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Hestia Tobacco in The Observer

Thanks go to Zach Weiss for the shout out!

Hestia Tobacco in Silicon Valley Business Journal!

We were featured in this week's edition of SVBJ's "Vice" edition. How apropos. For full features, go here.

New Idea: Free Smokes!

We want to make you an offer you can't refuse! We've started off 2014 with a bang, and keep growing because you folks keep loving our smokes and telling your friends about them. Every single day we're receiving orders from folks who sampled your smokes, and needed some of their own. You're already doing it. [...]

We’re 6 months old today!!

Dear independent & all natural tobacco family, Today, October 23rd we celebrate six months of craft Hestia Tobacco (free of additives AND Big Tobacco)! Thanks to you, we are still able to pursue this dream of ours, and we truly cannot thank you enough. In celebration of this milestone, we want to share a couple [...]

Week One Orders

Dear dudes & dolls (or duderinos and duderinas, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) : First & foremost, thank you SO much for your show of support through your orders this first week of business.  I'm really proud to say we've sold through a whole lot of product, validating this vision we've held [...]

Thank you so much for an excellent first day!

We're having a lot of fun here, and it's so encouraging to see the strong market response to our hard work.  Please keep spreading the love, and telling your friends about our product, and we'll keep working hard to provide you all-natural additive-free craft independent smokes. LESSON LEARNED FROM DAY 1: We can't sell single-packs.  [...]

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

So, today the site goes live. I'm pretty proud of what we've created. The tobacco remains all natural and additive free.  The wrapper is a tobacco-blended paper (to avoid the "Fire Safe Paper" regulations) and they taste as fresh as they look. I trust you'll enjoy them immensely. And I'm excited to hear your thoughts [...]

Organically speaking

Since Jacob Grier wrote of our journey in The Atlantic, we've received many inquiries about the filtered little cigars we're bringing to market. To maintain absolute transparency, I wanted to clarify what exactly this product is, why it is, and where we're going from here. For those unfamiliar, it's not a cigarette. Legally, a "cigarette" [...]

The Long Tobacco Road

Admittedly, I've been pretty distracted the past day or so with the piece in The Atlantic. This journey has been (and remains) tremendously frustrating, and to have a piece "vent" for us in the national media like this feels pretty damn good, frankly. But back to my time below the Mason-Dixon line: After my breakfast [...]

Chapel Hill

As mentioned, I spent the end of last week in tobacco country.  Thursday morning I met our organic tobacco broker at a little diner in Chapel Hill, NC. He asked me to meet him at 7AM, when the diner opened. I'd been in touch with this man for years.  We'd traded countless emails and hours [...]