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Edible Perfume: Malli-Kaapi


Malli-Kaapi is one of the more unusual gourmand scents that I created in 2018. Based on the scent memory of a woman who described the smell of her grandmother's home in South India: Jasmine buds, bitter coffee and pungent spices. In order to turn this scent into a rich edible experience, I've formulated an indulgent cocoa powder. Ambergris and spices are combined with a just a pinch of powdered Tonka Bean that adds velvety nuances of vanilla, almond and cherry liqueur. The perfume itself is a delicate balance between three pungent elements: indolic floral, hot spice and dark roast coffee - with depth and umami from ambergris. Each batch of 1 kg Malli-Kaapi also absorbs upto 3 grams of Jasmine sambac CO2. To put that in perspective, it takes 10 kilos of jasmine buds to produce 1 gram of CO2 extract. The resulting formulation is potent - and a reason to emphasize that a pinch goes a long way.


Ingredients: Combination of spice, cocoa, salt and sugar with: Nutmeg, Ginger, Black Cardamom and Green Cardamom, Black Pepper, Clove, Star Anise, Coffee Bean, Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Ambergris, finely powdered Sandalwood.


CO2 Extracts: Jasmine Sambac, Davana, Hemidesmus Indicus, Cardamom, Coffee, Coriander seed


Usage Instructions:

1. Add just a pinch of this cocoa into a cup


of freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate

to elevate aroma and flavour experience.


2. Dust a pinch over vanilla icecream.


3. Mix a pinch of Malli-Kaapi powder into two tablespoons of Cocoa powder and dust over cake frosting.







4. Malli-Kaapi Tiramisu: I add Jasmine Sambac CO2 and a cardamom pod beaten into the marscapone cheese. The Savoiardi biscuit layer is soaked in expresso and vetiver infused brandy, while the top is dusted with Malli-Kaapi Cocoa powder (refer to ration mentioned in point no. 3). Keep the Tiramisu in the fridge overnight so the flavours have time to mature. A spoonful of this perfumed dessert will have you swearing off regular tiramisu!


Our Patron The Rising Phoenix Perfumery regularly commissions me to create a kilo of Malli-Kaapi for his international clients. Visit his Etsy shop for more.




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