Hilde Soliania Drink Caffe Eau de Parfum opens with a blast of realistic, dark espresso with a layer of crema on top and is gently mixed with a hint of cream after a few minutes of wear. Unfortunately, all of the wear is captured in those few minutes! I’ve worn this multiple times–using up my sample vial–because it pulls quite the disappearing act with wear of less than a half hour.
Drink Caffe Notes
It is described as “la goduria di una buona tazzina di caffè espresso fatto con amore e una perfetta crema,” which Google translated as a “good cup of espresso made with love and a perfect crema.” LuckyScent listed its notes as “coffee, coffee, coffee.”
What does Drink Caffe Smell Like?
It opened with dark, roasted espresso being extracted and filling up cup before it finished and left the crema on top of the just-pulled shot. It felt like a mix of freshly-ground espresso beans and a freshly-pulled shot of espresso. It was dark, roasted, nutty, and caramelly at times, and then there was a splash of sweet cream that married everything together.
As a fragrance that merely lists “coffee” as the note, I didn’t expect much metamorphosis of the scent over time, but I definitely didn’t expect to be looking for the scent entirely within a half hour of wear.
It lasted for a half hour hour before I had to go hunting for it and felt like I was deluding myself if I found even a trace of it left!
The intensity of the opening of Drink Caffe is what dreams of espresso are like. It’s realistic but amplified and all of the better parts of freshly ground espresso, just-made espresso drinks, and the facets of coffee that linger in a cafe dedicated to the craft of espresso. It’s the kind of scent that I’d love as a hand soap because it has an enjoyable aroma but has very little longevity, so it’s a fun experience at the sink but doesn’t linger (which is my preference for things like hand soap!). As a perfume, the lack of longevity was a total deal-breaker.
These are more subjective feelings based on what I like (or don’t like) in a perfume as well as considering the fragrance against other perfumes I own and love.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
I purchased my sample in May 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime, so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.
Drink Caffe is available for $165/100ml.
If possible, I highly recommend trying a fragrance before purchasing a full bottle because fragrance can wear differently just because of skin chemistry. Skin chemistry can effect not just the longevity of a fragrance but also what notes are prominent or hidden.
Drink Caffe Samples
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