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When people diagnosed with acid reflux visit the doctor, one of the first things they’re asked is to cut down on their coffee consumption. It may be easy to prescribe, but all of us coffee lovers know how difficult it can be to just stop having coffee cold turkey. Sure it may be causing you stomach problems, but coffee is often the only thing getting us through those tiring work mornings. How will we make it through another Monday without it?!
Now, the thing to pay attention to is the fact that it's not coffee itself that is causing you problems. It's the caffeine content and the acids released from your coffee beans that cause all of the trouble. So, instead of never drinking coffee again, why don't we try some ways to skip around this? Here are our top recipes on how to make low-acid coffee for people with acid reflux. Let's get drinking!
Looking for a way to enjoy all the elements of a good cup of coffee without having to pop a few antacids right after? You should buy a low-acid dark roast from Lifeboost Coffee! The darker the roast of your coffee, the more time it has spent under heat. This means that most of the oils and acids in your coffee beans have been burned off (not in a bad way, don't worry!), so it will be much safer and healthier to drink if you have acid reflux.
Do you want to know a little secret to ensure your coffee has an even lower acid content? Grind it super fine before you start the brewing process. Also, use alkaline water in your coffee maker for the perfect cup of coffee that doesn’t cause you any inflammation or pain!
If you aren’t 100% decided on having your coffee hot, might we suggest going for a cold brew to get your daily kick of caffeine without angering your stomach? Cold brews can be a great way for people with GERD to enjoy coffee and not have to worry about the caffeine content!
What’s the big deal with cold brew anyways? How can something as simple as changing the temperature suddenly make coffee okay for you to have? Let’s find out below!
As much as we love dark roasts and lattes, cold brew has a special place in our hearts. That’s because it is a smoother, more delicious way of enjoying your favorite coffee blend without any of the flavors or undertones getting muddled in the process.
People often think a cold brew is simply pouring your shot of espresso over ice and drinking it up. Tasty as it may be, you will end up with an overly acidic and strong 'iced' coffee and not a cold brew using this method.
To ensure a low-acid cold brew, you will need to let it steep for quite some time. Since all coffee beans contain oils that store numerous fatty acids, the best way to ensure they aren't extracted is by using cold water. The cold, slow brew process stops most of the oils stored in the beans from being fully extracted, resulting in a mellow brew with low acidity and plenty of flavors. Cold brew coffee is known to be over 60% less acidic than regular coffee, making it much easier on the stomach.
Here is a quick guide on making the best cold brew of your life. You can just use your favorite coffee blend from Lifeboost Coffee for this recipe, so there will be no need to spend money on expensive beans or special equipment. For cold brews, coarsely ground beans work better than fine-grind. Let's go over how you can get your hands on the right ingredients.
Now that your coarsely ground beans are ready, it's time to get a-brewin'! You need to achieve the perfect ratio of water to coffee beans for the perfect cold brew. A ratio of 2:1 water to coffee works best for most cold brews.
Step 1: Combine 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee with 2 cups of cold water.
Step 2: Seal the container, shake well and refrigerate it for 12 to 24 hours.
Step 3: Once you’ve left the coffee to brew for enough time, take it out, line the fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter, and pour your coffee through to get rid of the grounds.
Step 4: Enjoy your delicious cold brew!
Did you know that decaf iced coffee is much better for people with acid reflux than your usual cup? That's because decaf coffee granules don't have as much caffeine as regular coffee beans do, thus lowering the chances of making you rush to the bathroom after taking just a few sips.
If you've been struggling with acid reflux, you should consider decaf varieties of your favorite coffee blends. Decaf coffee is significantly better and healthier for people who are sensitive to acidic content.
That's because caffeine is the main culprit that causes your stomach to produce more acid, which can be a nightmare for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. With decaf varieties, you won’t have this problem!
Ingredients You’ll Need
The best way to ensure your morning coffee doesn’t cause you any stomach problems is by opting for a blend that is low in chlorogenic acids. To reduce the acids in your coffee brew, you can always add some milk to it. When milk is added to coffee, the milk proteins bind to the chlorogenic acids, thus eliminating their activity.
The acids won’t be able to react in your stomach to promote the production of stomach acids or even give you heartburn. Another good option is to add heavy whipping cream, as it doesn’t contain lactose which is responsible for causing digestive problems.
P.S. Make sure milk doesn’t upset your stomach before trying out this tip. You can also look into non-dairy varieties of milk if you’re lactose intolerant or your stomach doesn't agree with full-fat milk. Almond milk is a great option for people looking for ways to make their coffee low-acid. It has a higher alkalinity level than regular milk, so it does a better job of neutralizing the acids released by your beans.
Here is a super easy recipe to start your mornings with a yummy latte.
If you’ve spent any time on TikTok or YouTube’s food channels recently, you’ve probably come across the much-raved and extremely loved Dalgona coffee.
The creamy, thick coffee paste mixing in with milk and swirling around the ice cubes can leave the best of us craving a coffee instantly! Unfortunately, Dalgona coffee isn’t the best choice if you have acid reflux.
While it does have milk which is known to reduce the acidity of your coffee beans, the high coffee bean, and white sugar content will undo any neutralization that your milk causes. Therefore, you're left with a highly acidic cup of coffee that can even make people without GERD feel that stinging heartburn sensation. Just imagine how much worse it’ll be for someone who already deals with acid reflux!
Does that mean you have to bid your dreams of one day trying Dalgona coffee farewell? Not on our watch! The original Dalgona might be too acidic for you, but what if we found a way to decaffeinate it? We discussed previously how decaf coffees are much better for people living with acid reflux as there is little to no caffeine to trigger their condition. On the other hand, if you're someone who prefers to maintain a low caffeine diet for better health, pregnancies, or any other reason, the decaf Dalgona will be your new favorite drink!
Here is how you can make decaffeinated Dalgona whipped coffee for your early mornings.
Apart from trying out our delectable recipes to make that perfect cup of low-acid coffee, there are some other steps you can also take to ensure you don't aggravate your acid reflux every morning.
Starting from what kind of roast you pick out to grabbing some alkaline ingredients from the pantry and grinding your beans in the right way - all of these quick steps will do wonders for your morning routine!
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