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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sometimes When You Walk Over to the Office Coffee Pot, This Is What You Find

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TheMisanthrope 1
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
BoyfriendoftheYear 2
Posted by BoyfriendoftheYear on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Jezuz....when was the last time you all made your own coffee? Last Summer?
Posted by jnonymous on July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Dexter 4
Question is, do you leave it, or clean it?
Posted by Dexter on July 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Allyn 5
WTF. You all are disgusting pigs and you work in a sty.

I have never seen anything that gross in an office and I work with engineers.

No wonder you folks drink so much, it's to kill the bacteria.
Posted by Allyn on July 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Cheese and crackers!!! And Muedede is worried about dogs in shopping carts?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Zebes 8
What, no "Hey guys! Should we clean this out?!" poll?
Posted by Zebes on July 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Allyn 7
What's growing inside the filter?
Posted by Allyn on July 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 9
@7 There is no clean, only destroy.
Posted by Sir Vic on July 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this

"leave it" has clearly been winning for some weeks now. I imagine that pot has been looked at by somebody considering making coffee at least two dozen times over those weeks, giving "leave it" a score of 24 to 0 over clean it.
Posted by give me pom on July 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Dexter 11
@10 - I hate to say it, but I'd leave it, too. I'm not sure it's even possible to sanitize it at this point.
Posted by Dexter on July 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
I didn't make coffee for a week, but forgot to clean the pot, and the next week it looked about like that.
At least I know it's not just my house where this happens.
Do your jack-o-lanterns also melt into mush three days after Halloween? That seems to be a pretty unique phenomenon.
Posted by K on July 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Yummy Necco wafers!
Posted by gloomy gus on July 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
brandon 14
Throw the whole machine away. Seriously, it's probably like that inside the filter.
Posted by brandon on July 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
sirkowski 15
Your coffee tastes like shit.
- That's cuz we shit in it!
Posted by sirkowski on July 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Posted by wisepunk on July 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
I think the coffee is done now.
Posted by OldFiddler on July 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 18
Holy h3ll... I think you just ruined coffee for me.
Posted by ScienceNerd on July 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Kill it with fire!!
Posted by R.Taylor on July 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 20

It's not just your house.

You had to leave jack o' lanterns out 'til mid-November to get the caved-in look in Northern California where I grew up.

In the Pacific NW, I'd wager that it takes maybe a week, although I never let it go that long.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
merry 21
Thank you SO much for posting this!

I feel so much better about the state of my office's kitchen now...

Posted by merry on July 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 22
And this post is totally reminding me of my unintentional science experiments I conducted in high school. If you enjoy looking at that pot of coffee, try leaving a half bottle of Snapple out for a week.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this
rob! 23
But isn't it nice to be reminded that coffee has some nutritive value (at least for a few select organisms), and is not merely black, bitter muck to make your heart palpitate and your eyes stay open?
Posted by rob! on July 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
It kind of reminds me of Cienna's coffee cup pic before we shamed her into cleaning it. Only her cup was just the stained dregs of coffee, not the actively growing fungii that would occur if she abandoned her cup half full. I hope they have a Starbucks nearby. That pot is a biohazard.
Posted by SeattleKim on July 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM · Report this
playswithknives 25
Based on personal experience, I'd say that's at least a week old.
Posted by playswithknives on July 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Fnarf 26
Do what I did: get an Aerobie single-cup coffee press, and make your own. Your coffee will suddenly be ten times better, and you'll never have to touch the office one again. If anybody asks to borrow it, tase them.
Posted by Fnarf on July 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Fnarf 27
@24, biohazard? It's a cure for cancer! That stuff is better than penicillin! Er, you try it first, OK?
Posted by Fnarf on July 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
sperifera 28
@24, you beat me to the Cienna's mug (horrible) memory.
Posted by sperifera on July 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM · Report this
Penicillin! Hopefully no one in the office is allergic.

That looks like a pot that I found way in the back of my refrigerator. I gagged, put the lid back on it, and threw it away. There's no coming back from that.
Posted by catballou on July 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM · Report this
You people need a mom.

Signed, A Mom
Posted by siduri on July 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
Yeah, chuck the whole works.
Posted by Amanda on July 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM · Report this
y'all need yourselves a Keurig
Posted by slainte on July 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
that is seriously nasty and in seattle should be considered a crime. what is wrong with you people?
Posted by xina on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 34
Does Grant still work there? If so, you may want to make sure he's not using that as a contest prize before you throw it out.

Assuming you plan to throw it out.
Posted by Fred Casely on July 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 35
Life! Oh glorious life! After the war crime of cleansing that occurred with Cienna's mug it warms my heart to see that the good organisms of planet C-MUG had obviously started a colony here and have flourished beyond my wildest dreams!!!

Er, they also might be preparing a counterstrike against the whole office. Consider your selves warned. (kind of a Battlestar Galactica scenario...).
Posted by ArtBasketSara on July 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM · Report this
It's a medical experiment: penicillin on caffeine. The Mountain Dew and Red Bull experiments resulted in nervous diabetic penicillin.
Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on July 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM · Report this
I recommend dumping the contents into the toilet, rinsing it out, then disinfecting it with vinegar. And run some vinegar through the machine to clean it out and disinfect the filter.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on July 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM · Report this
venomlash 38
Until it's identified, I suggest you refer to it as Coffeamyces seattlei.
Posted by venomlash on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 39
Destroy it. But first fish out that raft of tribbles and make a coin purse out of it for Cienna.
Posted by Michael of the Green on July 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM · Report this
balderdash 40
Your office is a tragedy of horrors.

You should skim the mold off the top, reheat the liquid underneath, and give it to Dan next time he's sleepy. And then get fired, i guess, because he is the boss, so maybe don't actually use my plan.
Posted by balderdash on July 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM · Report this
You folks sure do have a lot of spirit orbs in your coffee pot!
Posted by aiff on July 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM · Report this
Teslick 42
So you guys ARE a bunch of dirty hippies!

Seriously, how lazy are you guys? Rinse it out, scrub it out good with some soap and hot water, wow, maybe 3-5 minutes of your time.
Posted by Teslick on July 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM · Report this
Simpsons did it.
Posted by madcap on July 13, 2012 at 1:18 AM · Report this
nightscrawl 44
Omg... is that a real picture from The Stranger office? How can you people live like that? I would have been horrified at just seeing a single cluster. Just throw the whole thing away; wear something over your nose and mouth while you do it.
Posted by nightscrawl on July 13, 2012 at 4:17 AM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 45
After dumping the coffee, and the coffee grinds, first soak the filter and carafe in a hot sink with Oxyclean. Rinse well and let dry. Then soak in a sink of 1/4 c bleach to 1 gallon hot water. Rinse well and let dry. Next, run pure white vinegar through the machine twice. Finally, run water through the machine until you can no longer smell vinegar.

Let all the work that it took be a reminder that a few seconds to empty and rinse is always worth it.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on July 13, 2012 at 5:24 AM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 46
Throw the pot away? You guys are a bunch of wussies. It's mold. Wrecks your food, smells and tastes gross, but generally harmless. Their spores are floating around everywhere.

Get rid of the coffee and chunkies, then soak the pot in hot water, bleach, and a bit of soap for a half an hour. Everything's dead, and all you need to do is rinse it out and give it a regular soap or dishwasher wash.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on July 13, 2012 at 6:44 AM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 47
@46: If there's mould in the pot, there's mould in the filter. That mould might have entered other areas as well. Better to run it with vinegar at least once to be safer.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on July 13, 2012 at 6:53 AM · Report this
@46, yes, mold spores are floating around everywhere!

Just clean it - no special soaking, bleach or vinegar required. You think mold doesn't wash off glass with a soap and sponge or cloth? It sure does. Fungal hyphae can't penetrate glass and they don't eat plastic (yet).

Now if this were a wooden coffee pot, that could be a different story.

So many people here who would throw it away... unless you're so rich that you discard your possessions when they get dirty, get educated for crissakes. And if you do throw this stuff away, at least put it out on the sidewalk so folks like me can spiff it up and be happy.

Come to think of it, I did something very similar with a cast iron pot. I just could not for the life of me keep that thing from rusting; finally gave up and put it out, where a neighbor more skilled than I in these matters gleefully scooped it up as a prized possession.

Keep the dirty coffee equipment stories coming, slog! A reader favorite.
Posted by LiveAndLet on July 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
They might as well throw it away. Clearly there aren't enough coffee drinkers there to finish a pot and/or toss out yesterday's pot and make a fresh one.

If I were one of few radicals there who drinks coffee, I'd just make my own with a french press or something.
Posted by madcap on July 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM · Report this

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