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How to Stain Leather with Coffee?

How do you stain your leather using coffee? Among the many coffee benefits, staining is one of them.

staining leather with coffee.

You can use coffee to stain your hair as well as your leather. Here we are going to focus on how you can stain your leather using coffee.

This is a cheap method as coffee is readily available.

To stain leather using coffee, you can use instant coffee or brewed coffee. To achieve good results, use vegetable-tanned leather.

This leather is undyed or untreated and makes it easy to handle different colors of dyes. When using brewed coffee, dark roasted coffee is the best.

This article will guide you on how to stain your leather using brewed and instant coffee.

For the brewed coffee process, you’ll require:

  • 10 tablespoons of dark roasted coffee
  • 5 milliliter of alcohol
  • 5 cups of water
  • Wax
  • Olive oil or conditioner
  • Iron piece


  1. Dust or clean the leather being stained

You do this to remove any dust or dirt trapped on the leather surface. Removing the dirt and dust will prevent them from getting trapped in the leather pores. You can use a damp cloth to wipe off the dirt and dust on the leather. Ensure you cover all the surfaces.

  1. Dry the leather

Dry the leather and make sure it doesn’t come into contact with direct sunlight. Direct sunlight dries up the leather and causes cracks on it.

  1. Brew your coffee

You can do this by boiling the water, adding the coffee to the boiling water then giving it approximately 5 minutes on the heat. While still on the heat, you can add your iron piece to the brew. The iron will darken the brewed coffee.

  1. Cool

Cool the brewed coffee to avoid damaging the leather.

  1. Add the alcohol

Add the alcohol to the brewed coffee. Alcohol ensures the shades are levelled.

  1. Put the leather in the brewed coffee and leave it to stain.

The time it stays in the brew will determine the effect of the stain on it. The longer the period, the stronger the stain. A longer time frame will not damage the leather.

  1. Turn the leather

Make sure to turn the leather from time to time.

  1. Rinse

After it has soaked for the period you desire, remove it and rinse off the dye using cold water. Using hot water will make your leather stiff.

  1. Dry it

Dry it under warm conditions and avoid direct sunlight.

  1. Oil

While still moist, oil your leather at least 3 times. Oiling while still moist will allow the oil to spread evenly. Ensure the leather is moist but without water. Apply the oil evenly. Not too much and not too small. You can also use a conditioner that puts moisture into the leather.

  1. Dry it

After making sure the leather is not stiff, put it out to dry and avoid direct sunlight.

  1. Wax

After drying it, wax the leather.

When using instant coffee, you can also follow the procedure. The only difference here is that you don’t have to brew the coffee. For this method, fill a container with water, add the coffee to the water then add the leather. Keep in mind that the more time the leather stays in the dye, the stronger the stain.


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