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What to do for coffee stomach.

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Created August 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM

(Disclaimer) I love coffee and do not want to quit drinking it; however, whenever I drink it on an empty stomach, my gut aches until I either drink milk or eat a carb-filled meal. Does anyone else have this problem? Should I just always have a huge breakfast.

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134 · August 28, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Look for coffee that is 'Air Roasted' (less than 10% of market in US uses this method) and the most common roaster is a 'Sivetz Fluid bed roaster'. I've seen many people that can't drink any other coffee (except a Toddy Cold Brewed) due to acidity.

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78417 · August 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

@norwegian girl ||| because paleo community's obsession with it seems nothing but bizarre and nonsensical to me: a queer (plant-derived) substance used by some third world tribes somewhere in the third world being lionized by paleo - is that nonsensical? - it tastes awful, have (relatively) little no nutrition, and is almost pure fat (plant fat) - but that's what usually appeals to paleo-fataholics, so it can't be helped, i guess

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1169 · August 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

why do think coconut milk is "the biggest nonsense in the universe"?

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5232 · August 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

And I second making sure you drink water before and after

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453 · August 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Bold does make a difference, but very little. I only drink the finest Stumptown (when I can afford it) :p

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198 · August 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Yea, I add some cream or coconut milk to my coffee.

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7970 · August 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

How is it possible that the hot nectar from the gods could possibly upset someone's stomach?

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260 · August 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM

What quality coffee are you buying? The stuff in a gas station is like motor oil and would kill my stomach. (At least Hess now carries Dunkin Donuts which is actually an ok brand in a pinch...) Good coffee makes a difference!

Also, you can play with the roasts to see if mild vs. bold makes a difference.

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453 · August 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Bold does make a difference, but very little. I only drink the finest Stumptown (when I can afford it) :p

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591 · August 27, 2011 at 5:58 PM

First things that come to mind:

  • use cream with your coffee
  • Eat an egg or something with your coffee
  • Thoroughly clean out your coffee maker if you are not using a french press

Acidity may be a concern, but I have read where acidity in coffee causing upset stomach is not quite true. That will be for you to decide. Read here for a start - http://www.portlandroastingblog.com/2009/09/coffeeacidity/

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3946 · August 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Heavy cream with the coffee?

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198 · August 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Yea, I add some cream or coconut milk to my coffee.

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5232 · August 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Throwing boiled then ground egg shells into the coffee makes it less acidic and also provides calcium. It doesn't change the taste in any profound way.

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5232 · August 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

And I second making sure you drink water before and after

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3244 · August 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Assuming you're like me and drink it first thing in the morning, my Joe-Belly remedy is drinking a large glass of water first thing and adding heavy cream...to the coffee, not the water:> Food always fixes it.

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3217 · August 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Somewhere on my bookshelf I've got a book called Essential Eating: The Digestible Diet. The author recommends something she calls "cold press coffee." She mixes a pound of coffee with 12 cups of water in a large jar and lets it steep for 36 hours on the counter. She then strains it, and uses that liquid to make coffee by mixing it with boiling water. I found that it was ok. It does take a bit getting used to, as the flavor is a bit different, but it's decent. She claims that this is the way to make coffee the easiest on your stomach. Might be worth a try.

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1204 · August 28, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I drink a lot of coffee with an empty stomach. I buy quality coffee to start, or a coffee chicory blend, and i will have a very small piece of very dark chocolate like Green & Black's 70 or 84

It's just enough to temper the ouch.

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10 · August 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM

How about drinking the coffee AFTER breakfast? Or at least with the food. I??ve found the that the finer ground your coffee beans (or how finely ground you buy them) the harder they are on your stomach. If you brew your coffee in a pot with fairly coarse ground beans (much how you would make tea) it will make a very nice cup o??jo that??s easy on the stomach.

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2290 · August 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I use almond milk (yes yes I know, boo on me) or coconut milk (I make my own). If you don't do dairy, I definitely suggest making homemade coco milk- much cheaper than the stores and without the guar gum/BPA lining in the cans.

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7592 · August 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Yes I had that problem. If I put coconut oil in my coffee I don't feel sick with coffee on an empty stomach.

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0 · May 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I went gluten free in Aug 2012 and dairy free about 2 weeks ago. The last 5 days my daily black iced coffee has been like pouring acid into my stomach-just a few sips...my stomach has been burning all day long...Settles down a bit towards the end of the day and I think I am ok until the next morning. I bought a probiotic at the health food store and my Chiro suggested I try adding some Bragg's ACV to my water a few times a day to see if I can get everything balanced again. Today is really bad-could also be PMS issues and I think I may have gotten glutened and dairyed last night at a banquet even though I was trying to be careful.

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0 · April 04, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but just for anyone reading this for advice in the future: If you continually have issues with stomach upset, pain, gas, etc its a good idea to get checked for allergies (yes, you can be allergic to coffee-major bummer) and to even see a doctor because this could be due to problems with the lining of your stomach like intestinal bleeding (which can be caused/worsened by OTC painkillers, allergies, or a serious underlying illness). With this said, if you still need to get your fix try eating protein rich foods (not wheat based as this could further irritate your stomach lining because they're actually harder for your stomach to digest) and some kind of natural, but not greasy, oil before drinking your coffee as a way to coat your intestine lining to kind of give a line I defense against the acidic brew. If your stomach is still not good afterwards opt for Pepto Bismol instead of ibuprofen to avoid complications if you have intestinal bleeding.

Just sharing from personal experience, this is info I wish I had known sooner myself.

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78417 · August 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

i drink black coffee (no cream, sugar, or the biggest nonsense in the universe - coconut milk) every morning - - - - - to stomach it properly i have to make sure: my stomach is really empty (last eaten meal has been completely digested = at least 12 hours), i don't drink too much of eat - that's it

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78417 · August 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

@norwegian girl ||| because paleo community's obsession with it seems nothing but bizarre and nonsensical to me: a queer (plant-derived) substance used by some third world tribes somewhere in the third world being lionized by paleo - is that nonsensical? - it tastes awful, have (relatively) little no nutrition, and is almost pure fat (plant fat) - but that's what usually appeals to paleo-fataholics, so it can't be helped, i guess

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1169 · August 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

why do think coconut milk is "the biggest nonsense in the universe"?

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-38 · November 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

switch to organo gold. you wont have that problem anymore..i used to have it http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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