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Affogato Recipe- One of the Italian Coffee Desserts

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Last Updated on November 2, 2023 by Leah Hall

Want coffee and dessert, all in one? Try this delightful mix of espresso and ice cream 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. So, why not espresso and ice cream?


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!

Espresso being poured into a cup with gelato, an Affogato

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

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!

Affogato in a glass, spoon holding foam

How Do I Eat An Espresso and ice Cream?

Usually made in a shallow bowl, topped with Espresso. And, with a spoon, LOL!

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.

Brown affogato in glass mug with gelato and espresso

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Coffee being poured over gelato in a glass mug, hand crank coffee mill behind

Cheers to this Espresso and ice cream treat!

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

Hand Coffee Grinder

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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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2 glass mugs with Affogato in them, white ceramic spoons, silver French press behind
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!


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


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: 141Total Fat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 2.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 7gProtein: 1.3g

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Thursday 19th of May 2016

This sounds amazing! I have never heard of this but I love both coffee and gelato. I can't wait to try this recipe. Yum!


Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Wow! Beautiful images and such a delicious recipe! Amanda -

The 'Noms.

Thursday 19th of May 2016

Thanks so much!

Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos)

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Now this is speaking my language. Coffee and ice cream together? YES PLEASE!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 19th of May 2016

I know, right? Soooo good!

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