4 Ways to Get Rid of Coffee Stomach Pains

A girl with a heating pad for her stomach pain
If you have been drinking coffee most of your life and are scared you might have to give up your beloved cup, we have good news! Coffee doesn’t always agree with people’s digestive system, and it could be a permanent or temporary situation. If you are experiencing feelings of heartburn, acid indigestion or reflux after drinking coffee, these tips might be for you.

1. Reduce Acid

It all comes down to the acid that is naturally in coffee, and in your stomach. Adding protein to your coffee i.e milk, protein powder, or butter will bind to the chlorogenic acid that is responsible for your misery.

2. Consider Decaf Coffee Beans 

I know, I can hear you through the screen. If your personal motto has been “death before decaf” then this one is going to sting a little, but not as much as that heartburn! Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which can cause the stomach to produce excess stomach acid. You may consider going for the half-caf latte next time and see how it goes. Don't be discouraged if you must go full decaf though, as decaf coffee actually still does contain small amounts of caffeine in it. Placebo effect right?

3. Brewing Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is incredibly easy to make and might save your stomach to boot. Brewing coffee without the use of hot water reduces the acid levels in the final drink by as much as 66%. You can even brew a concentrate and cut it with hot water to enjoy a hot mug like you’re used to. We have an extensive guide which can be found here, but the process is pretty simple. All you need to do is submerge your favorite coffee in some water for 12-24 hours preferably in the fridge. Once the time is up you just strain and enjoy! If you choose to brew it on the strong side, you can fill you cup with half cold brew and half hot or cold water!

A girl with a glass of milk with espresso poured over it

4. Come to the Dark Side 

Contrary to what most people think, darker roasted coffee may be the easiest on the stomach. Studies show that darker roasted coffee has an increased NMP (N-methylpyridinium) content and decreased chlorogenic acid content. NMP has been found to cause the stomach to secrete less stomach acid, which means less symptoms for you. Next time you’re thinking about brewing up another cup, maybe choose the darker roasted option and see how that fairs for you. Our Rosie’s Blend is roasted to dark roast perfection, exhibiting no burnt flavor characteristics, while still maintaining that bold dark roast flavor people adore.

We hope these tips help you navigate your way back to the holy land of caffeine. Truth be told your stomach just might need some time to reset! For more handy guides like this, as well as updates on our latest campaigns and offerings, please subscribe to our email list! If you are in the market for some AMAZING coffee for you or a loved one, we hope you would consider our coffee! We donate a portion of the profits profits to charitable projects which can be found here!


  • Dionisio Roman

    I’m a heavy coffee drinker, black and with milk, I’m still getting stomach pains and it’s decaffeinated. What could cause that?

  • Philip Schalkwyk

    Thank you for this information, will switch to decaf no milk for a while , and see how it goes , will try the cold coffee as well as the pain in left side is very uncomfortable

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