Blog Archives: Clare White

Meet Your Barista: Tyler @ HB-Veterans Pkwy

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 7th, 2017 // by // No comment

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love Tyler.  Outgoing and fun, Tyler is friends with everyone. It’s hard not to get drawn into a conversation with him!

Georgia, now the manager at Vint Coffee, loves working with him because, “It’s always a blast! Not only is he great at his job, but he’s constantly cracking up his coworkers. He’s an amazing latte artist, but he’s also accomplished at stage lighting. He even worked with Actors Theater over the summer!”

 

How long have you been working at HB?

I’ve been working here for almost two years!

 

Native or Transplant

Native! I’ve been living in Jeffersonville, Indiana since I was a kid.

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Meet Your Barista: Jess @ HB-Gardiner Lane

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on November 11th, 2017 // by // No comment

 
With a personality as bright as her hair, Jess is happy to tell you about one of her many interests – ranging from glass art to working in a tattoo parlor. Ask her co-workers, and they’ll tell you how much fun a shift with Jess is!
 
Jess is one of the most interesting baristas at HB-Gardiner Lane! When I first hired her, she was actually in the Derby City Roller Girls, and she sometimes does suspension shows! Oh, and she rocks the drive-through like nobody’s business,” gushes Stephanie, her former manager.

 

Where do you work?

HB-Gardiner Lane

 

Is there a story behind your nickname “Spooky”?

I played roller derby for the Derby City Roller Girls a couple years ago. My name was Spooky Lil Ghoul.

 

How long have you been working at HB?

About 2 years

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Meet Your Barista: Jay @ HB-Schnitzelburg

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on October 24th, 2017 // by // No comment

Before he was a barista, Jay was a daily customer for many years. (And Jay loves Heine Brothers’ almost as much as he loves Halloween.)
As Ella, the manager at HB – Schnitzelburg says, “He was named the King of Halloween by his friends and actually does historical talking walking tours of places like the old Central State grounds and other spooky urban legend spots locally. He’s even done some stuff for TV shows in the past!”
Not only has he worked here at the shop for a number of years, he does a lot of work with the All Wool Democratic Club as a volunteer!
Which location do you work at?
Schnitzelburg
How long have you been working at HB?
Going on 5(00) years.
Native or Transplant?
Louis-villain born and raised.
You’re very into Halloween – when did your love for the holiday start?
For as long as I can remember, I grew up on a healthy diet of late night Monster movies, ghost stories and Count Chocula cereal. 
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Meet the Maker: Najla’s Inc.

In Blog, Meet The Maker, News // on October 10th, 2017 // by // No comment

If you’ve ever enjoyed one of the many treats in our bakery case, odds are they were handmade by the one of the bakers at Najla’s Inc.

Headed up by long-time baker and local entrepreneur Najla Aswad, Najla’s Inc. employs an almost-all female team (Audras makes the deliveries) of bakers, chefs, and culinary school graduates to make everything from scones, cakes, and brownies to protein bowls, energy bars and breakfast wraps from fresh, raw ingredients.

“It’s never scared me to start from raw ingredient to finished product. You can get so much more integrity in flavor and quality when you do it yourself,” Najla explains.

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Meet Your Barista: Tiffany @ HB-Gardiner Lane

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on September 12th, 2017 // by // No comment

 

Generous and inclusive, Tiffany is always finding ways to brighten up the day of her co-workers and customers. (Even as she was being interviewed for this Meet Your Barista feature, she started nominating a fellow barista for the next one!)

Stephanie, who now manages HB-Hikes Point, says of Tiffany, “Tiffany does all the cool things. She is the manager of the Flame Run glass blowing studio AND she makes art of her own. Carved and painted things with skeletons, sort of Day of the Dead. Oh and she is like obsessed with squirrels, or as she says in Spanish “ardilla”. I just love working with this girl!”

Which location do you work at?

HB-Gardiner Lane

How long have you been working at HB?

Four and a half years, I think

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Vint wins Best Dessert at Taste of Frankfort Avenue 2017

In Blog, Louisville, News // on September 12th, 2017 // by // No comment

Espresso, bourbon-smoked sugar, and peppermint? Yes, please!

Those are some of the ingredients in the award-winning dessert combination from our Vint location – an Espresso Pecan scone and our iced Vint Julep (made with bourbon-smoked & mint sugars from local Bourbon Barrel Foods).

Vint has been competing in the Taste of Frankfort Avenue event since 2010, which just celebrated it’s 25 year anniversary this year. When the Vint barista team competed in the People’s Choice contest this year, their original iced Vint Julep latte was voted “Best Dessert”! With samples from more than 25 bars and restaurants — including Bourbons Bistro, Varanese, Volaré and the Italian Table – our signature drink had some stiff competition.

The Vint Julep is made using the Heine Brothers’ Coffee organic and fair trade espresso, steamed milk and Bourbon Barrel Food’s smoked sugars – a local business that uses bourbon barrels to smoke and infuse the sugars, as well as cooking spices, soy sauce, and other foods.

The scones are made by our local food partner Najla – a women-run business that uses natural & sustainable ingredients.

The Vint Julep can be ordered at our stores hot or iced, and the Espresso Pecan scones also pair well with any of our single origin coffees or specialty teas.

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Community Partner Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

In Blog, Community, News, Uncategorized // on September 6th, 2017 // by // No comment

 

Groups of people in bright tee shirts carry an assortment of gardening gadgets and tools, fanning out among the shotgun homes that line the neighborhood lanes. Some are headed toward alleyways with trash bags and gloves, some are towing wheelbarrows and shovels, paint and paintbrushes, and others are headed to houses to help homeowners with structural projects. It’s a mix between kids and adults, volunteers and residents -even a few Heine Brothers’ Coffee baristas and staff.

This is the scene you’ll encounter at the Love Your Neighborhood events, which our Portland neighbors from Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville began in 2016 in Louisville.

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Meet Your Barista: Jon @ HB-Shelbyville Rd

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on August 11th, 2017 // by // No comment

 

If you’ve ever met Jon, you know his enthusiasm is contagious, and that a five minute chat can quickly turn into a deep and genuine conversation.

“He’s a really talented musician and in his songs, he talks a lot about his experiences as a trans person. He’s also a total activist who gets involved with all kinds of organizations that look out for marginalized groups,” says his manager, Ashley.

Which location do you work at?

I work at the Shelbyville Road location in St. Matthews.

How long have you been working at HB?

I’ve been here at this location since early November 2015.

Louisville Native or Transplant?

I’m a Louisville transplant, originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I moved here from Mississippi, where I was living after I graduated

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Meet Your Barista: Lauren @ HB-Schnitzelburg

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on July 13th, 2017 // by // No comment

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Next time you’re in our Schnitzelburg store, grab a coffee and ask Lauren about her art!

 

 

Not only does she create her own art, she plans to back to school for art education. In fact, she’s already spent some time working with high school art students this year, which has given her the teaching bug.

 

“When you get to have a conversation with her, she is so interesting,” says Ella, the store manager.  “She’s so talented, yet incredibly modest!”

 

Which location do you work at?
HB-Schnitzelburg

 

How long have you been working at HB?
Almost a year
 
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Meet Your Barista: Aaron @ Chenoweth

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on June 5th, 2017 // by // No comment

The first thing you notice about Aaron is his enthusiasm and friendliness. He has a way of immediately putting you in a better mood as you order your coffee, tea or Heine Palmer (his personal favorite) at Chenoweth Lane.

“His creative artistic ability and compassionate demeanor pair well with his strong work ethic to make him a true leader at HBC. New baristas often follow his lead,” explains John, manager at Heine Brothers’ Coffee – Chenoweth Lane.

Not only is he a great barista, though, Aaron is also an excellent photographer. Read more about his methods and inspiration below!

 

Which location do you work at?

Chenoweth Lane

 

How long have you been working at HB?

Since June of 2016

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