How To Make Affogato: 6 Easy Steps

An affogato is an Italian dessert colloquially known as “Café Affogato” as its key ingredient is coffee. Although the Italians enjoy it at the end of a meal, in North America it’s a popular all-day beverage thanks to Starbucks. An Affogato is a mixture of hot espresso poured over an ice-cold Frappuccino. It always makes beautiful pockets of rich coffee as it gets mixed with ice cream.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 15 minutes
  • Drink size: 12–16 oz. (1 serving)
  • Topping(s): dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.
  • Optional garnishes: nuts, chocolate curls.


  • Espresso maker
  • A desert glass


  • Good-quality gelato (or vanilla ice cream)
  • Freshly brewed hot espresso (coffee or decaf is suitable)
  • Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Chill your dessert glass or mug that you’ll serve it in. You have to make sure that the gelato is very cold

Step 2

Start by brewing the espresso

Step 3

Meanwhile, add 2 scoops of gelato to the chilled glass

Step 4

Once done brewing, let it chill down to room temperature. The hot coffee will melt the ice cream prematurely

Step 5

Once cooled, pour the espresso over the ice cream and add some shaved dark chocolates and/or hazelnuts before serving!

Note: you can serve the espresso on the side as well, instead of pouring it on the ice cream.

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