Let me introduce you to Caffenol

Have you ever heard of Caffenol-C process? It is an alternative developement process for black and white film (you can develop color as well but the result will be monochrome) and photographic paper. About one year ago I started shooting on film with a Minolta X-700 and while looking for developement tutorial I found an article about this method. I won’t spend a lot of words about the process because there are a lots of very detailed pages about it. For instance I suggest you to visit Caffenol.org if you want to learn more.

All you need to know in this post is that this process involves instant coffee, vitamin-c and washing soda instead of usual chemistry. And the result is not bad at all, here are a few pic I’ve shot on a medium speed film (Ilford FP4 ISO 125) and scanned at home with an old Epson Perfection film scanner. The only edit is curves adjustment for the contrast.





Gilda's House

Riccardo and Gilda’s house (2011)

Ilford FP4+ 125 
Minolta X-700, Minolta MD 35-105mm

26 Responses to Let me introduce you to Caffenol

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  2. Ali says:

    Thank you for taking the time to describe the terminlogy towards the novices!

    • robinbervini says:

      Not a big efford ;) I could be doing a more detailed post one day. Thank you for visiting!

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    • Yeah, since there is already a lot about caffenol on more specialized websites I make less detailed description of some things and focus on the personal experience. Hope this will be appreciated. Thank you!

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