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We often say that for Cameron’s, roasting and blending coffee is an art. But for many, coffee is literally art, and we think you will find it fascinating—whether spray painting coffee beans, creating landscapes with coffee stains, or crafting with burlap coffee bags.

Let’s allow our creativity to blend with our affection for coffee—and explore the auburn world of Coffee Art.


Coffee Stains and Spills

Author Richie Norton said, “You’ll find your message in your mess.” What better example of this than the surprising art made from coffee stains and coffee spills. Manipulating what is to others a mess, these artists use coffee as their inspiration and their medium.

Giulia Bernardelli
Artwork by Giulia Bernardelli

Artist Giulia Bernardelli recreates faces and fictional scenes inspired by spilled coffee, and Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi used coffee to shade this giant depiction of her favorite musician.

Red Hong Yi
Artwork by Red Hong Yi

Wondering how to do it yourself? See this tutorial on how to stain your paper with coffee to give it a subtle tinge, or try these tips on how to use coffee as your “paint,” much like a watercolor.

“Coffee is, believe it or not, a very forgiving medium, as well as a very rough one. Happy little accidents waiting for a place to happen—let’s give in to them! If watercolours have given you a hard time before, coffee might be your perfect beginner’s level, as coffee behaves in the same ways, but is correctable,” says Illustrator Jenny Dolfen.


Coffee Beans Can Decorate Anything

They’re glueable, paintable, and they even smell nice. Crafters work coffee beans into coasters, candles, wall art, frames,and if you really want to keep coffee close to your heart, a locket full of coffee beans.

How to Make a Coffee Candle
How to Make a Coffee Candle
Coffee Bean Coaster
Coffee Bean Coaster
Metallic Gold Coffee Beans
Metallic Gold Coffee Beans
2-Minute Coffee Lover’s Glass Locket Necklace
2-Minute Coffee Lover’s Glass Locket Necklace

Burlap Coffee Bags

At our Cameron’s Coffee Warehouse Sales every fall and spring, we let visitors take the leftover burlap bags that our coffee beans arrive in.

What do you do with these rough sacks of raw material? Here are some rustically fantastic craft ideas.

Burlap Canvas Art
Burlap Canvas Art
Burlap Candle Holder
Burlap Candle Holder
Burlap Wall Hanging
Burlap Wall Hanging

Why all this output of coffee-themed art? We think it’s because coffee inspires us deep down inside. And how else do we express our affinity for the things we love, but to let our creativity shine through—and let our candles be coffee-scented and wrapped in burlap.

Come get your own burlap bags and great deals on Cameron’s Coffee (plus coffee tasting!) at our next Warehouse Sale!

Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12