Affogato is described as an Italian liqueur – ice cream topped with coffee. I have made a couple of changes to the traditional recipe and created a Jamaican affogato. Two mounds of caramel swirl ice cream topped with spiced and spiked coffee. It is delicious.


Jamaican Affogato by Diverse Dinners


I used Sinful Delight coffee for this tasty treat. This coffee has so much character and is described as having “island flavors”. These flavors are Jamaican rum, macadamia nuts and coconut. If, like my niece, Jasmine, you’re a lover of milder blends of coffee, this one is for you. Sinful Delight makes a great latte or mocha, it is also the ideal coffee to use in a Jamaican affogato.

As I mentioned, I spiced and spiked the coffee, but not too much, as I didn’t want to drown out the character of the coffee. Instead of creating cups of coffee in a french press as I usually do, I mixed together, water, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, brown sugar, and of course, coffee. This combination is also a delight. I drank some of it with a touch of cream and it made me do my happy dance.

To create a Jamaican affogato, you do the following. Place two scoops of ice cream in a sundae bowl or glass, add some Jamaican rum to the spiced coffee while it is very warm, and then pour that coffee on top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

For this recipe I recommend you choose an ice cream swirled with caramel, such as dulce de leche or vanilla caramel swirl ice cream.


Jamaican Affogato by Diverse Dinners


As you can see from the pic above, the ingredients begin to combine immediately. You will need a spoon, but you can also sip gaily from your sundae glass. Either process will make you and your guests very happy, let me tell you.

If you’re thinking – I can serve this as a dessert – well you’re right, you can. I almost always do, particularly after a heavy meal. It will reinstate that pep in your step and lift that sluggishness you often get after a gastronomic event. Instead of a simple coffee after dinner a Jamaican affogato would be a nice treat.


Jamaican Affogato by Diverse Dinners


You’ve got to give this recipe a try, it is as good as it is simple.


Yields 6

Jamaican Affogato

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sinful Delight coffee
  • 1 pint caramel swirl ice cream
  • 1/2 cup Jamaican rum
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Small saucepan
  • 6 sundae glasses
  • Strainer
  • Jug


  1. Heat the water, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries and sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. As soon as the liquid begins to boil, lower heat to low and allow ingredients to infuse for approx. 15 mins.
  3. Add coffee to liquid and stir until the coffee has combined with the liquid, then remove the pan from the heat and allow to steep for 5 mins.
  4. Strain coffee mixture into a jug, then add rum and stir.
  5. Place two scoops of ice cream into each sundae glass.
  6. Then pour equal amounts of coffee over each mound of ice cream.
  7. Serve immediately