What is an affogato coffee and how to prepare it?

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What is an affogato coffee and how to prepare it?

affogato coffee

How many types of coffee do you know? Have you heard of affogato coffee? Many define it as a drink while others prefer to refer to it as a dessert. The truth is that it is an exquisite preparation that mixes cold with heat.

Affogato coffee perfectly combines the foam of an espresso with the sweet and creamy texture of an ice cream. Its origins are in Italy, as the name that, in English, translates as «drowned» suggests. More than curious, the name suits him very well: its preparation includes basic ingredients such as espresso coffee and vanilla ice cream.

How to prepare affogato coffee?

Coffee is a drink that anyone can consume. This drink accompanies casual gatherings and meals alike. Therefore, to surprise the whole family, affogato coffee is an excellent option.

To prepare it successfully, you need to pay attention to the details. Are you ready to prepare it? Take note:

What do you need? 

  • Espresso (made with Café 1820) 
  • Vanilla ice cream 
  • A glass
  • One spoon

How to make it?

  1. Serve the vanilla ice cream in the glass. Slowly, pour 20 ml of espresso around the ice cream. This will help you avoid melting.
  2. Wait a bit to add more coffee. This will create layers between the ice cream and the coffee.
  3. If you did the whole procedure right, you will have a floating ice cream that will contrast with the color of the coffee in the background.

You can also see the recipe here.

Variants of this type of coffee

Just as there are different types of coffee, there are also variations of affogato. Some people first start experimenting with changing the taste of ice cream. That is: from vanilla to lemon, chocolate, caramel or any other flavor.

Another common type of variation is the change in the strength of the coffee. These variants are interesting to the palate, since what characterizes affogato is the taste of espresso with ice cream.

There are those who are not content with altering the main ingredients, but add oil seeds, syrups, cookies or sweet bread. Even in more sophisticated preparations of affogato they add some type of alcoholic drink such as wine or whiskey. Some of the best known variations are:

1. With alcohol

It is known as affogato corretto. Its preparation is based on adding grappa, a type of Italian brandy, whose distillation comes from grape pomace. But, it can also be consumed with Baileys, which is an Irish whiskey that adds milk. This detail makes it easy to mix with espresso coffee. In the same way, it is possible to use some coffee liqueur.

2. With chocolate

Although, by strict definition, it would not be an affogato coffee, its preparation and ingredients are similar. It is the freddo broth, which is made with hot chocolate to which Italian ice cream, whipped cream and sponge cake soaked in liquor are added.

Now that you know how to prepare a good affogato coffee, as well as its most popular variants, we invite you to try it with the delicious flavor of Café 1820.

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