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183. Coffee ink

I thought I had heard of every innovative, alternative use imaginable for coffee grounds: compost for home gardens, skin care (exfoliant), hair care (sheen and shine) and even home constipation remedies (enema).  Then last week in Nicaragua I met Carlos Vargas, a native of the coffeelands who claims to be the first artist to work with coffee-based ink.  His work was impressive — mostly  primitivist creations applied to handmade natural-fiber paper — but my attention was focused mostly on the medium: coffee ink in a range of rich earthy tones.

The design of this sign made me wonder whether coffee has a future as an alternative to henna for temporary tatoos.







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