How to Store Cigars in Central California

Cigar making is an art. There aren’t a lot of facts involved, mostly opinions. At CMF we feel between 68-72% humidity and 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit is the best possible balance for our geographic location (Central California).  

You might hear that Cuban cigars prefer a lesser humidity level, because it matches the country’s humidity level. This, Chris Mortensen says, is simply not true. There’s no correlation between the country’s humidity, which fluctuates seasonally, and how the cigar itself is stored.  

When the cigars are in their curing barns, they’re under tight temperature and humidity control. The temperature and humidity should always be between four degrees of themselves, but these are different between each barn. 

Taking Care of Your Cigars

Chris Mortensen of Cigar Mas Fino walks you through how humidors can improve the quality of your cigar. From humidity to temperature to water quality, there are several factors that contribute to the quality of a cigar. The goal is to find a balance between how much you smoke, and how much your humidor costs to buy and maintain. You’ll never achieve the quality of a tobacconist’s humidor at home, but you can get close.