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.
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.
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.
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.
Heine Brothers’ is proud to join WE Day KY by serving as collection sites for WE Care Kit items! Basic personal care items can be donated at any Heine Brothers’ location from March 8 through April 17 2017. These items will be assembled in to WE Care Kits that’ll be distributed to those in need right here in the Louisville area.