Roaches in coffee makers aren’t an uncommon occurrence. The cheapest way to get rid of them is using poison On the case of the machine. That should wipe them out.
The little cockroaches in espresso machines are the most common. In commercial setups, the combination of sugar, warmth, and darkness falls down making it an ideal breeding ground for these bugs.
So, just get some high pellets and maybe cling wrap up the machine for some days to stop them from spreading.
Best Roach Proof Coffee Makers on the Market
Now, unto the matter of the day – Yes, there are roach-proof coffee machines but they’re pricey. Here are the top 3: a La Pavoni, Rancilio, Faema, La Spaziale, La Nuova, or Gaggia machine. Only a real, professional-grade Italian machine will do it.
Gaggia Babila RI9700/64 espresso Machine
This super-automatic coffee machine is worth it as it brings an upgrade to your quality of life. This super-automatic makes making espresso very easy. Almost with just a press of a button.
The expresso quality is 5 stars. Better than I got from my Breville, and better than Charbucks. I use Lavazza Gran Espresso beans.
The cappuccino quality with this machine is 4.5 stars. I like that there is a nice separation of layers of steamed milk, milk foam, and espresso. The quality is consistent too and the drink is both hot and nice in the first few minutes.
If anyone from the company is reading this then there is room for improvement. For instance, the streamed milk could be hotter, so that the drink overall stays hot longer, and the milk on top could be finer (less airy) in texture.
I’d rate maintenance 4 stars. It requires almost no maintenance but frequent upkeep.
You can use black tape to block all holes after use so roaches are unable to get in.
I like the fact that after every 3 drinks or so, the outer and inner drip trays will need to be emptied and rinsed. The milk carafe too will need to be washed and refilled every three or four milk-based drinks.
This clears out every leftover that might attract roaches. Thus, discouraging them from making it their home.
The water reservoir needs to be refilled every 4 to five drinks. These are all easy and fast tasks, but it seems that one thing or another will need to be done in almost every other drink.
So, your unit will always be clean, free of dirt, and discouraging to roaches and other bugs.
Still, all tasks are super simple and quick compared to the Breville – and certainly compared to driving out to a café.
Lastly, we recommend taking out the brew group weekly or biweekly (depending on how many drinks you make) to rinse thoroughly, and air dry, getting rid of traces of coffee grounds inside the chamber where the brew group sits. Yes, brush out that area.
You can descale too if you want to. That takes about 30 minutes.
This anti-cockroach coffee maker is super convenient and makes good quality espresso drinks at home with (almost) the push of a button. The upkeep is dead simple too. Besides, it will likely pay for itself over time given the daily savings in $4-$5 cafe drinks, not to mention the drive and wait times. 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5).
To further roach-proof it, Maybe keep it in a ziplock bag between uses.
La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine
This machine is beautiful, well built, well covered, designed to last a long time, and is easily serviced.
There are a lot of stories of these machines working for more than 20 years with nothing more than basic care and maintenance.
However, it is important to note that although this machine lets you enjoy full control, there’s still a learning phase you will pass through. Once you get that right, the espresso can at times be life-changing.
Yes, it is roach proof too. Although it is not well suited out of the box for leaving on for long times, nor pulling a lot of back-to-back shots.
The group head temperature can overheat if you attempt to do so, which can largely impact extraction.
It comes with a small portafilter so I like to run a 15-gram dose and target a 2:1 extraction, but you can get the normal 18-gram dose to work by adjusting your pre-infusion technique.
There are aftermarket shower heads, naked portafilters, options for measuring and profiling extraction pressure, ways to monitor group head temp, and PID controller mods, all of which will add to cost, but if you want to tech things out you can, and such may help with the learning curve starting out.
Think of the long service year this machine will provide you and you’d agree that is cost-effective. Plus, you’ll be sharpening your flexibility, skills, and experience in the process. One you cannot learn with an auto or super auto machine.
How To Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Coffee Maker
- Bait the machine from the inside for a week or so
- Next, perform regular maintenance including descaling and vacuuming out the dead roaches
- Lastly, forget about it and move on. You’ll survive this experience. We’re at the top of the food chain for a reason.
How To Keep Roaches Out Of Your Coffee Maker
Line the bottom edges of your kitchen cabinets with some roach poison (I recommend using the type that sticks to them and they track back to their nests) in addition to the less toxic borax/diatomaceous earth along your open baseboards.
If you share an apartment and this just started out of nowhere, you can be sure that someone recently moved in and came along with these unwanted pests and your whole building is about to get rocked down to its foundation.
Do Roaches Like Coffee Makers?
Yes, they do. Apparently, roaches love coffee machines (dark, moist, nutritious) so I guess it makes sense.
Cockroach In Nespresso Machine, What to do?
Common approaches are to take it apart, clean everything, freeze it, clean it AGAIN and run descaler a bunch. Oh, and throw it away/nuke it seems common.
ALSO SEE: Can You Make Distilled Water with A Coffee Maker?
How to Protect Keurig From Roaches
- Use roach glue boards
- Call in a professional and gas the house
- Block all holes and crawling cracks
- Clean your Keurig after each use
- Maybe keep it in a ziplock bag between uses.
- Alternatively, Get a French press
Bugs in Keurig Water Reservoir, What to do
Sorry to read about your issue.
Try this out:
De-scale your brewer regularly. Do this at least every 6 months or 3 months if your water contains high minerals. The de-scaling process involves using 48 ounces of undiluted white vinegar.
Take 48 oz of white vinegar. place in the tank. pretend you are making coffee (Do No Use K Cup). let the water fill your mug. then empty that mug. Do it again until the tank is empty. then let’s sit for 4 hours.
Next, fill with fresh water to the top then allow the water tank to run thru towards the end. Now, taste the water.
If you taste the vinegar. Use more clean water, until the taste is ok.
Tiny Bugs In Coffee Maker, What to do
- Get a handheld vacuum and get them out of your machine
- Ensure there aren’t any open packets of tea et cetera
- If there is any, you should store the teas in the freezer
Do You Have A Pet Bird? Looks like bird mites.
Bird mites are hard to get rid of. They love humid dark places and that explains why they’ve taken a liken to your coffee machine.
I recommend calling an exterminator ASAP and looking into products for treating your pet bird.
Fruit Flies On My Coffee Maker Out Of Nowhere
The solution is simple! Make a solution of water, a little squirt of dish detergent, and apple cider vinegar.
Next, pour it into several small bowls around the kitchen. It makes perfect fruit fly traps.