Blog Archives: Clare White

Meet Our Roaster: Alec Risch

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, Spotlight On: // on March 24th, 2017 // by // No comment

Tell me a little bit about your job – for those who don’t know, what does a head roaster’s job at Heine Brothers’ entail?

I’m the Head Roaster and green coffee buyer for HB.  Most of my day is spent in production, or overseeing production (i.e. quality control, inventory management, and facilitating communication among my staff or with cafe managers).  I’m also the liaison between HB and our importing co-op, Cooperative Coffees.  Specifically, I am on the Sourcing and Quality, and Cooperative Impact committees.  Depending on the projects we’re working on it takes only 5-10% of my time, but that work drives how we maintain relationships with our farming partners, and how we impact their lives beyond simply cutting a check for green coffee once a year.

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Announcing a new partnership with Educational Justice!

In Blog, Community // on March 19th, 2017 // by // No comment

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We are proud to announce we’re kicking off a partnership with the local non-profit Educational Justice this Spring! Educational Justice is a Louisville-based organization that is bridging the opportunity gap in education between students that come from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Explorer Series #03: Rwanda Kigeyo

In Blog, Explorer Series, Fair Trade, News // on March 13th, 2017 // by // No comment

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We’re thrilled to be able to share the newest of our limited-edition Explorer Series coffees with you this month: Rwanda Kigeyo!

The release of Explorer Series #03 is especially exciting for us, not only because it gives us the chance to introduce another high-quality, small-lot coffee, but also because we’ve been looking for a way to work with coffee farmers in Rwanda for many years.

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Forecastle Foundation Update

In Blog, Kentucky Dream, News, Sustainability // on March 13th, 2017 // by // No comment

We’re so proud of our friends and partners at the Forecastle Foundation!

In 2016, they raised $99,000 in donations to local and global conservation projects, including the donations to The Nature Conservancy and Kentucky Natural Lands Trust YOU helped us raise with your purchases of Kentucky Dream coffee and Forecastle Foundation tumblers.

 

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Meet Your Barista: Jenny @ HB-Longest Ave.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on February 20th, 2017 // by // 3 Comments

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If you’ve ever been to HB-Longest Avenue when Jenny’s working, you know you’ll be immediately greeted by a huge, contagious smile.

As her one of her fellow Assistant managers says, “Jenny is a beacon at our store. It doesn’t matter what mood she’s in, when she comes into work she is full of good energy. The customers and baristas both adore her. She’s picked up shifts at other stores and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t feel better after having met her.”

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Community Partner Spotlight: Louisville Free Public Library

In Blog, Community, Louisville // on February 15th, 2017 // by // No comment

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MK Eagle wants you to get lit – at the library!

MK, the Programs Supervisor at the Louisville Free Public Library, sat down and talked to us about the library’s Get Lit® Lou (Get Literary Louisville!) program going on through the end of February.

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The program is a throwback to the Summer Reading Programs of your grade school days – but for adults. Aimed at encouraging young adults to get back in touch with their inner bibliophile, and rediscover the library, Get Lit® Lou gives you digital badges and the chance to win great prizes for reading books and attending library programs.

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Meet Your Barista: John Mike @ Shelbyville Road

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 30th, 2016 // by // 2 Comments

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If you frequent our Shelbyville Road store, you probably recognize one of our long-time baristas,  John Mike. Not only is he friendly, thoughtful and fun to work with, John Mike recently made a volunteer trip to Gatlinburg to help with the wildfire relief efforts there.
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Which location is your home store?
My home store is Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews. #streetsharks
How long have you been working at HB?
I have been working at Heine Brothers since 2014. I was originally at the former Westport Village location until it closed. Upon closing, I was transferred to Shelbyville Road and have remained there since.
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Louisville Native or Transplant?
As much as I want to say Louisville native, I am a in-state transplant. I came to Louisville for school at Boyce College.
You recently went to Gatlinburg to volunteer for wildfire relief – what inspired your trip?
Volunteering to serve the people of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee was definitely a eye opening experience. While this was not the first time I went straight into disaster, this one was different: absolutely nothing was salvageable. My inspiration behind going to Gatlinburg is my Christian worldview. Just as Christ died to serve us as an atoning sacrifice, how much more am I called to go and serve those who are in desperate need? Ultimately, that is what inspired me to go.
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Was there a particular story or person you met during your trip that really stuck with you through this experience?
There were a number of stories that stuck with me. Story of a family who was trapped, ran on foot down a ridge for their lives; a local D.J. who has lost thousands of dollars because of burned down venues and wedding cancellations; a small local Church that lost their sanctuary with ten members who also lost their homes; the faces of family after family coming to the donation pick-up center I was sent to filled with anguish as their “new normal” was confined to a shopping cart filled with donated goods. Any one of these stories alone can bring tears to one’s eyes followed by heartbreak. Yet, these are the realities for those who call Gatlinburg/Sevier County, TN home.
Is this the first volunteer trip you’ve taken?
No. Previously, I partook in mission trips with my local Church at home in central Kentucky. While we met physical needs where we could, we also worked to proclaim the Gospel message of Christ as well. As previously mentioned as well, I also participated in the Henryville tornado clean up.
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Are you planning any other trips this year (volunteering or for fun)?
The biggest adventure that I will be taking in the remainder of 2016 is home for Christmas. Looking to 2017, I intend on going back to Gatlinburg to aid in the clean up efforts as things will begin to shift from material/donation needs being met to recovery/clean-up efforts. There also might be some other trips throughout the next year. I’m quite the traveling person.
Do you have any goals for the new year?
Goals for 2017: *insert generic new year goals here that no one keeps*
What advice would you give your 16-year old self?
Do not give up on your faith & obedience in God. Having endured several close relative losses, death of a friend, various personal issues, and even a desire to want to do things completely alone since I was 16, my faith in God and the response of the Church has been the thing that has kept me alive. Even though I have been faithless, God has graciously been faithful to me.
And finally, what’s your favorite HB drink?
My favorite drink has to be the Miel. Just the right amount of sweet, spicy, and delicious.
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Meet Your Barista Lunchtime Poll: Christmas Edition

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News, Uncategorized // on December 21st, 2016 // by // No comment

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Our baristas answer the question: What was the best (or worst) holiday gift you ever got as a kid?

Kody: “A new belt from my distant aunt that I later got spanked with for not appreciating my new belt.”

André: “Best: Having your birthday on Christmas . Worst: Having your birthday on Christmas.”

Josh: “A re-gift of cheap cologne”

Kalee: “Worst – a furby”

Ashley: “Worst: my family used to have one of those “steal a gift” game things where everyone brings something for like $10. I took home outdated computer software.”

Marina: “Worst: $1 check from Grandma. Best: Harry Potter Lego set of Hogwarts Express.”

Patrick: Worst: A set of scrapbooking supplies with a complimentary scent of cigarette smoke.”

Alison: “Worst: A goldfish that died the next morning.”

America: PS2 with all PS1 games. Best and worst.”

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Thank you for your donations to Gatlinburg Wildfire Relief!

In Blog, Coffee 101, Community, Meet Your Barista, Travel // on December 20th, 2016 // by // One comment

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Thanks to the generosity of our customers and baristas, we were able to reach our match goal of $500 and raised over $1350 with the help of your donations! The money you helped us raise will go to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which we chose for a number of reasons.

The Community Foundation has created the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund that gives grants to victims and nonprofits who are providing on-the-ground immediate assistance AND long term services. The unfortunate reality of wildfires is that the effects are long lasting; people are displaced from their homes and some have to essentially start from scratch.  Being able to give the money as directly as possible to the residents and people affected was important.

You can find out more about The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s wildfire relief efforts and donate with them here: http://www.cfmt.org/

One of our barista’s, John Mike, was moved to go volunteer to help distribute donated goods to those affected. You can read about his experience and look at his photos taken in the area in his blog post below:

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Meet the Maker: Copper & Kings

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Meet The Maker // on December 12th, 2016 // by // No comment

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It would be hard not to notice the sleek, bright orange and black Copper & Kings sign that rises above their distillery when you’re driving down Story Avenue. Located in the middle of Butchertown’s growing community of local and small businesses, Copper & Kings is often also at the center of promoting that community and organizing neighborhood events.

Copper & Kings is primarily known for their brandy and absinthe, but equally as delicious is their non-alcoholic Butchertown Soda. You can find the Louisville-made craft sodas in the cold case at any of our stores.

While Butchertown Sodas have recognizable flavors, they are preservative-free, and use organic cane sugar and other high-quality ingredients that make them less syrupy, and more natural tasting than the average soft drink.

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