When coffee met milkshake.
Close your eyes and imagine the best bread you ever tasted. We bet it began by hand, baked just right, and finished with a healthy helping of the freshest butter (or olive oil, if you will). When a recipe is simple, it really comes down to the ingredients. And when talking coffee, few recipes are more simple (or delectable!) than the classic affogato.
Popularized in the ’90s, this timeless recipe — named for the Italian word for “drowned” — comes down to a double shot of espresso over ice cream or gelato. Traditionally, those scoops are vanilla, or vanilla bean if you’re feeling fancy, but we’ve also been known to experiment with dulce de leche, chocolate chip cookie dough, or frankly, whatever our heart desires.
The only hard requirement: really good espresso! If you don’t have an espresso machine readily available, we recommend making a strong coffee with an AeroPress. Prepare your ice cream in your serving dish and leave it in the freezer to stay cool. Brew your coffee and pour it hot over your scoops, if it gets a little soupy as it melts (and it will) that’s a good thing.
There’s no wrong answer when it comes to our espresso assortment, but these five bags taste especially delicious in an affogato:
This seasonally rotating espresso is a consistent crowd-pleaser — especially when paired with milk (frozen or otherwise).
Sightglass Crown Point ($14.75)
A hint of raisin brings a dense fruit sweetness to this espresso blend with enough chocolate flavor to taste similar to eating a chocolate-covered espresso bean.
Manufactory 01 Espresso ($21.80)
This rich espresso riffs on it roasty and toasty chocolaty-smooth base with vibrant notes of citrus acidity.
Here comes your next espresso favorite — this roaster’s flagship blend is smooth, rich, and structured.
Caffe Vita Caffe Del Sol ($18.85)
This coffee is balanced, yet fun. Think a blend of sweet flavors with just enough depth. Add milk… or ice cream, because, why not?
PT’s Flying Monkey Espresso ($18.85)