espresso and cigar

Of all the coffee pairings that would come to mind, a great cigar is one of the most understated.

Even with millions of coffee lovers, only a cigar enthusiast can tell you that cigars and coffee have complementary flavor profiles.

Both carry a hint of acid, spice, complex flavors, and aromas that have earthy tones.

Nevertheless, you don’t have to be a stogie aficionado to know which premium cigars go nice with different types of coffee.

To give you the best cigar with coffee pairings, we compiled a list of five cigars that could fit into your coffee break.

5 Best Cigars With Coffee: A Review

1. Oliva Serie V Melanio

Our Rating: (5/5)

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If you’re looking for a cigar from an unrivaled century-old maker, look no further than the creations of the Oliva family line.

Oliva cigars have been around since 1886 when the Statue of Liberty in New York just opened up to the public.

The founder’s grandson, Gilberto, has become Nicaragua’s second-largest cultivator of the Cuban-seed tobacco plant.

One of Oliva’s critically acclaimed lineups is the Serie V, which, amazingly, has a follow-up: the Oliva Serie V Melanio.

It is a full-bodied cigar with expertly fermented Nicaraguan Ligero fillers, binder, and Ecuador-grown Sumatra-seed wrapper.

Its fillers come from Jalapa, Esteli, and Condega, all tobacco-growing towns in Nicaragua.

This cigar comes in seven sizes, from longest to shortest, including Churchill, Doble Toro, Figurado, Torpedo, Toro, Robusto, and Petit Corona.


As if the original Oliva Serie V wasn’t unique enough, the Melanio brings forth a more authentic experience.

The Robusto, in particular, combines a silky sweetness with hints of cocoa, toasted bread, and creamy coffee.

There’s no surprise that this cigar can complement any complexity behind coffee, even those from bolder coffee blends.

A blend of Sumatran-seed wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers isn’t that common, but the Melanio hits a good mark.

This cigar has proven that the Oliva Cigar Company knows how to harmonize different tobaccos.


  • Slow and steady burn
  • Flawless burn line
  • Effortless draw
  • Expertly handmade
  • Comes in many sizes


  • One of the higher-priced options
  • Strong flavor may not appeal to everyone

2. Miami Cigar and Co. Nestor Miranda Special Selection Rosado

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

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In 1989, spouses Nestor and Mariana Miranda established the Miami Cigar and Company (MCC), which has grown into a leading distributor of premium cigars.

One of its notable brands granting a perfect pairing with coffee is the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Rosado.

To create the Nestor Miranda Special Selection, the MCC partnered with Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia, a master cigar roller and blender.

Pepin is also the CEO of El Rey de Los Habanos, a cigar company in Miami more commonly known as My Father Cigars.

The Rosado is a medium to full-bodied cigar that uses Nicaraguan tobacco Habano wrappers and Criollo ‘98 binders.

This cigar is available in three sizes: Coffee Break, Toro, and Gran Toro.

All sizes take on the Parejo shape, and the smallest one, Coffee Break, has the perfect proportions for enjoying a cup of coffee.


The Rosado boasts a delightful spice-rich blend with sweet notes that unfurl on your taste buds.

It features hints of rich earth, chocolate, cream, mocha, and sweet cedar aromas.

As you move on to the second and final thirds of the cigar, you will get balanced notes of baking spices, musty oak, and coffee.

Since it can be a strong cigar, we recommend it as a partner for light roast coffee.

If you don’t like a strong cigar with your black coffee, you might want an alternative that uses a Connecticut shade wrapper leaf.

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut is a cigar with medium-bodied smoke, just enough to perfectly match bolder coffee blends.

It is also available in the same three sizes as the Rosado.


  • Fantastic draw from start to finish
  • Good burn performance, ashes are relatively tight
  • Offers the perfect size for coffee breaks
  • Expertly rolled and carefully packed
  • Most affordable variant on the list


  • Could be a bit too strong for light smokers
  • Slightly heavy on the palate

3. Drew Estate Tabak Especial Negra Maduro

Our Rating: (4.4/5)

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La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate boasts 96,000 square feet of cigar manufacturing space in its newest factory in Nicaragua.

It is one of the most impressive cigar factories in Central America.

Like other producers of flavor-infused premium tobacco products, Drew Estate has many cigar brands to offer.

You may have heard of this company’s ACID cigars lineup.

However, if you’re looking for coffee-infused blends, one brand that comes to mind is the Tabak Especial Negra Maduro.

This cigar has a medium body, using pure Nicaraguan tobacco for its fillers and binders and Connecticut broadleaf for the wrapper.

The infusion of coffee flavors also comes from coffee beans grown in the same region.

Drew Estate offers this cigar in many shapes and sizes, including Gordito, Toro, Robusto, Belicoso, Corona, Colada, and Cafecita, from largest to smallest.

The Cafecita variant comes in a tin of ten 4-inch, 32-ring-gauge cigars, each perfect for a short coffee break.


The Tabak Especial Negra Maduro brilliantly combines an amazing coffee flavor with balanced notes of premium tobacco and spice.

It is one of the many coffee-infused cigars that can give you a rich and complex smoke to go with any coffee choice.

Since it is a medium-bodied cigar with a balanced coffee flavor, it won’t overwhelm the taste and aroma of your favorite cup of joe.

This cigar has rich flavor notes of dark cocoa, making it one of the best pairings of cigars with coffee.

Overall, the Negra Maduro is a great stick anyone could enjoy at any time of day.

However, you might want to be ready with your cigar ashtray since the ash from this cigar breaks off easily.

You should also check out the Tabak Especial Dulce Natural if you want a sweet, creamy coffee flavor on a mild cigar.

It comes in the same sizes and shapes as the Negra Maduro, but it pairs better with dark roast coffee.


  • Excellent flavor infusion
  • Amazing silky smooth flavor
  • Flawless construction, great price
  • Remarkable burn
  • Lots of sizes to choose from


  • Ashes spill off quickly
  • The first third of the stick may be too mild for some

4. Warped La Colmena

Our Rating: (4.3/5)

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While Kyle Gellis only established Warped in 2007, his journey to becoming an avid cigar smoker is rooted in his childhood.

At the age of six, Kyle was delighted to choose and cut different cigars as his father unwound from a tiresome day.

He even enjoyed the sweet tobacco scent as he held his dad’s cigar lighter to ignite every stick.

Today, Kyle and his team have developed ten original cigar brands sold by more than 400 retailers.

La Colmena, “The Beehive,” is one of the popular Cuban smokes that put Warped on the map.

Like the Tabak Especial, the La Colmena is a medium-bodied cigar.

It has a rich blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos for its fillers and Ecuadorian leaves for its binder and wrapper.

Warped produced this cigar in six sizes: the Amado No. 36, the Amado No. 44, Unico Especial, Black Honey, Reina, and the Amado No. 407.

However, only the Amado No. 44 remains in production.


Rolled in the customary Cuban technique, only 100 sticks of these cigars go into production daily at the El Titan de Bronze factory.

In addition, only category-9 Cuban master rollers assemble each cigar.

This cigar has a creamy profile with vanilla, honey, white pepper, and berry notes.

It offers a great draw, and it will immediately give off rich notes of cedar wood, cashews, and chocolate cake.

Since it is in the traditional 44-ring gauge, it has the perfect size for pairing with an espresso or medium roast coffee.


  • Rare premium offering at a reasonable price
  • Sophisticated flavor profile
  • Smooth and creamy with a subtle sweetness
  • Great balance and long finish


  • Most expensive option on the list
  • Limited production

5. M by Macanudo Espresso with Cream

Our Rating: (4/5)

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Macanudo has always been passionate about crafting high-quality cigars, and it is a remarkable flavored cigar maker.

The M by Macanudo brand features a bourbon-flavored cigar and a coffee-infused cigar line.

Today, we shall look at the M by Macanudo Espresso with Cream, a medium-bodied cigar with hand-selected Nicaraguan leaf fillers.

According to Macanudo, the wrapper of this cigar comes from Indonesian tobacco, while the binder uses Philippine tobacco.

This cigar is only available in two sizes: Toro and Belicoso.


As suggested by its name, this cigar features strong flavor notes of espresso and cream in a light, airy textured draw.

The cap has a very light sweetness, efficiently complementing the roasted bean flavor and the rich coffee aroma.

However, when you get to the second third of the stick, the cap losses its sweet taste, and the coffee flavor could come out burnt.

The good thing is that the flavor slightly shifts between the interchanging barber pole wrapper.

While its darker, rich Maduro wrapper can cause a bitter aftertaste, the mellow shade portions allow a balanced coffee flavor.

If an espresso-flavored cigar is too strong for your tastes, you can tone it down to the M by Macanudo Coffee variant.

It is the more mellow alternative having faint notes of wood and spice.


  • Perfect construction
  • Outstanding consistent flavor
  • Excellent burn and smooth draw
  • Amazing aroma
  • Uniquely attractive barber pole coloration


  • Sweetness fades from the cap after the first third
  • Infused creaminess vanishes towards the end

Which Is the Best Cigar for Your Coffee Break?

Pairing the best cigar with coffee means enjoying a combination of flavor tones that go well together.

If you had to ask us, the Oliva Serie V Melanio sets the bar high for a delicious coffee accompaniment.

That said, if you are someone who prefers a mellow cigar, you can ease into your coffee break with a stick of the Oliva Connecticut Reserve.