Coffee Companies Know That Cockroaches Live In Our Coffee Machines, But They Never Told Us

Okay, as we all know, news about someone seeing cockroach into their coffee has been going on all around now. In fact, it is very frequent that news about this isn’t new anymore.

However, can you believe that a cockroach in your coffee isn’t out of ordinary? Yes! Because cockroaches do live in coffee machines! How gross is that? This should be the part that you should run for the hills.

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One coffee machine manufacturer, Aquaspresso, had actually admitted this gross fact. According to them, this problem was industry secret!

“We know cockroaches inside of coffee machines is a reality. A disgusting reality.”

“Why do cockroaches love coffee machines so much? They are naturally attracted to three things: darkness, moisture, and nutrients. What do coffee machines have? All three.”

“It’s no wonder it’s a cockroach utopia! With some coffee machines being ‘fixed’, that is, with immovable parts, it may sometimes be impossible to remove everything, wash it down and, perhaps, even fumigate to eradicate the little buggers.”

This literally makes my skin crawls. Eew! You might want to hold on tight because we are not done yet.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Channel News Asia

According to Channel NewsAsia report, Singapore’s pest control companies stated that cockroach infestations into restaurants and cafes’ coffee machines are incredibly common. What more, one of the companies even said that 40% of coffee machines they check have cockroach infestations in them! Gross! I think I might have to puke.

A representative from the company said, “German cockroaches are commonly found at F&B outlets and they are small enough to hide inside these coffee machines.”

Good news for the Starbucks Lovers

According to Cedric Ho, a local coffee machine supplier, cockroaches only infest fully automatic machines and not professional espresso machine at cafes. Why? Because fully automatic machines use thermoblock technology instead of boilers. Cedric Ho stated,

“Those machines used by professional baristas are very unlikely to have cockroaches because the boilers inside are huge and very, very hot.”

“Any cockroach that lands on one of the metal pieces inside will probably be fried. But the fully automatic ones do not have boilers and are not very hot. So the cockroaches will go inside, make a home and have a good time.”

In addition, Ho said,

“If the office pantry is not well-designed and is moist and not well ventilated, I suspect you will also find cockroaches inside those machines.”

He then ended his speech advising everyone to place coffee machines in well-ventilated places and also avoid leaving leftover food near the machine to avoid cockroach infestations.

Now that you learn about this, better to be observant in the area place before buying a commercial coffee from a certain establishment.

Better to be told paranoid than to have those cockroaches floating on your coffee.