Ethiopian Ingenuity: Turning Mortar Shells Into Coffee Makers

There’s an interesting story on the BBC about an Ethiopian gentleman who is taking war’s leftovers and converting them into coffee machines.

He uses old mortar shells, which stand about one metre high, to make his coffee machines.

He cuts off the pointed ends, seals them and puts holes into the aluminium cylinder. The cylinder channels the water, coffee and milk.

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Making Coffee Machines from Old Mortar Shells

(hat tip Elizabeth)

Author: Erik Hersman

Erik is the owner of White African, a blog about technology and Africa. He is the co-founder of Zangu, a new web and mobile phone application that he hopes will change communication in Africa. AfriGadget is another web project of his, not that he doesn't have enough of those already...

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  4. NICE! This same bit of ingenuity is how Honda Motor Co. stayed afloat during and after WWII, using discarded Allied bomber belly tanks to make more motors and vehicles. Another example of the indomitable Human Spirit.

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