Affogato Pros & Cons – Ultimate Guide for Affogato Lovers


What is Affogato?

Affogato is a special Italian dessert made with two ingredients: ice cream and espresso. In French, it is known as "gelato al fior di latte" with the translation to English "flower of milk".Typically the ingredients in the ice cream includes dairy, starch, and sugar. It is popular in countries where they dress it with chocolate syrup, cantuccini, or biscotti to provide extra flavors.

Texture and Taste of Affogato

The Affogato is a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso. Usually vanilla ice cream is used but you can use any flavor you want. You can choose from spiked espresso or non-alcoholic one.


How Much Caffeine Is in a Single Serving of Affogato?

It has the same amount of caffeine as espresso. The caffeine level in espresso would depend on how much coffee you have used. 1 fluid oz of espresso or 30 mg will have around 63mg of caffeine which is moderate.

Brewing & Ice-cream Making Methods

You can brew espresso at home manually using a handheld espresso maker, a stove-top version or you can use your coffee machine. Regardless of what you use for preparing the espresso, remember to use good quality coffee beans, grind them right, follow the right coffee-to-water ratio, brew for the right time and voila! You will have the best espresso to be used for the Affogato. For the ice cream, you can opt for the manual churners which are cheap but time consuming and physically demanding or you can buy an automatic machine.

How to Make Affogato?

You can get ice cream from a store and espresso from a coffee shop or you use your ice cream machine and coffee machine. If however you do not have a coffee machine you can still prepare the espresso manually or any concentrated coffee drink for that matter and pour it over your favorite ice cream. Steps to make the perfect Affogato would include: a clean bowl or a broad face cup, place a big scoop of ice cream in it, pour espresso on it, decorate it with biscotti or wafers and enjoy your desert.


Types of Coffee & Ice-cream Makers

There are many ice cream and coffee machines available with all sorts of options. You can select from gelato machines or soft serve machines, either fully automatic or manual. Some even use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. When it comes to coffee machines you can use drip type, pod type, pump machines, etc. They are available from manual to fully automatic and programmable ones.

Pros and Cons of Affogato

Let us look at some of the pros and cons of this desert.


  • It is rich in nutrients.
  • Will impress your guests and make them happy.
  • Energetic desert that can freshen you up after a tiring day.
  • Espresso increases your immunity.
  • Reduced risk of cancer is one of the benefits of coffee.
  • Improved heart health is another benefit of consuming coffee.


  • Not suitable for diabetic patients. Try sugar free ice cream.
  • Not suitable for those who are trying to lose weight. Make it a cheat meal.
  • Low quality ingredients can result in health issues.

Affogato Vs & Espresso Con Panna

Although ‘espresso con panna,’ that is espresso with whipped cream is also a favorite among people but it looks nothing like Affogato. Not only does Affogato look superb, it has an amazing taste as well.

Benefits of Having Affogato

We can try listing down all the benefits of Affogato but the one which is above the others is the amazing joy you would feel after having such a delicious dessert.