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Milano Caffè


Abdes Salaam Attar is French national who’s lived in Italy for the past twenty years and considers Italy his home. He is a formidable natural perfumer and is the owner and creator of La Via del Profumo,  I’ve written about Balsamo della Mecca (Mecca Balsam), which I think is one of the most unusually beautiful and spiritual incense fragrances, a perfume made for the soul.  
When I read his description of one of his newest fragrances, Milano Caffè from his new Italian series project – Five Italian cities = Five fragrances - I felt like I was in familiar territory, and I couldn’t wait to try it.
“This perfume, named for Milan, is centered on the omnipresent and most characteristic smell of the city, the aroma of coffee. It pervades the streets and workplaces; it is part of every event and encounter, professional or leisurely; and is present in every social occasion. I have blended coffee with chocolate because that is the Milanese way: the residents of that marvelous city add Cacao powder to cappuccinos, and place a single square piece of chocolate next to your cup of coffee.”
Milano Caffè opens with deliciously rich and dissonant aromas of bitter coffee and darkest chocolate wrapped in an earthy patchouli leaf.  Within a couple of minutes light spices start to waft up, ginger, clove and cardamom, which add a slightly sweet tobacco note to the dark accord, giving it a very light dried fruit aspect. The earthy herbal note segues into a greener floral vetiver with a touch of  jasmine and lemon, which soften the darker notes.
This elegant effect becomes warmer and comforting as it moves into the heart, where the main accord becomes dryer, more resinous and slightly sweeter from opoponax (sweet myrrh) and tonka bean, with its unmistakable mix of vanilla and chocolate. A light amber note makes Milano Caffè feel smooth, but at the same time throughout the dry-down, I detect subtle balsamic wafts of woods and smoke, leather and incense, the familiar signature note of this talented perfumer.
Throughout its graceful development, coffee is the key note, dark and dry and aromatic, elegantly accented with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla - a very subdued natural sweetness – as well as grasses and flowers and woods – a green and floral balance. It’s a quiet fragrance with a waft that is soft and sensual but which stays close, perfectly suited for morning or night on women and men.
Milano Caffè isn’t really about the coffee note in a perfume or the smell of coffee, it’s much more about the pleasurable experience of living with beautiful scent.  Wear it, experience it, share it, enjoy it, and love it. Be Milanese, be Italian.
Notes: Coffee, cappuccino, chocolate, iris, woody notes, spicy notes, opoponax, tonka bean, amber
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Abdes Salaam Attar (Dominique Dubrana)

Price: $6.00