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How To Make Affogato Coffee Dessert At Home

Whatever you are doing, stop it right now! Check the clock… what time is it? Affogato time!

Move over tiramisu! There’s a new coffee dessert in town. A dreamy combination of two of the all-time best food items, coffee and ice cream, an affogato is otherwise understood as everything you could ever want, served in a cup!

So if you want to enjoy the benefits of ice cream in coffee as much as we do, learning how to make affogato coffee at home is only going to be a good idea. 

Whether you are a seasoned affogato worshipper or new to the affogato world, here’s everything you need to know about this crowd-pleasing coffee dessert, including the best recipe for making affogato coffee at home! 

What Is An Affogato Coffee? 

What is an affogato coffee?

Affogato is a traditional Italian dessert that combines two classic ingredients, coffee and ice cream, and nothing else! Pronounced a-fuh-gaa-toh, the term affogato literally translates to ‘drowned’ - an apt term to describe how the ice cream swims in a generous pool of coffee in this tasty dessert. As simple as it is luxurious, affogato has been enjoyed across the globe for generations… and we’re not going to stop now!

Also Read - Top 5 Ice Cream Coffee Recipe

What Does An Affogato Coffee Taste Like?

An affogato coffee is a dessert of contradictions. It’s hot, but it is also cold. It’s a dessert, but it can also be drunk. It’s bitter with coffee, but it is also sweet with ice cream. Our conclusion? Opposites attract! The magic of this dessert is the combination of hot bitter coffee with cold sweet ice cream, and it tastes exactly like the marriage of these two classic flavours. 

When Should You Serve An Affogato Coffee? 

Like most desserts, an affogato coffee is traditionally served at the end of a lunchtime or dinnertime meal. As a light dessert that delivers a healthy punch of sweet coffee flavour, it makes a great palate-cleansing sweetener to finish off your meal right. And if you like to enjoy a coffee after your meal, you’ll enjoy it even more sweetened with ice cream in an affogato coffee. 

But don’t feel like you have to be bound by tradition! An affogato coffee also makes a luxurious mid-morning snack or a heart-warming mid-afternoon pick-me-up!

How Do You Drink An Affogato Coffee?

How do you drink an affogato coffee?

How do you drink an affogato coffee? However you want to. With this combination of liquid hot coffee and smooth silky ice cream, the rule book is out of the window. Shovel it with a spoon, slowly sip it as it melts, or slurp it straight from the cup! The choice is yours!

How to make affogato coffee…

Key Information

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1


  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream or gelato
  • 1 espresso shot


  1. Scoop the ice cream into a glass or small bowl. 
  2. Brew a fresh shot of espresso and pour directly over the ice cream. 
  3. Serve! 

Yes, making an affogato coffee really is that simple. It may just be ice cream in coffee, but that doesn’t stop it from being a mouthwatering dinner party treat that will impress guests even though it only took 5 minutes to put together. Here are some top tips to help you get this affogato bang on…

  • Get the type of coffee right… 

The best type of coffee to use in an affogato is 100% arabica espresso coffee (like this Single Origin Brazilian Coffee for example). This will make for a strong brew that will compliment the ice cream in this coffee dessert perfectly. 

  • Use good quality ingredients

This recipe showcases just two ingredients, so it’s worth making sure those ingredients shine. If you have a choice, opt for produce that you know will go down well - like a coffee from the Portfolio range for example. 

  • Add some embellishments if you feel like it!

One of the best things about making affogato coffee at home is its simplicity. You really don’t have to do much! But that doesn’t mean you can’t embellish this recipe if you want to. For example, feel free to garnish your dessert with some chopped nuts or chocolate shavings. Alternatively, why not add a biscuit on the side? 

  • Remember decaf affogatos are an option too

For those sensitive to caffeine, an affogato may sound delicious to you, but you may be worried that this coffee dessert will keep you up all night. Don’t fret! There’s a simple solution. Simply switch your espresso coffee for a decaf alternative (like this decaf Swiss Water Coffee) and enjoy this delicious dessert alongside an early night!

To Wrap It All Up…

Now you know how easy it is to whip up an affogato coffee at home, there’s no reason you shouldn’t indulge whenever you fancy! As long as you’ve got ice cream in the freezer from your favorite coffee store and coffee in the cupboard, you know a delicious coffee dessert will be at your fingertips… and affogato o’clock can last all day long! For those who crave a continuous supply of coffee inspiration, consider exploring Portfolio Coffee's enticing options, be it their alluring coffee subscription or the convenience of their wholesale coffee offerings.

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