Being in Seattle, I often take for granted our coffee culture. I thought by now that “coffee culture” would be nationwide, but it’s not. When I travel, finding a good cup of coffee is almost impossible (even in some metropolitan areas). In some areas, even finding coffee is difficult unless you’re willing to drink Dunkin’ Donuts (which I admit, when you have a caffeine headache and haven’t slept, is some damn fine coffee). The amount of coffee in Seattle is excessive but that’s fine with me. I have an addiction to feed. Olympic Orchids Café V is a fragrance inspired by Seattle coffee shops and for those in the know, a coffee shop on Capitol Hill (that’s our hippest gayborhood). Café V really is a romanticized version of your favorite local coffee shop.
Café V opens with green cardamom and leather harness boots. And there is a hint of popcorn. You can call this espresso but it reminds me of unsalted, no butter popcorn which totally works in this composition. There’s a richness, a darkness to Café V that reminds me of dried cherries covered in the blackest, darkest chocolate. The heart of this fragrance is Turkish coffee with cream with a side of a dark, bitter chocolate bar. It dries down to dry vanilla. It’s a cozy fragrance for a rainy day. And rainy days…that’s sooo Seattle.
Notes listed include espresso, dark cacao, vanilla, cardamom and leather. Launch date 2013. PERFUMER – Ellen Covey
Give Café V a try if you like coffee fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Bond No. 9 New Haarlem, Ava Luxe Cafe Noir, Montale Intense Cafe, Mugler A*Men, Penhaligon’s Endymion and/or Nez a Nez Atelier d’Artiste. Cafe V is unisex but it does lean more masculine. It’s for anyone wanting a “dark gourmand”.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $65 at Olympic Orchids. Other sizes are also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Turkish coffee and the darkest chocolate. Gourmand fans should pay attention to this one.
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