You just sat down, coffee in hand, and the day is ready to start. Now that you have taken a few sips, let me pose a question: What is living in that coffeemaker of yours? The answer might make you dump that coffee down the drain pronto.

Extremophiles are rugged microbial individualists that make their home in extreme environments. Better known for living in otherwise uninhabitable conditions like undersea hydrothermal vents, volcanoes, and solid rock, they may also be in the drip tray of your espresso machine.

At home, work, or your local café, you might think the espresso machine is… more


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