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Matcha Affogato Recipe + Flavor Pairings

If you're a fan of both matcha and ice cream, prepare yourself for an exquisite treat that combines the best of both worlds. Matcha affogato is a delightful Japanese-inspired dessert that brings together the rich flavors of matcha and the creamy goodness of ice cream. Below we will not only guide you through creating a delicious matcha affogato but also share some fun flavor combinations to enhance your indulgence.


  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder (preferably high-quality matcha nude powder)
  • 2 tbsp room temperature water
  • 1 scoop of your favorite ice cream (vanilla or any flavor of your choice)
  • Optional toppings: crushed nuts, chocolate shavings, or whipped cream


  1. In a small bowl or cup, combine the matcha powder and room temperature water.
  2. Whisk the mixture vigorously until the matcha powder is fully dissolved, and a smooth, frothy texture is achieved. A bamboo matcha whisk or electric milk frother work best for this.
  3. Prepare a serving glass or bowl with a scoop or two of your ice cream.
  4. Pour the matcha shot over the ice cream, allowing it to cascade down the sides and envelop the creamy goodness. 😋 
  5. Sprinkle your preferred toppings, such as crushed nuts or chocolate shavings, for an added touch of flavor and texture.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy the harmonious combination of matcha and ice cream.


While the classic combination of matcha and vanilla ice cream is always a delightful choice, experimenting with different flavors can take your matcha affogato to new heights. Here are some exciting flavor pairings to consider:

  1. Coconut Ice Cream with Matcha Shot: The creamy and tropical essence of coconut ice cream offers a delightful contrast to the boldness of matcha. This pairing will transport you to a refreshing oasis of flavors.
  2. Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Matcha Shot: Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and savory by combining the rich and buttery goodness of salted caramel ice cream with the earthy matcha.
  3. Black Sesame Ice Cream with Matcha Shot: For a more adventurous twist, opt for black sesame ice cream. The nutty and toasty flavors of the sesame will complement the notes of matcha.

The matcha affogato is a delicious dessert that showcases the enchanting flavors of matcha and the creamy delight of ice cream. With its simple preparation and endless flavor possibilities, it's a treat that can be easily customized to suit your preferences. Whether you stick to the classic vanilla or venture into exciting combinations, the matcha affogato promises to be a delightful sensory experience. Treat yourself!

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