The bark is selected and cut by hand
Our guide Patricia explains how to distiguish the quality of the cork
The cork bark is cooked twice for one hour to o clean the cork, to extract water-soluble substances, to increase thickness and thus reduce density, to improve flexibility and elasticity.
At the left side bundles of processed cork of 65kg each are stapled to be delivered to other factories for final processing. The pile of cork bark in the background is cork of superior quality that needs selection and finishing by hand.
Cork factory in Mesquitas
After the harvest, the cork bark is stored outside for several months before it is processed.