Blog Archives: Clare White

Meet Your Barista: Georgia @ Vint

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on November 19th, 2018 // by // No comment

She’s always good for a pun, or a listening ear! You may know her by her love of whales or her ability to recite the movie Homeward Bound, but most importantly, Georgia is a favorite of her baristas and customers alike.

Erica, the HB Events coordinator, remembers the first time she met Georgia,  “at the beginning of 2017, when she was the Assistant Manager at HB-Veterans Parkway. She worked the very first event that I had coordinated (an early morning race in March), and I remember being impressed with her work ethic. She’s also hilarious, and is a wealth of knowledge in many fields.”

Get to know Georgia, the manager at Vint!

 

How long have you been working at HB?

I’ve been working for the company for almost 4 years.

 

Louisville Native or Transplant?

Technically I’m a native.  I was born in Louisville, but grew up in Southern Indiana. I love both places for different reasons.

 

You compete in a lot of Latte Art Competitions – what does being a contestant entail?

Latte Art Competitions are a blast! Each one differs a little bit in what the rules are but generally you register beforehand or pay a small fee to enter.  There’s usually a large bracket and depending on the competition it’s either single or double elimination style. Some competitions have each round as a free pour where you pour whatever you want and other competitions roll dice to determine what size mug you pour into and what design you have to pour (heart/rosetta/swan etc..)

 

 

What do you love about pouring latte art?  

I love that it’s something that you can always push yourself to be better at.  There’s always something you can work on or improve. Also, I like knowing that I’m handing out a drink I can take pride in and the customer will enjoy.  

 

Proudest Latte Art creation?

I’d say the pour I’m proudest of was a swan pour from a few weeks ago.  It was really symmetrical (as much as a swan can be), the contrast was good, and it looked like a swan!

 

 

Which was the last Latte Art Competition you were in?

The last competition I was in was the KY vs. TN Throw Down at Spencer’s Coffee in Bowling Green Kentucky.  It was a blast. They brought in food trucks, had a ton of prizes people could enter to win and all of the proceeds benefited a local nonprofit called, The Hive.  It was definitely the biggest competition I’ve been to. There were barista’s from as far away as New York!

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I’ve got a 6 year old Australian Shepherd.  His name is Enzo (named after the book The Art of Racing in The Rain ) and he’s awesome. He’s a pro when it comes to catching Frisbee!

 

What’s your favorite movie?

Oh man.  This is the hardest question.  I’ve got a lot of “favorite movies” depending on the season/my mood/etc… Currently, because it’s fall and I’m feeling nostalgic I have to go with Homeward Bound.  It was my absolute favorite as a kid and I have most of the dialogue memorized. Really any movie that tugs at the heart strings and involves animals is going to be a favorite of mine.  Free Willy comes in at a close second right now and is the reason for my intense appreciation and interest in Orcas.

 

 

What needs to be invented that hasn’t been invented yet?  

An actual hoverboard. I want to have a Marty McFly moment!

 

Favorite HB drink?

Double Con Panna. It’s the perfect way to start my morning. Enough caffeine to wake me up and it’s sipped through whipped cream.  What’s better than that?

 

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Meet Your Barista: Jackie

In Meet Your Barista // on November 2nd, 2018 // by // No comment

 

We’re highlighting Jackie in this month’s Meet Your Barista, who’s been working for Heine Brothers’ for 18 years! When you become friends with Jackie, you can look forward to a lot of hugs and someone who’ll catch up on your day.

Next time you see Jackie at Heine Brothers’, make sure to tell her hello!

 

How long working for Heine Brothers?

Started at age 16 – so 18 years.

 

Free time is spent:

Playing Softball, swimming, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, hanging out with boyfriend Byron, watching movies!

 

Favorite movies?

Titanic and Twilight are a couple of favorites.

 

Favorite song or musician?

Jonas Brothers

 

Fun plans for Halloween?

Going to a Halloween party at her cousin’s house (who also works for Heine Brothers’!).

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Meet Your Barista: Tess @ HB-Douglass Loop

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on September 9th, 2018 // by // No comment

If you’ve met Tess, chances are you already know she’s one of the friendliest baristas around. You might also be able to tell she has flair for design (she’s a painter and a bookbinder). When she’s not working at HB-Douglass Loop and doing her artist thing, you might see her out and about at a community event for Heine Brothers’.
Erica, the Heine Brothers’ Events Manager, says working with Tess makes slinging coffee at events even more fun, “She’s friendly, a hard worker, and has a great eye for aesthetics.”
Say hello next time you’re at HB-Douglass Loop, and make sure to ask her about her pet hens!
How long have you been working at HB?
A little over 2 years.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
I grew up in Shepherdsville, but I like to consider myself a Louisville native.
When you’re not working at Heine Brothers’, what do you get up to?
You can usually find me cooking with friends, reading on my back patio, in a yoga class or hanging out with my roommates two adorable dogs and our 3 chickens
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Meet Your Barista: Cassidy @ HB-Shelbyville Road

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on June 19th, 2018 // by // No comment

As a future Forensic Anthropologist, Cassidy might just be the most interesting person in the room! Make sure you ask her about her plans to dig-up a seventeenth century Polish grave site this summer as a part of her field study.

 

As her co-worker Hayley says, “She’s super cool to work with, extremely dedicated to her studies, and has the most wicked sense of humor out of all the baristas here.”

 

Which location do you work at?

Shelbyville Road

 

 

How long have you been working at HB?

It’ll be a year in this month

 

 

When you’re not working at HB, where are we most likely to find you?

When it’s warm I spend just about all of my time at the dog park. Wherever you find me, I’m definitely studying or reading. I do fun things too, I swear. I just turned 21 so I’m getting to experience that part of Louisville now.

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Meet Your Barista: Erica, Events Manager

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on May 1st, 2018 // by // 7 Comments

 

Don’t blink or you might miss her!

As the Events Manager for Heine Brothers’, Erica is constantly on the go – organizing and prepping for all the community events that HB contributes to. From festivals to races, picnics and fundraisers, Erica makes sure event-goers get their coffee (or tea!) and everything runs smoothly. On top of her work with HB, you can find Erica teaching Slique Yoga or helping deliver babies as a Doula!

But even when she’s at her busiest, she’ll always make time for you. Generous and extremely kind, Erica is a great person to have on your side. Next time you see her out-and-about, make sure to tell her hello!

 

What is your position at HB, and what does that position entail?

I am the Events Manager, which entails a healthy mix of computer work as well as physical labor. I spend a good chunk of time emailing vendors and our staff, coordinating days and times. I probably look at three different calendars at least twenty times in a work day! Once I’ve coordinated all of the logistics I start prepping for the event – I put in bean and dairy orders, I pull out all of the supplies that we’ll need, I make all the drinks that we’ll be selling, and then I create a menu on our iPad. On event day if I’m not working the actual event, I try to at least visit our booth to see how things are going, especially if we have new people working. After every event, a mini inventory is taken so that I can calculate an accurate sales report, showing our labor, sales, profits, losses, etc.

 

How long have you been working for HB?

I started working at VINT in September of 2011, and we merged with Heine Brothers a couple months after that. In January of 2017 I was promoted to the Events Manager.

 

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Meet Your Barista: Will @ HB-Schnitzelburg

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on March 8th, 2018 // by // No comment

Will is definitely not shy. With his tattoos and love of motorcycles, and his thrash-metal punk band cred, he could cut an intimidating figure… in reality he’s anything but. Outgoing and generous with his time, Will is a favorite of customers and his co-baristas!

Ella, his Manager at HB-Schnitzelburg, says he is, “Interesting from his tattoos to his name, WILLIAM LITTLE FORREST. Customers LOOOOOOVE him… He is so sweet.”

And as if that wasn’t evidence enough of his character, a co-worker added, “Will is awesome. Second that!”

Which location do you work at?
SCHNITZ ONLY THE BEST.

How long have you been working at HB?
On and off since 2010, so around eight years.

What are you listening to right now?
It’s a toss up between Last podcast on the left and DJ Screw, as far as the first thing I put on when I get up.

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Meet Your Barista: Alison @ HB-Omni Louisville

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on January 31st, 2018 // by // No comment

 

Moped enthusiast. Boss barista. An all-around fantastic friend, Alison is definitely someone you want to meet!

While she’s been the long-time manager of HB-Northfield, but she’ll be moving to the new Heine Brothers’ location at the Omni Hotel soon.

“Alison is not only an amazing manager and a great barista, but a really genuinely nice person. She has worked so hard to make HB-Northfield the successful store it is today, and she will be greatly missed. I am excited for her next adventure at Omni, and proud to have her represent our brand at this important location,” said Toni McDowell, who is the Operations Manager. 

Make sure to stop in and say hello to Alison when you’re downtown this Spring!

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Meet Your Barista: Ciera @ Vint

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on January 13th, 2018 // by // No comment

Originally from San Diego, Ciera has one of the sunniest personalities around!

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What’s your Barista reading?

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on December 27th, 2017 // by // No comment

 

It’s back! Our baristas are sharing their current reads this month, so you can get a head start on your Books and Brew 502 Reading List.

Sign up with Louisville Free Public Library for a chance to win awesome (adult) prizes for every book you read: http://www.lfpl.org/booksandbrews/

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Meet the Maker: Bourbon Barrel Foods

In Blog, Meet The Maker, News // on December 14th, 2017 // by // No comment

 

It all started with a realization: there weren’t any micro-brewed soy sauces being made in the United States. Add bourbon to the equation, and Bourbon Barrel Foods was born.

 

What began as spit-balling creative business ideas among friends (over oysters, no less), has since developed into a thriving local business. Bourbon Barrel Foods, which launched in 2006 with its signature Bluegrass Soy Sauce, is the brainchild of Matt Jamie. Matt, a returned Louisvillian, recognized the power of the bourbon trend early on and got to work creating the first and only Bourbon-barrel aged soy sauce.

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