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Cuban Storm in the Coffee Pots

There had been warnings, dark, angry clouds had gathered overhead for hours and the rumble of distant thunder had gradually stalked us for sometime. It had crept up on my companion and I, and now it was threatening to ambush us. We were exploring Trinidad on the Caribbean island of Cuba, dawdling our way down rough, cobbled streets, browsing art galleries, photographing churches and checking out linen stalls in our own sweet time, but now; now it was time to run.

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Homeward bound

Read more about Trinidad here: Trinidad, Cuba – A storming great town

The first few drops of rain were huge eggcup sized raindrops, falling sporadically,  but now the valve was open and we were about to benefit from natures power shower. The huge droplets were falling from the sky like a curtain coming down and bouncing several inches off the ground. Not only did we need to run, we needed to run fast.

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Doorstop with a difference

Sanctuary Among the Coffee Pots

Fortunately there wasn’t any need to sprint too far, a small corner shop on the edge of the Plaza Mayor provided a welcome sanctuary. We hurled ourselves through the door, out of the downpour and into an unexpected Aladdin’s cave.

Composing ourselves before asking the proprietor permission to shelter from the monsoon conditions just beyond the wooden frame of her doorway. She was a pleasant woman, who momentarily stopped crafting her next masterpiece to flash us a sympathetic smile and nod her agreement.

“enough water to fill 5 Olympic sized pools had fallen in the last 30 minutes”
Permission duly received we commenced exploring, marvelling at the myriad of colourful items on display. This was a coffee pot shop; the vibrant caffeine containers displayed in all shapes and sizes seemed to fill every possible place in the compact shop. There were tiny ones, almost thimble sized lined up like regiments of soldiers on built-in shelves which extended from the floor to the ceiling. The largest must have been over six feet tall however, even I couldn’t drink that much coffee. It was actually a display cabinet, providing a home to many smaller versions of the artistic pots.

Love coffee; read about the culture: The Culture of Coffee

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Coffee pots galore

Quirky in Trinidad

They came in all manner of materials; ceramics, wood or tin but those that  functioned were aluminium. There was every colour imaginable, a dazzling array of hues; red, blue, yellow, green, silver, bronze, purple, even black and white. There isn’t really any other way to describe than other than irresistibly cute.

“kayaks would have been more suitable transportation than push bikes
The rain continued to tip down, a glance towards the door and we could see it falling like a sheet. It didn’t matter the coffee pots provided ample distraction. We enjoyed an informative chat with the owner and her assistant, it seems that they export their attractive, if quirky merchandise all around the world which, are apparently, especially popular with Parisians.

Peeking outside the door occasionally there were still people scurrying around, trying to keep out of the worst of the weather, not easy when it seemed enough water to fill 5 Olympic sized pools had fallen in the last 30 minutes. The street resembled a brook and not a main thoroughfare, and kayaks would have been more suitable transportation than push bikes.

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The right-hand one looks like it’s morphed out of the floor

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After the storm

Eventually it did begin to subside, and the thunder could be heard rumbling away in the distance. Another town benefitting from street cleaning courtesy of Mother Nature. At last we could escape, though it was with some regret. However we didn’t leave empty-handed; having purchased coffee pots of our own. I did say they were irresistible.

Discover Cuba here: Further Cuban reading 

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After the rain, air cleared, streets not so much

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      Iain

      You might have noticed I’m on a bit of travel serendipity kick at the moment Fred. It’s been raining heavily hear since last night, not so sure I’m going to find anything unexpected though. Oh well I’ll just have to use my coffee pot for a caffeine kick instead.

  1. Cathy Sweeney

    Loved following along with you here — before, during and after the storm. Such a great, unexpected find that coffee pot shop. The lady does beautiful work and you take beautiful photos!

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      Iain

      Thank you Cathy I’m glad you enjoyed following the little adventure. Those coffee pots are pretty special for sure.

  2. Dale

    It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that the interesting pieces in this shop are popular in Europe with Paris in particular.

    Those pieces are just the kind of quirky thing I’ve come to expect to see in coffee shops and kitchens of peoples homes.

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  3. Rachel

    Lovely post, lovely pics. My friend studied medicine in Cuba in a city called Santiago. Loved her tales of the country that blends Latin flavors with African traditions. Would love to visit the country one day.

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      Iain

      I visited Santiago Rachel, it wasn’t my favourite city or town, there seemed to be far more attractive and interesting places but many considered it their favourite town. I hope you get to visit one day.

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