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My boyfriend has been told he needs to give up coffee for his acid reflux. This will not happen. Can anyone recommend a good tasting low-acid coffee?

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  1. There is this stuff, coffee tamer i think, in little packets that you can put in coffee to tame the acidity for these exact purposes. It was given to me by my FIL, so I can't tell you where to find it. works well, although i no longer need it!

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    1. re: taxchic

      You can buy it online. Vermont Country Store used to carry it in little shaker bottles. They may still offer it.

      Link: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/netc...

      1. re: LBQT

        the darker the coffee is roasted the lower the acid

    2. I'd suggest giving cold brewing a shot. Cold brew coffee is significantly less acidic than drip, and still has a great taste.

      Link: http://www.toddycafe.com/

      1. I have a friend with the same prob. as your boyfriend. She also refuses to give up her coffee habit and who can blame her? She swears by Door County Coffee, says she has tried lots of brands and that seems to be the one with least amount of acid and lets her drink coffee without pain. Hope this helps. We live in the midwest so this brand can be found at many coffee and gourmet shops. Maybe you can find them on line as well.

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        1. re: jackie

          I used to have the same problem too. Tried coffee tamer, low acid coffees, etc. Just gotta have my java. I found the best solution is Prilosec (OTC), every night.

        2. I second the recommendation of cold brewing...linked below is the apparatus I use for it. I switched to that method a couple of years ago and never looked back. Actually, if you read the lab results on their website, it indicates that the coffee is only slightly less acidic than regular coffee, so maybe it won't help much...but I find that the cold-brewed stuff is noticeably less likely to make my stomach feel acidic, for whatever reason.

          Link: http://filtron.com/

          1. Several years ago, my mother had to change some of the foods in her diet to low acid. She swore by Kava coffee - she practically kissed the jar everytime the store still had it on the shelves.

            She was satisfied with instant but maybe there a ground form also. It worked for her. Donna

            1. hello, I was a professional in the trade for a while, and the cold infusion suggested by many will make a significant difference. If the taste/body of the coffee by that means is unacceptable,the lowest acid from conventionally made coffee would be from aged coffees (widest availabliity are Sumatran or Javanese in origin) at a dark roast (noted by byrd), made into espresso or by press pot with infusion duration of 3 min. or less, as these methods will limit the extraction of acids. good luck

              1. Trader Joe's sells a "Low Acid" French Roast.

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                1. re: Jason

                  Darn, just had my annual Trader Joe's pilgrimage last weekend! We are a few hundred mile from the nearest one.

                  Thanks everybody, I will try Sumatran and will probably order the Toddy, it looks like a good little gadget.

                2. Two points, the term "acidity" is used by the trade to describe a coffee flavor attribute not directly related to the pH ( "degree of acidity") nor is it a negative coffee characteristic. The more common use of the term acidity such as "acid indigestion" is related to the true acidity and coffee can aggravate GERD but the usual mechanism in esophageal reflux is that caffeine increases gastric acid production. Many people with GERD can get away with decaf coffee, although not all. In order to answer the question it is best not to compare apples and oranges. Perhaps recheck with the physician and do a little internet research.