I decided today that I wanted a "Snowy Plover," the tasty coffee beverage that they concoct at Andytown Coffee in the Outer Sunset. The Snowy Plover is a fizzy, creamy, slightly sweet coffee beverage composed of sparkling water, a double-shot of espresso, a little brown sugar syrup, and some whipped cream on top. Very delicious and refreshing on a sunny San Francisco day!
I didn't feel like biking all the way over there and standing in the typical long line at Andytown. So I made my own bootleg version. Here's how I did it.
- An Aeropress coffee maker
- Coffee grinder
- Large glass
- Small coffee cup
- Tea kettle
- Espresso or medium to medium-dark roast beans
- Seltzer / sparkling water
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- Ice cubes
- Bring half a cup of water to a boil in the kettle
- Grind enough espresso beans for a double shot (I use two scoops from the Aeropress measuring spoon)
- Pour ground coffee into your Aeropress
- Pour into the Aeropress just enough boiling water to saturate the coffee grinds (I pour to just shy of the 2 line using the inverted method)
- Set timer for 2 minutes
- Give coffee 10 slow stirs with the Aeropress stirrer or a long spoon
- Put a teaspoon of brown sugar into the coffee cup
- When the 2 minutes are up, plunge the coffee into the cup. Give it a good stir.
- Meanwhile, put 4-5 ice cubes into your glass. Pour in sparkling water till its about two-thirds full.
- Pour coffee into glass and stir.
- Stir in about 2 tablespoons of half-and-half.
That's it! Mine was fizzy, creamy, and just a little sweet. Adjust the proportions of sugar and cream to your liking.
Now I can have a Snowy Plover anytime, at a fraction of the cost, just the way I like it, without waiting in line. Give it a try and tell me how yours comes out!