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At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, we believe it is not enough to do well, we must also do good. Our social responsibility efforts blend commitment and community. Our Caring Cup initiatives support charities, foundations, and schools in the U.S. and around the world.

Our customers also participate in these initiatives through their purchases and donations.
Together we respond to the needs of local communities served by our stores and the needs of communities where our products are grown.


Global Programs

Kidane Mehret Students’ Self-Help Association (KIMSSA)

Founded by an Ethiopian coffee grower and his family, this organization’s programs of educational tutoring and skills training have provided assistance to underprivileged boys and girls in Ethiopia for the last 17 years. KIMSSA offers a variety of services and programs and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf contribution has funded equipment and materials and covered the costs of instructors for vocational training programs.

Aid Lanka Kids Foundation

The Aid Lanka Kids Foundation was formed immediately after the 2004 tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. The funds raised by the foundation are used to create infrastructure and support systems to care for orphaned children in Sri Lanka. Our Director of Tea, David DeCandia, is one of the directors of this non-profit organization. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has made many contributions to support the foundation’s efforts.

Shree Dwarika Tea Estate

The Darjeeling Himalayan hill region’s fragile ecology has been threatened by increasing demand for wood, fuel and timber. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sponsored installations of liquid petroleum stoves in the homes of the tea pluckers. This raised workers’ living standards by enabling them to prepare meals hygienically and helped to reduce deforestation.


CCC Foundation is a non-profit organization based on the principles of Courage, Compassion & Commitment. The foundation’s mission is to support the people of Sri Lanka by providing treatment for cancer at its National Cancer Institute and by offering emotional well-being and mental health care support through its CCC Line telephone counseling service. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf provided funds to sponsor rooms for families of children fighting cancer in the foundation’s new CCC House, a transit home for underprivileged cancer outpatients and their caregivers.

The Mukengeria Tea Estate

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was the first U.S. company to buy tea from the Mukengeria Tea Estate in Kenya. Since we began our relationship with Mukengeria, we’ve focused on the livelihood of its people. Our contributions have helped build a nursery school on the estate, ensuring the children of tea growers a safe and nurturing learning environment. Customers’ donations have also helped provide coloring books, school supplies and reading books.

Bogawantalawa Tea Estate

The Bogawantalawa Tea Estate, where we purchase all of our Ceylon teas, is located in the Bogawantalawa Valley in Sri Lanka. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf funded construction of a community center and education facility for the estate’s workers and their families. In addition, a portion of the purchases of our Ceylon teas goes to funding other initiatives, including a library and a daycare center for the estate workers’ children.

Nantou Ren-Ai Home for Orphaned Children

This home is located in Nantou County Taiwan, just a few miles away from the estate where our Taiwan Green Tea is grown. Through direct donations and proceeds from the sale of the tea, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf supports this home in partnership with the estate’s owner. The home provides a happy and healthy environment for children from 18 months to 18 years of age.


The Help Group

The Help Group is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems. Each year during the holiday season, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf donates $1 to The Help Group for every pound of Holiday Blend Coffee or 20-count Winter Dream Tea® tin sold. Additionally, we partner with The Help Group on our “Deck the Walls” program in which customers are invited to purchase stickers and place them on the walls of our stores with all proceeds going to benefit The Help Group.

Support At Home

Since 2007, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has developed programs to support the men and women in the U.S. Armed Services and their families. We renewed our partnership with Operation Homefront in 2013, contributing $1 from every purchase of our Support at Home coffee and tea. Customers purchase bags of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Support At Home coffee or tea which we send to military personnel and their families. Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance and other support to families of service members and wounded warriors.