The culture behind cigars and coffee is extremely diverse. As time has moved on, different countries have devoloped and cultured their own varients, styles and flavours. Below oyu will find basic information on classifications of cigars and coffee. We will add to this list as time goes.
Coffee classifications coming soon...
Traditional belicosos are short pyramids, often with a slightly rounded pyramid head. Today's belicosos, however, are often coronas or corona gordas with tapered heads. Recent years have also seen the production of mini-belicosos, short cigars with small ring gauges and tapered heads.
A typical alternative is the box-pressed cigar, which has a square-shaped finish. Although first frowned upon, box-pressed cigars have garnered quite the following. As a result, the cigars developed a square shape under the pressure. However, by being tightly packed, the cigars would actually burn longer and provide a consistent flavour.
More popular in the past than it is today, the culebra is perhaps the most exotic shape of cigar made. It consists of three panetelas braided together and tied with string, sold as one cigar. The three parts are then unbraided and smoked separately. Since they are difficult to come by today, you might consider sharing the other two braids of the cigar with two friends, turning the smoking of a culebra into a special occasion.
As a general rule, Parejos are a specific format of cigar in themselves. These are in fact the most common shape that you can find that are straight with a slightly domed head and flat head.
An entire family within itself, Perfecto cigars have their own variations. Generally, a Perfecto cigar has two tapered ends on both the head and foot. In Cuba, they’re typically referred to as either Exquisito or Double Figurado cigars. Sometimes both are capped with flag leaf. However, the foot may be open with a bump at the end. Alternatively, they can appear to be relatively symmetrical with the same pointed shape on each end.
Usually referred to as “Pyramids” in English, Pirámide are tapered all the way down the body. This makes them thicker at the foot than at the base of the head. Otherwise, they feature a cap very similar to a Torpedo.
Sometimes used as a term to refer to all Figurado cigars, Torpedoes have their own specific shape. Typically, they feature a sloping and tapered head that curves into a point.
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