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Holiday Blend 2014

In Blog, News, Seasonal Drinks // on December 5th, 2014 // by // No comment

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The whole family is stuffed full of turkey dinner. The adults are all leaned back in their chairs around the dining room table, and my little brothers are running around the house or lounging on the couch, impatient for pumpkin pie and my Nana’s famous pound cake. The desert plates finally appear, along with hot, steaming mugs of Heine Brothers’ Holiday Blend, much to the delight of my family. They love it when I bring my work home for the Holidays!

This moment actually got its start way back in October, when our Head Roaster, Alec Risch, and the rest of the Heine Brothers’ roasters started talking about creating this year’s Holiday Blend. What varieties do we have on hand this fall that are really exciting? What kind of flavor profile do we want to create for our customers to enjoy around their Holiday tables, special celebrations and office parties?

Holiday Blend needs to taste great black, for that uncle who would never dream of putting anything in his coffee. But it also needs to taste great for your mom, who likes a little coffee with her cream and sugar. It will need to stand up to sweet desserts and savory dinners, to salty cheese logs and spicy gingerbread cookies. That’s a pretty tall order for one coffee!

I asked Alec how he gets started on such a daunting project.

What is Holiday Blend all about?

“Holiday Blend is supposed to be a crowd pleaser. So, when we sit down and start thinking about blends that people will enjoy during the Holidays when it gets dark early and it’s usually cold and rainy, sometimes snowy, people want something that is going to be comforting and easy to drink. We wanted something that was going to have a lot of body, just enough acidity to set all the other flavors off, but mostly sweet, smooth and chocolaty. Something that will compliment all the holiday flavors that people enjoy.”

So, how did you choose this year’s component coffees?

“We looked at all the coffees that we have on hand this fall, and decided that we have these Peruvian coffees that meet all these requirements. We roast them to different profiles to highlight those different qualities, and we end up with a blend that has body, is super smooth, has a little bit of smokiness and roasty character, but still has a little fruity sweetness, reminiscent of a candied cherry or a ripe stone fruit.”

After you choose the component coffees, then what happens?

“We cup and we talk, and we make adjustments, then we cup and we talk some more, and we make some more adjustments. And at the end of a week or two, we land on a coffee that we’re all happy with.”

I enjoyed that process a lot! It’s my first year out at the Roastery, and it was fun to be involved in the creation of a new blend. You guys kept tweaking the percentages of each coffee just a little bit and we’d all stand here with our cups and say “sure, it’s good, but does it taste like CHRISTMAS?”

Yup. It can take a long time to settle on a final blend, and the changes can be really small, but we want to make sure that it comes together just right.

What’s in this year’s Holiday Blend?

“It’s three coffees, all from Peru. It’s our washed Peru from Sol y Café in the northern part of the country. And it’s also the natural processed Peru from a tiny little co-op called Coyona which is also in the northern part of the country near the Ecuadorian border.

But it’s three coffees?

“One of them is a French Roasted Peru. French Roast is actually just a roast style. It’s the darkest coffee that we roast at Heine Brothers’. It’s roasted to highlight the body and the natural sweetness of the Peruvian coffee, with the addition of that extra smoke from the lengthy roast.  We achieved those flavors by using both French Roasted Peru from Sol y Café, and also a lighter roast of the same coffee.  Three roast profiles of two coffees that come together to make Holiday Blend. “

Weeks of thoughtful work by our dedicated Roasters that will all come together in a hot cup of Heine Brothers’ Holiday Blend. We hope that you enjoy your Holiday Blend moments with family and friends this year!

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Open Interviews being held for the new HB-Veteran’s Parkway!

In Blog, Events, News // on November 25th, 2014 // by // No comment

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Tibetan Monks to Create an Interfaith Prayer for World Peace Sacred Sand Mandala during the Thanksgiving Holidays at HB-Douglass Loop!

In Blog, Community, News // on November 24th, 2014 // by // No comment

Tibetan Monks to Create an Interfaith Prayer for World Peace Sacred Sand Mandala during the Thanksgiving Holidays at Heine Brothers’ Coffee Location

From Tuesday, Nov 25th through Saturday, Nov 29th Heine Brothers’ Coffee at Douglass Loop will host a group of Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery as they create a Sacred Sand Mandala as a special Thanksgiving Gift for the community.

Louisville, Ky. (November 24, 2014) – Heine Brothers’ Coffee, which just celebrated its 20th Anniversary last month, will host visiting Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery as they create an Interfaith Prayer for World Peace Sand Mandala at the Douglass Loop location, 2200 Bardstown Road, 40205.  The five-day long event will begin Tuesday, November 25th with an Opening Ceremony from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  It is an offering of thanksgiving for peacemaking efforts during this season and prayer for an end to violence around the world.

Work on the Sand Mandala will continue every day including Thanksgiving (see schedule below) until the Closing Dissolution Ceremony on Saturday, November 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.  The Monks will also be offering various crafts and gifts – many that are fair trade items made by the monks and the Tibetan refugees they support – for sale throughout the event.

This free event is open to the public.  Donations are welcome.

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“Mandala” means “world in harmony”.  The Tibetan sand mandala is an ancient Tibetan art form for which the Monks of Drepung Gomang are renowned.  This Interfaith World Peace Mandala invokes dialogue and the work of nonviolent peacemaking and compassion – thereby promoting the well-being of all sentient beings.  The creation of the sand mandala begins with an Opening Ceremony in which the tour leader, Geshe Yonten Gyatso, and the visiting monks chant prayers for peace, compassion and healing, accompanied by the music of cymbals, drums and horns.  After the design for the mandala is laid out, the time consuming and delicate process of placing millions of colored sand grains onto the intricate design begins – a process at which the monks will work over the 5 days.  At the Closing Ceremony, which includes prayers and chanting, the mandala will be deconstructed, swept into a colorful pile – symbolizing the impermanence of all things.  Finally the sand will be ceremonially dispersed into the flowing waters of Beargrass Creek to spread the prayers for world peace and the compassionate energies of the mandala to the world.

Throughout the week visitors will also be able to purchase unique items the monks will be offering for sale – including jewelry, shawls, gemstone beads, ritual items, and other objects, many created by refugee Tibetans and by monks from the Monastery.

This group of Drepung Gomang Monks, hosted by the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, are on tour throughout the United States to share the message of compassion, to demonstrate the artistic accomplishments and endangered culture of the Tibetan people, and to generate funds to feed and educate the 2000 monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.  For more information about the Drepung Gomang Monastery, the tour and their mission, please visit www.drepunggomang.org.  For more information about DGCEC, the hosting and local Tibetan dharma center, please visit www.DrepungGomangUSA.org or the center at 411 N. Hubbards Lane, 40207.

Daily Schedule for the Mandala

Tuesday, Nov 25, 3pm – 7pm – Opening Ceremony 3pm – 4pm

Wednesday, Nov 26, 8am – 4pm

Thursday, Nov 27 (Thanksgiving Day),         8am – 12:30pm

Friday Nov 28, 8am – 12:30pm

Saturday Nov 29, 10am – 2pm – Dissolution Ceremony 1pm – 2pm

For more information contact Anne Walter at 502-619-1652 or

DrepungGomangInstitute@gmail.com.

About Heine Brothers’

Heine Brothers’ is a 100% fair trade and organic coffee roaster. We opened our first shop in October 1994 in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, KY, and now have 13 shops and a mobile Airstream espresso bar, all in Greater Louisville. From the beginning, Heine Brothers’ has been committed to operating responsibly and sustainably – donating to numerous community groups, recycling, being founding members of the world’s 1st fair-trade coffee buying cooperative, buying locally. We are committed to continuing to deliver remarkable coffee shop experiences while staying true to our vision of making a difference in Louisville. For more information, please visit http://heinebroscoffee.com/ or follow us @HeineBrosCoffee.

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The Center for Women and Families Holiday Gift Card Drive

In Blog, Community, News // on November 24th, 2014 // by // No comment

Now through December 12th, we’re collecting $25 gift cards for The Center for Women and Families! The Center offers services to all survivors of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence here in the Louisville area, and these gift cards help empower their clients to do their own holiday shopping. With your generous support they hope to provide gift cards to 1,000 families this year! Drop off a gift card to your barista.

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Hope for the Holidays with Volunteers of America!

In Blog, Community, News // on November 24th, 2014 // by // No comment

Heine Brothers’ is proud to team with Volunteers Of America again for their Hope for the Holidays campaign! Bring any new winter coats or accessories to your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ and drop them in the box – they will go to those in need right here in the Louisville area!

At Heine Brothers’ Coffee we are committed to supporting groups doing important work in the Louisville Community and we are proud to call Volunteers of America a Community Partner.  Partnering on VOA’s hat, coat and glove drive each fall has become an big part of giving back during the holiday season at all of our stores.  A strong and healthy VOA is important to Louisville and we look forward to continuing to do our part to support VOA. – Mike Mays, President & Co-owner, Heine Brothers’ Coffee

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Holiday Hours 2014

In Blog, News // on November 13th, 2014 // by // No comment

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Thanksgiving – November 27 2014

  • HB-Longest Ave: closed for the day
  • HB-Frankfort Ave: open 7am-4pm
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 7am-4pm
  • HB-Douglass Loop: open 7am-3pm
  • HB-Gardiner Lane: open 7am-9pm
  • HB-Shelbyville Road: closed for the day
  • HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-4pm
  • HB-Main Street: closed for the day, also closed on Friday November 28 2014
  • HB-Fourth Street: closed for the day, open 10am-8pm on Friday November 28 2014 for Light Up Louisville
  • HB-Northfield: closed for the day
  • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: closed for the day
  • Vint: open 8am-4pm

Christmas Eve – December 24 2014

  • HB-Longest Ave: open until 5pm
  • HB-Frankfort Ave: open until 5pm
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane: open until 5pm
  • HB-Douglass Loop: open until 5pm
  • HB-Gardiner Lane: open until 5pm
  • HB-Shelbyville Road: open until 5pm
  • HB-Schnitzelburg: open until 5pm
  • HB-Main Street: open until 3pm
  • HB-Fourth Street: open until 3pm
  • HB-Northfield: open until 5pm
  • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: open until 5pm
  • Vint: open until 5pm

Christmas – December 25 2014

  • HB-Longest Ave: closed for the day
  • HB-Frankfort Ave: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Douglass Loop: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Gardiner Lane: open 8am-8pm
  • HB-Shelbyville Road: closed for the day
  • HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-1pm
  • HB-Main Street: closed for the day
  • HB-Fourth Street: closed for the day
  • HB-Northfield: closed for the day
  • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: closed for the day
  • Vint: closed for the day

New Year’s Eve – December 31 2014

  • HB-Longest Ave: open until 9pm
  • HB-Frankfort Ave: open until 9pm
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane:  open until 6pm
  • HB-Douglass Loop:  open until 9pm
  • HB-Gardiner Lane:  open until 9pm
  • HB-Shelbyville Road:  open until 6pm
  • HB-Schnitzelburg:  open until 9pm
  • HB-Main Street:  open until 3pm
  • HB-Fourth Street:  open until 3pm
  • HB-Northfield:  open until 6pm
  • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway:  open until 6pm
  • Vint:  open until 6pm

New Year’s Day – January 1 2015

  • HB-Longest Ave: opens at 7am
  • HB-Frankfort Ave: opens at 7am
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane: opens at 7am
  • HB-Douglass Loop: opens at 7am
  • HB-Gardiner Lane: opens at 7am
  • HB-Shelbyville Road: opens at 7am
  • HB-Schnitzelburg: opens at 7am
  • HB-Main Street:  closed for the day
  • HB-Fourth Street:  closed for the day
  • HB-Northfield:   opens at 7am
  • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway:   opens at 7am
  • Vint:   opens at 7am

Note: All shifts on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are staffed by volunteers from our staff, who are available  to work on that day for various reasons (celebrate on other days, family out of town, etc). Many of our regulars have no where to go during the holidays, and we’re happy to provide a place with a friendly face where everyone is welcome. If baristas’ plans change, some of our hours may change on these two days, but this post will be updated as needed.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Hours edited 12/10/2014

 

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HB-Chenoweth Lane – remodel is complete!

In Blog, Louisville, News // on November 11th, 2014 // by // No comment

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HB-Chenoweth Lane has reopened in St. Matthews after a one-week “extreme makeover.”

According to Mike Mays, Heine Brothers’ President, “We’re excited to reopen our fully remodeled St. Matthews Heine Brothers’ location after a busy seven days. Since it had been 17 years since we opened that location and the well-loved coffee shop was really starting to show its age, over the past week we completed an incredible update which included gutting the cafe, replacing the floor and lighting, painting the entire cafe and adding a brand new espresso bar. Now Heine Brothers’ Chenoweth Lane is officially ready for it’s next 17 years!”

The shop includes artwork from local artists to represent the location’s original history as a gas station and its proximity to the railroad tracks, as well as other Louisville memorabilia. Works include photos of trains by Caren Cunningham, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Bellarmine University, paintings with road map images by Louisville artist Brandon Bass and photos of the recent ReSurfaced initiative downtown by Jeff McAfee of Studio Threesixty. In addition, there is a bumper from a ’91 Mercury Marquis featuring iconic Louisville bumper stickers.

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Our next remodel begins Monday!

In Blog, Louisville, News // on October 30th, 2014 // by // No comment

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HB-Chenoweth Lane’s exterior received an update in Spring 2014, and to follow up we’re renovating the interior next week! The cafe will be closed from Monday, November 3 2014 through Sunday, November 9 2014, and will reopen at 6am on Monday, November 10th. For the convenience of our customers, the drive-thru will remain open throughout the week. HB-Chenoweth Lane was our third location, opened in 1997, and after 17 years it is time for a significant update. We’re excited to show you what we have planned – be sure to stop in after the cafe is reopened to see the new shop!

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Heine Brothers’ first Indiana shop is opening soon!

In Blog, Louisville, News // on October 28th, 2014 // by // No comment

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We’re excited to finally announce that we’re opening our first Southern Indiana location! HB-Veteran’s Parkway will open in late 2014 / early 2015 right off of I-65, on the corner of Veteran’s Parkway and Town Center Blvd in Jeffersonville, IN. We have many existing customers and employees who come from the Hoosier state, and can’t wait to bring our fair-trade & organic coffee, excellent customer service, and deliciously-beautiful drinks to Indiana.

Our new location will feature a spacious cafe and patio, along with a convenient drive-thru, and will be managed by our previous HB-Westport Village manager Katt McGinley. We’re working with studio threesixty on design and Koetter Construction as the general contractor, and we’ll begin accepting applications for employment shortly.

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Press release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heine Brothers’ Confirms New Location in Southern Indiana; Announces “Extreme Makeover” Plans for Chenoweth Lane Location

Louisville, Ky. (October 27, 2014) – Louisville-based Heine Brothers’ Coffee (Heine Brothers’), which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month, confirmed today its first location in Southern Indiana. The new Heine Brothers’ will open in late 2014 or early 2015 at 1475 Veteran’s Parkway, Suite 102 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, 47130.

According to Mike Mays, Heine Brothers’ President, “We are excited to expand the Heine Brothers’ experience to Southern Indiana and create yet another neighborhood gathering place. This location has easy access to I-65 at Exit 5 and is only five miles from the bridge, and it is surrounded by many neighborhoods and other retail. For those familiar with the area, we will be in the space beside the AT&T store, which already includes a great patio with garage doors opening up to the patio. This shop also will include a drive-thru for added convenience.”

With the recently announced closing of the Westport Road location, this Southern Indiana location will become Heine Brothers’ 13th location. The current Westport Village manager has accepted the position of store manager for Jeffersonville.

In addition, Heine Brothers’ will temporarily close the interior café of its location at 119 Chenoweth Lane in St. Matthews for a one-week “extreme makeover.” The café will close on Sunday, November 2, 2014 and reopen on Monday, November 10, 2014 but the drive-thru will remain open during the renovation.

“Chenoweth Lane was our third location and it opened in 1997, so after 17 years it is time for a significant update,” added Mays. “The good news is that the drive-thru will remain open during the entire renovation so our customers can still get their favorite coffee and drinks all week.”

Heine Brothers’ also recently announced the launch of its new customer loyalty app, Heine Brothers’ Perks. Customers can now leave their wallets at home and pay with their phones, earning rewards along the way. For every $50 spent using the app, you’ll receive $3 toward your next purchase. Plus, you get $2 just for signing up.

 

About Heine Brothers’

Heine Brothers’ is a 100% fair trade and organic coffee roaster. We opened our first shop in October 1994 in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, KY, and now have 13 shops and a mobile Airstream espresso bar, all in Greater Louisville. From the beginning, Heine Brothers’ has been committed to operating responsibly and sustainably – donating to numerous community groups, recycling, being founding members of the world’s 1st fair-trade coffee buying cooperative, buying locally. We are committed to continuing to deliver remarkable coffee shop experiences while staying true to our vision of making a difference in Louisville. For more information, please visit http://heinebroscoffee.com/ or follow us @HeineBrosCoffee.

Contact:

Mike Mays

mikemays@heinebroscoffee.com

 

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HB-Longest Ave is being remodeled!

In Blog, News // on April 10th, 2014 // by // No comment


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HB-Longest Avenue will undergo a complete remodel in April! As our very first shop, HB-Longest Avenue holds a piece of many hearts here in Louisville and beyond, and we want to make sure it is in top shape for years to come. Business hours will be altered for the remodel:

  • Sunday April 13 2014 – close at 5pm.
  • Monday April 14 2014 – closed.
  • Tuesday April 15 2014 – closed.
  • Wednesday April 16 2014 – closed.
  • Thursday April 17 2014 – closed.
  • Friday April 18 2014 – reopen at 6:30am.

We’d love to see our regulars at one of our nearby locations while HB-Longest Avenue is being remodeled! Come see us at:

  • HB-Douglass Loop – in the Highlands at 2200 Bardstown Road
  • HB-Schnitzelburg – on Eastern Pkwy at Shelby Street – 822 Eastern Pkwy
  • HB-Frankfort Avenue – recently remodeled at 2714 Frankfort Ave in Crescent Hill
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