Is the affogato a food or drink? Does it even matter? By now, you probably know that an affogato features ice cream “drowned” in fresh-pulled espresso. The dessert is now available in Mid-City at Blue Bottle Coffee’s new, most fully realized location in Los Angeles.
The cafe features white brick walls, blonde wood accents and a space-age Kees van der Westen espresso machine that sports a small blue bottle logo. The kitchen produces toasts, waffles, sandwiches, baked goods and other coffee-friendly foods, along with a small selection of signature beverages. Their affogato intrigued me most of all.
Their Affogato ($5) featured Sweet Rose Creamery malted milk ice cream with mocha ripple, “drowned” in a fresh pulled double espresso. On its own, Blue Bottle’s espresso doesn’t rank with my very favorites, but the liquid’s bitterness lends itself well to the sweet, rich ice cream. Bonus: by ordering an affogato, you simultaneously get a caffeine fix and dessert. I look forward to seeing which ice cream flavors that Sweet Rose provides to Blue Bottle for future affogato collaborations.