What You Need to Know About Acid Reflux and Coffee

Written by Guest Contributor: Lori Clark

Do you ever suffer from heartburn or a bitter taste in your mouth?  These are symptoms of acid reflux which can be irritated by your beloved coffee. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid leaks up from the stomach into the esophagus.  Coffee drinking and acid reflux can even cause enamel eroding and discoloration of teeth. This is bad news for coffee fans everywhere because over 60 million people experience acid reflux symptomsIf you or a loved one is part of the 60 million, here are some less acidic options to consider. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is hailed as a less acidic process because traditional hot brewing encourages more natural acidic oils to be secreted. Cold brew coffee is not acid free, but some of the top selling cold brew systems claim that their java is 60% less acidic. These cold brew systems are available for home use, at affordable prices.  Cold-brewing is simple, but does require planning ahead.  Cold brew coffee needs to seep in water for 12-24 hours before it’s ready for consumption. 

Low Acid Coffee Grinds

Whether you like organic, specialty, or name brand supermarket coffee grinds, there are less acidic options available. Look for affordable brands at large retail stores by carefully scanning for sub-labels that state: “less acid.” Darker roasts are considered naturally less acidic, so beware many of these options are going to come with a stronger taste.

Quitting Cold Turkey

Having acid reflux symptoms is all about identifying personal triggers. Coffee is a known suspect for most acid reflux sufferers, and if java’s giving you issues, quitting is the only way to completely rid yourself of associated acids.  Sadly, when it comes to coffee, quitting cold turkey is the only acid free option. 


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