Flatbed Cigar Co., Bucks County Pennsylvania
“old-school, family micro-roller”
Flatbed Cigar Company
Flatbed Cigar Company was born out of the love for great cigars. Come to think of it, that too was our only business plan!
The idea was, if we have the best tobacco, the best rollers, make a bunch of blends, have lots of friends and colleagues sample the cigars...we should be able to find a profile or two we can lean into. So that is what we did. Today we have 6 blends: PANACEA Black Label – Connecticut Natural & Brazilian Maduro. PANACEA Red Label – Cuban Seed Habano. PANACEA Green Label – Pennsylvania Broadleaf, triple Ligero, White Label – Corojo...and our NEW Azul Cameroon!
At Flatbed Cigar Company (owner/distributor of the PANACEA brand) we are taking an old-school approach to the cigar business. The philosophy is…put all the money into tobacco. If we focus on making great cigars they will sell themselves over time. It's working...with ratings of 90, 91, 93, and 95 across our blends.
You’ll see our packaging is very basic (all cigar packaging once was), but it does its intended job...keeping the cigars fresh and safe. We do not manipulate the leaf in any way. What you see is what we started with. You may even see slight shading variances in the same box. That is OK. How the cigar tastes is really what is most important. In this age of cosmetic selling, we do have a strong headwind to overcome, but want to stay true to our ideals.
Flatbed Cigar Company was founded 5 years ago. Our first cigar; PANACEA Black Natural, was introduced to smoke shops in the Mid Atlantic, and North East in October of 2007. Selling from the trunk of my car, I enjoyed the company of hundreds of cigar enthusiasts, shop owners and patrons as I made my way from The District of Columbia to Maine. PANACEA is now in over 125 stores and growing steadily. Most of our footprint remains in the North East, but we are in stores as far reaching as California, Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida.
Based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we enjoy great tobacco tradition, dating back to 1765. Red Lion, PA (aka: Cigar Town, USA) at one time was producing 400 million hand rolled cigars a year. In addition to dozens of factories, many houses in town had rolling tables, where women made extra money rolling while their husbands were at work. The name “Stogie” was coined in Conestoga, PA where inexpensive cigars were made for the drivers of the Conestoga wagons. Traveling from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, the Conestoga wagon drivers were envious of the fine cigars enjoyed by their affluent passengers. A cigar then, as it is today, was a luxury. Wagon drivers simply did not earn the wage necessary to indulge with any kind of frequency. So manufacturers in Conestoga, PA began making cigars in addition to their well know wagons, and pricing them for the drivers.
Although we are based here, our factory is in the Dominican Republic. With more than 60 years of combined experience - the art of aging, blending, and rolling continues in our modest factory.
Flatbed Cigar Company now has three Independent Sales Agencies representing PANACEA, and we are actively looking for additional Sales coverage on the West Coast, South West, and South East. Give us a call (267) 251-1019 if you would like to join the team! We are a small company making really good cigars. If all goes according to plan, we will grow to a bigger company and still make really good cigars.
We hope you will enjoy smoking our Cigars as much as we have enjoyed making them.
Mellow on Ahead….