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I once lived half an hour outside Milan and spent many a happy afternoon wiling away the time in a café with a doppio or five. What nobody tells you about espresso is that there comes a point at which it acts upon your organism like a drug, speeding up your heart rate, and giving you an intense ‘high’ that feels like the peak of euphoria. Nowadays, I work my way up to that point through the pathetic wateriness of cafetière coffee (because I’m not getting any younger). But I’ll be darned if Milano Caffè doesn’t whip me right back to the intoxicating smell of the Milan coffee shop.

Forget the rosy-cream-amber version of coffee presented in Café Rose (Tom Ford) or Intense Café (Montale). Milano Caffè is all about the dark, dusty bitterness of coffee beans, with the ferrous, animalic twang common to both coffee and chocolate. The smell is woody and dry rather than creamy, and overall, rather austere.

In keeping with the authenticity of its coffee accord, Milano Caffè attar is streamlined and shorn of extraneous detail. Those raised on the generosity of mugs of coffee, huge and steaming, might be a little dismayed at Milano Caffè’s lack of lushness or its refusal to tilt towards even a drop of cream or sugar. Instead, Milano Caffè packs an ocean of flavor into a tea-spoonful of liquid, like a real Milanese espresso.

The espresso expression itself is quite brief, but the mirage of coffee-ness is carried over and extended through the scent by linking the woodiness of espresso to the woodiness of the dusty iris and cedar basenotes. Milano Caffè is an interesting scent, and not nearly as gourmand as it sounds. I find it elegant, dark, and a tiny bit fierce.
1st June 2023
Others have reviewed it in great detail so my addition will be relatively simple.

The first impression is that of tiramisu or some other complex chocolate-coffee concoction (I'm guessing the ethanol holding the thing together probably adds to the tiramisu impression). However, it avoids being sweet and that is the genius - it is only the aromatic side of the cake and not the overwhelming, cloying, slightly sickening feel of ethyl vanillin that is usually liberally added to that kind of profile. Think cocoa powder rather than chocolate bar.

As time passes, the scent migrates to woodier, spicier territories, warm winter food spices. Of those, clove particularly stands out. Again, perfect balance, and good projection - very impressive considering the all-natural ingredients.

I think this is a great fragrance, I reach for it all the time for both casual and professional occasions, and it is the sample that got me to contact Mr. Dubrana to order a set of his other stuff.
30th September 2016

A delicious coffee and cocoa scent with a bit of spice, not really sweet but appetising. I love to wear it in the evening and find the opening rush quite addictive.
18th June 2016
There's a little too much soil in the topnotes for me to fully appreciate this fragrance. It's fantastic in Hindu Kush; not so much when I'm thinking about having a cup of coffee. When those blow off, the fragrance is a good coffee one with pastry notes. It skewed masculine on me.
28th February 2016
Milano Caffè opens with an almost gourmand accord of cocoa beans, coffee (real, bitter, earthy and round coffee smell – forget the Nespresso absolute several so-called "coffee" scents deliver), with also woody-earthy notes of patchouli, vetiver, oak moss, dry resins, spices which initially are quite light, hiding behind the "gourmand" initial feel. Overall is a really peculiar, edible blend with a leather accent, really soft, cozy, aromatic, dark and dry but also sweet and rich, which effectively reflects its name – a sort of exotic, but also "civilized" austerity and refinement, with a mysterious and tasty elegant smell of coffee – an ingredient which I love (mostly because I love coffee), but it is really rarely used properly in perfumery. After a while the spices emerge more clearly, notably cloves, which for a while bring Milano Caffè closer to some "No. 88" scents. Also the dusty, dry but soft and warm vetiver note is now more detectable. Basically, in broad terms, it is a dark, spicy, woody and warm scent, really masculine and classy, with a warm heart of sweeter notes – a light, elegant sweetness, also quite earthy and organic since it's given by cocoa and coffee. Top notch style and quality as we can expect from Dubrana's standards. Surprisingly, Milano Caffè has also a bolder projection and a longer persistence if compared to others of this line. Mystical and sophisticated, refined and cozy, a nostalgic reference to an "old Milan" which sadly (speaking as Milanese...) is not there anymore.

19th July 2014
Another Dominique Dubrana's convincing performance appointed for the extremely genuine and "fragrant" AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo. Milano Caffè, the first of a series dedicated to several representative italian cities, strikes by soon for its "somewhat O'Driu'esque" extremely measured juxtaposition between aromatic/spicy culinary elements (aromatic herbs, dry spices, green peels) and an amber/cappuccino olfactory basement which never drags the aroma towards the slippery (and dangerous) gourmand fields. The aim is to reproduce over an olfactory path the "milanese aura" dominated by the ubiquitous caffè/cappuccino/cigarette presence and by the spicy whiffs exhaling all around by the ethnic restaurants. The strenght of spices (cloves, pepper and cinnamon under my profane nose) supported by the influence from aromatic herbs and probably green citrus peels are all for long more relevant than the restrained coffee/amber-vanilla/cocoa basic accord. I detect tobacco along the dry down but this characteristic element smells more about dry/spicy tobacco than about a perfumed, smooth and sweet vanillic tobacco itself (despite the listed vanilla, cocoa and cappuccino). This basically dry spicy tobacco is closer to an Hilde Soliani Bell'Antonio's type of tobacco rendition (which is anyway far drier and more ash-tray type) than to a Tobacco Vanille one, despite the rounding performance afforded by a vanilla/cappuccino accord. The dry down smells something in the middle between an "O'Driu'esque" ideal Peety/Linfedele Haiku "encounter" and the Don Corleone's tobacco/vanilla main vibe. The "accomplished" outcome is still woodsy/spicy for sure but finally well rounded, tobacco flavoured, woody, averagely dry (dry spices/tobacco/amber accord) and with a "non-gourmand" subtle cigarette/cappuccino vein never beyond the fences of a strict balance. Is like spices, dry amber, herbal patterns and tobacco could be able to dry, restrict and wisely refrain the rounding balsams influence in a way the aroma appears carnal, spicy and almost organic till the end of the trip. Frankly I'm not able to detect any iris which eventually expresses its influence just with a rounding, powder providing and amalgamating effect. Yes, I detect throughout a subtle, really subtle tenacious green/lemony slightly bitter/aromatic secret spark. Extremely natural (with the finest genuine aromatic raw materials implementation), and distinguished Milano Caffè is another satisfactory "odorous" issue by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo.
17th April 2014
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