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270. Trapiche

Yesterday I spent a day in the field here in Colombia as part of the baseline study for our Borderlands Coffee Project.  The first farm we visited provided a very pleasant surprise — a rustic sugar cane press.

I fondly recall first chewing on sugar cane more than 15 years ago as a volunteer in a coffee community in Nicaragua.  Since then, I have seen lots sugar cane in and around the coffeelands, and I have seen both industrialized and artisanal trapiches.  But I had never seen a sugar cane press one quite like this one, and I had never actually operated one before.

 

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