Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee

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Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Which has more acid: tea or coffee? (tea image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Highly acidic beverages can contribute to digestive difficulties, such as heartburn and acid reflux. So which is more acidic, coffee or tea?

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What Is Acidity?

Acids are sour and corrosive. They become more neutral when mixed with a base (alkaline). The pH scale describes chemicals ranging from extremely acidic (0), neutral (7.0), and extremely alkaline (14.0).

Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Acid refers to a sour, corrosive chemical (acid image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)

Coffee's Acidity

Coffee beans grown in very high altitudes and mineral-rich soil often produce more acidity. The acid content also depends on the type and length of bean roasting and brewing method. Coffee's pH averages about 5.0,

Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Coffee's pH averages about 5.0 (Cup of coffee and coffee beans on white image by Angel_a from Fotolia.com)

Tea's Acidity

Tea contains tannic acid, which becomes bitterer as the tea is steeped. Depending on the type, tea has a pH ranging from 4.0 to 6.0. Ginger tea and green tea are lowest in acidity.

Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Tea's acidity ranges from 4.0 to 6.0 (tea image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Where to Find Low-Acid Products

Many coffee manufacturers, like Puroast and Hevla, offer low acid coffee. Yunnan tea has a low acid level, as do ginger and green teas. All these products are available at grocery stores and online.

How to Make Low Acid Coffee

Add cold water to ground coffee and let it sit for at least 12 hours. Then use the concentrate to make less acidic coffee.

Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Brew coffee with cold water for less acid (White coffee cup with coffee beans on white image by Angel_a from Fotolia.com)

How to Make Low Acid Tea

Select caffeine-free or low-caffeine tea. Brew only for a few minutes.

Acidic Difference Between Tea & Coffee
Avoid citrus-based teas (black tea image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

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