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Black Gold

The San Andrés Valley on Mexico’s Gulf Coast produces some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world
By Gordon Mott | From CBS Sunday Morning, May/June 2020
Black Gold
Photo/Peter Garritano
The workers lean over the edge of the pilón of black tobacco, a stack of more than five tons of fermenting leaves that have reached an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. They move quickly, taking the leaves from the nearly six-foot-high, 12-foot-long stack, moving them from the outer row into the center to bring down the temperature. Once restacked, the dark tobacco’s second fermentation will begin. Alberto Turrent Cano, the 78-year-old patriarch of the Turrent family’s tobacco business, watches closely, making sure the job is being done correctly. He comes into his office in the warehouse daily, and conducts those up-close inspections nearly every …
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