Main ingredientsGelato or ice cream (vanilla), espresso

An affogato (/ˌɑːfəˈɡɑːt, ˌæf-/), more traditionally known as "affogato al caffè"[1] (Italian for "drowned in coffee"), is an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of plain milk-flavored (fior di latte) or vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto, Bicerin, Kahlúa, or other liqueur.[2][3][4][5][6]

Varieties of affogato

Though restaurants and cafes in Italy categorize the affogato as a dessert, some restaurants and cafes outside of Italy categorize it as a beverage.[7] Whether a dessert or beverage, restaurants and cafes usually serve the affogato in a tall narrowing glass, allowing the fior di latte, vanilla gelato, or ice cream to melt and combine with espresso into the hollowed space in the bottom of the glass.[6] Occasionally, coconut, berries, honeycomb and multiple flavors of ice cream are added.[8] A biscotto or cookie can also be served and enjoyed alongside this beverage.[9] Affogati are often enjoyed as a post-meal coffee dessert combo eaten with a spoon and/or drunk with a straw.[10][1]

While the recipe of the affogato is more or less standard in Italy, consisting of a scoop of fior di latte (unflavored) or vanilla gelato topped with a shot of espresso, variations exist in European and American restaurants.[11]


The origins of the affogato in Italian history are unknown,[12] but it gained popularity in Italy during the 1950s. This coincided with the industrialization of ice cream production.[13] In America, the word affogato was included in English dictionaries as of 1992.[14]

See also


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  11. ^ Davies, Emiko (2013-08-26). "Italian Table Talk: Gelato, affogato & some history". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  12. ^ Petrich, Ivan Laranjeira (2020-07-13). "What Is An Affogato?". Perfect Daily Grind. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  13. ^ Porte, Café (2021-12-02). "The history of Café Affogato and how to prepare it". Porte. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  14. ^ "Affogato". Merriam Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2020-09-08.