Pouring matcha shot over vanilla ice cream to make matcha affogato

Make matcha affogato at home effortlessly

scoop of ice cream spiked in a warm splash of matcha yields a nice bittersweet contrast with a subtle hint of umami.  

Easy dessert to make at home with matcha affogato

Here’s a simple matcha dessert recipe that you can whip up and enjoy in less than 5 minutes. A delightfully indulgent treat for special occasions.   

What is Affogato?

Affogato is a classic Italian dessert, usually two common ingredients: espresso and ice cream. The simple dessert is usually served by pouring a hot shot of espresso over the cold ice cream. The bitter tones of the espresso and sweetness from the creamy ice cream pairs the perfect fusion of flavors which makes it a decadent treat!  

Recommended blend for Matcha Affogato

For this matcha affogato recipe, we first make a simple matcha shot. You will not need to use the highest quality matcha since the sweetness of the ice cream will overwhelm the subtler flavors. It would also make your matcha affogato quite expensive.  

What we recommend is matcha that is good enough for daily drinking. Versatile blends like our Superior Ceremonial Blend or Organic Ceremonial Blend would be good candidates for matcha affogato. Because these matcha blends pair well with milk and are great for matcha lattesthey tend to also pair well with the sweet creaminess in ice cream.  

Superior ceremonial blend and Organic Ceremonial blend suitable for matcha affogato

They are also relatively inexpensive and if you’re new to matcha, a matcha affogato is a fun way to experience the classic matcha flavors in a friendly, non-intimidating way.  

Matcha Affogato Recipe

For this recipe, you will need only matcha, ice cream and water. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can switch up with other flavored ice creams such as green tea, chocolate or peppermint, or even add your own sprinkle of toppings for more fun. Personally, our favorite is still classic vanilla ice cream.  

The first step is to make the matcha shot. If you do not have a bamboo whisk, you may use a metal whisk to mix the matcha until it has the consistency of melted chocolate. We love serving matcha affogatos in a glass so our guests are able to watch the matcha shot spread over the ice cream as you pour over!  

Matcha affogato recipe preparation


  • Vanilla ice cream (or any of your preferred flavor) 
  • 1 tsp matcha powder 
  • 1.5 oz/45ml of water at a temperature of 175F (80C) 


Whisking matcha powder and water with bamboo whisk in a bowl
Matcha shot in a bowl for matcha affogato

1. Measure out 1 tsp matcha powder and 1.5 oz/45ml of water at 175F (80C) into a bowl and whisk until clumps are completely dissolved. 

Affogato vanilla ice cream dessert

2. Scoop the vanilla ice cream in a cup or a small bowl

Pouring matcha shot over vanilla ice cream to make matcha affogato

3. Pour the warm matcha shot over the ice cream and enjoy 

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