The Other Side of Cork

Aramco World The grin on Manuel Peixiubo’s weathered face appears easily beneath his frosty moustache. Peixiubo is jovial and friendly, but he works fast and doesn’t stop while he talks. Here on the Pipa cork farm near Coruche, 40 kilometres southeast of Lisbon in Portugal’s sunny Alentejo region, a man’s wage is only as good as his speed. At 67, Peixiubo is no amateur.

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