The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Baby, you can drive my car...."

Driving in Oaxaca can be a real trip and, on a daily basis, I see things that make me think, daily meditations.... like this.  My thoughts while following the ubiquitous Porta-potty... "Brakes don't fail me now" or "This is a perfect metaphor for so many things" or "This traffic stinks." or well, you get the idea. And check this out.  I'm not sure what this piece of machinery is, but I think I need one.
It looks like it is some sort of a large capacity grinder, but I can't figure the upper part which looks like a roaster.
The full bags look like they might have cacao or coffee inside.  Maybe chiles?
Well, what is it?  "Anyone? Anyone?... Bueller?


Anonymous said...

That’s a coffee roaster. Here’s the modern equivalent:

Assuming those sacks hold green beans, they typically weight 130-150 pounds each.

If you want to see a machine almost exactly like this while it roasts beans, visit Cafe Nuevo Mundo in El Centro.

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias! I thought it might be for coffee. Incidentally, the coffee from Oaxaca's coast is absolutely delicious, the best. I'm spoiled.