A jolt of energy and wakefulness aren’t the only benefits of having coffee. In 2010, the Alzheimer’s Association of the US discovered that adults aged 65 and above who drank the most coffee “had a lower risk of cognitive decline.” Sure, it’s also widely believed that too much of the caffeinated beverage causes heart palpitations, “but there is little evidence to support this belief,” says a 2010 report by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, a breakup would probably do you more harm, so drink up!

Health benefits notwithstanding, there’s still nothing worse than waking up to bad coffee. Allow us to help make your mornings better with these picks.

1. HINELEBAN COFFEE
P500 (500g); click here to order

What’s better than good coffee? Good coffee for a good cause. Not only is Hineleban coffee is an offspring of a foundation in Bukidnon which aims to save the Philippine forests, it also comes highly recommended by local coffee connoisseurs.

2. TOMMY’S COFFEE’S METROPOLITAN
P1260 (200g), 650 (500g); visit their Facebook page or visit their store at 8483 Kalayaan Ave. cor Matilde St., Brgy Poblacion, Makati City to order

Tommy Villanueva, the owner of Tommy’s Coffee, describes the Metropolitan as a purely local brew derived from a blend of beans from Cordillera and Mindanao. The Cordillera region is known for its coffee, and has even received recognition from the New York Times.

3. BLUENOTES’ COLOMBIA COFFEE
P323 (250g), P605 (500g); click here to order

Len Reyes, Coffee Director of Gourmet Farms, Inc., gives this smooth, light roast brew a slot in his top five coffee drinks. The beans hail from Colombia but are freshly roasted in Manila.

(First published as "7 Best Coffees to Drink" in the "Eat Smart” section of Women's Health Philippines' September 2010 issue. Photo by Martin Sharman via Flickr Creative Commons. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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