Italian Affogato Coffee Dessert

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Affogato dessert

Affogato is an Italian sweet treat to refresh on hot days. The intense coffee aroma nicely mixed with a scoop of ice cream – just a perfect duo match!

Who doesn’t love coffees or ice creams? Combined together, they create an unbelievable sweet dessert to enjoy on hot summer days. 

Both of these ingredients are one of my favourites! I simply adore coffee and ice cream. However, when you mix them together it makes an irresistible result. What can be more deliciously refreshing on a hot sunny day, than to savour a classic Affogato Italian coffee dessert! An Italian sweet indulgence not speaking about Tiramisu

This caffeinated beverage, meaning “drowned” in Italian – means drawing a scoop of vanilla or Fiori di latte gelato ice cream in a chilled glass and poured with espresso coffee. You can top some whipped cream or grated chocolate for a nicer presentation and some delights. 

Affogato dessert

In some words, Affogato becomes my favourite dessert in summer when I seek for a good espresso coffee and a delicious scoop of vanilla gelato. So simple and so easy that many of your guests will be nicely surprised with this coffee sweet treat.

Simplicity is always the key when it comes to food and even desserts. I am not a dessert maker, as I am always afraid of making them. However, such an easy and simple Affogato recipe is always an option when I give parties. An ultimate dessert to enjoy with a minimum effort and a maximum delightful result. Another definition of Affogato will be ‘instantly fall-in-love’ with happiness and delicious aroma that this simple dish offers every time I am serving my guests. And Yes, I am all over this great Affogato dessert.   

How do you eat Affogato?

This is the question many of us is asking. Because coffee is drinkable and ice cream is eating. 

Affogato dessert

So, if speaking about Italians, than Affogato is served as a dessert after lunch or dinner. A spoon comes next to an affogato to enjoy the delicious Italian gelato served with a qualitative espresso coffee. These simple 2 ingredients make one of the most famous and popular Italian desserts in the world. An expresso and a vanilla ice cream!

Does Affogato have alcohol?

Well, this is definitely a debatuful question as you can serve this best Italian Affogato dessert both ways. Either with or without alcohol. In case you seek for a delish refreshing dessert, but you want it heady and more interesting, a shot of baileys or another liquor will only make your Affogato drink better. I have tested it both ways and I can’t decide for my self which one is still better :). 

It is optional and at your discretion to serve it your preferred way!

How do you make Affogato?

Affogato dessert

So simple and easy that you will want to serve Affogato every day.

The two ingredients that you need to have for this dessert have to be of the best quality to serve an authentic Affogato dessert. This dessert as if embodies all in one – the after-dinner coffee and delicious ice cream. 

The ingredients: 

  1. 1 cup of best quality brewed coffee.
  2. 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  3. Optional: whipped cream, chocolate chips or grated chocolate.

Making this great and best Italian Affogato dessert is a simple pleasure. 

Take two cups and grab a spoon and dig in your vanilla ice cream. For note: use Arabic 100% beans to obtain the best strong and aromatic brewed coffee. 

Affogato dessertPour the espresso coffee over the ice cream and top some chocolate chips or grated one over your dessert. Enjoy your Affogato dessert immediately before everything melts.  

For note: try to avoid the instant stuff coffee as it doesn’t offer the depth of the aroma and flavour needed for this great dessert. The key role here plays a well-brewed coffee with a strong and flavoured aroma. 

I simply surrender in front of this classic Italian Affogato dessert!

Affogato dessert

Affogato dessert

Italian Affogato Coffee Recipe

Affogato is an Italian sweet treat to refresh on hot days. The intense coffee aroma nicely mixed with a scoop of ice cream - just a perfect duo match!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 3 kcal


  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 shot espresso
  • chocolate chips on top


  • Brew two espresso cups (one per person). Scoop 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and add it to your glass. Pour over the ice cream a shot of espresso coffee.
  • Top some chocolate chips or grated ones for a nicer and better aspect.
  • Enjoy your Affogato dessert immediately before everything melts.


Calories: 3kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 35mg
Keyword Affogato, Affogato Coffee Recipe, Affogato Recipe, Italian Affogato Coffee Recipe
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