Affogato – A Coffee Dessert

Want coffee and dessert, all in one? Try this delightful mix of coffee and gelato in this Affogato!



While we are totally passionate about cocktails, we are also very passionate about coffee! Our favorite way to start the morning and chase away the cobwebs is to start the day with a strong cup of coffee. We love rich strong coffee, such as espresso, but we also like to add in a splash of cream and sugar. Coffee just isn’t just for mornings though, as a cup of strong coffee after dinner is a traditional way to cap a big meal, and if you are like us, you also find a way to combine it with dessert!



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Gelato in clear mugs for affogato with a french press and coffee grinder in the background with white ceramic spoons

Glass Coffee Mugs / White Ceramic Spoons / French Press


What is an Affogato?

Affogato is an Italian way to enjoy gelato or ice cream and coffee in one place. Meaning “drowned” in Italian, affogato is traditionally a scoop of vanilla or chocolate gelato drowned in freshly brewed espresso or coffee. The combination of the sweet creamy gelato mixes with the bitterness of the coffee to create a rich and creamy beverage. If you want another way to close out a meal, try our Toasted Cream Irish Coffee!



How Do You Eat Affogato?

Usually made in a shallow bowl, topped with Espresso.






How Do You Make Affogato?

Usually we pair every scoop of ice cream or gelato with at least 1 oz of hot espresso. Chill the glass or bowl before hand and then add the cold ice cream or gelato then add the hot espresso. You can also add alcohol if so desired.






Espresso being poured over gelato in a clear mug for affogato. With a coffee grinder in the background.

Hand Coffee Grinder



This can be done with any combination of things – such as Lemon Sorbetto topped with grappa in the summer, or peppermint ice cream topped with hot cocoa if you don’t care for coffee. Make it your own!



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Other Affogato Recipes

Affogato – Food Network

Spiced Coffee Affogato – Bon Appetit

Low Carb Affogato – Tasteaholics

Affogato – Bunny’s Warm Oven

Boozy Affogato – CaliGirl Cooking

Other Coffee Desserts

Layered Coffee Panna Cotta – Sugar Hero

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie – Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Coffee Whiskey Cake – Platter Talk

Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes – The Sweetest Occasion

White Russian Cheesecake Bars – Baking a Moment





Yield: 1

Affogato - A Coffee Dessert

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A great combo of espresso and gelato. You can also add in a little adult beverage touch. Dessert and cocktail all in one!


  • 1 oz dark rum, port, amaretto or whiskey (optional)
  • 3 oz hot, freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 cup ice cream or gelato


Place gelato in a dessert bowl or coffee cup.

Spoon espresso and rum, if desired over the top of gelato.

Serve immediately.


Any flavor works, just pick your favorite one!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141 Total Fat: 3.5g Saturated Fat: 2.3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 39mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 1.3g



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