Foundation Introduces Metapa, A Homage to Nicaragua’s Rubén Darío

June 23, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco



Foundation Cigar Company has announced the launch of its newest brand, METAPA. Inspired by the birth town of Rubén Darío, a legendary Nicaraguan poet, Metapa pays homage to Nicaragua’s rich cultural heritage and the artistry behind its world-class cigars.
“Metapa is a tribute to the poetic soul of Nicaragua,” said Nicholas Melillo, founder and Master Blender of Foundation Cigar Company. “The image of Rubén Darío is iconic; he is considered one of the greatest poets in the Spanish language. I have always wanted to make a brand in his honor, and I have always wanted to introduce a blend around Sumatra Ecuador wrapper. Metapa is the result.”
Metapa will feature a range of meticulously crafted vitolas, each showcasing the complexity, balance, and depth of flavor that has become synonymous with Foundation Cigar Company’s offerings. From the initial draw to the lingering finish, smokers will embark on a sensory journey that showcases the finest expressions of Nicaraguan filler, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and Sumatra Ecuador wrapper. “This blend is unique and unlike anything I have ever created,” says Melillo. “The CT Broadleaf binder adds a bit of sweetness, Nicaragua filler the body and strength, and the wrapper is the icing on the cake.”

“Metapa” is derived from the Nahuatl word “metl,” which means “place of magueys (a type of agave plant).” The maguey plant has significant cultural and religious symbolism in Central American mythology and art. This was used often in Dario’s poems. Metapa is now known as Ciudad Darío in his honor. The Metapa brand embodies the essence of Nicaraguan craftsmanship and celebrates the passion of the country’s cigar culture. Foundation Cigar Company’s unwavering dedication to exceptional tobacco sourcing, meticulous blending, and time-honored techniques culminate in a cigar experience that captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression.
Metapa will be introduced at the PCA trade show in Las Vegas and will begin shipping to cigar shops around the country come early Fall 2023.


  • Origin: Nicaragua

  • Wrapper – Sumatra Ecuador

  • Binder – Connecticut Broadleaf

  • Filler – Esteli & Jalapa Nicaragua

  • Sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52), Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 48), and Double Corona (7 x 54)

  • MSRP: $14.50 – $18.00

  • Box: 10 Count

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