Mission and Values

Bringing the most exquisitely made and finely blended of cigars to people around the world, Gran Havana’s mission is to provide unparalleled quality and maintain the centuries old traditional of producing premium hand rolled cigars. We inherited this passion from our inception in 1994 by Mesdaq Master Blender Manolo Montijo in 1994. He came from Cuba with three decades of experience at Montecristo. For over a decade he was our Master Blender and led our cigar development. Then in 2010, we had the privilege of bringing on Master Blender Mr. Luise Martinez, all the way from the Dominican Republic! Under his leadership we have won awards in both 2015 and 2016! Yet, awards are not our mission.

Gran Havana’s mission is twofold. First, Gran Havana provides all who enter their lounge and café an experience like no other, filled with the finest of cigars, captivating coffees, gorgeous gelatos, decadent cakes, and more. We value all our customers and want them to experience our passion. Having an astute eye for detail and the soul of a world traveler and cigar aficionado, the founder, has succeeded in creating an experience like no other.

 etermined to ensure that all have the opportunity to enjoy Gran Havana’s fine products, we have grown from a small shop to a larger lounge with a flourishing online store. Whether you step inside our Gaslight San Diego lounge and cigar factory inspired by architecture from around the world, seen first hand by our owner, and centuries of cigar history, which our founder surrounded himself in, or visit our shop online, you will find abundant varieties of cigars to meet every taste and event imaginable. Every cigar embodies his essence, flawless quality and decadent luxury. We welcome you to our store; we welcome to our home.