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Why Does Coffee Give Me Heartburn?

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Why Does Coffee Give Me Heartburn?

It’s time to begin your day correctly with coffee as the #1 priority.

You think about it as you are getting it prepared; how it's going to taste, the flavor, how it makes you feel. Everything is just right. Or is it?

However, one thing was not quite right, and it's about to hit you like a ton of bricks! It's that nasty, miserable, stomach-churning, post-coffee heart burn.  Yuck! Ouch! Too much of that can't be healthy. But did you know that it just might be your brew method that is causing that burning, churning feeling?

Cold-Brewing produces coffee that naturally low in acids, making it a much more stomach friendly coffee option, but we want to discuss in a bit more detail just what exactly heartburn is. (fun fact -- It actually has nothing to do with your heart)

"Heartburn is a common problem created by acid reflux, a condition where some of the stomach contents are forced back up into the esophagus. It creates a burning pain in the lower chest. " -Medical News Today

While this phenomenon isn't technically (or medically) called Heartburn, it's name comes from the burning sensation we feel, as stomach acids arise and irritate our esophagus.

So what does this have to do with coffee again?

hot brewed coffee has acids that upset stomach and possible heartburn.

Heartburn has become an unspoken truth often tied to coffee, that many choose to suffer through. We justify the torture, because let’s face it, we need our cup of joe to get the day started. We’ll deal with the consequences later, right? Wrong. The consequences are often immediate.

Most modern brewing methods, such as French Press, Espresso, Hot-Drip and  Single-Serve use hot water to brew and result in coffee that is high in acids. Those same acids may contribute to that dreaded heartburn. 

If you're interested in the more technical details, you should totally check out our science page! It's full of all sorts of information regarding health. From your tummy to your teeth!



To find out how you can start brewing low acid coffee naturally give cold brewing a try!


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