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Coffee Nap?

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Coffee – I am not much in the way of taking naps. I always seem to feel worse afterwards. I did come across “Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone” recently, though the article is from two years ago.

So what is a ‘coffee nap”? Drink a cup of coffee, then take a quick nap. 

You would think that the coffee would keep you from sleeping, but if to lay your head down immediately after drinking the coffee, you have a window before the coffee takes affect. Nap then for 20 minutes and you will wake up not only benefiting from the nap, but also from the caffeine that has finally hit your system.

Studies cited in the article indicate that a coffee nap is more beneficial than either coffee or a nap in reviving you.

 

USA, New York, New York – Cafe Lalo

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My wife and I are in New York for a little vacation. Cafe Lalo (http://cafelalo.com) was recommended to us. We went by there yesterday for a late breakfast. This in a nice place that is stuck in amongst apartment buildings. It is located at 201 West 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024.

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They claim on their website that Cafe Lalo is “The cafe Europeans would love to have in Europe! Cafe Lalo has become known as the place to go before and after the movies, the theater or dinner to enjoy a great dessert and an expertly-made cappuccino. With our unique European design and open air atmosphere by floor-to-ceiling French windows, Cafe Lalo is the place to see and to be seen. Come sip an espresso with the writers, artists and celebrities who join the locals to enjoy soothing jazz and classical music in a relaxing atmosphere.

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I don’t know about that, but I do know that they  had good breakfasts. I had a three cheese omelette – Sharp cheddar, Brie and Blue Cheese.

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My wife had three scrambled eggs shiitake & porcini mushrooms.

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We went back to Lalo’s  a second time (we both had the same dishes) and I did captured a photo of the deserts. They have a great selection! I hope to sample some of those.

This is a place we would recommend to anyone and it likely a place we will return at least once on our brief trip to New York.


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How much Caffeine is in Your coffee?

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Coffee – Many stop on their way into work each morning and pick up a cup of coffee. How much caffeine are we getting when we do that? It varies. A lot.

BuzzFeed commissioned a study to see how much caffeine was in coffee from some of the most frequent stops (Starbucks, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts). Samples were taken from shops in New York City and in San Francisco.

First, their results showed that East Coast coffee is stronger, on average, than West Coast coffee. The other surprising outcome was that 7-Eleven coffee had the most (280 mg) caffeine. All the samples were medium cups of coffee and black (the way coffee should always be consumed in my opinion). For those of you who are Starbuck’s fans, their coffee came in second (267 mg) in caffeine strength.

Just to put that in perspective, a report in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology has says that a healthy adult can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day.  The FDA says that the average American consumes about 300 mg of caffeine a day.

While it May Not be the Best, You CAN Hydrate with Coffee

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Coffee – The study “A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of a beverage hydration index” published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that coffee does not cause dehydration as previously thought.

A study of the effect of coffee published in 1928 had set the thinking that because coffee is a diuretic, it would not help in hydration. The new, more comprehensive study indicates that coffee will contribute to hydration. While coffee is certainly inferior to water for hydration, coffee will help regardless of the many trips to the restroom it may cause.

Another Benefit of Coffee – It Can Blunt Pain

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Coffee – I like coffee. That makes me keep an eye out for positive information about drinking it.

Back in May of 2017 researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital published a report that “shows that chronic sleep loss increases pain sensitivity. It suggests that chronic pain sufferers can get relief by getting more sleep, or, short of that, taking medications to promote wakefulness such as caffeine.

The report goes on to say:

. . . rather than just taking painkillers, patients with chronic pain might benefit from better sleep habits or sleep-promoting medications at night, coupled with daytime alertness-promoting agents to try to break the pain cycle. Some painkillers already include caffeine as an ingredient, although its mechanism of action isn’t yet known. Both caffeine and modafinil boost dopamine circuits in the brain, so that may provide a clue.

If you, or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, a nice cup of coffee may help.

USA, Texas, Round Rock – Star Coffee

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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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Why I Love Coffee

Coffee – While I don’t have the same ‘romantic’ feeling towards coffee, I certainly can understand her feelings for this remarkable brew.

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Why do I love coffee..? Let me count the ways.
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The taste of coffee is comforting and grounding.
When I drink coffee I feel a nostalgia that is hard to explain; a warmth.
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The aroma, the taste, the buzz, the culture, and the connections, all are worthy reasons.
In the morning coffee lifts me up and boosts my day.

I love the culture and variety of coffee:

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I enjoy learning about the different countries that grow coffee.

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I’m intrigued by different roasting and brewing techniques. I love the roasted nutty smell and taste of good coffee beans. Experimenting with coffee flavors and styles can be a lot of fun.

cupsI am fascinated with all the wonderful different ways to enjoy the incredible edible coffee bean.

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Coffee is soothing on a rainy day, and melts away the brittle snow or ice of winter. When a day is full of hustle and bustle, taking the…

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‘Safe’ Level of Caffeine Confirmed

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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:

  1. We should all try to limit our daily consumption to about 400mg of caffeine (I have seen this suggestion before)
  2. The “World’s sTrongest Coffee” is something called Black Insomnia – they claim a minimum of 702 mg of Caffeine per 12 fl. oz. cup
  3. 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
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • 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.

 

Which way to Brew?

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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:

  1. Expresso
  2. Drip
  3. French Press
  4. Turkish
  5. 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.

 

Clear Coffee????

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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?