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Local Address: Tampa, Florida, United States
Company Description: Bucanero is a cigars manufacturer of about 16 top cigars brands: 11 are premium and 5 are handmade cigars. One of the key qualities of Bucanero cigars is that it...   more

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Robert Spoden President Bucanero Cigars
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That's Robert Spoden, owner of Bucanero Cigars of Tampa, Florida, in the yet-to-be-mailed summer issue of the European Cigar-Cult Journal.
Spoden told ECCJ Editor-in-Chief Reinhold Widmayer that "We are a small manufacturer by comparison to the multi-million annual cigar manufacturers of today.
Spoden has created an impressive line-up of blends since founding Bucanero in 1995:
Spoden said "The development work and founding risks are taken care of; the product lines are tried and true. All that my successor has to do is take care of advertising and marketing and grow the Bucanero into a nationally or internationally coveted cigar.
That's easier said than done, of course, but Spoden himself made a considerable splash during the Cigar Boom by bringing a full-rigged pirate ship onto the annual Retail Tobacco Dealers of America (now IPCPR) convention floor in the 1990s and using it as his "booth" at the show.
Spoden has set the company up nicely for sale. There are only three employees and three agents oversee the distribution to about 1,000 smokeshops in the U.S. "The factories in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which have the capacity to produce more than 250,000 cigars a month, will be able to fully support the new owner," he added.
For Spoden, life has one more challenge.
Bob Spoden, who co-founded ..., 4 Aug 2012 [cached]
Bob Spoden, who co-founded Bucanero in 1996, sings the praises of both Pueringer and the country's tobacco quality: "Costa Rica is known for its 'micro-environmental' conditions," he says. "There are about 250 distinct climate conditions, and some of them support some fantastic tobaccos. What we tried to accomplish was developing a range of mild to fuller-bodied cigars that would incorporate the same wrapper with different fillers. We found that the wrapper grown in Costa Rica was very flexible; you could roll a medium-bodied cigar or a strong cigar with it and it always complemented the filler tobacco. The experiment came to fruition with Bucanero's trio of new pirate-themed maduro cigars launched last year, with profiles ranging from milder (El Capitan maduro), to medium-bodied (Peg Leg), to fuller-bodied (Full Sail). The exact filler blends are a closely guarded secret, but Spoden is happy to trumpet the line's consistent element, the Costa Rican wrapper.
While Costa Rica's future as a wrapper producer and backpacker destination seems secure, its chances of returning to a position of significance in the cigar making arena remain hazy. It is largely the influence of Nicaraguan refugees, who streamed into the country during the Sandinista conflicts of the 1980s, who have brought cigar rolling expertise to the nation - and employing the skills of these rollers carries with it a price for cigar companies. "Costa Ricans saw themselves losing jobs to the refugees," Spoden explains.
But for Bucanero president ..., 9 June 2009 [cached]
But for Bucanero president Robert Spoden, Costa Rica's many unique eco-environmental areas left an indelible impression and a yearning to create a special cigar project there. Last year, he was compelled to return to his heritage and open a small manufacturing facility in the country.
"Costa Rica has always had a very special place in my heart, ever since I first traveled to this beautiful country 37 years ago," says Spoden.
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