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Acid Reflux: Can I Drink Coffee?

Updated on March 31, 2015

Low-Acid Coffee


You can still have coffee with acid reflux!
You can still have coffee with acid reflux! | Source

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 3 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.

Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

You can still drink coffee!
You can still drink coffee! | Source

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-acid? I needed to find an answer so I wouldn't have to quite my coffee addiction.

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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:

  • Brazil
  • Sumatra
  • Puerto Rico
  • India
  • Indonesia

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!

Hevia Low-Acid Coffee

If you experience heartburn, stomach ulcers or acid reflux, you can still drink coffee! Hevia low-acid coffee makes a coffee for you. Hevia 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 effect you stomach the way other coffees do.

Puroast coffee is great for people who are effected by:

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

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

It comes in tons of flavors like:

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

You Can Still Have Your Coffee With Acid Reflux!

You Can Still Have Your Coffee With Acid Reflux!
You Can Still Have Your Coffee With Acid Reflux! | Source

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!


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      Amanda 2 years ago

      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!

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      farza 4 years ago

      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.

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

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

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      Aga 4 years ago

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

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      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.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      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.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      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.

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      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!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      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. :)