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Can you use coffee to dye leather??


A few months ago I had an odd request…


A old friend of mine (who happens to be a barista) wanted to buy a keyring from me…. but the order came with a catch..


He wanted me to use coffee as the leather dye. 


(I guess he wanted to smell coffee on the drive to work as well as all day at work??)


Interesting…. Could it be done?


I figured ‘what the heck’, gave it a go - and, it worked!


A coffee stained keyring……not bad.


So I decided to test it on some of my other leathers, including a really nice vegetable tan yearling bovine leather that I use to make my Sliminalist wallets. 


(Yearling leather is super clean without bug bites, scratches and scars as the cow is only between 12 - 18 months old before harvesting)


It worked so well on the yearling leather that I decided to make a few “coffee wallets”, film the process and put it up on YouTube 


I ended up actually making 2 of the “coffee wallets” but going forward I don’t think I’m going to be able to keep using coffee as a dye - I think I’ll stick to professional leather dyes.

Anyway, an interesting experiment!


Aaron Welsh

Anvil Hide Leatherworks


  • Hi Aaron
    my husband just received his unbreakable belt for fathers day and he loves it so much he put it on his jeans straight away .
    Also thanks for the free coaster you placed in the box with the belt both products are of great quality and workmanship thanks again

    Sofia cicero
  • Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

  • just received my wonderful belt
    handmade with great skill
    a wonderful gift to myself…

    well done AARON


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