Spilling Coffee on the iPad Smart Cover Looks Surprisingly Attractive

Apr 11, 2012 - 6 Comments

Coffee iPad Cover

Spilling coffee on something is generally considered a bad thing, but not if you have a brown leather iPad Smart Cover. TwoLivesLeft accidentally got some coffee on their iPad case, and then had the hilarious epiphany “I had a wonderful, horrible idea: I’d stain the cover with coffee“. The result? A surprisingly attractive appearance that looks like beautifully refined leather, akin to something dug out of an old dusty library.

You can see how to make your very own coffee stained Smart Cover at TwoLivesLeft, it involves painting the smart cover with coffee and then rubbing crushed beans all over it.

Speaking from my own experience of spilling coffee on porous things, the Smart Cover will undoubtedly smell like liquid crack for a very long time. Whether that’s a bad thing is your call, but I won’t be trying this myself. if you’re brave enough to give it a go we’d love to hear about it.

Coffee stained smart cover

Fascinating discovery by CultOfMac, best of luck to anyone who tries this.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPad


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  1. Athy says:

    Won’t it affect the magnet within the cover? What does the other side of the cover look like?

  2. I had similar results with the white leather cover, although not as good. It’s dirty enough now that maybe I should try it with some espresso and let it bake in out in the sun for a while.

  3. observantenough says:

    I’m wondering how long until the coffee smell goes away..

  4. qka says:

    Before you waste the coffee, try just plain water. Water will usually darken leather. You might also consider shoe polish, shoe oil (no color, but may darken), or other leather care products. buff with a clean cotton cloth to bring out highlights. If nothing else, your cover will be more weather resistant.

  5. Dan Uff says:

    Just make sure that the iPad is OUT of the SmartCover BEFORE you try this :-)

  6. abacus rosse says:


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