Tea, Coffee and Wine

I’m guessing most people who develop their own film have heard of caffenol, the process of developing film in coffee.

People have been adding caffenol recipes to FilmDev for quite a while but I recently found out about two other alternative film processes.

Wineol (using wine) and Teanol (using tea).

There’s quite an interesting article on the Caffenol website about using wineol to develop some prints, including a video. 

There’s not so much information online for Teanol although the two recipes on FilmDev do contain full instructions.

Wineol recipes on FilmDev.

Teanol recipes on FilmDev.

Looking forward to seeing more alternative recipes added to FilmDev in the future.

Why so many kinds of developers? Much like film of varying speed and grain characteristics, developers are no different. They vary primarily by the developing agent or type and how it operates on the silver crystals of your film. Some are of a solvent type, which tend to reduce grain by eating away at or rounding the corners of the grain. The downside is that some sharpness is lost. Other developers are of a non-solvent type which holds sharpness, but as a result tend to be grainier.

Choosing a B&W Film Developer | La Vida Leica!

A good exploration of the different properties of developers and why you might choose one.


finally tried to develop four sheets of 4x5 ortho 25 film yesterday, using this recipe: (adox ortho 25 in rodinal 1:100 for 18min)

sadly, it looks like i got super thin negatives - and instead of black, the color of the denser parts of the negative is in the yellow/brown range.

if anyone has an idea what could have gone wrong here, i’d love your thoughts!

… the bottle of rodinal i used has been open for around a year and there’s only 5-10% left - of all factors i could think of, that one seemed most likely to have caused the problem (there are people talking about old, almost empty bottles of rodinal yielding thin negatives here: )