Can I Drink Coffee If I Have Acid Reflux?
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 Review
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-acid? I needed to find an answer so I wouldn't have to quite 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
- Look For The 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 effect the acidity of the coffee bean.
Countries that produce low-acid coffee beans:
- Puerto Rico
Low-Acid Coffee Is Convenient Now!
Cold-Pressing Coffee Creates Lower Acidty
Cold-pressing your coffee releases less acidity than brewing your coffee would. To cold-press you coffee:
- Place about 6 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:
- French Vanilla
- 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 effect you stomach the way other coffees do. It's a good choice for people who are effected by:
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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.
- Nutcracker Sweet
- Autumn Spice
- Bourbon Pecan Torte
- Cinnamon Streusel
- Candy Cane
- Winter Wonderland
- Mocha Java
- 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 you morning cup of Joe!
What Do You Think?
Have You Suffered From Acid Reflux
- John, D. March, 2018. 9 Best Low Acid Coffee Brands for Upset Stomachs. Chicago, IL. https://www.drippedcoffee.com/best-low-acid-coffee/.
- Rodrigo. December, 2018. Can Coffee Cause Acid Reflux? Yes! 7 Ways to Avoid It. Burlington, MA. https://www.littlecoffeeplace.com/coffee-acid-reflux.
- Puroast Coffee Company. January 2019. Discover Wellness. Woodland, CA. http://www.puroast.com/discover-wellness.html.
- 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. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323333.php.
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.
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