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Affogato al Caffe

Affogato al Caffe

Tamara Novacoviç whips up an Italian dessert that will make both ice cream and coffee lovers cry with happiness.

Affogato al Caffe

An affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based treat. The full name is really “affogato al caffe” or “drowned in coffee,” in Italian. The dessert consists of a scoop of ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over the top. The basic recipe has a large number of variations – using different coffee drinks, different ice cream flavors and different ratios of the two items.

I am in love with coffee, its flavor, different types (creamy or gusto is my favorite) and it’s the first thing I think of when I open my eyes in the morning. OK, maybe the second. About 6 years ago, I didn’t drink coffee. Then a bunch of best friends started going regularly to our favorite caffe bar and drink coffee before lunch. Of course I went too and slowly but steadily adopted their coffee drinking habit. The only thing is, I drank coffee with a lot of sugar and milk. Actually, I drank milk and sugar with coffee. Throughout time, I fell in love with coffee flavor and realized what it really means to almost sinfully enjoy in a cup of this delight. Today I like it strong and creamy, with some milk and honey instead of sugar (although I don’t always substitute the two sweeteners).

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This recipe is adapted from here and it’s the courtesy of my food blogger friend Dajana.


Creamy hot/cold dessert, perfect for summer. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you will love this!

  • Author: Tamara Novacovic
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 glasses of mocha or espresso
  • 4 of your favorite ice cream scoops
  • additional flavoring: chocolate sprinkles (grated white/dark chocolate, a dash of cinnamon or cardamom, some rum or Kahlua)


  1. Cook coffee and pour in glasses. It needs to be warm so that the ice cream melts.
  2. Put 1 tsp of rum or Kahlua into each glass.
  3. Put 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream into each glass and finish with some chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom etc.

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