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.


Equipment And Ingredients

  • Good-quality gelato (or vanilla ice cream)
  • Freshly brewed hot espresso (coffee or decaf is suitable)


Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Step-1: Chill your dessert glass or mug that you’ll serve it in.
  • Step-2: You have to make sure that the gelato is very cold.
  • Step-3: Start by brewing the espresso.
  • Step-4: Meanwhile, add 2 scoops of gelato to the chilled glass.
  • Step-5: Once done brewing, let it chill down to room temperature. The hot coffee will melt the ice cream prematurely.
  • Step-6: 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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