Consistency Patterns


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Some may disagree, and if so then this question does not apply I guess, but I find that while a Habano at its best is unbeatable, Habanos suffer from more consistency issues than premium non-cubans. I guess I am saying that I do not intend to bring up this issue here, but assuming there are consistency issues:

What are the most dominant patterns in your experience? Stick to stick? Box to box? Month to month? Year to year?

It seems that boxes tend to be hits or misses as a whole. Do those boxes then in turn belong to a larger batch of bad boxes?

That said, I accept the variations as totally worth it at this point. Just trying to learn :-D

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» I find that while a Habano at its best is unbeatable, Habanos suffer from

» more consistency issues than premium non-cubans.

»

In general, I agree that many NCs meet or surpass Havanas in terms of quality of construction,

and care given to production.

» What are the most dominant patterns in your experience? Stick to stick?

» Box to box? Month to month? Year to year?

»

For me, there is not much in the way of rhyme or reason. Generally speaking, the cigars are

graded for color and boxed in that way. A box may contain cigars from a number of different rollers.

Rob and others have shed light on other variables as well (including time of year cigar rolled), and

hopefully can offer more pertinent information.

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My greatest angst comes from blend inconsistency.

The holy grail is to blend say Bolivar Belicoso Fino's so that they are consistent year to year. There will be variations obviously due to differing growing seasons and tobacco strains used but there should be a strong line of flavour consistency.

Currently however there is still far too much variability month to month and factory to factory.

To solve this there needs to be a seven point plan.

1. Better Factories. Better in terms of worker satisfaction, working environment.

2. Better pay.

3. Factory rotation of blenders and key factory management staff. No more than two years within any one given factory.

4. Level 9 roller transfer. Same as point 3.

5. An Excellence award for Factory Manager of the Year which includes a 3 month trip outside of Cuba to meet and tour divans, cigar clubs and retail outlets. Give them a chance to meet real customers who smoke their product every day. Keep them out of Head offices of distributors.

6. Blenders promoted internally and externally along the same lines as the great rollers and to a lesser extent the best Vegueros.

7. A commitment to transperancy of process.

In summary...the end of communism/socialism.

That statement should make me popular :lol:

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Currently however there is still far too much variability month to month and factory to factory. »

» To solve this there needs to be a seven point plan.

»

» 1. Better Factories. Better in terms of worker satisfaction, working

» environment.

»

» 2. Better pay.

»

» 3. Factory rotation of blenders and key factory management staff. No more

» than two years within any one given factory.

»

» 4. Level 9 roller transfer. Same as point 3.

»

» 5. An Excellence award for Factory Manager of the Year which includes a 3

» month trip outside of Cuba to meet and tour divans, cigar clubs and retail

» outlets. Give them a chance to meet real customers who smoke their product

» every day. Keep them out of Head offices of distributors.

»

» 6. Blenders promoted internally and externally along the same lines as the

» great rollers and to a lesser extent the best Vegueros.

»

» 7. A commitment to transperancy of process.

»

» 8. A mermaid in every factory to oversee quality control.

»

» That statement will make me popular :lol:

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» 5. An Excellence award for Factory Manager of the Year which includes a 3

» month trip outside of Cuba to meet and tour divans, cigar clubs and retail

» outlets. Give them a chance to meet real customers who smoke their product

» every day. Keep them out of Head offices of distributors.

Thats some dangerous capitalist pig thinking there comrade! You will work for people and you'll be happy to do a job that would normally fetch oh... I dunno, what.. $85k+ USD/year and do it for a fraction of that.

j/k... I think its a great idea.. too bad exceptionalism doesn't work with communism.:-(

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