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Museo de Azucar, Colombia
The Museo de Azucar (The Sugar Museum) is just north of Cali, Colombia. It is a short bus or car ride from downtown Cali. It is a museum that captures the history of making sugar from sugar cane in Colombia.
There is a mansion surrounded by some very beautiful grounds. On display are a variety of crude instruments and machines that were used to extract the sugar water from the sugar cane.
After the liquid has been extracted, it is transferred to large pots that are heated to evaporate the water and leave a paste that was mixed with a little honey and some spices to produce a product called panela. Panela is consumed in great quantities today in Colombia. It is melted in hot water to make a tea like drink called Agua Panela.
The liquids were heated in these pot structures by wood fired furnaces with tall brick chimneys and the power used to operate some of the extraction type machinery was powered by water power that was made from elevated streams like a small aqueduct feeding a waterwheel.
The best way to describe the museum is to view the pictures that I took on my tour of the museum.
Colombia Living Good
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Colombia is a very bio-diverse country with coasts on two oceans, the Amazon Rain Forest and the Andes Mountains running through it. See our pictures.