Coffee For People With Sensitive Stomachs

If you’re a coffee lover and you also have a sensitive stomach, like I do, then this article is for you. Here’s the good news. Lake City Coffee focuses on smooth coffee, which is the best coffee for sensitive stomachs. So, you actually can have your cake and eat it too. In other words, coffee lovers can drink coffee and minimize or eliminate any coffee related stomach issues. This article will show you how to enjoy our super smooth coffee and not pay for it later.

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The Low Acid Coffee Myth

Many people blame their coffee stomach issues on the pH level of the coffee. That simply isn’t true. The pH level of coffee is almost identical with that of apple juice and it isn’t that far off the pH level of your stomach. So, acidity is not your stomach’s issue with coffee.

There are many coffee companies that market “low acid coffee”. The operative word there is “market”. They’re not selling low acid coffee. What they’re doing is flat out lying to you, i.e. marketing.

Dark Roast vs. Kingsford Charcoal

So what’s causing your upset stomach? Unfortunately, American industrial coffee companies like Charbucks, Yuban, Maxwell House, Black Rifle, Costco, etc., etc., etc., all burn the living snot out of their beans. Thus, leaving behind little more than charcoal.

Guess what? Your stomach doesn’t like charcoal. That’s what’s upsetting your stomach. If you’re going to drink that cr&%p, then you might as well save yourself some money and buy a 25 pound bag of Kingsford Charcoal.

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Industrial Coffee Companies

Industrial Coffee Companies

Without exception, all of the industrial coffee companies burn the living snot out of their beans. They do this because they think most coffee drinker are too stupid to appreciate fine coffee.

Even if you walk into a local coffee roaster, good luck finding properly roasted coffee. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these local coffee roasters are trying to be the next Charbucks. So, they follow Charbucks taste profile which is “Burn the snot out of the beans and those idiot customers of ours will never know that we’re buying the cheapest beans that we can find.” I’ve actually heard this quote, or something close to it, from more than one local coffee roaster.

Coffee For Sensitive Stomachs

If you want to drink good coffee for sensitive stomachs, then don’t drink burnt coffee. The solution is that simple.

If you find good quality coffee beans, that are properly roasted, fresh, and properly brewed, then you’re your stomach shouldn’t have any issues. Obviously, the challenge is finding the right beans and learning to brew your coffee correctly.

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What Are The Best Beans?

I hate bitter coffee, because the more bitter the coffee, the more stomach issues I have. Maybe the same is true for you. So, when I source coffee beans for Lake City Coffee, I look for the smoothest coffee beans that I can find.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the smoothest (non-bitter) coffee beans come from Central America. The smoothest coffee beans in Central America come from Costa Rica. And the smoothest coffee beans in Costa Rica come from the Tarrazu Region. Not surprisingly, 100% of Lake City Coffee’s beans are sourced from the Tarrazu Region of Costa Rica.

Selecting The Very Best Coffee Beans

Each year, Alisha and I (Russell) order about two dozen samples of beans from the Tarrazu Region of Costa Rica. We roast the bean samples identically. Then we brew the bean samples identically. We keep all the brewed bean samples at exactly the same temperature. Then we taste test each sample, comparing them to each other and comparing them against last year’s coffee.

Eventually, we narrow down our selection to three samples. We then take our samples of brewed coffee down to our wine sommelier (wine expert) and have him give us his input. Lastly, Alisah and I pick the smoothest, most flavorful coffee bean that your likely to find anywhere.

Keep in mind that 90% of the coffee purchased in the US isn’t even taste tested before they buy the beans! Of the remaining 10% they might taste test 2 or 3 samples. According to our coffee wholesaler, we are the only roasters taste testing dozens of coffee bean samples. No wonder our coffee is better than any coffee that you’re likely to find anywhere else.

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Don’t Add Cream or Sugar

With industrial coffee, to just choak it down, you have to add cream, sugar, caramel, chocolate, whip cream, sprinkles, etc. Now I may be going out on a limb here, but could it be these additives that are upsetting your stomach? Maybe? If nothing else, they’re empty calories; a lot of empty calories.

People that add a bunch are junk to their coffee, first of all aren’t drinking coffee. They’re drinking a liquid candy bar. So, don’t kid yourself. It’s not about the caffeine, it’s about the sugar. You’d be better off drinking your coffee black and eating a candy bar. Just saying.

The Right Coffee For Sensitive Stomachs

I know you can’t just switch from drinking your industrial coffee loaded with sugary substances, to drinking it black. I couldn’t either. Heck a pig, who eats slop for a living wouldn’t drink that stuff, so why should you?

The solution is to switch from bitter and burnt industrial coffee to coffee that’s smooth as silk and fresh as a morning’s dawn. You should be looking for smooth coffee like Lake City Coffee serves each and every week. Super smooth coffee beans, roasted specifically to be smooth tasting, won’t need any foo-foo stuff to upset your stomach.

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The Right Roast

Great coffee is all about the oils within the bean. Industrial coffee companies burn the snot out of their beans by roasting hot and fast, to the point where there’s almost no oils left. All those wonderful oils have all been burned off. That’s nuts, because those oils contain all the coffee’s bioflavonoids, antioxidants, caffeine, flavor, and aroma. Without the oils, you have nothing that resembles real coffee.

On the other hand, when I roast our Lake City Coffee beans, I roast low-n-slow. Even our dark roast is barely dark. It’s just dark enough where the bean’s skin is very slightly burnt, leaving the inside of the bean brown and preserving those wonderful oils. That’s why our coffee tastes so fantastic.

If your stomach is really sensitive, I’d recommend our Medium Roast. I personally think its better than the dark roast. But that’s just my personal preference.

Stale Old Coffee vs. Fresh Roasted

Another important factor that’s upsetting your stomach is that industrial coffee companies leave their roasted coffee sitting in warehouses or on store shelves for months if not years.

When I roast my coffee beans, they immediately go into a triple sealed, resealable Ziploc type of air-tight pouch. Since oxygen is the enemy of freshness, I also put into the bottom of each coffee pouch an oxygen absorber, which eliminates 99.9% of the oxygen in the bag. This keeps your coffee good and fresh for months. We are the only people in the coffee industry that includes oxygen absorbers into our coffee bags.

Additionally, when I put your fresh roasted coffee into our USPS Priority Mail Boxes, the coffee bags are still warm. Over 95% of our coffee goes from our roaster to your table in 24-72 hours. You can tell that instead of measuring coffee’s freshness by months, we measure it by hours.

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Russell and Alisha Volz

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To sum up, coffee for sensitive stomachs is what we specialize in. I too have a sensitive stomach and I can drink Lake City Coffee any time I want. If I want it black as the ace of spades and strong as a six penny nail, I just make it that way and it doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ll bet that it won’t bother your stomach either.

In fact, many of our customers have told us “Your coffee is the only coffee that I’ll ever drink again”. If you're looking for great coffee that will minimize your stomach issues and leave your tastebuds speechless, then you should probably give us a try. Besides, you'll have Alisha and I to work with. Together, we'll take good care of you and teach you how to make a cup of coffee that will make you think that you died and went to heaven.

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