Since my post this morning, I was feeling really sluggish thanks to an emotional “breakthrough” and needed a boost. Thinking coffee would do the trick, I ventured over to the kitchen area at work to see what was brewing.

“Colombian – STRONG – XXX – 2 FULL PACKS!”

I’d hit the java jackpot!

Being prepared and thinking I’d broken the lure of the dark stuff, I had no almond milk, but dumped in a little stevia to cut the bitterness I knew I was about to ingest, and I sipped away. It was far from the tasty warm delight I’d envisioned – in fact, it tasted and smelled burnt, but I sipped away, hoping the caffeine would do its trick.

A few sips into it, and it did something… but it wasn’t the something I was hoping for. Instant stomach weirdness. So I decided to finally look into what it is about coffee that has that “coffee stomach effect.”

Here’s what I discovered…

Coffee contains tannins, which I normally associate with wine. Those tannins can have ‘unpleasant’ side effects on the stomach.

The other problem is the acid. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the acid in coffee can inflame the lining of your stomach and cause gastritis.

I’ve seen coffees that claim they’re low acid, and there’s actually something called  JAVAcid  that claims to reduce the effect of coffee on your stomach. But, here’s the way I see it…

1. Tea has lots of ‘good for you’ benefits.
2. Mate, black and green teas have caffeine and may have other herbs to boost energy.
3. While some teas may upset your stomach, there are plenty to choose from and you can experiment til you find what works for you.
4. Coffee may have some benefits but they don’t compare to tea, and it really does mess with your stomach – and sometimes your head.

THEREFORE: After this little experiment, I’m sticking to tea… or at least going to try!