Affogato Coffee | (A Delicious Cafe Dessert!)

Indulgent and decadent, Affogato coffee is the perfect combination of two Italian favorites: espresso and gelato.

Affogato coffee has become increasingly popular in coffee shops and restaurants around the world, and for a good reason.

Whether you’re looking for a satisfying dessert or a refreshing pick-me-up, this Italian classic is a must-try for any coffee lover.

In this article, I will dive deep into the history, ingredients, recipe, and variations of affogato coffee, along with some tips on how to serve it. So let’s get started!

Affogato Coffee

What is an Affogato?

The word “affogato,” means “to drown” in Italian, it refers to a classic Italian dessert made by “drowning” ice cream in hot espresso shot. It is a perfect blend of hot and cold, bitter and sweet flavors that create a unique taste experience.

The simplicity of Affogato coffee is what makes it so appealing. With just two ingredients, you can create a delicious dessert that looks and tastes like a work of art.

Whether you are entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet evening at home, affogato coffee is a dessert that you will surely love.

Affogato’s origin dates back to Italy in the early 20th century. It was a simple dessert made by pouring coffee over a scoop of vanilla gelato. With time, the recipe evolved, and other ice cream flavors are also now used in affogatos.

Affogato is a popular Italian dessert that is enjoyed during the summertime. It is believed to have originated in Milan, Italy, and was originally served as a refreshing dessert to beat the heat.

The word “affogato” refers to the process of drowning the ice cream in hot espresso. Affogato coffee has since become a popular dessert worldwide, with variations of the recipe being served in cafes and restaurants across the globe.

The simplicity of the desert and its perfect balance of hot and cold flavors make it a favorite among coffee and dessert lovers alike.

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The Ingredients in Affogato Coffee

To make an affogato, you need just two simple ingredients: espresso and ice cream. Traditionally, vanilla gelato is used, but you can use any ice cream flavor of your choice.

However, it is recommended to use high-quality dairy ice cream to achieve the best flavor.

The espresso used in an affogato should be strong and full-bodied, as it is the star of the show. You can use any espresso roast, but it is best to use a dark roast to balance the sweetness of the ice cream.

Some people like to add additional ingredients to their affogato to give it a unique twist. These may include liqueurs such as amaretto, Frangelico, or Kahlua, which can be added to the espresso before pouring it over the ice cream.

Other toppings like whipped cream, nuts, or chocolate shavings can also be added to give the affogato extra flavor and texture.

How to Make Affogato Coffee | The Recipe

Making affogato coffee is a simple process that involves just a few steps. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make it:
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • 1 Espresso shot
  • 1 or 2 Scoops Vanilla Gelato


  • To begin, select a serving bowl or glass and place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it.
    You can use any type of vanilla ice cream, but it's best to choose one that is rich and best compliment the flavors of coffee like Chocolate, hazelnut or caramel.
  • Next, pull a shot of espresso in an Espresso machine using dark-roasted coffee beans
  • Once you have your shot of espresso, pour it over the vanilla ice cream in the serving bowl or glass. The hot espresso will begin to melt the ice cream, creating a delicious blend of flavors and textures. Be sure to serve the affogato immediately while the ice cream is still cold and the espresso is hot.
    You can cool the coffee first if you don't want ice cream to melt quickly
  • You can add garnish to your affogato that can elevate its presentation and taste.
    Sliced almonds or other nuts, cocoa powder, or a splash of your favorite coffee liqueur, such as Brandy or Amaretto, are commonly used to enhance the flavors and textures of the dessert.

I have tried making affogato coffee at home multiple times, and trust me, it is incredibly easy and quick to prepare. One thing I have learned from my experience is to use high-quality ingredients to get the best flavor.

So, make sure you use freshly brewed espresso and good-quality vanilla ice cream to make your affogato. With just two ingredients, you can make a heavenly dessert that will leave you wanting more.

preparing affogato

How to Serve an Affogato?

Typically, an affogato coffee is served in a clear glass or bowl immediately after it is made to keep the ice cream from melting.

In some cafes, affogato coffee is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato and a separate shot of espresso allowing customers to pour the espresso over the ice cream themselves.

Topping Ideas for Affogato Coffee

When it comes to serving affogato coffee, you can get creative and add your personal touch.

One popular way to serve it is by adding some toppings, such as whipped cream, cocoa powder, or nuts, to enhance the flavor and presentation.

You can also serve it with a biscotti or a small cookie on the side to complement the coffee and ice cream.

Affogato coffee toppings

What Does Affogato Coffee Taste like?

Affogato coffee has a unique taste that combines the bitterness of espresso and the sweetness of ice cream. The hot espresso melts the ice cream, creating a creamy and decadent dessert that is rich and satisfying.

In my personal experience, the first spoonful of affogato coffee is an explosion of flavors in my mouth. The bitterness of the espresso is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the ice cream, creating a harmonious taste that leaves me craving for more.

It’s not just the taste, but also the texture of affogato coffee that makes it so enjoyable. The contrast between the hot espresso and the cold ice cream creates a perfect blend of smooth and creamy textures that feel like a treat for your taste buds.

As someone who has indulged in affogato coffee many times, I recommend enjoying it slowly and savoring every spoon. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your affogato coffee in all its delicious glory!

The Variations of Affogato Coffee

While vanilla gelato is the traditional ice cream flavor used in affogato, you can use any ice cream flavor you like. Here are some variations of affogato coffee:

  • Chocolate Affogato: Use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla for a chocolatey twist.
  • Affogato al Caffe Shakerato: This is a cold variation of affogato, where cold espresso is shaken with ice cubes and poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato.
  • Affogato with Flavored Ice Cream: Instead of vanilla, you can use other flavors of ice cream or gelato to create a unique and personalized affogato. Some popular flavors include chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, or fruit flavors like strawberry or raspberry.
  • Affogato Corretto: Corretto means corrected in Italian and that essentially means Affogato Dessert is corrected with a small amount of Liquor. Add a shot of Amaretto, Grappa, Brandy, or your favorite Liquor to the espresso before pouring it over the ice cream.

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These are just a few variations of affogato, but the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and combinations to create your perfect affogato.

Final Thoughts

Affogato coffee is a delicious dessert that is simple to make and perfect for coffee lovers. Its unique combination of hot and cold flavors creates a decadent taste experience that is sure to impress.

Whether you prefer the traditional vanilla flavor or want to experiment with different ice cream flavors, affogato coffee is a dessert that you won’t regret trying.

So why not try making your own Affogato coffee today?

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Should you drink or eat Affogato?

Affogato is a dessert that is served with a spoon.
This creamy and delicious dessert is best enjoyed with a spoon. However, you have to a bit of both, you can drink the remaining espresso left in the bowl or glass once you have finished eating the ice cream.

Can you make Affogato without an Espresso machine?

Yes, you can make affogato without an espresso machine.
If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use a stovetop espresso maker or a French press to make the espresso.
Just make sure to increase the coffee to ratio as used in Espresso machines to prepare Espresso-styled concentrated shots of coffee.

Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.