The word “affogato” comes from the Italian word “affogare,” which means “to drown.” An affogato consists of a scoop of ice cream placed in an espresso cup with a shot of espresso poured over the top, which melts the ice cream slightly – an indulgent drink served in Italy as a dessert. The hot espresso “drowns” the ice cream, creating a delicious combination of hot and cold flavours and textures.

A glass filled with coffee and ice cream

The firm ice cream is eaten with a spoon while the melted ice cream and espresso are sipped. Traditionally the gelato is vanilla and the espresso is added immediately following the extraction.

Some variations of affogato include adding a flavoured liqueur such as Amaretto, or adding a dollop of whipped cream on top to add an extra layer of sweetness. Affogato is typically served in a small glass, often with a handle and a wide brim, and it is meant to be consumed immediately after the espresso is poured over the ice cream.

Affogato is a popular dessert in Italy, but it has also gained popularity in other countries, especially in coffee shops and cafes. It can be enjoyed as a dessert or as a coffee drink, a perfect way to finish a meal or to enjoy a sweet break.

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