Back in August, Kennedy Achille, (Tobacco Kennedy) owner of StogieTV and Promoter of Black Smoke Miami reached out to me about a new project he was working on and asked for my input on it. The project was called Cigar Educated, an in-depth course dedicated to Cigar Education. This course is billed as the first ever, fully integrated, online cigar education course.
Course instructor: “TK” Tobacco Kennedy says:
“I want to enhance both the Cigar industry and people in it through the world of Cigars and technology.”
According to Kennedy:
“This course is designed for learning the process of “Seed to Cigar”. In this course you will learn the life process and lifespan of a cigar.
In addition, knowledge tests are set in place that will test what you have learned. After passing this course, you will be officially certified as a “Cigar Educator”. With the massive amount of interest in cigars, education is needed now more than ever. “
I agreed to take the challenge and last week I finally had the time to relax one evening and go through the course. The total course will take roughly 2 hours to complete including the quizzes that are spaced throughout each model.
There are 21 learning modules in all:
- Birth of a Cigar
- Tobacco Fields
- Barn Process
- Fermentation Process
- Cigar Roller Process
- Cigar Packaging
- Growing Regions
- Blending Cigars
- Humidor Care
- Ring Gauge
- Taste & Profile
- Cigar Organizations
- Tobacco License
- Tobacco Tax
- How To Make Money
- Resources Just for You
You Will Learn!
As an experienced cigar enthusiast, that has been to and wrote about numerous growing regions, factories, farms, and processing facilities – much of the course was familiar to me. Yet, even with my experience, I learned a few things and I thank Kennedy for that education. A good example:
Did you know Spanish Cedar is not cedar? It is of the genesis of mahogany and it is not even Spanish, it is comes from Central and South America!
Each module is presented in an easy to follow, video format, with Kennedy featured as your instructor. The quizzes will truly test you. Some of the questions asked were not explicitly in the module, but if you pick the wrong answer, it will highlight the correct one so now you know. You have the option to re-take the quiz to ensure you understood the material.
Much of the material presented can be found through google searches, but that would take much more time than the 2 hours of excellently structured and guided content of Cigar Educated.
The only enhancement to this course, I feel would be beneficial, would be to describe the flavor profiles of each of the different tobaccos grown in the regions that are discussed in the course. Doing so would help a consumer better understand what the core flavor profile of a particular blend may offer. Kennedy told me that the course will be updated based on feedback and when new content is added, existent students will get an email informing them of the new material. Since you already registered, that material is covered in the original course fee.
Certified Cigar Smart
Once complete, you will receive a certificate of completion that certifies you as “Cigar Educated” and I am sure you will learn things you did not know. You will also be able to revisit the course as many times as you like.
Make Money in the Cigar Industry
The course also has modules dedicated on how to make money in the cigar industry through running events and also how to use Google Forms to your advantage by collecting data and promoting your brand. It even walks you through the steps on how to set up a Google phone number.
Kennedy has taken the time to show you what he has learned and to help you be a better consumer and even an entrepreneur.
Cost & Incentives
The course is priced at $199.95 and will launch on October 1, 2019 but if you register by October 1st, the cost is $99.95. In addition, Kennedy stated, anyone who signs up by October 1st will be put into a random drawing where one lucky student will win a grand prize that consists of:
- VIP Admission to the 2020 Black Smoke Miami event
- Round-trip Airfare to the event
- Hotel room at the host hotel
Kennedy will also be selecting 10 students to receive accessories and all students who register by October 1st will receive a membership to the Cigar Rights of America (CRA).
If you want to learn more about cigars, from seed to palate and beyond, and become a more educated consumer, you can register for “Cigar Educated” by clicking here.
About Tobacco Kennedy
Tobacco Kennedy (TK) is the owner of Stogie TV, a platform dedicated to featuring Cigar shops and lifestyle from around the world. He is the promoter of Black Smoke Miami that has drawn cigar enthusiasts from around the country to descend upon Miami, Florida for five days every Labor Day weekend to meet and share the cigar culture, make friends, and rekindle existing friendships. In addition, “TK” is a published Author of three books dedicated to the world of Cigars. Books: “Cigar 90″, ‘Cigars 180”, “Cigars 360”.