While it has been open for a while, this is my first visit to Star Coffee, I have seen it several times while in downtown Round Rock, but decided to try it this morning as I was in need of free Wi-Fi (and breakfast). Star Coffee is located at 201 E. Main Street in Round Rock, TX. They have an extensive menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner – all served all day. They also have a large array of drinks – coffee, expresso, smoothies, etc.
As you may notice in the photo above, the building is an historical landmark. When I moved here in 1975, this building housed the local Farmer’s Co-Op. I used to go in there to buy ‘chicken scratch’ to feed the birds in my back yard. Over the years the location has hosted several businesses. I hope that Star Coffee is here to stay.
I went in this morning and had an omelette that was pretty good. Maybe not the best I ever had, but certainly a good omelette. The coffee was descent too. As they say on their website:
Before Star Coffee Texas opened in 2009, we had a vision to be the place where locals and visitors wanted to come to get an amazing cup coffee and some great food! We know that quality trumps everything, especially when it comes to creating a place where everyone wants to be. By 20015, our café was relocated to the building we are in now in order to provide our customers with a quaint atmosphere, supurb coffee, baked goods and of course the great food menu people have come to know and love.
At Star Coffee Texas, our mission is to serve our customers with the finest coffee beans, and beverages as well as a wonderfully diverse menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and baked goods to satisfy every craving at any time of the day. Our aim is to become “the” local cafe that people love and want to come back to time and time agin due to our great customer service, wonderful coffee beverages, and menu items created with all the love and care that our amazing customers deserve.
The setting is simple, but comfortable. The staff has been courteous and helpful. All-in-all it is a place I intend to come back to. An added service is that they take Apple Pay so I could buy breakfast using my Apple Watch.
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Coffee – When I came across the article “Drinking Four Cups of Coffee Is Probably Safe” this morning I had to read it. I learned a few things from the article:
- We should all try to limit our daily consumption to about 400mg of caffeine (I have seen this suggestion before)
- The “World’s sTrongest Coffee” is something called Black Insomnia – they claim a minimum of 702 mg of Caffeine per 12 fl. oz. cup
- A close runner up to Black Insomnia is Death Wish – they also claim to be the “World’s Strongest Coffee”
That 400mg rule of course depends upon the individual and their state of health. If you want to get a good estimate of how much you are consuming per day you can check here, here and here. There are so many variables that it is difficult to get an exact number, but an average is 100-120 mg per 8oz. home brewed cup. I drink two 16 oz cups each morning, so that means I am right at or slightly over the recommended level. Perhaps a little less as I don’t like the taste of strongly brewed coffee and I adjust my brewing process accordingly.
A good rule of thumb would be if you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms (from the Mayo Clinic), you should consider reducing your daily caffeine consumption:
- Migraine headache
- Frequent urination or inability to control urination
- Stomach upset
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
Will I be buying either of the two “World’s Strongest Coffees” mentioned above – Not likely. Not only do they cost about twice as much as my regular Sprout’s Blend ($19.99 per pound for both Black Insomnia and Death Wish), as I mentioned above I don’t like the taste of strongly brewed coffee.
Coffee – I found the article”Which coffee brewing method makes the tastiest cup?‘ on Quora a couple of says ago. The author’s answer, not a surprise to me, is that the ‘tastiest’ cup of coffee is going to vary from person to person.
He mentions that each person should try different brewing methods:
- French Press
- Cold Brew
For myself, I prefer Drip as . . . well it is simple an quick. When I get up of a morning, I want my coffee as soon as I can get it with as little trouble as possible. Drip might be brew the tastiest coffee, but it is my preferred method.
Coffee – I came across the article “Clear Coffee That Won’t Stain Your Teeth Has Arrived” this morning. CLRCFF is what the drink is called. Hmmm . . . even though they claim that it tastes like coffee and has the same caffeine, I just don’t think it would be the same to drink this new concoction.
This is a drink produced in the UK, so we may not even be able to try it over here in the States anytime soon. Though since Whole Foods seems to be carrying it in the UK, we may see it here sooner than I expect. The price may also be a deterrent with two 200 ml (about 7oz) bottles selling in the U.K. for £5.99 (about $7.50 today).
Since I like my coffee hot and black, I’m not sure that this will ever appeal to me. I guess if you like iced coffee this might appeal to you. While this is an interesting development, I’ll stick with what I brew at home every morning.
Is this something that you would buy to satisfy your caffeine cravings every day?
I like coffee, so when I saw an article on Bulletproof Coffee it intrigued me. I haven’t tried adding butter to my coffee yet, but one of these mornings I’ll get adventurous and try it. Not sure about the “Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Beans” and “Brain Octane Oil” though. Making Bulletproof Coffee with these ingredients is claimed to give improved IQ and cognitive function.
Dave Asprey (the ‘Bulletproof’ founder) also recommends using a French Press or Pour Over Method. He likes taking the time to slowly pour his hot water over the grounds in the Pour Over Method. I’m not sure I want to suffer that delay getting to my first cup of the morning.
I see that Picnik, both a Restaurant and Food Truck here in Austin, serves Bulletproof coffee. Perhaps I’ll try it there first before committing to the process myself.
Have you tried it? What do you think?
Coffee – I certainly can’t operate well with my coffee of a morning. I came across the article “5 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity” this morning. The points raised in that article are:
- It improves mental performance and alertness – this is certainly true for me. There is more evidence included in my earlier post “Coffee Does Help You Get Started“. On the other hand “Wait Till 9:30 for Coffee?” argues that there are optimum times for drinking coffee. Personally I don’t want to wait that late in the morning.
- It can affect the quality of your sleep – I can agree with this, but the simple answer is to reduce/eliminate coffee after noon (or what ever time works for you to get a good night’s sleep).
- It may enhance your willpower – Hmm, I hadn’t thought of this before. I can certainly see how a cup can give you an energy boost.
- Drinking coffee at the wrong time will lead to increased blood pressure and adrenaline levels – I am fortunate that I don’t have high blood pressure, but I can see where this could adversely affect some.
- It can help you learn faster – though I can’t find any references handy, I have seen evidence of this.
I guess the bottom line is drink coffee, in a reasonable way. I know that for me brewing my coffee is the very first thing I do every morning.
Coffee – I have certainly always thought that coffee helped me get started in the morning. My wife even refrains from talking to me much until I have had at least part of a cup.
I was pleased to learn of a study published in Frontiers of Psychology last November (“Caffeine Enhances Memory Performance in Young Adults during Their Non-optimal Time of Day“).
It has been well known that caffeine:
- easily crosses the blood-brain barrier
- increases the firing rates of the brain in regions controlling sleep and mood
- increases alertness
This study confirms that caffeine not only improves the memory recall of older adults, but it has the same affect on college age students. Keep in mind that this study specifically addresses the ability of caffeine to improve the memory of those who are struggling to wake up: “caffeine benefits cognition during suboptimal conditions- in this case, during the low point in young adults’ circadian rhythm.”
I like the taste of coffee, so I don’t need this benefit. It is nice to know though that there are other benefits to having a cup or two each morning.