Slideshow: Ask a Barista: How Do You Beat Overcaffeination?

Respect the Nap
Respect the Nap
"Mostly I will eat a banana and drink a ton of water. If it's really bad, for me it's kind of like a hangover, I just need a good burger or some potatoes. Oh, and a nap!"—Alexandra Littlejohn, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz CA

[Photo courtesy: Alexandra Littlejohn]

Thank Dog
Thank Dog
"Eating a meal, then taking the dog on a long walk seems to help."—Michael Harwood, Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Carrboro NC

[Photo: Liz Clayton]

H2O La La
H2O La La
"A croissant and a glass of water."—Amanda Whitt, Everyman Espresso, NYC

[Photo: Sam Lewontin]

Hydration Is Key
Hydration Is Key
"After a few cups of coffee, it is sometime necessary to rehydrate with lots of water." —Tony Riffel, Octane Coffee, Atlanta

[Photo: Andrew Lee]

Bananas for Bananas
Bananas for Bananas
"Bananas! Folks, science has proven that bananas will stop the jitters and get your eyesight right after too many espressos. We always brought a bunch of bananas to our Advanced Espresso class, and I recommend it for every training joint and cupping lab in the land. Eat a banana!"—Simon Ouderkirk, Spot Coffee, Saratoga Springs NY

[Photo: Simon Ouderkirk]

Run It Out
Run It Out
"Delicious food and running are great cures—not necessarily in that order."—Bronwen Serna, 2004 U.S. Barista Champion, Seattle

Get Coconutty
Get Coconutty
"I have to work hard at preventing overcaffeination. I'm pretty sensitive to the stuff and I become Cerberus if it happens. (No, really.) Best tip is to not let it happen in the first place. Use a spit cup [to prevent swallowing coffee] during cuppings, quality control of espresso and drip coffees etc; hydrate; and eat. I ingest caffeine on a full stomach only and chase any amount of caffeine with a couple glasses of water. If I become overcaffeinated, I eat something immediately and drink water to keep the three-headed dog at bay. Coconut water does seem to work very well, too." —Chelsea Thoumsin, Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia

[Photo: Brian Gelletly]

Vitamins B and Bee
Vitamins B and Bee
"When I'm feeling super overcaffeinated it's time for some water, a B vitamin, and a banana. Maybe a bike ride too. The second roaster I worked for liked to keep a bag of fresh bee pollen in the cupping room. That seemed to help."—Trevor Greuhn, Johnson Public House, Madison WI

[Photo: Charlie Burt]

The Power of Water
The Power of Water
"Water. Lots and lots of water. Dehydration is a witch."—Laila Ghambari, Caffe Ladro, Seattle

[Photo: Kirk Mastin]

Grand Granola
Grand Granola
"Food! More specifically, Early Bird Foods makes a delicious 'Crack of Dawn Granola Bar,' and it is my addiction. It's easy to grab and eat midshift, and it's perfectly salty & sweet. I never leave home without one." —Rachel Haughey, Espresso Neat, Darien CT

[Photo: William Haughey]