affogato meaning

Adding a twist to your regular beverage – The Starbucks Affogato shot


Tired of your regular drink at Starbucks? Feeling like your cold brew doesn’t have enough caffeine that your brain craves, then here is the solution to all your problems. Simply make your regular gelato or ice cream or coffee an affogato by adding a shot of hot strong espresso.

What is coffee with ice cream called?

“Affogato al Caffe” is the term behind the origin of this style. Affogato meaning, in Italian, is “to drown”. The name originated from a desert, wherein a shot of hot espresso is poured over cold gelato and is eaten as the drowning gelato melts in the espresso. The dessert in simple terms is an ice cream topped with freshly brewed espresso. But Starbucks decided to twist it. Here in Starbucks, the Affogato shot refers to more than just gelato and espresso.

What is starbucks affogato shot?

An Affogato shot simply refers to an extra shot of espresso poured over any drink or ice cream. It is generally poured over a frozen base like Frappuccino. If you are the type of person who feels like your Frappuccino or other cold drink doesn’t have sufficient caffeine, just top it with an Affogato shot. The warm espresso melts in the cold drink and you get to relish the blend in every sip of your drink.

How to make affogato coffee?

Making your Affogato coffee is simple, yet the taste would just blow your mind away. The first step is to make an espresso. You can make it using an espresso machine or Nespresso using a roast of your choice. In general, a dark roast is recommended to enhance the bitter taste of the dessert or drink. Make a Frappuccino or milkshake of your choice.

And pour the screamingly warm espresso on top of it. The espresso melts in the cold drink and you’ll enjoy every sip as it gradually melts with the bitter-sweetness of the shot mixed with the drink. The one made with Nespresso is Nespresso affogato and is made as an evening beverage.

How to eat affogato?

Affogato still tops the list of all-time favourite Italian desserts. This dessert is an oxymoron to your palette. The hot espresso and the cold vanilla ice cream or gelato, the bitterness of the drink, and the sweetness of the gelato will let your taste buds experience a unique and refreshing taste.

Affogato is usually served in a mug. The reason is that, if you wish, you can also sip and drink after the gelato completely or partially melts. However, most people prefer eating it with a spoon to enjoy the mix of espresso and gelato. Vanilla is considered the best ice cream for affogato. However, you can also make it using any ice cream or cold drink.

Starbucks affogato

What does affogato mean at Starbucks?

Affogato is the name of a dessert in itself. It is an Italian delicacy where a cup of hot and strong espresso is topped over vanilla ice cream. It is usually eaten with a spoon as the espresso melts the ice cream gradually. The consumer gets to relish the taste of coffee and vanilla in every bite.

Starbucks decided to make it a style in their menu. When you order an affogato style shot at Starbucks, they top your cold brew or milkshake with a shot of espresso. The drink is usually served without blending the espresso.

Does talenti coffee gelato have caffeine?

If you wonder what the difference between gelato and ice cream is, then here is the answer. Gelatos in general are richer and creamier than ice creams, generally because of the lower air than regular ice cream. It also has lower fat levels and is preferred for people on diet.

Talenti also serves coffee gelato, but these products usually have very little caffeine. Studies reveal that there is just .002 mg of caffeine for 2/3 of the coffee gelato served at talenti. So if you wish to add caffeine to your gelato, you can make an affogato even with the coffee gelato.

Final Words

You get to relish the taste of coffee and vanilla in every bite. If you are looking for an evening refreshing drink Affogato can be your best choice.

Starbucks Affogato Shot Recipe

Recipe by Scarlett JonesCourse: Desserts/Drinks








  • A shot of hot espresso

  • 2 scoops of ice cream/gelato or drink of your choice


  • Brew a strong espresso using an Espresso or any coffee machine. The strength of the brew depends on the level of bitterness you wish to add to your drink or dessert.
  • Add two scoops of gelato or ice cream to your mug and pour the brew gently over the cold dessert. Make sure that the brew is spread as a layer to ensure uniform melting and mix of the coffee and ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories139
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 15g 24%
    • Cholesterol 152mg 51%
    • Sodium 118mg 5%
    • Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
      • Sugars 22g
    • Protein 4.2g 9%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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