Gallery: 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]

Manage Uppers with Downers
Manage Uppers with Downers
"I usually remedy the situation with a couple of pints of beer from a local brewery called Jester King."—Lorenzo Perkins, Cuvee Coffee, Austin TX

[Photo: Lily Kubota]

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

Sleep It Off
Sleep It Off
"Usually I need to be sleep it off, like being drunk."—Charrow, Joe, NYC

[Photo: JJ Johnson]

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]

Heart Attack-ack-ack
Heart Attack-ack-ack
"If I’m overcaffeinated in the morning or early afternoon, I usually just suffer and wait it out. If it’s late afternoon or evening, drinking a beer and eating some food usually makes my heart pound a little slower."—Urban Eisley, Ports, NYC

[Photo: David Hernandez III]

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]