GREEN LEAF INNOVATIONS, INC.

Our primary business is the Marketing and Distribution of handmade premium cigars Manufactured out of Nicaragua. The company strategically imports and distributes Premium cigar brands and private label brands to cigar lounges, smoke shops, C-stores and vape shops across the United States and International Markets. In addition distributes packaged whole leaf Tobacco to other wholesale distributors of consumer tobacco products.

The Land

The Leaf

Our People

Investors

Our Work

A cigar must be hand-made, with good tobacco, with a full leaf, homogenous and smooth and free of veins, well rolled; it must not sting nor be bitter in taste and smell. … If it is well crafted using good tobaccos, it will burn properly from beginning to end and its aroma will be pleasant.

Cigar Genesis

Close to an erupting volcano the short-term destruction by pyroclastic flows, heavy falls of ash, and lava flows can be complete, the extent of the damage depending upon the eruption magnitude. Crops, forests, orchards, and animals grazing or browsing on the volcano’s slopes or surrounding lowland can be leveled or buried. But that is the short-term effect. In the long run, volcanic deposits can develop into some of the richest agricultural lands on earth.

Nicaragua is roughly the size of England and Wales combined, thus making it the largest republic in Central America. It’s also a land of volcanos, and it is this rich volcanic soil that helps give Nicaraguan tobacco its character. Much of the leaf comes from two fertile valleys, Jalapa and Estelí, where some of the world’s most exquisite filler, binder, and wrapper are grown. Recently the area of Condega, near Estelí and the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, has also been increasing tobacco cultivation, as has the inland island of Ometepe, with its twin volcanos, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

Leaf Process

 

Greenhouse

The tobacco plant is protected in a perfect greenhouse environment prior to transplanting them onto the farm. The roof of the greenhouse is made with a special material that blocks twenty five percent of the sun’s UV rays to help regulate the climate. The fine cloth walls allow airflow and keep out insects, airborne viruses, and molds from harming the young tobacco plants.

Seedling

Before being transplanted on the farm, we inspect every tobacco plant from top to bottom for the perfect color, posture, and most importantly, a healthy root system. We control the quality and consistency of blending every cigar by managing the complete life cycle of each tobacco plant.

Water Filtration & Drip Irrigation System

We controls the exact amount of water and fertilizer each plant receives by using a custom water filtration and drip irrigation system. Using technology that guarantees each plant receives the proper nutrients while conserving the natural water resource on the farm.

Traditional Row Plowing with Oxen

We use traditional row plowing with oxen to aerate the soil, helping the tobacco plants to develop stronger roots and grow large, healthy leaves.

Stringing Tobacco in the Curing Barn

We inspect each tobacco leaf before it is strung by hand onto the eucalyptus sticks that will hang in the curing barns. We use various color strings to identify the different primings harvested from each plot on the farm.

 

 

Hanging Tobacco in the Curing Barn

One of the ways we control the humidity and temperature in the curing barn is by properly spacing the sticks according to the size of the tobacco leaves. Each leaf will slowly lose its chlorophyll and cure naturally to the perfect color and texture. This process takes anywhere between 45 to 65 days depending on the size of the leaf.

Fermenting Tobacco in Pilón’s

After the tobacco leaves are cured in the curing barns, it gets fermented in pilóns for a minimum of three years. Each pilón, weighing approximately 3,600 pounds, is reconstructed multiple times by hand throughout the fermentation process. We monitor the humidity and temperature of each pilón daily making sure each tobacco leaf ferments naturally to the perfect color, texture, aroma, and flavor.

Inspecting Tobacco During Fermentation

We lead a team of experts who inspect each tobacco leaf throughout the fermentation process. We use time-honored traditions to maintain consistency in each of the blends.

Wrapper Preparation

We use the wheel turning process system to help prepare the delicate wrapper tobaccos. As the wheels turn, the hands of tobacco open up and absorb the humidity. The slow rotation protects the wrappers from being damaged or bruised as they are humidified.

 

Nicaragua Partners

Our Nicaraguan partner is a third generation tobacco family owned business that has been established close to 20 years and specializes in crafting some of the best premium cigars and smaller batches of boutique cigars that are often created with a variety of tobaccos in order to achieve a truly unique flavor. They are hand-rolled with a quality touch. Craftsmen are responsible for ensuring that every cigar’s flavor can be maximized with an even burn. The amount of devotion that goes into the making of every stick is unmatched. Each cigar is created with the utmost care, passion and attention to detail. It is important that every tobacco leaf is used correctly. Perfection is mandatory for these brands to compete with the bigger ones and that’s the core of our business.

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