How To Make Andytown Coffee Roasters’ Snowy Plover

Andytown Coffee Roasters Snowy Plover Recipe

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I’m super excited to be sharing today’s coffee drink recipe, as this has been one I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. Below, I will teach you how I made Andytown Coffee Roasters’ wonderful signature coffee drink, the Snowy Plover.

What is the Snowy Plover?

The Snowy Plover is delicious coffee concoction that is named after a species of bird that can sometimes be found in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district (where Andytown Coffee Roasters is located).

As far as I know, the drink itself consists of the following ingredients:

  • Double shot of espresso (~30-40g)
  • Sparkling water (Andytown uses Pellegrino)
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice

The exact amounts of the individual ingredients is pretty much up to you, but here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 pint of Pellegrino and ice
  • 30g of espresso
  • 1 tbs. of simple syrup
  • 2 tbs. whipped cream

How to make the Snowy Plover

Below are the steps I took to try and replicate the Snowy Plover. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use highly concentrated coffee brewed through an AeroPress or a Moka Pot.

Step 1: Make your whipped cream

There are multiple ways to make whipped cream, but I just used the whisk method outlined here.


Step 2: Make your simple syrup


I’ve heard rumblings that Andytown uses a brown sugar simple syrup, so that’s what I decided to make. Take equal parts brown sugar and water (I’d use about half a cup of each), and bring the mixture to a boil in a small saucepan.

Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool. You can also keep on the heat for a little bit longer for a thicker consistency.

I used the recipe outlined here, but scaled it down.

Step 3: Add sparkling water and ice to a tall glass

I like to fill a pint glass about 2/3 of the way full with ice and sparkling water. You can use more/less depending on the amount of coffee flavor you want.

Andytown specifically uses Pellegrino sparkling water, in case you were looking to replicate the drink as closely as possible.

Step 4: Brew your espresso

If you have an espresso machine, great! Use it.

If you don’t have an espresso machine you can add a couple tablespoons of strongly brewed coffee (read: less water than what you normally use). A Moka Pot like the Bialetti or an AeroPress coffee maker are also great options for producing highly-concentrated coffee.

The quality of your espresso doesn’t matter that much in my opinion, because most of this drink consists of the other ingredients like the sparkling water.

Step 5: Add the remaining ingredients

Now that you have all of your ingredients put together, you can start adding them to your tall glass of sparkling water.

Add the espresso, simple syrup, and whipped cream to your glass, stir, and enjoy!

Tried this recipe?

I’d love to hear about your experiences with the Snowy Plover. Share your questions and comments below!


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  • Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just tried making it with blue bottle cold brew, and with matcha for my wife. I did it without any sugar/syrup (we try to avoid it) but it just did not work. So I whipped up some simple syrup with brown sugar and that really just tied it all together.

  • When I first tried it the other week, I noticed the the topping had a buttery taste to it, is there any butter that goes into the whipped cream?

    • It’s homemade whipped cream, so that’s perhaps what gives it a more buttery taste. As to whether they actually add butter or not, I’m dubious. But I’ll ask next time I visit.

  • It’s easy to make butter, from whipping cream, by “whipping” it enough. One easy way would be to put the cream in a jar with a lid, then shake till… butter.

  • This HIT THE SPOT! We went to Andytown this a.m., but the line was a block long. Came home, made this, and we’re SO HAPPY! Thanks for sharing!

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