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We asked people suffering with Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome what’s the one thing they miss most with the IC Diet and coffee was number one.


Let’s face it, coffee is far too acidic and can really cause a great deal of bladder pain as well as an upset stomach. People with Interstitial Cystitis aren’t the only one’s who can’t handle the acidity.  Many people with sensitive stomachs suffer heartburn from drinking coffee.

But who said coffee had to be so acidic?

From coffee alternatives to low acid coffees, we’ve spent the past few years seeking out IC Friendly Coffee solutions.  And we are here to tell you, you don’t have to suffer any longer without your delicious, steaming cup of Java.

Low Acid Coffees

In recent years, a number of flavorful, low acid coffee's have come to market and they are definitely worth a try.  When starting out, we suggest you try the DECAF options first before trying any of the caffeinated options.



Tylers Coffee has the lowest acid content of any coffee, and tastes just like normal coffee. They use a computerized "Z-Roasting" System which optimizes roasting time to assure that Tyler's Coffee is Acid Free with maximum flavor. Tyler's acid-free coffee is a delicious, high-quality blend of fine beans that's perfect for anyone on a low-acid diet.  Its also been approved by the IC-Network. www.tylerscoffees.com



Euromild Coffee Natural Low Acid Coffee - The beans are refined in Germany using a patented EuroMild 100% Natural process to remove many of the irritants and acids that may have an acid-stimulating effect in the stomach. The resulting cup is noticeably gentler and milder, lacking the harshness and bitterness of other unrefined coffees.




Puroast Low Acid Coffee - Made in the USA, this low acid coffee is all natural; No Extractions or Additives involved in the Puroast Roasting Process.




Cold Brew Your Way to Low Acid Coffee

The Coffee Toddy is a cold brew method for making coffee that has been around for years.  The cold brewing method reduces the acidity level and creates a flavorful, yet extremely smooth cup of coffee. The resulting brew is much gentler on the bladder and your stomach.

No one knows the exact origin for cold brewing coffee.  But what we do know is that the Coffee Toddy was named after Todd Simpson, a chemical engineer who in 1964 came across the cold brewing method after ordering a cup of coffee in a small café in Guatemala. He later devised a formal cold brewing device and the Coffee Toddy was born.

Brewing coffee using a Coffee Toddy is said to reduce acidity by 67% and reduce caffeine levels by two-thirds when compared to regular brewed coffee.  The brewing method is surprisingly low tech.  Ground coffee is placed into a plastic pitcher with a hole in the bottom and a small fabric filter.  The pitcher is filled with cold water and then placed on top of a carafe which is used to catch the finished coffee.  Gravity and time do the rest.  You don’t even need electricity!

After brewing is complete, you end up with a strong coffee concentrate that can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to one week with no dulling of flavor.  The resulting concentrate can be used to make hot coffee, iced coffee or even a coffee milkshake (see our IC Friendly Coffee Milkshake recipe).  Even though cold brewing reduces the acid level and caffeine level, we recommend you start out with low acid, decaffeinated coffee to make it as gentle as possible on your bladder.

When you are ready to use the concentrate, simply mix it with either hot or cold water.  While Toddy recommends 3 parts water to one part concentrate, you can adjust the ratios to your liking. Cold brewed coffee will store in the fridge for up to 14 days.

We've provided links to both the Toddy Cold Brew System and the Ronco's Coffee Time Brew System below. While there are nicer, more expensive models available, you can't beat the price of the Ronco Cold Brew Coffee System (less than $10). Sure, its made of plastic and we'd rather have an all glass maker.  But for the price, we are happy we bought it. We do not use the plastic storage container that came with the Ronco model; instead, we use a tall wide mouth mason jar or a sun tea jar because we want to avoid any PBA's. It would be nice if the whole set up was made of glass, but then it wouldn't be this cheap.

The YouTube video below gives you step by step instructions on how to cold brew using the coffee toddy.  Below the video, we've provided our personal tips based on a lot of trial and error.

Tips for Cold Brewing Coffee: These coffee makers call for the old fashioned white basket style standard (8-10 cup) paper coffee filters. When using the old fashion standard size paper filter, you will find that your water and grinds will over flow the filter. I am now using the huge commercial size basket style filters along with the disk filter that comes with this brewer; using the two together makes for a quicker drip time. Use 1/2 lb of "drip grind" or preferably "electric perk grind" coffee (decaf or reg) per 5 - 6 cups of water. Let it sit for 12 - 24 hours (NOT in sunlight) then pull the plug/stopper at the bottom of the Ronco pot and your concentrate will flow out in about 30 minutes with the double filtering as mentioned above or an hour with just the felt type filter (I have allowed mine to drip for several hours to get every last bit). Note: most of your coffee comes out in the first 30 minutes to an hour. I then cold brew the used grinds a second time. The second brewing with the used coffee grinds gives me half the amount of concentrate as the first brew; I then add the two together. To prepare, I use = portions: 1/2 coffee concentrate and half almond milk. Place your finished cold brew concentrate in the fridge for up to 14 days. I do not use the plastic storage container that comes with the coffee maker; instead, I use a tall wide mouth mason jar or my sun tea jar because I am trying to lessen the PBA's from plastic in my food. It would be nice if this coffee maker itself was glass or a PBA-free plastic but then it wouldn't be this cheap plus I brew and store in a glass container and only filter in the Ronco. Try it!


To summarize the many benefits of cold brewed coffee: 1) it reduces the acid for those of us who have stomach, acid reflux, pregnant or bladder problems. 2) it nearly eliminates all the bitter taste of coffee. 3) it's so fast to make a quick cup of coffee when your on the go once the concentrate is made.  4) It's definitely IC Friendly!!!  We had not been able to drink coffee for several years but with this cold brew maker we can drink several cups a day. 5) it taste delicious!

If your bladder is feeling up to it, we strongly recommend giving cold brewed coffee a try.  If you do, we'd love to hear about it!



Coffee With Ganoderma

Ganoderma Lucidum, commonly known as Reishi, is a rare mushroom that only grows in very specific conditions and on only certain types of trees.  It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote health and longevity. Alternative health proponents say that this red mushroom extract improves health by helping build your body's immune system.

Ganoderma coffee is created by combining ground coffee and the extract of the gano or red mushroom, which is also known as Reishi, Ling zhi, Mannentake, or sometimes even Young zhi depending on the region of the world. When coffee is blended with ganoderma, it offsets some of the acidity in regular coffee.  Many people also believe the Ganoderma helps balance or neutralize the body better than traditional coffee and the mix of is often referred to as a "Healthy Coffee". As with all low acid coffee's, we recommend you proceed with care and only try it when your body and bladder are feeling strong and never try it when your bladder is flaring.




Organo Gold Coffee - Organo Gold coffee is an instant coffee that has 100% Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Extract.  Our Favorite is the Organo Gold Gourmet Latte flavor because it has a rich smooth taste and is only 95 calories per packet.  The packets are convenient to take with you any where.  Just mix one packet with a cup of hot water and you are ready to enjoy a rich, smooth cup of healthy coffee.






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