Coffee fads: the ‘coffee cream soda’

The 'coffee cream soda' could be the ultimate summer drink. Photo: Thamizhpparithi Maari
The ‘coffee cream soda’ could be the ultimate summer drink. Photo: Thamizhpparithi Maari

Only in San Fransciso! While the nearest most of us get to a trendy cup of coffee is using soya milk or adding chocolate sprinkles to our cappuccino, California is going mad for the coffee cream soda using sparkling water instead of milk.

The result is similar to an iced Americano, involving diluted espresso – but the drink is carbonated, giving you sparkling coffee. It also includes brown sugar and whipped cream. Pioneered by San Fransisco cafe Andytown, their version is known as the ‘snowy plover’, named after the birds that nest along the local shoreline. “It’s a coffee cream soda that dances on your palate like the tiny snowy plovers on Ocean Beach,” said the cafe. The idea has taken off on social media, with fans of the new drink sharing their own photos on Instagram and Twitter. If you’d like to try a snowy plover as a refreshing coffee option this summer, here’s how:

You’ll need (per person):

Make the crushed ice by putting six ice cubes in a food processor and pulsing until roughly crushed. Alternatively, wrap the ice cubes in a clean tea towel, put the towel on a chopping board and bash it with a rolling pin until the ice is roughly crushed. Put the ice in a tall glass, and pour the espresso over. Add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Fill the glass up to around 1.5cm below the rim with sparkling water, then top with a spoonful of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles if liked. Sip through a straw for a refreshing summery drink.

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