Originally founded in 1999 by cigar enthusiast Raffi Sepetjian, Via Havana was launched with five different sub-brands of Connecticut, Connecticut Dulce, Corojo, Maduro and Maduro Dulce manufactured at Vegas De Santiago/Tabacos de Costa Rica factory in Costa Rica under the supervision of the maestro, Don Olman.
Looking for expansion and growth, Raffi sought the expertise of Stephen 'Stefano' Adib who arrived with an extensive background in the cigar industry which spanned over two decades in areas of retail, wholesale/distribution, manufacturing, territory sales representation and brand launching for internationally acclaimed brands among other things.
Soon there after in February 2011, Stephen & Raffi co-founded Cuba Rica Tabacalera, a distribution arm and trade name targeting exclusive retailers who specialize in selling boutique brands.
Providing his expertise not only on the business side, in 2012 Stephen aided Raffi in co-creating and personally blending Testarosso “Our Red Head” accompanying the flagship brand Via Havana under the umbrella of Cuba Rica. Furthermore, in 2013 Stephen went on to create and blend Cuba Rica’s ultra-exclusive brands-Spirit of Art, Barabbas & Cuba Rica Limitada.
But in October 2013, Raffi decided to sell his complete interest in Cuba Rica to Stephen to focus his time on another venture he and his spouse had been working on for some time.
In March 2014, Stephen enlisted the help of Bo Mouissat, a long-time friend and customer as well as a veteran and respected cigar retailer in the greater Los Angeles. The team expanded with cigar enthusiasts and marketing gurus Michael Vargas-Machuca and Phillip Dominguez. Throughout this endeavor, the cornerstone and mantra remains the same, "Consistency in flavor and production... let the cigar speak for itself".
On behalf of the entire Cuba Rica family, we thank you for your patronage.