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Your Microbes Love Coffee Just As Much As You Do

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I love coffee, and I drink a cup every day. Some believe it’s not good for you, but I’ve gotten so many benefits from it that I just knew this couldn’t possibly be true. I have a philosophy about the foods I eat. If I eat or drink something that I know is bad for me, I can never get a positive result from it. I decided since nobody had very convincing evidence about coffee, and I seemed to get positive results from drinking coffee every day, I was not quitting my morning coffee until I had some more evidence. So leave it to my minion microbes called Bacteroides, who ferment coffee fibers and grow like crazy, to show me the way. Together we want to explain a thing or two to you about how coffee works in the gut and the benefits you can reap.

Microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee

Researchers in Germany1 found that microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee. As these microbes grow, they cover the intestinal walls and keep harmful pathogens from colonizing. They also lower the gut’s pH to an acidity that causes most germs to die. These soluble coffee fibers are food for bacteria and make the beneficial Bacteroides microbes experience up to 60% increase in growth. Soluble fibers, which are prebiotics, do so many things. They improve insulin sensitivity, allow you to absorb more calcium, convert some plant fibers into Vitamin A, and much, much more.

65 percent decreased Alzheimers risk

In his spectacular book Brain Maker, David Perlmutter, MD, talks about coffee and a study in Finland which followed 1,409 people between the ages of 65 and 79 for an average of 21 years. They found that those who drink moderate amounts of coffee have a 65 percent decreased risk of developing Alzheimers 2 as compared with low- or non-coffee drinkers. He goes on to say that researchers are finding extensive evidence of protective qualities in coffee and it all begins with the microbes in the gut and the coffee fibers they ingest. These microbes can lower the risks for Type 2 diabetes, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and even cancer and cardiovascular disease.1 It does this by consuming the coffee fibers (soluble fibers) in the brown liquid and using this as fuel to grow and multiply and can shift the ratio of Firmicutes bacteria to Bacteroidetes bacteria. This shift is associated with a reduced risk for diabetes and obesity, as well as reducing inflammation.3

Fibers in coffee form a gel in the gut

I have found that drinking coffee makes me feel full and satisfied for hours. I never understood why this was until now. Researchers found that the (prebiotic) soluble fibers in coffee form a gel in the gut that makes you feel full and satisfied. It’s so important to have lots of fiber. You can’t digest it, but your bacteria can and it helps your good bacteria grow and flourish. Microbes in your gut, which are estimated at over 35,000 distinct species, are nothing less than superheroes. They aid in digestion, create a physical barrier against pathogens in your gut, and work like a detoxification machine by helping you eliminate toxins all day long.

So now the microbes I love so much are loving my coffee, too. Now I know why I am so drawn to it and can now enjoy it and feed my microbes as well. I am finding many ways to enjoy my coffee and this includes in my kombucha.  By the way, I mostly drink decaf. I don’t need any more energy than I already have!

Fun recipes using coffee

There are a lot of ways to enjoy coffee. We have some fun recipes using coffee in kombucha and water kefir and a few other recipes, too. If you like the taste of coffee, then you will love this Coffee Kombucha. Don’t worry if you don’t drink coffee, I have alternatives for you – Faux Coffees. We could never figure out why Coffee Kombucha was so bubbly and now I know it’s the fibers in coffee that make the bacteria minions grow like crazy, producing more carbonation. Coffee and microbes are great company and will strengthen your gut in ways you possibly never imagined.

Chocolate Coffee Kombucha
Cinnamon Date Kombucha
Coffee Kombucha
Coffee Kombucha ~2nd Fermented
Coffee Water Kefir
Cold Brew Coffee
Faux "Coffee" Kombucha
White Russian Kombucha & Coconut Kefir Mocktail

References:

  1. Janet Raloff, “A Gut Feeling about Coffee,”ScienceNews, July 26,2007.
  2. M.H. Eskelinen et al.,”Midlife Coffee and Tea Drinking and the Risk of late -Life Dementia: A population- Based CAIDE Study,”J.Alzheimers Dis. 16,no.1 (2009): 85-91, doi:10.3233/JAD-2009-0920.
  3. M Jaquet et al., ” Impact of coffee Consumption on the Gut Microbiota: A Human Volunteer Stud, “J. Food Microbiol.130, no.2 (March 31, 2009) : 117-21, doi:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2009.01.011,Epub January 23, 2009.
14 Responses to "Your Microbes Love Coffee Just As Much As You Do"
  1. Thank you, Donna!! I’ve been really wanting to try kombucha since I saw your video, but I cannot use caffeinated teas or coffee for religious reasons. I am thrilled to see a coffee alternative can be used! I have Pero. Do you know if that or any coffee alternative will work, or do I need to use only the Teeccino? Thanks again!

  2. Hello Donna… thank you for this new recipe. Do you know if you can make a latte type beverage from the fermented coffee by adding milk of your choice (i.e. almond or coconut milk) ? Thanks so much for all you do to help others. Nutrition is our number one defense in the fight to maintain good health.

  3. Hello Donna…love your posts & recipes. Could you please tell me what is inside the the capped “beer bottle” (next to the gallon glass jar) that is pictured on this blog? It looks like a latte or something. What did you make with the fermented coffee? Thanks so much, it looks delicious, & cannot wait to try this recipe. Arlene

  4. Once you use your scoby to make coffee kombucha, can you then use it to make regular kombucha with the tea again, or should you use 2 different scobys?

    Thanks!

  5. I am struggling with candida! My wife has learned to make kefir and kombucha and along with natural products that my naturopath has me on, I am improving. According to my naturopath coffee feeds candida and I shouldn’t drink it at this time. If I understand correctly, you are saying that coffee fibers will increase my good bacteria that could potentially help my candida problem. Can you clarify this for me?

    • well this is what we personally have found is that it helped heal us from candida. Make sure its fermented properly and not to sweet which is where people get into problems.

  6. this is wonderful news cant wait to try and make kombucha coffee wow Donna I find your info is so resourceful for me and keeps me inspired THANK YOU FOR THAT

    wish I could become a member being Canadian makes it very difficult since I don’t own credit card have only paypal to my understanding your company has had problems with pay pal so sad however keep fermenting away COFFEE KOMUCHA wow yes your doing something right
    thks Diane

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