Affogato on my desk

It’s the middle of the afternoon, usually around 3:30pm for me, when it hits. I’m crashing and I’ve got no one to help me! I’d love to take a nap but if I do, my day is over and the work I’m supposed to get done will have to wait for tomorrow morning. That’s why as I searched for a quick pick-me-up, I didn’t have to search that far. See, a while back I won a Nespresso U Pure from Claire over at The Realistic Nutritionist and had never taken it out of the box. After running into a good friend that works for the gorgeous Nespresso store in Boston, I was motivated to bring that baby out of its box.

The making of Affogato

But where would I put it? We have very limited countertop space in the kitchen, so the bedroom was were the Nespresso was to live. Specifically, on my desk, to the right of me. And now it’s become my go to treat mid-afternoon. Oh and if I’ve been good, I’ll drop in a scoop of ice cream and call it an affogato. What’s an affogato? Translated from Italian, it litereally means “drowned” and it’s a coffee-based drink; usually a scoop of vanilla gelato topped with espresso, with variations including adding a shot of your favorite liqueur. Here’s it’s simply the strongest espresso blend Nespresso has, Ristretto, brewed over a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Nespresso Affogato

The simplest recipes are at times the best, like this sweet treat of espresso and ice cream.
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  • 1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 Nespresso Ristretto pod


  • Simply brew the espresso over the scoop of ice cream and enjoy immediately!
Servings: 1 serving

Affogato with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Cooking with Books Poll: What’s your favorite recipe using espresso? Whether you use the pulverized beans or the brewed liquid, please share in the comments below how espresso makes your recipes shine. Links welcomed!

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Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored by Nespresso. They don’t know who I am other than a lucky winner from a giveaway. My love and opinion about coffee is 110% my own! 

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  1. Ohhh this looks good. And so darn easy. Must make this for my afternoon “pick me up” drink. Thank for sharing, Nella!

  2. I should probably have a Nespresso machine on my desk. I think I’d be 150% more productive 🙂