Second City Cigars

Seconds City cigars (previously Don Rafa Cigars) traces its roots back to a rich history steeped in the passion for crafting exceptional flavored cigars. The story begins with Rafael “Don Rafa” Jaca, a skilled tobacco artisan whose love for the art of cigar-making ignited the inception of this distinguished brand. In the early 1990s, Don Rafa, fueled by a desire to create cigars that would stand out for their quality and unique flavor profiles, established a small workshop in the heart of the Dominican Republic’s renowned tobacco region. With meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence, he handpicked the finest tobacco leaves, ensuring that each one met his stringent standards for flavor, texture, and aroma. As the reputation of Don Rafa’s cigars grew, so did the demand for his exceptional creations. The brand gained recognition not only for its commitment to bold flavored cigars. The brand continued to evolve, now including Don Rafa Sweets, Havana Especial, Cuban Imports and Don Rafa Premium’s adapting to changing tastes and preferences while staying true to its core values. Today, Second City Cigars stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of craftsmanship and passion for tobacco. The brand’s portfolio showcases a diverse range of flavors and blends, each telling a story of dedication to the art of cigar-making. Whether enjoyed by seasoned connoisseurs or newcomers to the world of cigars, Second City Cigars continues to captivate aficionados worldwide, offering a timeless experience that pays homage to the brand’s storied history and the vision of its founder.

Our Approach

Every cigar within our collection originates and concludes its journey with people as its essence. From the adept hands planting tobacco seeds to the individuals overseeing the packaging and delivery of our cigars, we hold in high esteem the sanctity of the entire cigar-making process. It is both an honor and a privilege to assert that our company remains unified and interconnected at each juncture, guiding a cigar into the hands of our esteemed consumers.

The lifecycle of each cigar begins with the selection of the finest tobacco leaves, either personally cultivated or sourced. These leaves undergo scrupulous fermentation and processing, spanning years to achieve the desired quality. Every blend is meticulously crafted with purpose and patience, underscoring our unwavering dedication to excellence.

Our co-founder, Rafael Jaca, personally blends and tests all new flavors. Through collaboration with members of our executive and sales teams, he ensures that only the highest-quality end products make their way to our discerning consumers. Following this careful process, all our cigars are expertly hand-rolled at Second City Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua.