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What is an Affogato?

What is an Affogato?
An Affogato is a classic Italian dessert that consists of a scoop of gelato (or ice cream) topped with hot espresso. The name comes from the Italian word affogare, which means "to drown."
The traditional way to make an Affogato is to take your scoop of gelato, place it in a glass or bowl and pour freshly brewed espresso over top. You can also use any type of coffee you like--it doesn't have to be espresso! Some variations include using different kinds of desserts instead of gelato (like cake) or adding other ingredients like chocolate syrup or cinnamon sticks.

How to Make an Affogato

To make an affogato, you will need:
Espresso (Of course our Signature Gold works perfectly)
Ice cream of choice (vanilla is traditional, but strawberry or chocolate work well too)

Tips for Making an Affogato

  • Use freshly brewed espresso. The best way to make an affogato is with freshly brewed espresso, so don't settle for anything less than the real thing.
  • Choose the right ice cream. You can use any flavor of ice cream you want for your affogato--just make sure it's not too sweet or dense so that it doesn't overwhelm your coffee drink! We recommend trying something like vanilla bean or hazelnut if you're looking for something classic, but there are plenty of other options available as well (like chocolate chip cookie dough).
  • Garnish with toppings like whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired!

Alternatives to Traditional Affogato

  • Affogato Variations with Non-Coffee Ingredients
  • Non-Dairy Affogato Variations
  • Affogato Cocktails

Health Benefits of an Affogato
Affogato is a delicious Italian dessert that combines espresso and gelato. It's low in calories, fat and sugar and contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
It's also rich in essential nutrients such as copper, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Serving an Affogato

  • Serve hot affogato in a coffee mug or glass, topped with whipped cream.
  • Serve cold affogato in a tall glass and top with whipped cream.
  • Pairing with other desserts is another option for serving an Affogato at home or in a cafe: you could serve it alongside a slice of cake or pie, or even on top of ice cream!

Ingredients for an Affogato 

To make an affogato, you'll need:

  • Espresso. This is the most important ingredient in your recipe. You can use any kind of espresso; just make sure it's strong enough to stand up to the ice cream! If you're not sure how strong your coffee is, try mixing some with warm milk until it reaches your desired strength and then taste it before adding any sugar or cream (or whatever else). If it tastes too bitter or acidic, dilute with more hot water until the flavor feels right for you.
  • Ice Cream - Try using vanilla if you want something classic; chocolate works well too! If possible, pick out a flavor that goes well with coffee--like caramel or hazelnut--and pair them together by making an affogato out of both flavors at once!
  • Toppings - Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each serving for extra pizzazz!

Tools Needed for Making an Affogato

  • Espresso Machine
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Bowls
  • Spoons

The History of the Affogato

Affogato is an Italian dessert consisting of a scoop of gelato (or ice cream) served with a shot of espresso. The name affogato translates to "drowned" in Italian, and refers to the fact that the hot espresso melts the ice cream when poured over it.

The history of this delicious treat dates back to 1889 when it was created at Caffe Rivoire in Milan by Giuseppe Caffarel, an Italian chocolatier who wanted to offer customers something different from traditional desserts like tiramisu or panna cotta. He first experimented with combining chocolate and coffee flavours together before discovering that adding vanilla gelato made for a much smoother taste than just plain chocolate alone!

After its initial success in Italy, affogatos soon became popular around Europe--and eventually spread beyond its borders into North America as well! Today there are dozens upon dozens recipes available online for making your own version at home: just remember not only which ingredients go best together but also how much liquid each one will absorb so you don't end up wasting any precious ingredients


  • An Easy and Delicious Dessert: Affogato is an easy dessert to make, even if you're not a professional chef. It's also delicious, so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty about the calories or fat content.
  • Health Benefits: The espresso in this recipe has been shown to have antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals in your body and improve heart health. The ice cream provides nutrients like calcium and vitamin D that are good for bones, teeth, and muscles.* Popularity Around the World: Affogato is popular around the world because it's easy to make but also tastes great!
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