MoJo Cairo has become a firm fixture on Florida Road in Durban and the popularity is in no doubt due to the keen business savvy of owner, Adam. A keen world traveller who is originally from Egypt, Adam identified the need for a concept store in Durban offering fine cigars in a social setting. His own love of cigars started in 2001 and fuelled his desire to open up MoJo Cairo. This took him on a journey to Cuba to gain an extensive knowledge on the subject where he watched first-hand, the process of making a good cigar. His time there also allowed him to immerse himself fully into Cuban culture and truly understand why Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. He has since tried the entire Habanos range, becoming somewhat of a cigar authority, with his establishment only serving up brands, that he himself has carefully selected.
Born in Egypt, Adam arrived in South Africa in 2004. He acquired his South African citizenship in 2008, and also holds a Canadian residency status. Having travelled extensively and lived in three very different parts of the world, Adam is a cosmopolitan individual who is passionate about culture, cuisine, art and entertainment. This passion, coupled with his acute business sense and experience, has translated into several successful ventures on the local South African landscape.
In 2013 Adam developed a new concept, introducing a coffee bar and lounge in Florida Road
Hot and cold drinks are served, together with a range of desserts and snacks. But there is also an added attraction. When you buy an Espresso, you get a mini Cuban cigar “on the house.” The concept proved extremely successful.
These days MoJo Cairo is a popular hangout for many people, including prominent businessmen and groups of friends/relatives who just want to relax in the lounge whilst indulging in cigars with the convenience of a docking station, flat screen television and unlimited free Wi-Fi.At the weekends local musicians are given the opportunity to entertain patrons. The lounge has taken off to the extent where it needs to be booked in advance. There are 2 lounges, one has classic look and the other has an arabian look.The concept is all about inside a SmokeShop, a coffee bar and lounge .
10 Famous Cigar smokers
1 WINSTON CHURCHILL
Throughout his long life, Churchill nourished England with his battlefield bravery, political courage and prolific writing, and nourished himself with the best food, drink and cigars he could find. The man for whom the imposing Churchill cigar size is named smoked eight to 10 cigars a day, primarily Cuban brands. Not even the necessity of wearing an oxygen mask for a high-altitude flight in a nonpressurized cabin could prevent Churchill from smoking. As the story goes, the prime minister requested that a special mask be created that would allow him to smoke while airborne. Naturally, the request was fulfilled. On another occasion, Churchill hosted a luncheon for King Ibn Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia, who did not allow smoking or drinking in his presence. Rather than submit to the king’s wishes, Churchill pointed out that “my rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.” The king was convinced. Favorite cigar: Romeo y Julieta
2 JOHN F. KENNEDY
When you’re the president of the United States, you can get just about anything you’d like. What the 35th president wanted in early 1962 was a bunch of Cuban cigars, 1,000 Petit Upmanns to be exact. He gave his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, less than 24 hours to round them up. Short notice for such a big request, but then JFK had a pressing reason for procuring the stash in such a timely fashion. He was about to sign an embargo prohibiting any Cuban products from entering the country, including his beloved cigars. The embargo was born of a nasty spat that the United States was having with Cuba and its fears that Fidel Castro represented a growing threat to America’s security. But before Kennedy could act, he needed Salinger to complete his assignment. The press secretary didn’t let him down, as he managed to scrounge up 1,200 cigars. Kennedy then signed the embargo, and Cuban tobacco has been off-limits to Americans ever since. Favorite cigar: Petit Upmann
3 FIDEL CASTRO
Until he gave up the habit in 1985, the man who has ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 40 years was synonymous with cigars. Only a rising national concern over the health risks of smoking would lead to Castro’s unequivocal decision to stop smoking cigars, even in private, to set an example for his people. Just because he abandoned a pastime that he had relished for 44 years doesn’t mean he doesn’t still think about cigars. He would occasionally dream that he was smoking a cigar, though he would admonish himself for doing so. “Even in my dreams I used to think that I was doing something wrong,” he said in a 1994 Cigar Aficionado interview. “I was conscious that I had not permitted myself to smoke anymore, but I was still enjoying it in my sleep.” Years earlier, when Castro and the rebels were plotting how to topple the Batista regime, the only time he did without cigars was when he ran out of them. Anticipating those infrequent occasions, he would hoard his last smoke, lighting it only to celebrate a victory or console himself over a setback. Favorite cigar: Cohiba Corona Especial
4 GEORGE BURNS
From an impromptu singing gig in a candy store at the age of seven, to his enduring partnership with Gracie Allen, to solo stand-up comedy acts into his late 90s, Burns kept American audiences in stitches through most of the twentieth century. Invariably, he smoked his trustworthy El Producto cigars during his act, not because he couldn’t afford a more expensive cigar, but because they stayed lit on stage longer than the more tightly packed Havana smokes. “If you have to stop your act to keep lighting your cigar, the audience goes out,” he once cracked. The legendary star of vaudeville, radio, TV and film resurrected his movie career in the 1970s with starring roles in The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God! Burns, who lived to 100, credited his 10- to 15-cigar-a-day habit over a 70-year span with not only keeping him spry on stage but also with helping him outlive his physician. “If I had taken my doctor’s advice and quit smoking when he advised me to,” Burns quipped at age 98, “I wouldn’t have lived to go to his funeral.” Favorite cigar: El Producto
5 MARK TWAIN
The author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn smoked at least 22 cigars a day, maybe as many as 40. Twain, née Samuel Clemens, supposedly once declared, “If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go.” Twain’s penchant for cigars didn’t necessarily mean he smoked the best cigars. He knew that even his closest acquaintances were reviled by his stogie selections. Once, as he would later relate in his essay “Concerning Tobacco,” he pilfered a handful of costly and elegant cigars from a friend’s house, removed the labels, and placed the smokes in a box identified by his favorite brand. He then invited the man and 11 other friends over for dinner, offering each a cigar afterward. Everyone shortly excused themselves, and the next morning Twain found the cigars sprawled outside–except for the one left on the plate of the man from whom the cigars had been filched. “He told me afterward that some day I would get shot for giving people that kind of cigars to smoke.” Favorite cigar: Anything except a Havana
6 MILTON BERLE
Most men would be thrilled if their wives relished the smoke wafting from their cigars. Berle must be ecstatic, as all three of his spouses supported his hankering for Havanas. Even Marilyn Monroe, with whom the entertainer had a short fling before she became a star, savored the aroma of his cigars, and Uncle Miltie, who regularly tried to wean his friends off cigarettes and on to cigars, once bought a box of small cigars for the blonde bombshell, hoping to persuade her to switch. Berle’s second wife, Ruth, not only supported his cigar habit, she showed ingenuity in doing so. During their honeymoon in Paris, Ruth went shopping for an evening bag, trying larger and larger sizes until she found one that could fit four of Miltie’s mammoth Cubans. Before flying on to Rome, Berle packed some 500 Havanas, but customs officials there informed him that visitors were limited to 100 cigars. Nonplussed, Ruth pulled out a cigar from her bag and asked Berle for a light. “She nearly choked to death smoking it,” Berle recalled, “but it enabled us to bring another hundred cigars in.” Favorite cigar: H. Upmann
7 BILL COSBY
There’s something about winter that doesn’t seem so funny to the man who has made millions laugh. In 1994, Cosby was watching the ladies’ figure skating finals in the Winter Olympics on TV, puffing away on an Ashton. Suddenly, Tonya Harding began to cry during her routine. No, Nancy Kerrigan hadn’t just blasted her with a bazooka; rather, the problem was a wayward shoelace. Mesmerized by the drama, Cosby took his cigar, which he had placed in an ashtray, and stuck it in his mouth–ash end first. His tongue told him he had “instantly made a very serious mistake.” Two winters earlier, the comedian experienced another tobacco tribulation. As he walked about Manhattan with a cigar, the 38 degree chill “turned my warm, succulent corona into a piece of cold, soggy rutabaga.” Stopping in a store that sold expensive gadgets for the Man Who Has Everything, as he described it, Cosby hoped to find some device that would keep his cigar warm. No such luck. “What kind of store was this?” he ruminated. “How could a man have everything if he didn’t have a thing to keep his cigar warm?” Favorite cigar: Ashton Maduro No. 60
8 RED AUERBACH
“I didn’t want to rub anything in or show anybody what a great coach I was when I was 25 points ahead. Why? I gotta win by 30? What the hell difference does it make?” To Auerbach, sitting down on the bench to smoke a cigar in the waning minutes of a Boston Celtics triumph was his way of exuding humility. No one else saw it that way, though. To opposing fans, the “victory cigar” symbolized smugness in being able to administer such an awful beating to their team. Opposing players would be motivated by the cigar, doubling their intensity level until the final buzzer. Even Red’s own players suffered from the fourth-quarter fumigation. According to guard Bob Cousy, the sight of Auerbach sitting calmly smoking a cigar only served to increase the fans’ hostility and the abuse they heaped upon the Celtics. Auerbach’s victory ritual was so reviled that the Cincinnati Royals management once handed out 5,000 cigars to its fans, instructing them to light up when the Royals won. Instead, the move backfired, as a fired-up Celtics squad blew the Royals off the court. Favorite cigar: Hoyo de Monterrey
9 JACK NICHOLSON
The three-time Academy Award winner had been a longtime cigarette smoker when he took up golf in the early 1990s. He found himself smoking half a pack during a round to calm his nerves, so he decided to switch to cigars from around the fifth hole on. The change helped relax him, and eventually Nicholson got down to a 12 handicap. The actor first became enamored of Cuban cigars in 1973, when he was making The Last Detail, insisting that the petty officer character he played be a cigar smoker. The picture was shot in Canada, affording easy access to Havanas. When he resumed cigar smoking in the ’90s, one of Nicholson’s favorite haunts was the Forum in Los Angeles, where he would attend most of the Lakers’ home games. At one time he was able to light up right on the arena floor, but as California antismoking laws got tougher, he found himself relegated to a hallway and, eventually, outside the building itself. “But But I get around it,” he said in 1995. “I sneak into the men’s room at halftime, like when I was in high school, and take my drags there.” Favorite cigar: Montecristo
10 BABE RUTH
His larger-than-life persona, his considerable girth, and his zest for excess couldn’t disguise the fact that George Herman Ruth was one of the best baseball players of the century. A standout pitcher for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the New York Yankees, Ruth was the greatest slugger of his time, and perhaps of all time. Off the field, the Babe loved the good life: food, drink, women–and cigars. While still in Boston, he invested in a local cigar factory that produced nickel smokes with his picture plastered on the wrapper. “I smoked them until I was blue in the face,” he once lamented. On a road trip, he snuck a woman into the room he was sharing with Ernie Shore, a fellow Red Sox pitcher (who once combined with Ruth to pitch a perfect game against the Washington Senators). Not surprisingly, Shore couldn’t sleep, as the sounds emanating from the Babe’s bed were hard to shut out. The next day, Shore noticed four or five cigar butts next to a sleeping Ruth. The Babe’s explanation later: “Oh, that! I like a cigar every time I’m finished.” Favorite cigar: “Babe Ruth” perfecto