Affogato Coffee with vanilla ice cream
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Affogato Coffee and Frangelico: The Difference [Explain!]

Welcome to the world of Affogato coffee and more! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Affogato is a classic Italian dessert that's taking the coffee scene by storm, and for good reason. It's the perfect blend of rich, bold coffee and creamy gelato, topped off with a splash of liqueur for an added kick. And let me tell you, when paired with the nutty and hazelnut flavor of Frangelico, you've got yourself one hell of a dessert drink.

But, you might be asking, what's the difference between a plain Affogato and an Affogato with Frangelico?

What is Affogato?

Affogato is a classic Italian coffee dessert with vanilla ice cream. The word affogato literally translates to "drowned" in Italian and that's what you do to makes affogato a delicious treat. You take a scoop or two of very cold vanilla gelato or ice cream. Drown it in a shot of hot espresso. It's a beautiful combination of hot and cold, sweet and strong, and it's a dessert that's always a showstopper.

What is Frangelico?

Frangelico is a delicious and tasty liqueur from Italy. Frangelico is made from a special type of hazelnut called the Tonda Gentile and other natural ingredients such as coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. It is a light golden-brown color and has a smooth, sweet, and nutty flavor. You can drink it on its own, or you can use it to make some amazing cocktails and desserts. It's especially popular in the summertime when you can make some cool and refreshing drinks with it.

So, why not try it today? Let make affogato two ways together. We will make affogato with espresso shot and second is to make affogato with frangelico as a dessert after having a nice dinner meal. Of course we are going to make affogate espresso coffee with moka pot.

Check out what else with can do with espresso shot such as avocado smoothie with espresso and more.

How to make affogato coffee

Affogato coffee is simple, easy to make at home. All the ingredients we have in our fridge or at home to make the drink. Combining coffee and ice cream together is amazing to have on a hot day in the afternoon or during the evening. It's perfect!



  1. Fill a bowl or cup with ice cream. Pour coffee or espresso over the ice cream.
  2. Pour coffee or espresso over the ice cream.
  3. Add chocolate shavings on top.
  4. Serve right away after adding sea salt.
Moka Pot for affogato coffee
Moka Pot for affogato coffee: Photo

There it is you have your affogato espresso with vanilla ice cream at home. Now let's be a bit fancy and go for affogato with frangelico.

How to make affogato with frangelico

Not only is the ice cream dish Frangelico Affogato classy, but it also tastes great. Although it's not required, serving it in a cocktail glass makes the presentation much more appealing than using a plain glass or bowl.  Both coffee and hazelnut liqueur go well with chocolate. You'll have dessert paradise if you place an almond biscotti and a few strawberries on the side of the plate!



  1. In an 8-ounce martini glass or any tall glass
  2. Just before serving, drizzle Frangelico
  3. Pour espresso
  4. Add vanilla ice cream

As you notice affogate coffee and affogato with frangelico is very similar ingredients and instructions. The 1 difference is you adding frangelico liquor to have a perfect dessert after a hearty dinner meal. Have fun with two of the most simple drink and dessert and combine them together to have an amazing dessert.

Frangelico liqor

Fun Facts

  • The affogato is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot day or after a heavy dinner.
  • The coffee drink was featured in the 1996 movie Big Night.
  • Espresso machines were first patented in 1884 by an Italian named Angelo Moriondo.

They you go to have a perfect date night drink on the weekend to enjoy together for a romantic night out.

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