Meet Your Barista: Jenny @ Longest

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


If you’ve ever been to our 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.”

So make sure you say hello to her next time you visit – especially if you’re ordering the Turmeric Chai!


Which location do you work at?

Longest Avenue. What, what, Highlands folks represent!


How long have you been working at HB?

Three whole years.


Louisville native or transplant?

I’m a transplant. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, in a tiny town called Rabbit Hash. Ever heard of it? The mayor of the town is a dog! If you’ve never been, you should go, because that’s the kind of politics Americans need. Anyway, I moved to Louisville in 2012 for school, and I have loved every second here.


When you’re not working at Heine Brothers’, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love being with my church family at Fellowship Louisville. My time here has been so enhanced by these really great people who have taken me in and surrounded me with the love of God though the gospel. Most of my time, however, is spent either at school, working on school, or thinking about school. I’m a counseling student at Boyce College at Southern Seminary, so you will often find me on campus, reading all the books, and engaging with students.


What would your dream vacation entail?

Easy. Ireland. I mean, come ON. Sometimes, I’ll just Google images of Ireland when I’m feeling down. I am totally swept away by the beauty of that land. I imagine that sitting outside a cottage and looking at the scenery is as quaint as it sounds.


Finish the sentence: I couldn’t live without ______.

Honestly, my gut reaction is cheese. And I don’t think I’m going to amend that statement. Cheese really is the essence of life.


Best show you’ve seen here in town?

I’ve seen my favorite band, mewithoutYou, at Headliners a couple times, and each show was incredible.


Your most fearless moment or a time you pushed yourself the farthest?

Hm, good question. I would say I pushed myself the furthest when I changed colleges/career paths. In 2012, I was studying political science and English at UofL, and I really loved it. During that time, I watched a love one battle heroin addiction. He ultimately lost that battle, and passed away in 2013. Continuing at UofL and eventually attending law school seemed to be the most secure and financially rewarding thing to do. However, I knew then that my heart was for addictions counseling. I wanted to be a voice of compassion, encouragement, and relentless hope to people who, like my brother, had no voice left. I then transferred from UofL to Boyce to study counseling.


Since you work at Longest and have close access to Carmichael’s Bookstore, do you have a current read you would recommend?

In shame, I do admit that it took me way, WAY, to long to do so, but in the last few months I began really reading Wendell Berry. His work is a joy. If you haven’t read his writing, let me tell you, you are missing out. Carmichael’s has a wonderful selection of both his fiction and nonfiction. I highly recommend you come see us at Heine Brothers’, meander your way into Carmichael’s, pick up a copy of Jayber Crow, and read it like the Kentuckian you are.


Favorite HB drink & why?

Heine Bros’ single origin coffees are so good. Honestly, before you order whatever it is you order everyday, check the board and see what we’re brewing. You’ll really be in luck if the sign reads Ethiopia or Peru. Those two are by far my favorite. But if I’m feeling a little crazy, I’ll order a Turmeric Chai. I don’t know who first combined turmeric and chai, but I owe that person my life. Okay, that’s extreme; maybe I just owe them my undying gratitude. Or maybe just a thank you will suffice. Anyway, thank you, creator of Turmeric Chai.


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Community Partner Spotlight: Louisville Free Public Library

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


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.


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.

“We really wanted to get ourselves out of our buildings and meet people where they are already. Get Lit® Lou started with bouncing ideas around with [programs co-supervisor] Hannah. We often don’t see a lot of people in our age group coming to library programs. If you’re 20 or 30 and you don’t have kids, you don’t necessarily know what all the library has to offer,” MK says.


And boy does the library have so many programs to offer!

Aside from their large collection of physical books, magazines, archived photos & documents, with a library card you can also access e-books, subscriptions to online magazines, streaming services, and online video course services like and Treehouse.

In fact, MK says, “Many people access many of our services and never have to actually walk in the door if they don’t want to.”

But more than that, LFPL has programs for just about everyone in the community. Part of MK’s job is creating programs around education and tech outreach.

This includes an ESL/GED program that loans iPads out to participants, and Read 20 to Your Bunny, which is a reading program acknowledging the importance of parents reading to their newborns. Another fun program? Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday last year at the downtown branch – complete with a Diagon Alley and access to the real “restricted section” in the stacks of the Library’s Main Branch downtown (pictured below)!



But one of the programs that most inspires MK is an outreach program with the Jefferson County Youth Center; “We recently started working with JCYC (some people know it as the youth detention center). We’ve been bringing robots, iPads, books – and it’s been really, really rewarding. I think most people might think of them as a challenging group to work with, but they’re so engaged and respectful! One day, we went in and all 8 of those young ones shook our hands before we left. It just makes me want to bring more of stuff.”

And MK isn’t a stranger to working with high school students; before moving to Louisville, MK worked in high school libraries in Boston, Massachusetts. Experience with teen and youth programming has helped MK bring great ideas to the current role and programs, “Just in general, I don’t think people realize how much we have – we’re bringing robots to kids and doing skateboard builds!”

And if your mind wasn’t blown enough by all the programs the library offers, we barely scratched the surface. Make sure you visit the Library’s website for a full list.

Plus, there are a few other cool things you may not know about the Louisville Free Public Library system’s history. 

“I don’t know if everyone knows that the Main Branch is one of the original Carnegie libraries, and that the Western Branch was the first public library for African Americans in this country. It opened shortly after this 1908 building opened downtown, so it has some great archives there.”


In short, what are you waiting for? Dust off your library card and stop by your local LFPL branch (or visit the library online)!

Don’t forget about the last two Pop-Up Library events happening this month in our stores! Stop by and check out a book from the curated selection of coffee/tea books, sign up for a library card, ask a question, or sign up for the Get Lit® Lou rewards program:

HB-Chenoweth Lane

Friday, February 17

10:00am – 12:00pm



Friday, February 24

10:00am – 12:00pm




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Meet Your Barista: John Mike @ Shelbyville Road

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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



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



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:

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:


Mountains. Space Needle. Aquarium. Cabins. Wildfire.

All of these words perfectly describe Gatlinburg, TN with the exception of one which is obvious. The small, tourist Tennessee town was taken by complete surprise when a wildfire exited the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, speeding down the hillsides with grander due to 80+ m.p.h. winds. The wildfire, striking Gatlinburg on Monday, November 28th following its inception on November 23rd by two juveniles, has already caused upwards of $500 million in damages. Most of the structures that were destroyed were homes of people that lived in the city leaving them with the clothes on their back and nothing else.

There is much to be done. After hearing the news and knowing people who almost lost their lives in an attempt to escape from their resort, I knew something had to be done. The news broke in under a week after the fire that Heine Brothers’ would be teaming up with Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to take up cash donations for the victims. The amount of support that has been shown at our cafes has been astounding! While seeing the cash pour in from behind the counter, I still knew that something more had to be done to help this town. That was when a roommate and I signed up to volunteer and drove straight into the area of disaster. Little did we know what we would see or hear about.

For our volunteering, we were sent to a distribution and pick up center for all the goods donated. The amount of goods donated is on another level. The country is uniting to support the people of Sevier County and have shown that with the five warehouses that are now full of goods. While the support is great, seeing the families pour into the facility to pick up the pieces of what they now call a “new normal” is heart breaking. Family after family, child after child, relative after relative now find their whole life confined to the contents of a shopping cart full of donated goods. While volunteering, I personally got to interact with people who had story after story of relatives that lost their house and business, employees that were now unemployed, families relocating across the country, and small Churches destroyed along with members losing their homes. Keeping a straight face during all of this was difficult to do. Every moment I could I would step away to breath for just a moment. You simply do not realize how big a disaster is until you see the people it affected right before your eyes.



Keeping all of this in mind, what can you do? Well, glad you asked! The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is still accepting donations via their website which are still very much needed. But, I would encourage you to go a step further and volunteer to go to Sevier County and help. You can sign up to do just that. There is a massive need for volunteers to just sort through the donations to ensure their efficient arrival to the fire victims. Similar to how we love to keep Louisville weird with our local businesses go to Gatlinburg and spend your money at their local businesses. The continued tourism to the area will aid tremendously to the recovery of the town. Plus, you will be spending time in the mountains! Who doesn’t love a Smoky Mountain getaway? I beseech you to go to Gatlinburg to volunteer, visit, or even donate. The people of Gatlinburg will appreciate you for it.

Smoky Strong. Mountain Tough.



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Meet the Maker: Copper & Kings

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



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.




Cat Braithwaite, a Designer and Social Media Manager at the distillery, says that the idea behind Butchertown Sodas is that the flavor is, “a little more adult – grown up. It has more of a culinary flavor experience to it.”

Because of their commitment to using natural flavors, they sometimes use unexpected ingredients to achieve the taste they want. One of the ingredients they use in the Cola Superior is – you guessed it – coffee.  

When a new flavor is needed, the development usually starts with Joe Heron, the owner & founder of Copper & Kings.

“Joe usually picks out what flavors we want to start using, then our Louisville partner Flavorman creates 5-6 different recipes for us to try. Then we get to taste test! We’ll give feedback – it needs more cardamom, or it needs more sassafras – and Flavorman adjusts the recipe until it’s perfect,” Cat explains.

For the team at Copper & Kings, it’s important that the flavors are completely unique and can stand on their own, but also mix well with the flavor profiles of their American brandies.




“Joe & Leslie really try to foster a creative environment here. They’re open to new ideas, whether it be one of their ideas that we can take the reins of, or if we have an idea for something,” says Cat.

It’s one of her favorite things about working at the distillery. And with events like “You’re the Wurst” in October, or “Kentiki” (a Kentucky-themed luau surf party)  this summer, it’s clear that creativity is embraced at Copper & Kings. Creativity, and also a strong sense of community.

Like Heine Brothers’, Copper & Kings focuses on partnerships with local organizations and businesses.

One of the first events Cat helped with, for instance, was a “Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels” event for breweries they had collaborated with, “We partnered with 14 different breweries and we gave our brandy barrels for them to age their beer in for about 9-12 months. It gave the beer a really nice rounded, rich flavor. All were very unique and adventurous.”

More examples include their Cured & Crafted festival, which is a showcase for local food, drink and craft artisans. Even their seasonal pie shop venture, the Butchertown Pie Co., sells a signature flavor of ice cream from local maker Louisville Cream, as well as the local Spudz chips. 

Along with their commitment to supporting the local and small business community, sustainability is important to Copper & King’s mission. (Insider tip: If you bike, you can also earn a 50% discount on a tour of the distillery when you ride over.)




“We re-purpose shipping containers and have solar panels on the roof that we use to supplement some of our energy. Out front, we planted a butterfly garden as a migratory way station for monarch butterflies. The garden also helps mitigate stormwater run-off, which can be detrimental to nearby creeks, streams or rivers,” says Cat. “We also have recycling bins in every room – so as soon as you’re done with your Butchertown soda you can, you know, make sure the bottle gets reused.”

At Copper & Kings, they believe that because Alcohol is agricultural, “we have a responsibility to focus on environmental awareness and sustainability.”

Which means, when you’re drinking a Copper & Kings product or attending one of their events, you’re also supporting their sustainable practices, as well as your Louisville neighbors. 

And don’t worry – whether you’re drinking your Butchertown Soda on a Copper & Kings tour or  in one of our stores, you’ll still have access to a recycling bin!







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Get Lit Lou: Read Responsibly

In Blog, Coffee 101, Community, Events, Louisville, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment


Heine Brothers’ is proud to partner with the Louisville Free Public Library (along with our friends at Against The Grain and 502 Fit Pass) on Get Lit Lou (short for Get Literary Louisville), LFPL’s new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to “read responsibly”. From December through February, participants who read any three books and attend three programs – either at the Library or at Get Lit Lou-specific programs at partner businesses – will earn a prize and be entered in to drawings for bigger prizes.


  • Thursday, December 9 2016: Literary Trivia at Against The Grain.  We’ll be taking over the 7 o’clock trivia slot with Clay Baker for a special literary trivia session. Doors open at 6 p.m. with samples available from Heine Brothers’ and a library table to get you signed up for Get Lit Lou, a library card, and more. Instead of the standard Trivia Night entry fee, teams will be encouraged to donate to the Library Foundation, and the winning team will receive Heine Brothers’ & Carmichael’s gift cards. Plus, show your library card and get 50 cents off beer!
  • Friday, January 13 2017: After-Hours Roasting & Smoking with Heine Brothers’ and Against The Grain at the Southwest Regional Library. Join HB Head Roaster/Coffee Manager Alec Risch and Lead Drink Trainer Joe Dininger, along with representatives from Against The Grain, in a talk about roasting and smoking malts, beans, and beers. Try some samples and chat with an expert.Register HERE for this free event.
  • Pop-Up Libraries at Heine Brothers’ Coffee:
    • Tuesday, January 17 2017: HB-Douglass Loop 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, January 31 2017: HB-Shelbyville Road 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 10 2017: HB-Schnitzelburg 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 17 2017: HB-Chenoweth Lane 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 24 2017: HB-Northfield 10am-12pm


GetLitLou Instagram Contest Winners:

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Rachel Hagan :


For additional info on the events, contest, reading program, and more, visit the Louisville Free Public Library’s Get Lit Lou site.

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Now Accepting Donations for Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

In Blog, Community, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment

The Appalachain Wildfires have been blazing since early November, and last week our hearts broke when they reached the city of Gatlinburg. To help the victims of the Gatlinburg Wildfires last week, Heine Brothers’ is accepting donations in-store, that’ll go to the victim’s fund with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Stop by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ this week and donate – we’ll match customer donations up to $500. 

More on the Gatlinburg Wildfires:

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Meet Your Barista: April @ Main St.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, Uncategorized // on December 2nd, 2016 // by // No comment



Have you met April from Main Street, yet? April is new to our downtown Louisville store, and also the co-owner of SnoWhat Snoballs!

Erica, a fellow barista who nominated April, said, “April is amazing. She is a business owner, always takes care of other people and has THE BEST customer service in all of downtown. I love working with her and today she bought me lunch!”



Which location is your home store?

Main Street.

How long have you been working at HB?

Just a few months.

Louisville Native or Transplant?

Transplant. I grew up in Eastern Kentucky, and moved to Elizabethtown when I was 11.  I moved to Louisville in 2000 for college and never left! There’s a bumper sticker that says “I’m not from Louisville but I got here as quick as I could!” – I couldn’t agree more.

You also founded SnoWhat Snoballs – which look awesome! Tell us about your business.

Awe, thank you! We’re a mobile food truck serving gourmet shaved ice. We have signature flavors that are homemade using real fruit, cane sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring.  We also offer classic flavors such as Cherry and Blue Raspberry for the kid at heart and those who really can’t live without a blue tongue! Right now, we’re still pretty small, operating mostly on the weekends at fairs, festivals, and local events, such as the Buy Local First Fair, and Forecastle. We’re also available for private events, corporate parties, weddings, and birthdays! We create custom flavor profiles, even alcoholic “boozy” balls.

So what exactly is a snoball?

I’m glad you asked! The reason we call our icy treats snoballs is simple — our ice is fluffy just like snow! It’s not your typical snow cone.  Our ice practically melts in your mouth and absorbs the real fruit syrups we drizzle on top.  As an added bonus, we use toppings like sweetened condensed milk, caramel, and sprinkles.



What inspired you to start your own business?

I have always wanted to own my own business! I’ve worked as a manager for a few companies, and while I’ve loved the jobs, there are certain things that are just out of my control.  Being able to make decisions in your business and having the ability to be creative in ways that a corporate job just won’t allow. I love all the little details of ordering products, and building relationships with customers and vendors. If I see a friend and want to step out of the truck and give them a hug, I can! My friend and business partner, Jessica Bledsoe, moved just outside of New Orleans for a short period in 2010. Snoball stands are everywhere in NOLA, and after trying one, we both knew, we just had to bring snoballs to Louisville. After a few years of planning and saving, and the invaluable Kayla Allinger joining the team, SnoWhat served its first snoball in April 2015.

Do you have a personal favorite snoball flavor?

Green Apple will always hold a special place in my heart, but our homemade caramel apple made with granny smith apples, cinnamon and other spices, and drizzled with creamy caramel is my new favorite.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs starting out? 

Get up and start! I have the tendency to over-plan and overthink.  After Jessica and I purchased the block ice shaver, her husband Adam said, “Well, go make some snoballs!” We jumped in with an event that weekend and haven’t looked back.  It’s definitely been a learning experience.  Find mentors! I talk to everyone that is willing to have a conversation with me.  Their advice is golden.  Always take more than you think you’ll need. Lastly, it may sound cliche’, but be prepared for failure. My first test batch of our Watermelon Basil was probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever tasted. I kept trying and now have a recipe that our customers love.



Do you have any exciting holiday flavors or events planned?

We have recently started experimenting with snow cream! I use to make it when I was a kid, and it dawned on me that I have an endless supply of snow at my fingertips. We tested it out at Yelp’s Art in Action event and the crowd consensus is that we must add it to our menu.  We’re also preparing winter flavors such as eggnog, sugar cookie, and cranberry for private parties and corporate holiday events during our off season.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you’re not working at HBC or SnoWhat?

Cooking, creating, and cuddling with my animals.

And finally, what’s your favorite HB drink?

That’s probably the hardest question of this interview! I’m going to have to say the Fair Trade Mayan Mocha, but followed very VERY closely by the Beekeeper and the Banana Chiaberg.

Interested in booking SnoWhat Snoballs for an event this season? Contact them at, and find our more on their website: or through social media: @SnoWhatLOU.




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Your Baristas Get Lit with the Louisville Free Public Library!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 1st, 2016 // by // No comment

Reading and coffee are better together! That’s why we’re getting lit – literature from the library, that is.



We’re kicking off Get Lit Louisville with the Louisville Free Public Library by including a reading list of our Baristas’ favorite books that you can check out from the library and enjoy all winter:

Jay: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Leslie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Madison: The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Mal: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Ella Jean: The Rainbow Stories by William T Vollmann

Katt: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiam, Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Rachel: The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver, It- Stephen King, The Sirens of Titan- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sound and the Fury- William Faulkner, Being Dead- Jim Crace

Hillary: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams, The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman

Amy: The Hobbit JR Tolkien

Kalina: Interview With A Vampire – Anne Rice
A Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Speaker For The Dead – Orson Scott Card

Cortnee: Lolita – Vladimir Nabakov

Kalee: The Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius
The Weight of Glory – CS Lewis

Kimmi: Teachings of Don Juan

Greyson: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Aaron: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-Kate DiCamillo
The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
I Am Messenger- Marcus Zusak
1984-George Orwell
Slaughterhouse 5- Kurt Vonnegut
The Missing Piece- Shel Silverstein
The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins

Tess: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseini

Sean: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell

Ashley: hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams and Slaughterhouse five by Kurt Vonnegut

Lauren: I love Tom Robbins. “Still life with wood pecker” is my favorite

Kristina: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Audrey: The Once and Future King by TH White, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ian: It’s a good year to reread 1984 or anything by Kafka

Tiffany: Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Eating the Cheshire Cat, Helen Ellis, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith, The Cuba Diaries, Isadora Tattlin

Alec: The Martian Chronicles – Bradbury, A Sand County Almanac – Leopold, Dune – Herbert, The Satanic Verses – Rushdie

Annie: Einsteins Dreams. American Gods. Atonement. Pride and Prejudice.

Georgia: Watership Down

Sierra: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Marina: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Kimmi: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Katy: Night by Elie Wiesel; The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis; Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young.

Justin: The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Lord of the Flies by William Goulding
Lituma en los andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
Foe by J.M. Coetzee
Beloved by Toni Morrison

America: The Black Jewels Trilogy – Anne Bishop
Captive Prince – C.S Pacat
Harry Potter – Mom
Dream Boy – Jim Grimsley
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes
Haroun and the Sea of Stories- Salman Rushdie
Lost Souls – Poppy Z Brite

Sami: Nobody Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Mickey: One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bloodchild – Octavia Butler
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Dubliners – James Joyce
The Color Master – Aimee Bender
Cathedral – Raymond Carver
Pastoralia – George Saunders
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just Kids – Patti Smith
M Train – Patti Smith
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire – Will Hermes
Um and anything/everything Harry Potter related

Ashley: I recently read “The Secret of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and LOVED it; definitely going to be a favorite from here on out. “Jane Eyre” will always hold a top spot for me on a
Favorite Books list, as well as both “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Housseini. Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” also makes the cut for being a pretty fantastic Victorian mind-bender of a ghost story.

André: Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr

Tyler: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Joe: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow and Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Katie: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Paige: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Evan: Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Cheryl: Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Bluets – Maggie Nelson, A Perfect Day for Bananafish – J.D. Salinger



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