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What The Affogato?

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How to Make The Best Affogato 

An affogato is a very popular dessert around the world that is super easy to make due to the simplicity of ingredients. Affogato is typically just espresso and vanilla ice cream—so simple and so delicious. Affogatos have become even more simple with Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast. Get your affogato party started with a bold, smooth taste and extra kick of caffeine—this affogato will be absolutely "unfogatoble.” 

The word “affogato” means “drowned” in English, nodding to the fact that the vanilla ice cream looks as though it is drowning in all that espresso goodness. The affogato originated in Italy, but any more information about it is quite hard to pin down. It is said that the affogato became widespread after the invention of the espresso machine in the late 1900s, and the term made its first appearance in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 1992. Since then, this dessert has exploded, gaining fame status throughout the United States and Europe.  

But can you make an affogato at home? Of course! And once you try it, you’ll be enjoying these delicious, caffeinated dessert drinks every weekend—made espressoly for you.  

coffee and ice cream in a glass

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How To Make an Affogato 

Traditional affogato is made with a single scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream, a chilled glass and a two-ounce double shot of espresso. The espresso isn’t supposed to melt the ice cream but rather run down the side of it and create a small pool of espresso at the bottom. The chilled glass is used for this reason, but have no fear—if you don’t have time for that step, your affogato will still be just as delicious.  



  1. Brew your Death Wish Coffee Espresso Roast any way you like. We recommend using a French press or an AeroPress to achieve strong coffee. 
  2. Scoop out your vanilla ice cream.  
  3. Place ice cream into a chilled glass. 
  4. Pour your espresso over the ice cream. 

Want to kick things up a notch?  

This secret comes from the Grim Reaper himself: Pour some vodka on top to add a nice kick! 

Break up the day with our darkest, deepest, richest cup yet: espresso Roast—over ice cream. Now you can be your own barista and sneak in some ice cream with your morning brew or finish your day off with a sweet treat doused in caffeine.  

Related: How to Brew Coffee Using a French Press