Coffee Acidity

How To Reduce The Coffee Acidity And Make Your Drink More Delicious

An aromatic blend of roasted coffee beans and the enjoyable sensation of caffeine seeping through the veins is the ideal way for many to wake up and start their morning. There are many tastes that make coffee truly scrumptious, whether it is sweetness for someone and a sharp bitterness for a another person’s taste buds.

Everyone enjoys their coffee differently, but not many people enjoy it with an acidic taste left in the mouth.

While coffee has many benefits for people’s health and lifestyle, it does have contribute negatively to acid levels in the body. When the body has too much acid, it draws away the calcium levels and can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, coffee can cause stomach discomfort when the acid levels are too high.

Fortunately, there are many ways to neutralize the acid in coffee and make your coffee less acidic. These are generally natural and healthy ways that don’t require any additives. The solutions to make your coffee less acidic are quite simple and efficient.

​What Are The Acids In Coffee?

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​Before starting a crusade to remove all acids from coffee, it is important to understand just what these acids are. There are around 30 types of acids that have been found in coffee beans. Some of these acids are found regularly in other types of foods as well, such as citrus fruit and apples.

​These acids aren’t all bad news. In fact, some of them contain antioxidants which can lower the risk of type two diabetes. A type of acid in green coffee beans called chlorogenic acids may also support weight loss.

​Why Does Coffee Have Acid?

​Certainly, admitting there is acid in your favourite beverage does make it sound less appealing. However, acid is one of the five attributes that make up a coffee bean. While acid can be lessened and neutralized, it still has a primary function in creating the perfect brew of coffee.

​Scientifically, acid exists in coffee because of its hydrogen ion make up, which contributes to a higher reading on the pH scale. Generally speaking, a cup of straight, black coffee will get a reading of 4.7 on the pH scale.

​To put this in perspective, dental mouth washes which are high in acid read at around 11 and orange juices with low citrus acids read at around 3. The acidity that comes from the pH scale presents itself in different ways. This contributes to what the acid in the coffee tastes like on the palate, and this varies depending on the bean.

​For instance, ‘lighter’ coloured coffees have a sweeter taste and therefore have less acid. Other coffees that are ‘tangy’ or ‘bright’ have higher levels of acid in them. Some people prefer this end of the pH spectrum, whereas others prefer a coffee that has less of an acidic taste.

How To Make Your Coffee Less Acidic

​Now, let’s get to the ways that you can make your coffee less acidic. There are many measures you can put in place to reduce the coffee acidity in your morning brew. First of all, you can look at investing coffee beans that contain less acid due to the way they are produced.

​It worth noting that it tends to be darker roasts that are less acidic. These are generally French or Italian style roasts. If you buy a medium roast coffee and compare it to a darker roast, you will be able to taste the difference in acid levels on your palate.

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​There are more and more types of coffees that are being marketed as ‘mild’ or ‘stomach friendly’ and this is because they are being manufactured to contain lower levels of acid.

​Another key on selecting the right types of coffee with low acid levels is to look at where the coffee beans where grown. Generally speaking, coffee that comes from Hawaii, Sumatra, India, Brazil, and the Caribbean have naturally lower levels of acid in them.

​Finally, another natural solution to ensure your coffee has less acid is to select coarsely ground coffee beans. When the beans are ground too finely, too much off the acid may be extracted and end up right in your mug of drink.

​Then, there are many methods you can implement in your morning coffee routine that will neutralize the acid. These include things such as adding calcium to coffee, cold brewing, boiling coffee with egg shells, and adding cardamom to coffee.

​We will explore the step by step processes of these different methods in the next section

Step By Step: Guide On How To Neutralize The Acid In Coffee

Find out more about each step by step process of how to neutralize the acid in coffee. These are basic steps that you can easily implement at home and reap the benefits in both the taste of your coffee and your health. All these little things will make a big difference to coffee acidity in your daily routine.

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​Cold brew

​Cold brewing coffee is actually really easy and significantly makes the coffee less acidic. The Toddy Cold Brew System actually reduces the coffee acidity levels by up to 67 per cent. There are other ways you can cold brew coffee without a specific product. Try this step by step guide.

  • Fill a fine mesh bag with ground coffee. Make sure the bag is reusable so there is less wastage.
  • Put the bag in a pitcher and fill it with water.
  • Add enough cold water, preferably filtered, to fill the pitcher to the brim.
  • Refrigerate the pitcher overnight, or for at least 12 hours.
  • After 12 hours, remove the bag from the pitcher.
  • Mix the coffee concentrate with hot water and enjoy.
  • Replace the coffee concentrate in the refrigerator and use it another time.
Brew with egg shells

Although it sounds unconventional, this method is really effective in reducing coffee acidity by up to 50 per cent. The method is simple, and won’t affect the taste.

  • Combine coffee, water, and egg shells in a pan. Bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Then allow the mixture to stand for around 2 minutes.
  • Strain the coffee into a pot, so the egg shells are filtered out.
  • Serve the coffee and enjoy, without the coffee acidity.
Add cardamom

​This spice is both fragrant and an alkaline, which means that it neutralizes acid in coffee, and anything else that it is added to. To make a cardamom infused coffee, follow these easy steps.

  • Buy whole cardamom pods.
  • Add a cracked cardamom pod to the coffee mug.
  • Add a spoonful of medium roast coffee.
  • Brew the coffee as you normally would, keeping the cardamom pod in place.

There are also other spices that have a similar effect as cardamom does on coffee acidity levels, such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Why not experiment with these as well and try some different flavours in your coffee.


About the Author Miguel Garriga

My name is Miguel Garriga and I’m a self-made barista! Coffee is my passion and I made this website to share that to the world!

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