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Can I Drink Coffee If I Have Acid Reflux?

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Can You Still Drink Coffee if You Have Acid Reflux?

A few months ago, my doctor determined that I have acid reflux. As a coffee lover (I drink three or more cups of coffee a day), I was distraught.

There was no way I would give up drinking my coffee. I had to find a way around this. I did some research and found that you can still drink coffee without the heartburn if you follow the following tips.

Low-Acid Coffee

While walking through Neiman Marcus one day, I saw a man giving samples of the Neiman Marcus special anniversary blend coffee. I was drawn in. When he told me that it was a low-acid coffee, I grabbed a sample.

I had never heard of low-acid coffees. With acid reflux, we need to avoid acidy foods, so low-acid coffee sounded like a great coffee non-alternative.

Just like the man said, the low-acid coffee was sweeter than higher-acid coffees. I didn't even need coffee creamer or sugar with it!

I ended up buying a bag, which was on sale, and bringing it home.

After that, I started looking more closely at the bags of coffee at the store to find out if they were low-acid or high-acid. I didn't see anything showing if the bags of coffee were high or low acid.

When I returned home, I decided to do some research on low-acid coffees. How can you tell which coffee has low amounts of acid? I needed to find an answer so I wouldn't have to quit my coffee addiction.

Dark Roast Coffee

When I did some research to find out how to tell if a coffee was low or high acid, I found tons of information. It basically boiled down to the dark-roasted coffees containing the least amount of acid.

The process of roasting the coffee beans releases the acid from the coffee. The longer the coffee bean roasts, the less acid it will contain!

What to Look for in a Low-Acid Coffee

  • Dark Roast
  • Country of Origin
  • Low-Acid Coffee
  • Cold-Pressed Coffee

Where Is the Coffee From?

Another thing I found interesting is that the coffee's country of origin can affect the acidity of the coffee bean.

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Countries that produce low-acid coffee beans:

  • Brazil
  • Sumatra
  • Puerto Rico
  • India
  • Indonesia

How to Cold Press Your Coffee

Cold-pressing your coffee releases less acidity than brewing your coffee would. To cold-press your coffee:

  • Place about six tablespoons of ground coffee beans into a French Press
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the French Press
  • Let it sit overnight
  • Lower the press to filter the grinds
  • Pour into a container

This will make a concentrated cold-pressed coffee. You can add this concentrated coffee to water to make your coffee. Add cream and sugar as desired!

Hevla Low-Acid Coffee

If you experience heartburn, stomach ulcers or acid reflux, you can still drink coffee! Hevla low-acid coffee makes a coffee for you. Hevla is one of the only coffee producers that make a low-acid coffee.

They carry a variety of flavors like:

  • Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Amaretto
  • Irish Creme
  • Cinnamon Nut
  • Bavarian Chocolate
  • Chocolate Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Almond

The coffee beans are grown in Guatemala. The coffee beans are roasted until 72 irritants are removed from the coffee. That means no stomach irritation for you!

Puroast Low-Acid Coffee

Puroast coffee tastes great and doesn't affect your stomach the way other coffees do. It's a good choice for people who are affected by:

  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • GERD
  • Pregnancy
  • Heartburn

Puroast has a smooth taste and a great flavor. It comes in both single-serving sized K-cups and bagged roasts. You can get caffeinated or decaffeinated.

Flavors include:

  • Nutcracker Sweet
  • Autumn Spice
  • Bourbon Pecan Torte
  • Cinnamon Streusel
  • Candy Cane
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Mocha Java
  • Vanilla
  • and more!

Acid Reflux Sufferers: Don't Give Up Coffee!

After you or a loved one learn that you have acid reflux, GERD, or interstitial cystitis, there is no need to give up coffee. We just have to choose our coffee more wisely.

Try to look for low-acid, dark-roasted coffee from low-acid-producing countries. If you look for these things, you will still be able to have your morning cup of Joe!


  • John, D. March, 2018. 9 Best Low Acid Coffee Brands for Upset Stomachs. Chicago, IL.
  • Rodrigo. December, 2018. Can Coffee Cause Acid Reflux? Yes! 7 Ways to Avoid It. Burlington, MA.
  • Puroast Coffee Company. January 2019. Discover Wellness. Woodland, CA.
  • Hevla Coffee. July, 2013. The Acidity of Coffee. Highlands Ranch, CO.
  • Madell, R. December 7, 2017. Coffee vs. Tea for GERD. New York, NY.
  • Huzar, T. October, 2018. Should people with GERD avoid caffeine? Brighton, UK.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Melanie Casey


Amanda on February 26, 2015:

I just found out I may have gerd the other day and as a college student it was heartbreaking to hear coffee was off the grocery list...this is hopeful!

farza on November 28, 2013:

Heartburn is experienced when acid from the stomach passes back into the food pipe causing irritation and pain. Coffee and many other foods increase acid secretion in the stomach, but this does not necessarily cause heartburn; although for some people it might. What is recommended is to be aware of the foods that cause this and avoid it.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on October 30, 2013:

Monis Mas, I agree with you completely! (-:

Agnes on October 30, 2013:

I have an acid reflux problem from time to time, but I wouldn't give up my coffee :-)

moonlake from America on October 29, 2013:

I have acid reflux but mostly if I eat late and have spicey food or milk. Interesting hub. Coffee doesn't seem to bother me no matter how late I drink it. Voted up.

Gypsy48 on September 10, 2013:

Good to know. I have a problem with acid reflux at times but I don't want to give up my coffee. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on September 09, 2013:

Thank you. I am affected by Acid Reflux and I love my coffee. Only two cups a day but it doesn't do the condition any good. I will check out whether there are any stores in the UK that stock low acid coffee. Thanks for this useful hub.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on September 08, 2013:

Thanks Bishop55! I just found out I had acid reflux about a year ago. I was colicky as a baby though. I could just imagine how awful it would be for a baby to have acid reflux. I hope he feels better!

Rebecca from USA on September 08, 2013:

useful and informative hub. My nephew suffered from AR as a baby. it was horrible. Not the same as the adult version, I know, but this was still well written for coffee lovers suffering from this condition. :)

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