Caffenol Development – What’s brewing in the lab ?

Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing soda

Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing soda

Pouring out the caffenol

Pouring out the caffenol

Homemade developer called Caffenol

This is the harmony recipe from

  • 600ml Water (Tap is ok)
  • 6.25 tsp Washing Soda
  • 10 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 2.5 g L-Ascorbic Acid
  1. Dissolve the washing soda, coffee and vitamin C in a jug with the water.
  2. Load film into the development tank and close it up.
  3. Pre soak the film for 3-4 minutes. Remove the water.
  4. Pour the solution into the tank,
  5. Develop for 8 mins
  6. Fix with Hypo for 10mins

Timings for Ilford PAN F ISO 50

  • 3-4 Pre soak
  • 8 mins development
  • 10 mins fixer

Results from the Caffenol on Ilford



Gloria spins away as she doesn’t like to be photograph. Normal for teenies.


Jesse poses 

Jake (2)

Jake finally smiles


Negatives developed with Caffenol

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