Always wanted to know how a cigar is made, what the history of the tobacco industry is and where De Olifant gets its tobacco from? Then come along for a tour. Tours are given on Monday till Friday at 14:00 o'clock. On Saturday there is an extra possibility at 11:00 o'clock. Tickets are for sale here. If you have any special request you can fill in our contactform.
General information The tour lasts an hour and you are warmly welcomed by our host. Besides our factory, you can also see our historic building and the famous Kennekamer. During the tour, we explain comprehensively about the processing of tobacco, the production process of a cigar and the origin of the tobacco in the various countries. You will learn the history of the Kampen cigar industry and the importance of making cigars for the city and its inhabitants, in the present and the past. The tour is given by Marjolijn or Errol.
The cigar factory In De Olifant's cigar factory you will find a maze of work and storage rooms; built of wood, unbleached walls and stone floors of paving bricks. Parts of the attic trusses from the late Middle Ages. The sloping walls, the old clinker floors and the wooden ramps of Sigarenfabriek De Olifant are soaked by the smell of tobacco and cedar wood. Since 1832 tobacco products have been manufactured in this monumental factory. For a long time, the factory mainly had a museological character, but since the mid-eighties of the last century, production has been in full swing with the use of traditional machines. The oldest machine dates from 1888. Since 2009, some pre-war machines have been modernized. Walking past the atmospheric rooms and tobacco-filled spaces, it becomes clear that the cigars of De Olifant are produced with extreme care and passion. Whether it concerns the way of blending or the way of producing and packaging, quality is always of the highest importancy. Cheerful singing staff members are in love with "their" factory.
A tour in our company You enter in the store: the nostalgically decorated shop offers a good overview of the entire cigar range. In the back of the store, there is a narrow corridor that takes you to the factory. Through the Kennekamer, you pass the moisteningroom, where the dried wrapper leaves are moisturized and made elastic. Our wrapper leaves are Sumatra Sand leaf. Then we enter the blending room, where the cigarfiller is mixed. A mix of tobacco from Brazil, Cuba and Indonesia. You can look and smell the different blends.
After a look in the storage rooms, the walk continues to the machines on the first floor. You will see seven pre-war, but modernized, cigar machines, which are manned by ladies. These ladies have gained a lot of knowledge, because they have been working here from an early age on. They manufacture about four million cigars a year. The cigars are aged for at least six weeks and after inspectation packed in fine cedar boxes.
After a tour through our company, you know everything about our selection procedure of our tabaccos. You will learn that a leaf will go through a lot of hands before it is used in the cigar. Culture and history lovers will like a tour through our company very much.
Tickets and prices
Tickets for these tours can be bought here: This price for a ticket is €10,- per person.
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