Last year, our preferred espresso machine partner La Marzocco introduced a brand-new competition called Crush The Rush. Typical coffee & latte art competitions can get serious, so La Marzocco wanted to do something different – something fun – that focused on speed, efficiency, and community. With this Crush The Rush was born.
This year, Nashville was chosen as one of the 5 hosting cities, and several coffee companies from the Louisville area made the trip down to compete, including our own team (known as Space Kats and Demon Dogs) of Joe Dininger (HB’s Training/QC Manager), Georgia Lacy (shop manager at Vint), and Layne Sanders (assistant shop manager at Vint). They were accompanied by Tess Lindsey (shop manager at HB-Blankenbaker Pkwy) and Evan Cooke (HB’s Digital Marketing Coordinator) to document the event (and maybe for emotional support as well). In the end, Space Kats and Demon Dogs walked away with the Second Place prize!
We asked them a few questions about the event:
The Community Foundation of Louisville hosts Give For Good Louisville, the biggest day of local giving, this Thursday September 12. With budgets being cut all around, this year’s Give For Good Louisville could be the most important ever. Through matching donation prizes, community members can have their donations made even more impactful for the groups that make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Check out #GiveForGoodLou and www.giveforgoodlouisville.org for more information.
Impact is one of the four Core Values here at Heine Brothers’, and we’re lucky to have a staff that also see that as an important part of everyday life. We asked our staff about some of the non-profits that they support, and here is what they said:
Today is extremely hot and humid, like many of us have experienced, the Kentucky sun beats down relentlessly. I find my way through Cherokee Park and get lost down the many side streets and alleys of the Highlands area. Though this area is quite familiar to me I am surprised to find myself on streets I had never been before. That’s the beauty of the Highlands, its labyrinth effects cease to disappoint. After a lap around the block and some blasting AC I find the house where Ben lives. I am not quite to the door when I here a beckoning meow. Ben let’s me in and I am immediately greeted and introduced to his sweet cat, Harper. Though Ben shows me around, Harper truly outshines him as the welcoming committee. We sit and begin talking about Ben’s time at Heine Brothers’.
It’s cloudy and gray on this Friday morning, but the students from Western High school are excited to be at Heine Brothers headquarters. They each doctor up their own cup of coffee; some take theirs black, while others add caramel and milk. After the students are settled in their seats, Alec Risch, the Head Roaster and Director of Coffee, starts talking about the coffee plant.
From the outside it is hard to tell just how ingenious and creative Monica Mahoney’s home is. When entering you can feel the warmth from a crackling fire while a small cat named “biggie” brushes against your legs. The floor plan is completely open and full of small details. I was surprised when Monica revealed to me that the home used to be a general store for the neighborhood. Pictures are hung in the hallway of the store and as you turn to see the space before you it is delightfully shocking. What used to be rows and rows of shelves and countertops, has now become a warm and inviting home, full of art, life, and spirit.
It’s 9am on a Friday when six Western High School students file into Heine Brothers’ Headquarters. The sky is cloudy and construction seems to patter on outside as the groggy students find their way to their seat. Toni McDowell, Store Operations Manager, starts the day by breaking down what exactly these next couple of weeks are going to entail.
Western is not your normal high school; the students participate in programs where they can learn different skills and trades. These students are part of the culinary program and have chosen Heine Brothers’ as their out of school experience . Over the next few weeks they will learn everything they need to know to run a coffee shop, from the sourcing of the beans to handing a customer their drink.
She’s always good for a pun, or a listening ear! You may know her by her love of whales or her ability to recite the movie Homeward Bound, but most importantly, Georgia is a favorite of her baristas and customers alike.
Erica, the HB Events coordinator, remembers the first time she met Georgia, “at the beginning of 2017, when she was the Assistant Manager at HB-Veterans Parkway. She worked the very first event that I had coordinated (an early morning race in March), and I remember being impressed with her work ethic. She’s also hilarious, and is a wealth of knowledge in many fields.”
Get to know Georgia, the manager at Vint!
How long have you been working at HB?
I’ve been working for the company for almost 4 years.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
Technically I’m a native. I was born in Louisville, but grew up in Southern Indiana. I love both places for different reasons.
You compete in a lot of Latte Art Competitions – what does being a contestant entail?
Latte Art Competitions are a blast! Each one differs a little bit in what the rules are but generally you register beforehand or pay a small fee to enter. There’s usually a large bracket and depending on the competition it’s either single or double elimination style. Some competitions have each round as a free pour where you pour whatever you want and other competitions roll dice to determine what size mug you pour into and what design you have to pour (heart/rosetta/swan etc..)
What do you love about pouring latte art?
I love that it’s something that you can always push yourself to be better at. There’s always something you can work on or improve. Also, I like knowing that I’m handing out a drink I can take pride in and the customer will enjoy.
Proudest Latte Art creation?
I’d say the pour I’m proudest of was a swan pour from a few weeks ago. It was really symmetrical (as much as a swan can be), the contrast was good, and it looked like a swan!
Which was the last Latte Art Competition you were in?
The last competition I was in was the KY vs. TN Throw Down at Spencer’s Coffee in Bowling Green Kentucky. It was a blast. They brought in food trucks, had a ton of prizes people could enter to win and all of the proceeds benefited a local nonprofit called, The Hive. It was definitely the biggest competition I’ve been to. There were barista’s from as far away as New York!
Do you have any pets?
Yes! I’ve got a 6 year old Australian Shepherd. His name is Enzo (named after the book The Art of Racing in The Rain ) and he’s awesome. He’s a pro when it comes to catching Frisbee!
What’s your favorite movie?
Oh man. This is the hardest question. I’ve got a lot of “favorite movies” depending on the season/my mood/etc… Currently, because it’s fall and I’m feeling nostalgic I have to go with Homeward Bound. It was my absolute favorite as a kid and I have most of the dialogue memorized. Really any movie that tugs at the heart strings and involves animals is going to be a favorite of mine. Free Willy comes in at a close second right now and is the reason for my intense appreciation and interest in Orcas.
What needs to be invented that hasn’t been invented yet?
An actual hoverboard. I want to have a Marty McFly moment!
Favorite HB drink?
Double Con Panna. It’s the perfect way to start my morning. Enough caffeine to wake me up and it’s sipped through whipped cream. What’s better than that?
As a future Forensic Anthropologist, Cassidy might just be the most interesting person in the room! Make sure you ask her about her plans to dig-up a seventeenth century Polish grave site this summer as a part of her field study.
As her co-worker Hayley says, “She’s super cool to work with, extremely dedicated to her studies, and has the most wicked sense of humor out of all the baristas here.”
Which location do you work at?
How long have you been working at HB?
It’ll be a year in this month
When you’re not working at HB, where are we most likely to find you?
When it’s warm I spend just about all of my time at the dog park. Wherever you find me, I’m definitely studying or reading. I do fun things too, I swear. I just turned 21 so I’m getting to experience that part of Louisville now.