Classic Ice Cream Coffee (German Eiskaffee) |

Ice cream and coffee have been a popular combination in Germany since the early 20th century. The coffee shop is typically run by a Jewish family, and has often been described as a “Jewish deli”. The drink is a traditional German treat that is often served along with ice cream, and traditionally comes in either a glass or a bowl.

A few years ago, I wrote about my love for German Eisbär Eis. Then, I tried justaboutanything and they nearly killed me. But, deliciously, a few friends told me about a new ice cream chain in Berlin, Germany and I decided to give it a try.

In the old days (you know, before the 20th Century), coffee was not always as tasty as it is now. In fact, it was not even a drink at all, but rather a product for cleaning and preserving the leather of saddles, and it did not even go well with cream. The first coffee that went out of the gate, so to speak, was created in Europe by the Kahns of Carinthia, in the year 1615, but it was not until the 18th Century that coffee was developed as a drink that we know now.

two glasses of ice cream coffee eiskaffee on blue cloth



For A Sweet Summer Drink/Treat, Try An Ice Cream Coffee Or “Eiskaffee”

If you’re looking for a sweet and tasty delicacy that also happens to be a drink – and you like coffee Then an ice cream coffee is for you. This drink, which is made with cold coffee and vanilla ice cream, is a traditional German summer favorite that you can obtain at a café or an ice cream shop.

While this is a traditional German café drink, it is said to have been inspired by the Italian dessert “Affogato al caffè.” This makes sense since many cafés and ice cream parlors in Germany are owned by individuals who emigrated from Italy (or whose parents did) in the second half of the twentieth century.

two glasses of ice cream coffee eiskaffee on blue clothIce cream coffee is a refreshing summer beverage.

Lisa has many fond memories of drinking this drink at cafés with family or friends in several German towns!

There are few things more enjoyable than sipping an ice cream coffee, or “Eiskaffee,” while watching the world go by in a German old town.

It’s also incredibly simple to create at home, and it’s a wonderful way to bring those traditional summer feelings into your house!

1629407329_724_Classic-Ice-Cream-Coffee-German-EiskaffeeDo you want some ice cream coffee today? Yes, please do not mind if I do!

When you see ice cream coffee served in public, it is usually in a tall glass. We didn’t have a tall glass for an ice cream sundae, so we utilized shorter glasses and a mason-type jar instead. It also worked flawlessly!

You sip the coffee first (often with a straw) and then eat the ice cream with a spoon to enjoy ice cream coffee. There is no “correct” way to eat/drink it, as long as you like it.

1629407330_358_Classic-Ice-Cream-Coffee-German-EiskaffeeTall glasses aren’t the only way to drink ice cream coffee, as you can see!

If you wish to create this drink for the youngsters, make a “Eisschokolade” and replace the coffee with cold “hot chocolate.”

If you want a more mature version, though, you may add egg nog or even Baileys Irish Cream to the coffee or as a drizzle on top of the whipped cream!

Recipes that are similar

If you’re looking for more sweet beverages or summer delights, consider these:


  • a cup of black coffee
  • 2 ice cream scoops (vanilla)
  • cream whipped (to garnish)
  • cocoa powder or chocolate shavings/sprinkles (to garnish; optional)


  1. Make enough black coffee to fill the glass you’re using. Allow the coffee to cool fully after brewing. Pour the hot coffee into a bowl, then fill your kitchen sink with extremely cold water and toss the bowl of coffee in. In around 15 minutes, your coffee should be cool enough to drink.
  2. You may use this “coffee cooling time” to whisk the cream with an electric hand mixer if you create your own whipped cream (rather than buying a bottle).
  3. Fill your glass with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and the rest of the way with cold coffee. Whip up some whipped cream (as much as you like!). Then add chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate to finish it off (take a bar of dark chocolate and grate it on a kitchen grater). You may also add a little chocolate powder to the mix (optional).


  • Eiskaffee is traditionally served in a tall glass, but any other glass would do (we didn’t have a tall glass on hand, so we used various ones). You may need to modify the quantity of coffee and/or ice cream you use in such instance.
  • Reduce the quantity of ice cream and/or whipped cream in this cold coffee drink if you want it to be a little lighter.
Information about nutrition:

Serving Size: 1 1 Serving Size: 1 Serving Size: 1 Serving Size: 1 Serving Size: 1 Serving Size: 1 Serving Size 370 calories 20g total fat 11g Saturated Fat 0g trans fat 7g of unsaturated fat 64 milligrams of cholesterol Sodium: 116 milligrams 42g carbohydrate 2 g fiber 34 g sugar 7 g protein

An online nutrition calculator was used to determine this nutritional information. It should only be used as a guideline and not as a substitute for expert dietary guidance. Depending on the particular components used, the exact values may vary.

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There is no better way to start a hot summer day than a cold coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And how do you get your creams? Not from the 24-hour supermarket, but from a small, local ice cream parlor – that’s right, you still need an ice cream parlor for a great bowl of eiskaffee. Local ice cream has kept its flavor, and the locals in the east German town of Marienberg are ready to share.. Read more about ice cream in coffee instead of milk and let us know what you think.

Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.