One of the things that makes the Hourglass so popular among the health-conscious is the fact that it’s almost 70% lower in acid than coffee from a traditional coffee maker. To the average person, that may not mean a lot—except, of course, that it’s not bitter tasting, like hot-brew coffee—but to the thousands of people with sensitive stomachs, it means quite a bit more.
The Hourglass takes a drink that’s traditionally considered a high-acid beverage, and significantly reduces the amount of acid in it. That means that while it still has some acid in it, the Hourglass makes coffee a “sometimes” or “often” instead of a “never” option for all the people around the world with sensitive stomachs, or conditions that require or greatly benefit from a low-acid diet (and there are many, from IBS to GERD). Even the healthiest of us can easily suffer from the most common symptom of a high-acid diet—acid reflux—and the Hourglass produces coffee that is much better tolerated by people with sensitive stomachs when compared to standard hot-brew coffee.
There are many different reasons why so many people choose to consume a low-acid diet, and the truth is that the scientific community is only beginning to learn about the health benefits. I tend to think of acid like I do sugar: the more I can do to limit my intake, the healthier I am. Of course, because low-acid coffee is so much smoother than regular coffee, aside from being healthier, the switch to low-acid coffee was one of the easiest and most delicious choices I’ve made.