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On a recent flea-market I bought a Revue 35CC with some Film inside for very, very little money. The camera had a stuck shutter, so I took the half exposed film out and cleaned the camera. Fresh batteries and voila, the little Revue is alive again. I developed the film in caffenol (what else), a Kodak Gold 200. The last two frames where really interesting, as they show the inside of a camera shop, supposing the owner bought a new camera on this date. He forgot to take out the film, though. If you recognize the place or the little kid, please give me a shout 🙂

Yes, I should have rewashed this film.

As this film was most probably  expired a loooong time ago, and it’s not sure, how the film has been stored, I would not take these pictures as examples for developing Kodak Gold in Caffenol. Nevertheless I have put it into the Film development chart until I have better defined examples for this film.


Dirk Essl is the founder of And has done a tremendous amount of coffee development in the past.


nedford · December 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

ah…, that’s a shame cause I found an old Viviyst PS80 point and shoot camera of my parents, I’m hoping that the film has already had some shots on it but the camera is pretty shot from battery crust that built up on the inside, so I’m gonna use my cannon AE-1 to shoot the film that was left, and guess what film that is…, the same Kodak Gold 200(I’m sure it’s expired too), now that I got a positive result, and am not using baking soda anymore I feel like experimenting around a lil more and want to develop this, so any suggestions? or times 🙂

zep · March 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

what fixer did you use for your color film?

    dirk · March 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I use Ilford Rapid fix for all my development (film and paper)

      zep · March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

      thanks a lot for your help!

dmage · May 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Hi. I just developed Kodak Gold 200 in Delta-STD for testing purposes,
but it just goes out clean and blank?
Do anybody expirience such problems ?

    dirk · May 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Have you done some caffenol development before? If not I am sure something is wrong with your ingredients. Which type of washing soda and coffe are you using?
    Are you sure that the camera, you shot with actually works?
    How long did you develop?
    You see, there are a lot of factors that come into account.

      dmage · May 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for fast response. Nope, this is the first time.

      i use Delta-STD recipie, the ingridients are measured at scales, 0.1g accuracy.
      2 min presoak, 11 min develop at 20 celsius, 1 time 30sec. stop-bath(actually water), ilford rapid fixer (1+4 delution), ilford wash technic.
      Camera is working perfectly.
      You think this is wrong chemistry?

        dirk · May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am


        which brand of coffee and soda are you using?

dmage · May 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Here is the photo:

Soda: usual caustic soda
Coffee: Grand caffee …

(this is avaliable here in Russia)

    dmage · May 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    oops… sorry for my bad english… soda caption should be translated as:
    Sodium carbonate.

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