Meet Vi Adams-Ulmer, this month’s barista spotlight! Vi was nominated by their manager, Jenny, who said, “Vi is, without a doubt, one of the best folks I know. Where a helping hand is needed, that’s where you’ll find them. Armed and ready with a John Mulaney quote and the quickest wit you’ve ever heard, Vi is the kind of person you can count on to lift your spirits. They’re an incredible coworker, a consistent friend, and the kind of person who lets you play Rush at 6:00 in the morning without fear of judgment 😉 It truly just feels good to be around Vi!” Read below to get to know your Longest Ave barista, Vi!
How long have you been at Heine Brothers’?: I’ve been working here for about a year and a half, give or take a few months.
Where are you from?: I’ve moved around a lot in my life, but I spent most of my childhood/teen years in south Georgia. I moved to Frankfort in 2014, then made my way to Louisville right before I started working at HB.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ drink?: I’m a seasonal kind of person, I guess. When it’s hot out, I like to make an iced Mango India. When it’s cold, the dirty Chai or cinnamon Mocha is the way to go.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ food/snack?: Probably our lemon poppyseed muffins. Not warmed up, though. You gotta have the lemon crunchies on the outside.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ blend?: I’ve never tasted anything quite like Natural Ethiopia. It’s my favorite morning coffee.
What is your favorite thing about working at Heine Brothers’?: My co-workers are some of the best people I’ve met in my life. Aside from that, our customers are kind and friendly, and our store is very pretty. And I get to work with coffee and tea all day, which is very nice.
Why did you want to work for Heine Brothers’?: I’ve always wanted to be a barista, coffee has always been a big part of my life. I figured if I could share the same joy coffee has brought me over the years, I would be heading in the right direction.
What other hobbies do you have?: I play a lot of video games, but some of my favorites are Animal Crossing, League of Legends, and the Borderlands series. I also enjoy reading, watching horror movies, swimming, and going on the occasional (and rare) hike.
Fun fact?: A Rainbow mantis shrimp have hammer-like appendages that they use to smash their prey at the speed of 50mph. The force of the hit causes a small explosion that generates heat close to temperature of the sun. Fun fact!
What is your favorite music to listen to at work?: I listen to a lot of Pearl Jam, Interpol, The National, and The Police.
What do you think makes Heine Brothers’ unique in comparison to other coffee shops?: Maybe I’m just a weirdo, but I haven’t been to a lot of other coffee shops…like, maybe three different ones in my life (well, two because Sbucks doesn’t count in my opinion.) All I can say is that we have some darn good coffee, tasty pastries, and cool people!
Make sure to stop by Longest Avenue and say hi to Vi!
Meet Mollie Murk! Mollie was nominated for this month’s barista spotlight by Georgia Lacy who says “Mollie is sunshine personified. Always a blast to work with and makes amazing drinks. Plus, let’s not forget how insanely talented Mollie is! Mollie will be taking on the role of Juliet in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Romeo and Juliet!” Mollie works at both Chenoweth and Clifton and has been at Heine Bros’ for almost 9 months now. Read below to get to know your barista Mollie!
How long have you been at Heine Brothers’?: Almost 9 months
Where are you from?: Illinois
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ drink?: Iced matcha with peppermint!
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ food/snack?: The chorizo black bean wrap or a cinnamon scone
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ blend?: Mexico
What is your favorite thing about working at Heine Brothers’?: The customers! We get to serve such kind, generous, and interesting people each day, and so many of those people are regulars. I love getting to share a small moment of their days with them, and hopefully give them something meaningful too. People go to get coffee for so many reasons– whether it’s for a burst of energy, the smooth taste, a cozy comfort drink, a sweet treat, or even just an excuse to meet up with friends– I’m so honored that they choose to trust us to provide that.
Why did you want to work for Heine Brothers’?: I love coffee shops myself, so when the pandemic hit and I found myself out of work, Heine Brothers seemed obvious to me! I have always found HB to be such a welcoming community as a customer, and I wanted to be a part of building that environment in a time when many people really need those connections and communal experiences.
What other hobbies do you have?: I love drawing, painting, road trips, aerial silks/trapeze, and hanging with my cat Lil Sebastian. Also, I work as an actor for various theatre companies in town. Right now, I’m playing Juliet in Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s touring parks show, and will be in other shows coming up in Central Park this summer! Check us out!
Fun fact about yourself?: I think it’s possible that I watched every television show that a person can possibly watch during quarantine. Suggestions more than welcome.
What is your favorite music to listen to at work?: Brandi Carlile with my favorite fellow barista/Brandi fan, Anna! Or any playlist that Sami, my manager at Chenoweth, makes– they are all perfect.
What do you think makes Heine Brothers’ unique in comparison to other coffee shops?: The fact that HB is such a staple in the Louisville community is very special to me. When I first got the job, people said, “you got your Louisville card! You’re a real Louisvillian if you worked at Heine!” I like that HB is a part of our city that everyone has some connection to or experience with, and I appreciate that Heine Brothers works with many other organizations, businesses, individuals, and nonprofits in Louisville to bring the community together even further.
Make sure to stop by Chenoweth or Clifton and say hi to Mollie! Be sure to offer up your best tv show recommendations.
Meet Sarah Lambert! Sarah was nominated for this month’s barista spotlight. One particular nomination from Stephanie Harvey says, “I wanted to nominate Sarah because I was really blown away with her talent! If you have noticed new pastry signs at several of our locations in just these last few weeks (SR, GL, HTC, VP, etc.), you have Sarah Mann to thank! Who knew we had such amazing talent within the company?!” Continue reading to learn more about Sarah!
How long have you been at Heine Brothers’?: I’ve been at Heine Brothers’ for about a year and 9 months.
Where are you from?: I am originally from Huntington, West Virginia but I grew up in Louisville- mostly in the Valley Station area.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ drink?: I love to drink either an oat milk latte, or just coffee – black or with oat milk.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ food/snack?: Because I have several dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten free and soy free) it’s difficult for me to find something to eat. I’ve heard that the vegan breakfast wrap is really tasty though! I hope to see more vegan/gluten free options in the future!
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ blend?: I love the Mountain Dream blend!
What is your favorite thing about working at Heine Brothers’?: My favorite thing about working at Heine Brothers’ is that I get the opportunity to be creative! I have really enjoyed creating the new menu signs and look forward to more chances to create for HB!
Why did you want to work for Heine Brothers’?: I wanted to work for Heine Brothers’ because I knew that this was a company that really cared about the local community here in Louisville, and took actual steps to be a more sustainable company for the earth. I love the Wendell Berry quote on our small cups: “The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”
What other hobbies do you have?: My favorite things to do include hiking, camping, and art. I love connecting with nature, and strive to encourage others to also. I’ve been drawing since I was very young, and in recent years I have taken up wood burning as a new medium. I also love to volunteer with local environmental groups by helping with community gardens and replenishing our urban tree canopy as well as the developing Waterfront Botanical Gardens.
Fun fact about yourself?: I’m currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability at UOfL. As I am becoming more aware of how our human behaviors have an impact on our planet, I strive to apply what I am learning to make a difference wherever I can, whether it’s improving my own sustainable living practices, helping our community to be more green, or to encourage others to consider their impacts on the planet as well. I’ve actually considered starting a barista sustainability council here at HB for anyone who might be interested!
What is your favorite music to listen to at work?: I love listening to instrumental music, such as lofi hiphop or classical jazz. Anything that creates a calm environment is great!
What do you think makes Heine Brothers’ unique in comparison to other coffee shops?: The quirky vibe of a lot of the employees definitely creates a unique work environment and customer experience!
Make sure to stop by our Shelbyville Road location in St. Matthews and say hi to Sarah! Now you know the face behind the amazing art found on many of our menu boards.
First, thank you for your continued support, especially during these anxious times.
At Heine Brothers’ Coffee and Vint, we are watching the COVID-19 situation closely. We intend to do all that we can to support our Community’s efforts to contain the virus.
Our top priority is the safety of our customers and our employees. We are following CDC guidance on strategies for employers to best prevent exposure, and we will continue to follow enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices in our Stores.
We could not operate coffee shops without excellent employees, and we don’t want our employees having to choose between their health and their paycheck. We will continue to encourage all Heine Brothers’ and Vint employees to use our Paid Time Off policy to ensure that employees who are sick are able to stay home.
At this time, all of our Stores – cafes and drive-thrus – are open. If things change in the Louisville / Southern Indiana area, we will modify our operations in ways that best ensure safety.
One simple way to minimize exposure touch points is to use our HB Perks App for scannable tendering of all transactions. The app can be downloaded at either the Apple Store or Google Play and allows customers to pay simply by swiping their phone in front of our reader, thereby avoiding the physical exchange of cash or a credit card. And for those who are not aware, Heine Brothers’ Coffee is available through GrubHub.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support. In addition to delivering a great local coffee experience for over 25 years, we have been and remain committed to making a positive Impact in our community. During this difficult time, we will stay informed and we will do what we can to help our Community most positively move forward.
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