Finding the perfect glass of sugarcane juice

Jugo de caña (Sugarcane juice)

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↑ Sugarcane juicery.

Baños, Ecuador. I liked this town instantly; probably because the bus stand is flanked by a row of atleast a dozen sugarcane juice stalls. It had been three years since I had sugarcane juice in India, and it’s my absolute favourite. So when I noticed sugarcane juiceries, I ran towards one of the stores with childlike enthusiasm. I excitedly asked for a glass of juice. As I held up the glass, my eyes got a bit moist, it reminded me of my hometown and my childhood.

↑ Sugarcane juice and candies being sold next to the bus stand (photo by Dogymho).

I had a sip and it kinda made me puke.

“This is not sugarcane juice!”, I declared with disapproval.

The Argentinean couchsurfer I was with was convinced that I had gone crazy. I insisted on asking for a clarification, in Spanish. Apparently it’s uncommon to drink sugarcane juice by itself, so folks mix it with something else like orange juice, add sugar and who knows what. Or maybe that’s what they serve to gringos.

“Por favor, uno más… pura, fresca y sin azúcar!” (One more please, pure, freshly squeezed and no sugar.)

I drank three glasses that evening. And six more over the next two days. I guess I was on a sugar high all my time in Baños. Finally, some proper natural sugarcane juice. 🙂