What is Mabi?

What is Mabí?

A Caribbean Treasure Brewed from Bark

Mabi is no ordinary drink. It's a unique and indigenous beverage of the Caribbean that offers an experience far beyond your average tea. This delightful concoction is brewed using the mauby bark which comes from the Colubrina tree, including Colubrina elliptica or Colubrina arborescens - trees that are native to the Caribbean and South Florida.

Traditionally, mabi was a fermented drink, lovingly crafted in small batches. Imagine the earthy notes of the bark, mingling with the sweetness of sugar and a burst of warming spices like aniseed. Some find hints of licorice or root beer in its intriguing flavor profile.

More Than Just Refreshing: A Cultural Legacy

Mabi's story transcends its taste. This drink holds a special place in Caribbean culture. Traditionally prepared in small batches, it's played the role of bringing people together for joyous gatherings and celebrations. Additionally, the use of native plants shows a deep respect for the Caribbean landscape and its resources. Historical accounts suggest mabi might have been used in traditional Caribbean medicine.

Modern Twist on an Ancient Tradition

Today, mabi is primarily enjoyed as a non-alcoholic or commercially produced drink. You might even find it in a fizzy, carbonated version for a refreshing twist. While the preparation methods have evolved, mabi's essence remains. It's a captivating and flavorful beverage that continues to quench thirsts and connect people to the rich heritage of the Caribbean.

With Bayjoo, we're bringing our own modern & healthier twist, crafting the first sugar-free, low-calorie, infused with organic ingredients mabi to the market. It's the first alternative mabi! 

A Bonus Sip: Local Beliefs and Rituals

Beyond its historical significance, mabi holds a special place in the hearts of many Caribbean people. Some believe in the potential health benefits of the mauby bark, using it as a folk remedy for various ailments. Many also swear by its cooling and relaxing properties, making it the perfect drink to unwind after a long day or share quality time with loved ones.