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This Calamansi Muffin is A Must-Try Food in Boracay; Here’s Where to Get It for Only PhP70!

Traveling brings an opportunity to try new food—the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay!

By: Mira Maestrecampo | January 01, 2024
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Calamansi Muffin, a unique delicacy in Boracay, can be found at this beachfront coffee shop.

Images: Josh Bernardo (L); Original Real Coffee & Tea Café (R) Facebook pages

Many coffee shops and beachfront cafes in Boracay offer not just deliciously blended coffee. These cafes also sell sweet and savory delicacies to pair with your hot or cold cup. Its origin is one of the island’s most unique and iconic delicacies that you never thought existed—the Real Coffee and Tea Café! This cafe serves the famous calamansi muffins on the island. This featured café’s story will tug your heart as it conquered the economic struggles built by a mother and daughter’s passion.

Read more to know how the famous Calamansi Muffin in Boracay was discovered!

Taste the Calamansi Muffin in Boracay at Real Coffee and Tea Café!

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Real Coffee Café remains to become the simplest yet well-loved café in Boracay.

Image: Original Real Coffee & Tea Café Facebook page

A woman in the name of Lee Rosaia went to Boracay Island and instantly loved it, as most of us would. Way back, Lee described the old Boracay as a paradise with beautiful people, and she thought of staying and establishing her own business. Before the discovery of the calamansi muffin, they were initially selling crocheted hammocks; Lee interacted so much with her customers, thus discovering that most of them were looking for ‘real coffee’ and would prefer it to instant coffee, which was the only kind available then. To make a long story short, her daughter, Nadine Rosaia, helped her build Real Coffee and Tea Café, which turned out to be one of the most sought-after beachfront cafés in Boracay.

At first, this native coffee shop only sold coffee and brownies. The iconic calamansi muffin was made available to diners and tourists the following year. A must-try food in Boracay.

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The native setting of the coffee shop feels homey and warm, making you enjoy the views of Boracay more.

Image: Original Real Coffee & Tea Café Facebook page

Real Coffee and Tea Café, or Real Coffee, is not just built for the convenience of Boracay travelers and selling the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay. Before the calamansi muffin, this coffee shop was established in 1996 to cater to hungry travelers in Boracay. Built with native designs and interiors, the beachfront location is a convenient spot to cater to beach strollers and travelers, which is the café’s goal. The coffee shop is also meant for you to relax, pause, and admire Boracay’s stunning views.

Surprisingly, this café serves calamansi muffins in Boracay. Besides muffins, the menu options include breakfast meals, sandwiches, salads, cookies, brownies, other sorts of muffins, juices, shakes, teas, and takeout orders of your choice of muffins and brownies. The takeout boxes range from PhP180 to PhP560.

Take your taste buds on an adventure with Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffin.

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Calamansi Muffin’s lime-like flavor is best paired with a cup of sweet coffee with milk, only at Real Tea and Café Boracay!

Image: Simply Rhods Facebook page

Initially, the mother and daughter owners of this beachfront café in Boracay thought of making a delicacy like lemon cake. This is where the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay begins; the ladies loved the peculiar combination of sweet and sour flavors. The calamansi muffin was recommended by Nadine, making the said cakes out of the Philippine lime or calamansi, which was available in the country then. The tiny, sour, green fruit was the perfect alternative for lemons since having the lemons would cost the owners a lot of resources for the yellow fruits to be retrieved. Fortunately, her mother loved to bake. After several recipes and experiments, Real Coffee and Tea Café’s original calamansi muffin was born and claimed to have tasted better than the lemon cake. A must-try food in Boracay.

Calamansi muffin, exclusively unique at Real Coffee and Tea Cafe Boracay, is a plain and straightforward cupcake, but once you take a bite, the burst of flavors will surprise you, coming out as not too sweet and not too sour—just the right mix of flavors to make you bite for more! The unique adventure of taste and lingering zest possessed by the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay attracted a lot of tourists to the island. Thus, this calamansi muffin makes it one of the most famous delicacies on the island that you should try out at this beachfront café in Boracay.

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Real Coffee and Tea Café has a warm ambiance, a homey feel, and open spaces for you to have the best views of Boracay.

Images: Josh Bernardo (L); Cheng C. Dalton (R)

Upon request of Real Coffee and Tea Café’s special Tea Basket, a wide selection of imported teas is available. The Calamansi Muffin in Boracay is only sold at PhP70 per cupcake and is best paired with the café’s signature Real Coffee Original Blend at PhP170 only. If you want to explore more, not only on the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay but on unique drinks, you can also try the iced mocha blend with banana called the Boracay Buzz at PhP200 or the Owen Shake, a banana milkshake blended with two tablespoons of luscious peanut butter for PhP200 as well.

Besides the calamansi muffin, this beachfront café in Boracay also serves other sorts of muffins like banana walnut, carrot with raisins, ultimate muffin, and mango muffin. The coffee shop also serves Chocolate Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. These sweet treats can be ordered per piece, box, or dozen.

Real Coffee and Tea Café doesn’t only serve desserts such as calamansi muffins; they also have juices and shakes made out of the freshest ingredients on their menu; you can have the option to add Real Honey to your drink for PhP30, and sugar is only added upon your request.

In addition to the famous calamansi muffin in Boracay, Real Coffee and Tea Café caters to your breakfast and sandwich cravings. Breakfast meals are served with one cup of brewed coffee or Lipton Iced Tea until noon. Coffee Refills are available, too, for PhP50 per cup. Aside from calamansi muffins, they also have sandwiches, which, on the other hand, are garnished with onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can choose your sandwich to be grilled with butter, served toasted, or made with fresh bread. There is many must-try food in Boracay when you visit the island!

Location: Beachfront, Station 2, near Le Solei and Club Manila East
Contact No.: 0939 2034436
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Friday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Calamansi Muffin: PhP410 per box of 6, PhP200 mini muffins per box of 6
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/originalrealcoffeeandteacafe

As lavish coffee further rises in Boracay, it is still best to take some time to appreciate the island’s classic and native coffee shops that serve nostalgic blends and uniquely flavored food. But don’t forget to try the calamansi muffin! Real Coffee and Tea Café lets you have a second home on the island, perfect for memorable breakfasts and afternoon stroll timeouts.

For more places and unique flavored delicacies in Boracay and Panay Island, scroll through Yoorekka Magazine!

This article was initially published in Yoorekka on October 05, 2022.

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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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