I don’t do food blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but writing about food is just not my strong suit. Nonetheless, since I was once very passionate about coffee (before I succumbed to the realization that it was responsible for my migraine attacks and for my becoming a bundle of nerves) I have decided to write about Real Coffee in Boracay.
It’s a rustic, offbeat kind of coffee shop. Unpretentious, low-key, nothing fancy. It’s an open-air (with roof, no walls) bamboo and nipa structure tucked away in one of the obscure alleys of the famous island. The uneven ground (sand, stones) is its flooring. It is furnished with unassuming wooden tables, chairs and stools and the counter. (If you have read my other posts, you may now have an idea I have a thing for places like this.) By the way it looks, you cannot find an iota of commercialism in it, not even in the packaging of its famous kalamansi muffins and other delectable pastries. It’s like eating breakfast at home!
Its handwritten signs and notices add to the charm. I remember that the poster of True Yoga may be the only one properly printed. It may have been printed by a pro printer but nothing compared to the commercialized glossies in other establishments. Speaking of glossies, the magazines they have may be the only trace of the glitz and glamour of the commercial world.
They serve the usual coffee selection: mocha, capuccino, latte, etc., but even their brewed coffee tastes great! A cursory glance at their menu will give you an idea that they want to serve you hearty, healthy breakfast all day long. They have yogurt, pancakes, brownies, cookies, fresh fruit bowls, bacon and egg, omelets, sandwiches and many more. Sorry, no tapsilog, tocilog, bangsilog, and the like because it is owned by a Caucasian mother and daughter team. On the few occasions I have been there, the Mom was always there, always friendly and warm to customers and making a point to make small talk to customers in every occupied table. I haven’t tasted everything, but they look and smell good. Yes, you can smell what’s baking because the baking happens right at the rear of the shop.
So when in Boracay, try their coffee and breakfast selection and you will understand why it’s named “Real Coffee”. It’s located at the end of station 1 of the White Beach path, down a small alley. Although it may be quite a challenge to locate as it has no signage to point you to where it is except for the crude wooden signage they have right in front of the establishment, but make no mistake about it as a so-so place as it has become an institution in Boracay that has become a mini-destination for regular Boracay tourists and for first-timers who have heard about it.
(Jan. 23, 2012)