Bosnia & Herzegovina: Coffee Grinders

London Sevdah writes about a very special coffee grinder: “My mum brought this one over from Bosnia when we were excaping the country as refugees – it was one of the few items that made it into the few travel bags which we were carrying our belongings in.” In Sarajevo today, coffee grinders “are made from empty (used) grenade shells” – an act that, to many, “symbolises converting evil into good by reusing evil resources to serve and promote long term positive purpose of tradition.”

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