Welcome to Caffeine With a Cause!

The causes behind the cup

What's Our Why?

A 40-something year old Sri Lankan elephant named Bandara, believe it or not. On a five month leave from work back in 2012, founder Nikita McKinder traveled to Sri Lanka to volunteer at Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), an organization dedicated to rescuing captive elephants. It was Bandara, the elephant she was assigned to work with, who stole her heart from day one (even making her husband a tiny bit jealous).

Rescued from abusive captors, the elephants at MEF are nurtured by local caretakers – known as mahouts – alongside the volunteers who contribute their time and funds. And even though it’s been close to a decade, we still think of Bandara and all his brothers and sisters who continue to need our support. Spend one day with these beautiful, giant creatures and we’re pretty sure you’ll be thinking about ‘em nonstop too.

What's Our Why?

A 40-something year old Sri Lankan elephant named Bandara, believe it or not. On a five month leave from work back in 2012, founder Nikita McKinder traveled to Sri Lanka to volunteer at Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), an organization dedicated to rescuing captive elephants. It was Bandara, the elephant she was assigned to work with, who stole her heart from day one (even making her husband a tiny bit jealous).

Rescued from abusive captors, the elephants at MEF are nurtured by local caretakers – known as mahouts – alongside the volunteers who contribute their time and funds. And even though it’s been close to a decade, we still think of Bandara and all his brothers and sisters who continue to need our support. Spend one day with these beautiful, giant creatures and we’re pretty sure you’ll be thinking about ‘em nonstop too.

So, how are we supporting from afar?

$1 of every item purchased will be donated towards the elephant sanctuary. We also hope to incorporate MEF’s sustainable “poo paper” into Naturally Chai’s packaging. Yes, you heard that right – Millennium Elephant Foundation turns elephant poo into highly eco-friendly paper products. We know, it’s a funny thing to wrap your head around at first. But we love it.


Alongside protecting wildlife populations, as Naturally Chai grows we are also invested in giving back to support women’s education in India. After her time teaching kids in local Asian communities, Nikita realized the stark disparity between gender and educational access.

Our mission will evolve as we do, and we can’t wait to keep you up to date on how we’ll be giving back.

Follow the journey by subscribing to our newsletter below, or follow us on social media.

So, how are we supporting from afar?

$1 of every item purchased will be donated towards the elephant sanctuary. We also hope to incorporate MEF’s sustainable “poo paper” into Naturally Chai’s packaging. Yes, you heard that right – Millennium Elephant Foundation turns elephant poo into highly eco-friendly paper products. We know, it’s a funny thing to wrap your head around at first. But we love it.


Alongside protecting wildlife populations, as Naturally Chai grows we are also invested in giving back to support women’s education in India. After her time teaching kids in local Asian communities, Nikita realized the stark disparity between gender and educational access.

Our mission will evolve as we do, and we can’t wait to keep you up to date on how we’ll be giving back.

Follow the journey by subscribing to our newsletter below, or follow us on social media.