Here are GreenEyedGuide’s 3 Guidelines for Caffeine Awareness Month:
ONE – Know how much caffeine you can have in 1 day
Health adults should not have more than 400 mg caffeine per day. This is according to the US FDA, Health Canada, and the EFSA, who all reviewed research on caffeine intake and health outcomes.
In short, 400 mg is the tipping point where the side-effects of caffeine start outweighing the benefits.
TWO – Know how much caffeine is in your food or drink before you open it.
Many energy drinks have the “Total Caffeine From All Sources” on the label. Many coffees and teas don’t mention the caffeine content on the label. In general, one cup of coffee has ~100 mg caffeine, though the amount varies by beans and brewing method. One cup of tea has ~45 mg caffeine.
THREE – Know the signs you’ve had too much caffeine.
On Saturday, March 7, caffeine lovers gathered at Uptown Art in Sussex, Wisconsin for Caffeine Con 2020. With nearly 100 attendees and 18 different businesses participating, the event marked a successful beginning to March as “Caffeine Awareness Month”. Here’s a quick look at the highlights from this year’s conference.
When Art Meets Caffeine
Caffeine Con featured coffee, tea, energy drinks, caffeinated food, AND ART! Attendees didn’t just learn about sustainably sourced coffee beans and how to properly brew a cup of tea, they also created beautiful masterpieces like those shown below.
Thank you to our vendors, speakers, and Sample Bar donors:
To learn more about the companies who participated in Caffeine Con, explore the list below:
Caffeine Con is the brain-child of GreenEyedGuide, Danielle Robertson Rath.
GreenEyedGuide has been passionate about caffeine since 2003! That’s the year she started studying biochemistry at the University of California San Diego. While balancing her full-time studies and two part-time jobs, GreenEyedGuide relied on these brand-new, controversial things called “energy drinks” to survive.
Only, she did more than that.
As a biochemistry major, GreenEyedGuide decided then and there, in the year 2003, to write a book about the “science behind energy drinks” so others could understand why certain ingredients were added and what things like “taurine” actually did. She wanted people to see the drinks like she could, through her green eyes (hence the moniker).
Ten years later, GreenEyedGuide published “Are You a Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks — How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely”. [Available on Amazon, Audible, eBay, by-request at your local library, and wherever books are sold]
So why a “Caffeine Con”?
March is Caffeine Awareness Month – what better time to gather those who enjoy caffeine, those who are looking to quit caffeine, and those who have questions about caffeine?
Caffeine Awareness Month is just that – AWARENESS.
It’s awareness that many drinks which look NOTHING like the stereotypical energy drink have more caffeine than a Red Bull.
It’s awareness that the type of coffee bean (light roasted, dark roasted, green coffee beans) makes a huge difference in taste…and maybe less difference in the amount of caffeine you get.
It’s awareness that there are healthy ways to get caffeine for any diet preference (no sugar, no artificial, no guarana, no coffee-taste, no carbs, etc)
It’s awareness that caffeine is sometimes in our cosmetics, our headache medicine, our booze, and our food.
It’s awareness that some people should not have caffeine, some people don’t need caffeine, some people want more caffeine, and some people just want more information
Enjoy Caffeine Awareness Month – Join us if you can!
A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it.
The 2020 Caffeine Con is looking for speakers and vendors. The only requirement is that your topic involves caffeine. Selling a specialty coffee? Sharing samples of different teas? Showcasing your paintings of coffee beans or statues made of energy drink cans? Great! As long as it involves caffeine, you’re welcome here.
VENDOR – You will get a small table (if you have one of your own, great!) upon which you can set up your display. Got a blind taste-test idea? Want to highlight the difference between two types of tea or two kinds of coffee? Want to educate attendees on a particular topic? Got a collection of decorative coffee cups to sell?
You are limited only by your imagination.
Please note if your display involves health claims, you will need to provide citations to medical journals or peer-reviewed studies. We acknowledge and embrace a difference in opinions when it comes to certain caffeinated beverages but at this event our goal is to promote facts, not fear.
SPEAKER – You will have 10 minutes on a small stage to share your passion. Humor is encouraged. You are not required to register as a vendor but note all vendors get the option to speak for at least 5 minutes.
If you’d like to be a speaker and/or a vendor, use the button below and fill out the form.