I focused on the metaphorically “ugliness” of the food. As a coffee-lover and probable coffee-addict, I realized that coffee is an essential part of my life. I start my morning with a fresh cup and nest another one to help me get through my day. For most Americans, and in many parts of the world, this is the norm. However, as the second most traded commodity in the world, the “ugliness” of the coffee doesn’t from the aesthetic of it but rather from the environmental damage that comes from growing the beans. With threats of deforestation and global warning, coffee is shown to be a destructive crop as well as in danger of distinction.

For this project, I wanted to create a lingering scent of the recognizable scent of coffee for coffee addicts. I distilled coffee beans in vodka, water, and a neutral oil to create a coffee perfume. That way, in a world without coffee, coffee addicts will still have a way to satisfy our needs. This will prepare us (me) for a future without coffee. 


Spray Bottle, Coffee Beans, Coffee Grounds, Kahlua, Vodka, Neutral Oil, Distilled Water

By: Shirley Leung

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