Developing your own rolls of film has been popular ever since it was necessary and is something all photographers should try at least once. In this video, that's exactly what happens, but using coffee to do so!
James Hoffmann won't have been featured on Fstoppers very much, if at all. This is because he is primarily a coffee connoisseur and award winning barista. However, after learning that you can use coffee to develop your own film, and being a photography enthusiast himself, he had to give it a go.
Hoffmann is shooting on the beautiful Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera; an iconic medium format camera still popular today. The shots you get to see at the end as he shots you the behind the scenes footage of the shoot taken in — rather fittingly — a roastery, making the very coffee he uses to develop the film he was shooting with. What a satisfying sense of autarky. Here is one of the shots:
Hoffmann and I have opposite skill-sets, but I wish I were as competent with coffee as he is with photography. I haven't shot on film for some time and I found this video reinvigorated that urge to do so!
Have you developed your own film? Have you ever done so using coffee? Share your experience in the comment section below.