My wife reckons the grinds attract them.
One of the little black domestic "smelly" ones (i.e. not the big brown clean bush roach) has been wandering around my office desk. It got away from me this morning, but Im back here tonight... just ground some mild roast I brought in to work, go off and do the Presso thing, come back for the spoon, and there it is, loitering around the base of the EM0480 and the scattered grind. I couldnt see a cockroach caught red-handed gorging itself on freshly grinded mild roasted Ethiopian Yirgechaffe, but it was looking suspicious. I decided to be Sly Stone from Judge Dredd (or was it Demolition Man?) i.e. Police, Judge, Jury and Executioner, so I will never really know whether the dingo ate the baby... the pot was planted in the boogie bag, or the most importantly, whether the cockroach ate the coffee.
So I hand it over to my well learned colleagues at CS.
edit: as I glanced over at my block of Old Gold, I remembe they do love chocolate, and coffee products go so well with the cocoa products... I feel the need for a google.
My wife reckons the grinds attract them.
OK, next person to tick me off somewhere will receive all my old grinds
I have noticed a cockroach that was under my drip tray of my sunbeam (machines live outside in the garage)...it got rid of it....then roasted coffee one day (a good 3m away from my sunbeam and on a different bench) and it scurried out from the side where the electrical wires are on the oven when the oven was getting very hot....little b*stard. never seen it since.
i do have coffee all over the ground though....but the bench where the espresso machine is kept is relatively coffee grind free (gets brushed and wiped down every time i use it).
I was told by the teacher (when I did my barista courses) to keep the coffee area really clean or the roaches will come.
At my place the area is kept reasonably clean but isnt spotless but we havent really had much problem with roaches (and its not just old grinds, but sometimes bits of bread crumb as well).
We have 2 cats, maybe they killed all the roaches in their part-time job ? ;D
I trudged downstairs late one night to find four cockies sitting next to the grinder, each with a cup of java, all of them smoking and playing poker.
Mind you, that was before rehab.
Im not sure the little brown ones actually LIKE 100% Arabica, I think they are just trying to impress their large brown cousins who ADORE any SO Arabica.
Good question, I dont know the answer however would like to make the following observations:
Roaches love esp machines..theyre warm, humid and dark places that seem to attract breeding and good times for them. You often see members of the resident roach family out for their daily walk in the area surrounding the offending machine, so this will lead them to the grinds left sitting around the grinder which is of course sitting next to the machine.
It may be no more than the close proximity of the grinds to the machine?
Yours in roach teknology,
The machine theory doesnt help explain my situation as I only have the Presso here at work, my 8cm electric stovetop, stovetop percolator, mugs/glasses etc. and the EM0450 grinder.
It was the grind this one was loitering around when caught red-handed. Alas, he sleeps-wif-de-fishes now so I cant get any concrete (ho ho ho) answers ;)
Damn cockroach has come back....I think it likes to live under the drip tray. Even laid eggs! :o
Pesky little bugger
The black ones are all over Melbourne now. They arent too bad and are related to the bush roach. Pest control guys are doing really well because of these black bugs. Love the coffee machine because its warm and humid as FC said. The bad roaches are the little brown ones. They
spread fast and are extremely hard to get rid of.
Some of you guys talk like you only have one. Come and visit us, we have whole communities with networks.
I think the warmth, etc as mentioned with the machine does help but they are all over, not just the warm stuff. Pantry, kitchen cupboards, bathroom, bedroom, doesnt really seem to matter where they simply are!!!
The one I have visiting all the time has orange stripes down its thorax. I wanna kill it...but runs away when I flick it off with my paint brush I use to clean my bench