The Saddest Espresso Hopper In The Entire World

The Saddest Espresso Hopper In The Entire World


What you are about to see cannot be unseen. It is photographic evidence of something that should never happen – yet probably happens all the time. Something so shocking it has to be shown to the world. Something that, if used to prepare your morning coffee, would not only make for a crappy drink – it could make you violently ill.

This is the definition of carelessness. Are you ready to see it?

Fair warning – when we first saw The Saddest Hopper In The Entire World, we made this face:

And then when we showed it to our two friends they made these faces:

And then when we looked at it again (to make sure we saw what we thought we saw the first time) we made this face:

And we’re pretty sure if we showed it to RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Latrice Royale she’d give this look:

Before we show you, let’s give it a little context. This is a clean espresso hopper. It’s usually full of beans and lives on top of the espresso grinder:

And now we will show The Saddest Espresso Hopper In The Entire World. This is not suitable for children. It’s barely SFW. If you’ve got kiddies peering over your shoulder as you read this, you should consider politely asking them to look away. Are you ready? Here is this monstrosity:

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This is a filthy, crusty, rancid espresso hopper that, in ten years of service, had never been cleaned. Ever. It was found and rescued by our partners at Seattle Coffee Gear.

Why did this happen? How? The hopper, she’s real easy to clean. At the end of every night, alls you gotta do is simply place the beans in a container and wipe the hopper out with a dry, clean rag:


There are even products available to help ensure the espresso grinder’s burrs don’t get all rancid and crusty.

Moral of the story – if you go out for coffee, take a look at your favorite cafe’s equipment. It should sparkle. If it doesn’t? Go somewhere else. Think of the children. If you work at a cafe, keep it clean. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, which in the specialty coffee world is next to Tastiness.

Thank you for reading.


(H/T Seattle Coffee Gear via Baratza. Top image “Sad Dennis Hopper” via The World’s Best Ever.)




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