Here at CEIBA we have a love for our trees! Our drink is made from infusing the bark of a cinnamon tree and we named our tree after one of the grandest we know, the Ceiba itself. The Ceiba, the original tree of life, inspired conquistadors exploring the New World to seek out its origins for eternal life. Much myth and legend surround the tree, with beautiful imagery from the Mayans who believed the tree’s broad roots that run along the surface connect to the underworld (Xibalba), and its tall branches that reach through the skies connect to the heavens.
We are very particular about our cinnamon too as we only want the best. We source Ceylon Cinnamon from Sri Lanka as it has crisper and more delicate sweetness and flavour than other varieties and it is not too spicy and overwhelming. The country has some breathtaking landscapes and greenery, yet the Sri Lankans are understated botanists too! We named our brand after Ceiba as the drink was found in Central America and there was no better way to pay homage to its roots and sentiment of making the most out of nature’s produce. But the Sri Lankans also have their own very sacred tree… the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a sacred fig tree planted by people in 249BC. Yes, that makes it over two millennia old! It is still living and still cared for by people to this day. It is the oldest human planted tree in existence but that accounts for only a portion of its sacredness. The tree is said to be a branch of the original Sri Maha Bodhi, transported from India to be planted in Sri Lanka. Why is the Sri Maha Bodhi sacred? Under the tree is where Buddha sat when he gained Enlightenment. It is one of the most sacred relics to Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.