Korintje cinnamon, or cassia cinnamon, is the most popular cinnamon in the U.S. 85% of the cinnamon in today’s world market originates from Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra, called Kerinci. All cassia cinnamon is processed and sourced in the heart of Kerinci, at the heart of the cinnamon plantations.
Mount Kerinci is the highest volcano in Indonesia, and the highest peak on the island of Sumatra. It is surrounded by cinnamon trees and the lush forest of Kerinci Seblat National Park, home to the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The fertile soils of the slopes of the Kerinci high valley are very suitable for growing cassia trees since it grows best at an altitude of between 800 to 1,500 meters. A tree needs to be at least 10 years old before it can be harvested. Barks from younger trees are used to produce cinnamon sticks (7cm etc.) while older ones (15 - 35 years) provide raw material for Broken & Clean and make a great cinnamon powder. The older the tree, the higher the volatile oil (VO) in the bark. Higher VO results in stronger flavor.