Notice to All Customers - Curbside Pickup and Mail Order Available

These are strange times as we navigate through an uncertain personal and business climate. We are providing curbside pickup at the store from 12:00 till 5:00 Mon. through Sat. effective immediately.

Call us in advance at 408-293-5144 and we will pull an order for you. Or you can just stop by the store and knock on the front door. Let us know what you want and we will deliver the cigars/ tobacco to you curbside.

We also provide a Mail Order service via USPS Priority Mail. Send us an e-mail at and we will contact you for all the particulars.

Pipe Tobacco can be purchased directly on our website.

Our goal is to provide the best service to you while keeping us all healthy. We look forward to seeing you on the other side of this.

- The gang at Mission Pipe Shop

1205 The Alameda  |  San Jose, CA 95126  |    (408) 293-5144  |   facebookyelpinstagramgoogle-plus

pipe tobacco jarsThe following are the traditional definitions of the base tobaccos used to make pipe tobacco blends. We hope they will be of some help in understanding the often confusing multitude of descriptive labels applied to blends from different manufacturers.

cigar-cutterCutting and lighting a cigar is like any other skill: it takes practice to perfect it. First, I recommend that you get a good cutter that will not become dull after repeated use. A dull cutter will simply maul the cigar, not cut it, and you can easily ruin an otherwise good smoke. A double-edged guillotine cutter is perhaps the best method of cutting. Place the cigar firmly against both blades, and clip the head off with a quick stroke. The double-blade setup achieves the cleanest cut possible with t he least amount of damage to your cigar.

pipe-tobacco2Burley tobaccos are air cured and harvested by the stalk. The air curing process which takes place in an open barn under natural weather conditions takes 4 to 6 weeks. The leaves will turn from green to light tan or brown. The world's best Burleys are grown in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Virginia tobaccos are cured after they are harvested, leaf by leaf in the fields, when the tobacco is ripe. The green leaves turn yellow during the curing time. Virginia tobaccos are grown in many countries around the world. The Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia produce outstanding flue cured tobaccos.

new-pipeBreaking in your new pipe is a crucial step in making a sweet tasting, long lasting pipe. It takes time, patience and skill. It is an investment whose rewards will be reaped manifold. The goal when breaking in a pipe is to remove any remaining impurities in the briar and to develop a uniform cake around the wall of the entire smoking chamber. The cake, like the firebrick in a fireplace, serves to insulate the briar while reducing the possibility of burning out your new pipe. As your pipe develops a carbon cake, the flavor of your tobacco will change and you will experience a cooler, drier, more mellow and richer smoke.

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Sunday 11am - 5pm

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