Yes, there are different types of cinnamon!
Today, most cinnamon comes from two varieties: Vietnamese/Chinese (Cinnamomum cassia) or Ceylon (Cinnamomum verum). Both cinnamon types are derived from related plants, but each variety has a somewhat different taste profile.
Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of Vietnamese/Chinese cinnamon, with China close behind. About 8% of the world’s cinnamon is imported from Ceylon.
This article focuses on Ceylon cinnamon (also called Sri Lanka cinnamon)—most folks think it has a milder, sweeter taste compared to Vietnamese cinnamon.
For the best organic Ceylon cinnamon, we’d recommend Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon—it topped other brands in our blind taste test.
What We Liked
• Light scent.
• USDA organic.
• No GMO’s.
• Easy-shake cap.
What Needs Work
• More cinnamon aroma? In general Ceylon cinnamon has a milder scent than Vietnamese—and some are milder than others. Some of our testers thought this cinnamon lacked aroma.