after quality control.

Cestero : Those who carried the packaged tobacco to Casa de Tabaco.

Process Stage in Tobacco Warehouse

Descargador : Those who download packages from trucks.

Ensartador: Hang the tobacco leaves to dry.

Zafador: Those who unfastened tobacco leaves from where they were hung.

Curador : Those that ensure that the leaves are dried and fermented correctly.

Engavillador : Those who prepare tobacco decks called Gavilla.

Manojeador : This is the co-creator of Manojos created by the four Gavilla.

Enterciador : Those who bring manojos together.

Classification Stage

Zafador: The ones that break the tobacco so that they can be worked again.

Mojador: The ones that moisturize their tobacco to avoid damage while working.

Rezagador : Those that classify tobacco leaves according to their color, shape and size.

Revisador de Tarea : Those who stand at the head of the Rezagadors and control them.

Engavillador : Those who are preparing the Gavilla again.

Manojeador : Those who set the Quartet Gavillas.

Enterciador : Those who repack the manojo to be sent to their next stop, the warehouse.

Dependiente : Warehouse staff who ventilate the warehouses and are there to prevent unwanted fermentation.

Middle Artery Removal Stage

Zafador : Those who moisten and prepare the leaves before the middle vein is removed.

Despalillador: Those that remove the middle vein.

Engavillador : Those who prepare Gavilla from the leaves whose midrib is removed.

Manojeador : Those who set the Quartet Gavillas.

Enterciador : Those who repack the manojo to be sent to their next stop, the warehouse.

Dependiente : Warehouse staff who ventilate the warehouses and are there to prevent unwanted fermentation.

Winding and Packaging Phase

Zafador: The ones that break the tobacco so that they can be worked again.

Mojador: The ones that moisturize their tobacco to avoid damage while working.

Sacudidor: Those that shake the leaves to remove excess water and moisture.

Despalillador: Those that remove the middle vein of the wrapper leaf.

Rezagador: Classifying and separating wrapper leaves.

Ligador : Those who prepare the liga (the filling tobacco part of the cigar).

Torcedor : A term we all know well; those who wrap the cigars.

Tasador : Those who smoke newly wrapped cigars for flavor control. Who wouldn't want to be in this post.

Controlador : Those who control the winding of cigars in accordance with the standards.

Escogedor : Those that sort the same vitola cigars according to their color.

Fileteador: The ones that label cigar boxes.

Envasador : Those who arrange the cigars to be boxed to the top and bottom.

Encajetillador : Those who can box cigars.

Anillador : Those who tape cigars.

Controlador : Those who do the final checks before the packaged cigars reach us.

Human "Wow!" he cannot help himself without saying. People in so many different missions and so many different stages. Each one is hand made, eye-catching. A real you. Indeed, if one of these steps goes wrong, maybe a sack of figs is officially messed up, and it means big damage as a result.

Of course, I cannot go without mentioning it. Even though the manual labor does not shed as much attention as the above, at a certain stage of production, another veteran who has salt in the soup is a magazine, newspaper, etc. The reader, who also gave the blog its name, is Lector.

The techniques used by all the above-mentioned veterans, including the lectors, are derived from generation to generation, and of course, the training they have been subjected to at least 6-9 months.

Now that we know more or less about those who contributed to our cigar, it will not be out of our mind to thank the unnamed heroes above for every smoking, as we come to mind.