Affogato translates to ‘drowned’ in Italian. And in this case, it is a good thing.
A scoop of gelato is poured over, or drowned, with a shot of espresso. The result is a heavenly hot and cold eating experience and, if you don’t eat it fast enough, no fear, you are left with a perfectly creamy puddle of espresso.
Three places in Kelowna to get your Affogato on:
1. Giobean Coffee
Traditionally the gelato served in an affogato is vanilla but at my first affogato experience, it was hazelnut. No, the experience was not in Italy, but at our next best thing in Kelowna, Giobean Coffee on Water Street. Italian owned and operated, Gio Lauretta brought us a full-on coffee culture in 2010; an Italian coffee culture to be exact. Since then, Giobean is a destination for coffee lovers, and just like in Italy, he offers delicious treats to eat with your cappuccino or coffee drink of choice including gelato. And we are truly grateful for the introduction of the Affogato to us poor wretched creatures. Bravo Gio!
2. QB Gelato
Owners Keven Bjoda and Victor Laderoute are gelato artisans and make their delicious range of gelato from scratch. And they have Affogatos! Made with local Canoe coffee, these are a treat. I love the pistachio gelato in my Affogato, but Kevin pointed out last time that Straciatella with bits of melted dark chocolate is particularly good in a morning Affogato. Mmmm morning Affogato, I like the sound of that.
More than gelato maestros, Victor is also an incredible chef and they offer a daily lunch menu, culinary classes and their collaborative Supper Club dinners have been a hit. So much yumminess made with so much love. P.S. West Kelownaites you can now order QB Gelato at the new Pizzamoreh Artisan Pizzaria 2565 Main Street, W. Kelowna.
3. Canoe Coffee
Located In the hip and edgey north end, Canoe Coffee offers #AffogatoFridays made with their espresso and QB Gelato. Yup tradezies, QB has their espresso and they have their gelato – foodie friendships are so fabulous. They suggested a Salty Caramel Affogato — oooh yes. Canoe Coffee, if you don’t know already, has their own roastery in house and the cutest little coffee trailer that you may have seen about town. They are so cool.
Plus, they are planet savers and are offering a new item called HuskeeCup: “A reusable cup featuring coffee waste as a raw material.” And when you buy one, you become part of a trade program where you can take your HuskeeCup to any café that is on the program and swap it out for a clean cup with your favourite drink in it.
Where do you find an Affogato? Let us know in the comments below.
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