For half of the adult population in America, drinking coffee is a morning ritual to kick-start the day. The thought of foregoing the daily habit – even to avoid acid reflux flare-ups – is a tall (or Venti) order. But what if you could have a cup without risking an acid reflux attack?
The good news is that there’s an alternative way to prepare your coffee that reduces the acidity by up to 70% – enough to help some acid reflux/GERD sufferers enjoy a cup with no regrets. Plus, the taste and smoothness surpasses other brewing methods, possibly even that of your favorite barista. The method is known as cold-pressed and, contrary to the name, you can end up with a piping hot cup of joe.
The cold-pressed method requires little equipment – a container and a fine sieve or a French press. Simply grind your coffee beans (recommended for the best flavor), pour them into a container, add water and let the grinds steep in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours – the longer the grinds steep, the stronger the coffee. Then pour the contents through a sieve or press through the water using your French press. You can make enough to last through the week as the cold-pressed coffee will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to ten days.
- 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee – coarse, or coffee beans already ground for a French Press
- 3 1/2 cups water
- Select a container or use a French press.
- Coarsely grind the coffee beans if needed.
- Pour ground beans in the container or French press.
- Slowly add the water.
- Let steep in the refrigerator for 12 – 24 hours.
- Pour contents through a sieve or French press through the water.
Makes 3 cups which will keep in the refrigerator for up to ten days.
The result is a smooth and intense, yet low-acidic coffee that will be more gentle on your stomach and may turn out to be your favorite cup. Often the brew is strong because of the steeping time. This works in your favor as you then simply add boiling water for a hot cup. Or heat the coffee straight-up for stronger flavor. You can also pour the contents over ice and make a refreshing, iced coffee for the warmer days.
While cold-pressed coffee is a more involved than pressing a button on an automated system, the results are worth the extra effort. A delicious cup with significantly less acidity is gentler on your stomach, pleasing to your taste buds and can prevent reflux symptoms like painful heartburn, a bitter taste in your mouth and an uncomfortable lump in your throat.
Making lifestyle changes to avoid acid reflux doesn’t always mean you have to be deprived of your favorite morning ritual. Sometimes it means taking an approach that allows your body to respond more favorably to something that may trigger your reflux.
Like an alternative method to making coffee, a different way of sleeping can prevent uncomfortable reflux symptoms that keep you awake at night. When you use MedCline, you’re positioned for restful sleep as gravity naturally reduces acid reflux. The ultra comfortable sleep system can give you back a good night’s sleep – as long as you don’t have that cup of coffee too late in the day.