Alternative Recipes

On this page you will find alternative caffenol based recipes. Sometimes, no coffee is involved, as even in caffenol, phenols are the active component.

Piller Cuveeol

wide-cuveeol250 ml Wine
50 ml black currant juice
2 teaspoons of soda
1 teaspoon vitamin C

Wine was a very cheap Rosé (Piller Rosé, a local wine from croatia, but any Rosé should be fine)



The beetrootolred beetroot juice developer, expired Ilfospeed 3.1 M papers, self made pinholes

250 ml Red Beetroot juice
2 teaspoons of washing soda
1 teaspoon vitamin C





4 teaspoons of chutney
3 teaspoons of water
3 teaspoons of washing soda
1 teaspoon of vitamin C

Ajvar (chutney) is a tasty and aromatic vegetable relish made of peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and spices. Ajvar is naturally rich in vitamin C



Mark Kelsall · January 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm

I’ve had success with developing film with potatoes, I call it Tatosol-C. Just juice / blend a potato (300 grams), add water to 1000 ml then mix in the washing soda (8 tsp), and vitamin C (2 tsp). You need to filter the potato water using a coffee filter before adding the washing soda or vitamin C. Stand develop for 1 hour, with gentle agitation for 1 minutes at the start and about 10 seconds half way through. Go try!

Ivana · October 16, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Do you need to add water to make 1 litre in all those recipes, or multiply everything accordingly to get ~1L? And is it ok to use one batch as the first AND the second developer with reversal film, or you need a fresh one? Thank you 🙂

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