The Dissident Cigar brand has new owners today, as the company announced it has been sold to Cynn and Joshua Coburn, a husband and wife couple described as cigar industry marketing veterans, authors, motivational speakers and serial entrepreneurs.

The Coburns said that they will “toss tradition aside and bring grit, attitude, and a dash of rebellion to the cigar world,” adding that it was an easy decision to acquire the brand as its branding and name aligned perfectly with their core values and beliefs. “We are all dissidents in some way, and we love to bring that to the forefront of our lives!” said Cynn Coburn via a press release. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, we celebrate it.”

One thing the Coburns won’t be tossing aside is Dissident’s current portfolio of cigars, noting that the core line will remain unchanged while the Rant, Rave, and Tirade will immediately move from small batch to core line, joining the Soapbox and the bLoC.

Dissident Cigars had previously been owned by Benjamin Holt, who acquired it in January 2019 from Neil Edwards and Jason Webster, who also own The Humidor Cigars and Lounge in Wichita, Kan.

Dissident Cigars is part of Oveja Negra Brands and is produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.