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Date: 13 Oct 2006 00:55:21
From: CrackAddict
Subject: Bugs in the machine?
I know a guy who services coffee machines for hotels and restaurants,
where they tend to remain powered-on 24/7.

He says he has NEVER opened one of these machines up and NOT found bugs
(usually cockroaches) since they just love the warm, humid environment.
Note this is also in a warm climate location. He says in some cases,
the situation is so bad they strip the machine of its casing outside
and give it a good spray with insecticide and then leave it to sit for
a while.

I assume a home machine has a similar attractiveness to bugs to a
lesser degree - what can we do to discourage the little guys moving in?
I'm not a proponent of "unnatural" insecticide - especially around food.





 
Date: 13 Oct 2006 08:09:32
From: Coffee for Connoisseurs
Subject: Re: Bugs in the machine?
I recently serviced a laScala Butterfly which had an ant nest inside. Formic
acid does unpleasant things to brain boxes.


--
Alan

alanfrew@coffeeco.com.au
www.coffeeco.com.au




  
Date: 18 Oct 2006 04:58:10
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: Bugs in the machine?
On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 08:09:32 GMT, "Coffee for Connoisseurs"
<alanfrew@coffeeco.com.au > wrote:

>I recently serviced a laScala Butterfly which had an ant nest inside. Formic
>acid does unpleasant things to brain boxes.


...and then there was the Maggot Special from ebay, where every nook
and cranny in the housing was packed full of dessicated maggot
carcasses.

--barry "at least they weren't moving"


   
Date: 17 Oct 2006 22:26:00
From: Jim
Subject: Re: Bugs in the machine?
Barry Jarrett wrote:

> On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 08:09:32 GMT, "Coffee for Connoisseurs"
> <alanfrew@coffeeco.com.au> wrote:
>
> >I recently serviced a laScala Butterfly which had an ant nest inside. Formic
> >acid does unpleasant things to brain boxes.
>
>
> ...and then there was the Maggot Special from ebay, where every nook
> and cranny in the housing was packed full of dessicated maggot
> carcasses.
>
> --barry "at least they weren't moving"

I recently got a used Gaggia MDF off of ebay. Seller mentioned the
broken doser level, but NOT the fact that it had been used for FLAVORED
coffees! I think I would've preferred maggots. Seriously, I was able
to disassemble and thoroughly clean it (using an ultrasonic cleaner for
all appropriate parts) and the odor is all but gone.


    
Date: 18 Oct 2006 14:16:26
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: Bugs in the machine?
On Tue, 17 Oct 2006 22:26:00 -0700, Jim <askme@beforeyousend.com >
wrote:

>I recently got a used Gaggia MDF off of ebay. Seller mentioned the
>broken doser level, but NOT the fact that it had been used for FLAVORED
>coffees! I think I would've preferred maggots. Seriously, I was able
>to disassemble and thoroughly clean it (using an ultrasonic cleaner for
>all appropriate parts) and the odor is all but gone.


alcohol removes flavoring residue