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Affogato Coffee Recipe

Affogato Coffee Recipe

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The most significant inventions of all time are not the most complicated. On the contrary, they’re often quite simple. The first person to pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream was a genius — he invented the affogato.

What does affogato mean? Affogato means drowned in Italian, but the most critical question is: is this a drink or a dessert? Well, depending on the viewer.

I love coffee, much more than desserts, so my affogato is a coffee drink. I drown the ice cream in my coffee instead of pouring the precious dark liquid over a sad ice cream scoop.

So, here’s the deal, if you’re pouring a shot of espresso over your ice cream, you can use any dessert bowl or glass. In my opinion, most of the good stuff melts away.

If you scoop the ice cream over the coffee, then the icy treat not only cools down your coffee a bit but also acts like creamer and a sweetener. That’s the beauty behind an affogato.

I know what you’re thinking, a scoop of ice cream doesn’t fit in your favorite espresso cup, but I have solved that too. How? With a melon scoop.

That gadget you have around and never use — that mini-ice cream scoop used to make melon pearls. If you don’t have one, get one, but not for the melon, but your perfect affogato.


The only thing left to do is brew your perfect espresso like you usually do and top it with a gorgeous tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream. The drink looks as good as it tastes, especially as you watch the ice cream slowly melt, becoming a lovely layer of goodness.

That’s it; the affogato perfected. the single most splendid rendition of this odd combination of flavors.

Here are a few more affogato notes. The affogato is also a building block for more sophisticated concoctions. A splash of amaretto turns this glorious duo into a heavenly trio, but any other liqueur will do.

If you’re doing the dessert style, meaning coffee poured over ice cream, you can also add crushed nuts, berries and many other goodies, but try my version first; the coffee really shines through.

Get your ingredients together and let’s try this recipe out together. I’m suddenly in the mood for an affogato!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy138 cal




In a moka pot or using espresso pods, brew two 1-ounce espresso shots, pour them in espresso cups.


Submerge a melon scoop in warm water for a few seconds and serve 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream into each cup.


Serve and don’t forget to give everyone a teaspoon!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories138
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat7 g78 g8.97%
  • Saturated Fat4.5 g20 g22.5%
  • Cholesterol29 mg300 mg9.67%
  • Sodium57 mg2300 mg2.48%
  • Total Carbohydrate16 g275 g5.82%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars14 g
  • Protein2.3 g50 g4.6%
  • Calcium81 mg1300 mg6.23%
  • Potassium164 mg4700 mg3.49%
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