Yesterday as I was walking in Vashi on the way to meet a friend. While on the way I saw this machine, now obviously surprised since I hadnt seen this before. This machine is manually operated, with more than 95% of the machine being wood. The center peice crushes the Canes inbetween and extracts the juice when the axle is rotated. Infact, this is a complete retro way of making the juice, with the machine on wooden weels too.
They were selling Sugar Cane juice which, in that area was a boon for me as it was very humid day with no other shops in the area to quench my thirst. I had one glass of it and I should tell you that it was the best Sugercane juice I had ever had in Mumbai. In many places, especially in Dombivali where I reside, there are around 7 of them as I remember and I had been at each of the shops. All these shops use the latest crushers which are a operated by an Electric motors.
I was able to relate the taste to my childhood days when during the month of December, a mela used to be set up in my home town Alleppey, Kerala. We all used to flock there and buy pop-corn and black sugar canes and eat it rather than squeeze it and drink the juice.
I interacted with the Husband wife duo whom willfully posed for this pic. They say its a tedious job but love doing it as it is their traditon. They said you can find these kind of machines in their naitive, near Allahabad. For Rs. 7 a Glass, this was certainly the best Sugar Cane Juice I have ever had.
I dont know if it was the cane that was sweeter or the way it was processed. But one thing is for sure, somethings taste best when we do it the old way 🙂
Update: I showed this pic to my mom and she too had never seen this machine. So it seems this ones pretty old way of making but got eclipsed after the invasion of the motors