Local Honey!

In News // on September 3rd, 2009 // by // No comment

Did you know that honey is the only food product that will NEVER go bad?

Local Honey Allergies got you down this summer? Honey from local bee keepers has long been praised for its medicinal qualities, especially when it comes to easing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The idea is that ingesting honey that’s produced with pollens from your region can help you build up your tolerance, much like regular allergy shots do.

All of our stores have raw local honey both for sale and for use in coffee and tea. This amazing natural sweetener is harvested in the Kentuckiana region and is a great alternative to processed sugar! Sweeten your day with a little local honey, and ease those Ohio valley allergies at the same time!

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The Beauty of Guatemala

In News // on August 24th, 2009 // by // No comment

A barista shares her thoughts on Guatemala and her travels there while working with Habitat for Humanity.

Building Homes with Habitat for Humanity The air smelled the same as I remembered. There has always been something oddly comforting to me about the diesel-exhaust-scented air in some of the poorer countries I’ve visited. Unlike other places, the Guatemalan breeze has a deliciously spicy quality added to it, which must come from the kind of wood that’s burned in the old fashioned wood stoves used there. When our group of 16 Heine Brothers’ customers and baristas arrived in Guatemala City’s airport on July 4, I had been patiently waiting for a wiff that busy, dirty underdeveloped-country-air for over 2 years. It was well worth the wait.

I find myself intoxicated by sensory overload each time I visit Guatemala. Upon arrival, I am first overwhelmed by the over-crowded, ever-noisy streets of the capital. A few hours later, I find myself gripping the van seat in front of me as our driver plays chicken with an oncoming vehicle (this is very common and very “safe” in Guate). Soon, the air is saturated with that sweet, wood-smoke and diesel mixture. The further from the city we drive, the bluer the sky becomes- a blue so deep and bright that I’m certain I will never experience anything like it through the veil of pollution in the Ohio valley. As we drive roads bordered by coffee and banana farms, volcanoes rise above us on either side- some asleep and some still spitting smoke and lava. And then, when I am certain that not an ounce more beauty could possibly be packed into this magical place, I remember the Guatemalan people. The Mayan women, adorned with braids or hair wraps and their brightly colored traditional outfits, intrigue me the most. They are holding on to their traditions, their heritage in a way I seldom experience at home. In all my travels, I have yet to find places more intriguingly beautiful, or a people more kind and welcoming than those of the highlands of Guatemala.

Guatemala Its amazing to me that a country with such a lush landscape and the kindest of people can also be overrun with poverty to the degree that it is. According to the CIA Factbook, more than 50% of the Guatemalan population lives below the poverty line. A 36-year civil war that finally ended in 1996 and regular destruction by hurricanes and earthquakes have certainly not helped the economic situation. Community supported organizations like Habitat for Humanity are reaching out to the people of Guatemala, with both hope and practical solutions to combat the stronghold of poverty. Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Guatemala since 1980 and has completed more than 25,000 houses to date. The work that Habitat does is community based and facilitated entirely by staff and volunteers from within Guatemala. They offer low and no-interest home loans to folks who would normally be denied financing. Heine Brothers’ Coffee’s trip to Guatemala last month marked my fifth visit there. Volunteerism is the reason I first traveled to Guatemala, and its the reason I keep going back. I know that my contribution is small, but its sometimes the small things in life that make the most difference. Besides, I feel like its the least I can do, for a country and a people who have given me so much joy…. and the best tasting coffee in the world.

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Gelato Gilberto now at our Gardiner Lane shop!

In News // on August 17th, 2009 // by // No comment

Gelato Gilberto tastes like heaven- pure heaven!

Gelato Gilberto

Italy is famous for its version of ice cream: gelato. If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve surely tasted this glorious treat. Until recently, an authentic version of gelato was unavailable in Louisville. Thanks to Gelato Gilberto you can now be wisked away to the old world with every delicious bite of their amazing gelatos and sorbettos. Stop by our Gardiner Lane cafe to try one of these tasty flavors: Italian Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Pistachio, and Strawberry. You’ll be glad you stopped in for a taste!

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I Live In Louisville profiles long-time HBC barista Sarah Crawford!

In News // on August 10th, 2009 // by // No comment

Sarah Crawford Check out the profile of our marketing manager and long-time barista, Sarah Crawford at ILiveInLouisville.com!

I Live In Louisville is the creation of photographer and Louisville native, Leslie Lyons. Its not a blog full of upcoming events and restaurant reviews. Instead, Lyons uses her site to display portraits and profiles of some of Louisville’s most creative folks. From the Highlands to Portland to Fern Creek to Old Louisville, its clear to Leslie (and her fellow Louisvillians) that some amazing things are going on in this town. Check out her site weekly for new profiles and photos: www.iliveinlouisville.com

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Photos of our Guatemala Trip are up!

In News // on July 28th, 2009 // by // No comment

The 16 customers and baristas who traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity are back in the states and (hopefully) rested from all the hard work that was done. Check out the trip photos and come build with us next summer! Email scrawford@heinebroscoffee.com for more info.

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