Just past the Andes Mountains is an area of Central Peru called San Martin de Pangoa. Here a cooperative has been formed, the Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa. Founded in 1977 this co-op was made up of 50 local farmers. After its start, the group began to pick up some traction, and by the mid 1980’s the group had grown to 1,200 members. Each member agreed to set aside three percent of every sale for internal investments. This collection was integral to the infrastructure that is still used by the co-op today.
When walking into Levi House’s apartment it is clear that Levi is an amazing artist. His paintings and creations line the walls and make the apartment feel like an art studio. Levi is talented with many different mediums, but he focuses on graphic design. Levi works at our Outer Loop location, but he is also our very first art intern! It was such a pleasure to sit down and get to know him better.
Where are you from?: I am from a tiny town that is tucked between Corbin and London Kentucky, called Lily. I grew up there and then came to Louisville for college. Louisville feels like a big city to me, but not too big, so I get the best of both worlds.
When did you start at Heine Brothers’?: Early March of last year.
What made you want to work for Heine Brothers’?: A lot of things! I always liked the coffee and loved that it was a “Louisville thing”. I also like how much Heine Brothers’ is involved with the community; it’s cool that we are trying to make an actual difference.
Which Heine Brothers’ do you work at?: I work at the Outer Loop location. I really like it!
What is your favorite drink?: I always get a dirty chai with an extra shot.
What music are you into right now?: I have been listening to a lot of Emily Yacina, Twin Peaks, Big Thief, and this band called Dehd.
What are some of your hobbies?: I like to play the guitar. I also love making mixtapes for my friends. My last mixtape was for my friend Addie. I also like to draw.
When did you start getting into art?: In High School we really had to think about what we wanted to do as a career, and I always knew that I really wanted to do art! I came into college and declared myself as a painting major, but I quickly learned that I wanted to do something else art related so I switched to graphic design. It was a major adjustment, but I have really come to love it.
What school do you go to?: Bellarmine.
What shows are you watching right now?: I just finished the second season of You. I think I am going to watch Bojack Horseman next, everybody keeps telling me to watch that.
What has been your favorite project you have worked on for Heine Brothers’?: I had to make a flash tattoo sheet. At first I kind of messed up on it. It wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, but it ended up being better!
What is the most surprising thing you have learned during your internship?: It has been really interesting to see how projects begin. I guess learning about the idea process. I like how we all come together as a team and come up with some really creative ideas.
What is your favorite Heine Brothers’ location to hang out in?: Longest Ave.
Where can we find your art?: You can find me on instagram: @arthous3
What is the most useless talent you have?: I can have someone name any object and I can make a song lyric out of it.
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?: I would really like to sit down and talk to Adrianne Lenker. She is the lead singer of Big Thief. I think her guitar tones are so beautiful. She is really in touch with the more spiritual side of music. She said once in an interview that she can tell someone’s whole life story after talking with them for three minutes. I like that she is so soft spoken yet so powerful. She doesn’t make her music for fame, she is all about making music for the art of it.
Make sure to stop by our Outer Loop location to give Levi a warm hello! Check out his art on instagram and in upcoming Heine Brothers’ promotions.
It’s easy to see why Adrian makes a great manager: he’s hard to ruffle, encouraging and one of the nicest people you’ll meet.
Georgia, Adrian’s former manager at Vint, had to brag on him, “Adrian is not only an amazing Manager & Barista, but he also wrote a book!”
When you stop by HB-Douglass Loop, make sure you ask Adrian about his poetry – he’s an extremely talented writer. His collections of poems will inspire you!
How long have you been working at HB?
A year and a half. I started as a barista at the legendary Chenoweth Lane store, and moved to Vint (our location in the Clifton neighborhood) when an Assistant Manger position opened up there. I have been Store Manager at The Loop since April 2018.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
Transplant. I moved here with my partner a year and a half ago, a day before my first day at Heine Brothers’. Before Louisville I lived in Lexington for four years, and Lubbock, TX for two years before that. Originally I’m from North Dakota, which I consider home.
What do you like to do in your spare time, when you’re not working at Heine Bros.?
When I’m not at The Loop, I am probably writing, at the gym, or at home being terrorized by my two cats. I’ve always got a few writing projects going at once. I’m a columnist at Queer Kentucky, and a contributing editor at a queer-and-trans-run small press and arts organization based in Brooklyn, NY, called The Operating System (an incredible organism that is doing incredible work). I curate a project called “Field Notes”–a cross-disciplinary web series where artists, authors, and creative practitioners from all variety of fields shine a light behind the curtain on their creative practice. It’s quite inspiring. I am also currently working on a second collection of poems.
You may have gotten used to seeing those cans of Phocus in our store, but did you know that Phocus got it start right here in Louisville? John Mittel was born and raised in Louisville and was on his way to getting a medical degree from the University of Louisville. He had been working jobs here and there for his mentor Tom O’Grady, when they became really close. One day Tom showed John an article that had just come out about a popular energy drink that was particularly high in sugar. The drink had done extremely well on the market despite its unsavory ingredient list. This really resonated with John since he had been trapped each semester in UofL’s library studying for exams. Day after day John would have to choose from a dismal selection and reluctantly push those vending machine buttons for a drink he knew could do better.
Layne is a literal bright spot when you walk into Vint – her hair has awesome teal streaks and she’s usually wearing cheerful colors – but it’s her open and friendly demeanor that really puts the sunshine in your day.
“Layne has been with us for a few months, but she’s already an amazing barista!” Georgia, her manager at Vint Coffee, raves. “In her spare time, she works with horses at the barn she rides at.”
Not only will she tell you about the latest true crime podcast she’s listening to, Layne can also tell you some great stories about her 2 horses and her travels. Stop by to say hello – Layne’s not horsing around when it comes to pouring a great latte!
How long have you been working at Vint?
I’ve been working here for around a year and a half.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
Transplant. I’m from Asheville, NC.
How do you spend your time, when you’re not hanging out at Vint?
I’m pretty much either working for hanging out/working at the barn where my horses are. Also hanging out with some of my great coworkers!
Fair trade is so important for farmers as well as buyers of coffee beans. It allows organizations like Maya Vinic to give hands on support and education to farmers. Maya Vinic has made it a top priority to work with farmers on a local level. They see the importance of incorporating local language and culture, as well as respecting the forms of self government that communities maintain. Maya Vinic is a Cooperative Union of 700 coffee farming families that grow and produce coffee beans from over 34 regions within the highland communities of Mexico.
If you have ever met Ashley Ray you know just how cute her pigtails are, how bright her smile can be, and the amazing energy she brings to HB-Shelbyville Road. Ashley manages the store and has created such a warm and welcoming environment for both the employees and customers. It was so much fun to sit down and talk about what makes her so great! When I first arrived at her home I was introduced to her adorable pup Mickey and her kind boyfriend, Mickey. She was quick to tell me that, yes the dog came before the boyfriend! Ashley and Mickey were kind enough to play me some of their beautiful songs, which served as a lovely start to a fun interview.
Where are you from?
I am from Louisville, but I have lived in Indiana for a pretty long time.
What is your favorite drink?
Black coffee, I really like the Peru Coyona
If you have ever been in a locally owned store in Louisville, you know just how enriching they can be for our community. They add color to our surroundings, and fuel a sense of uniqueness among our neighborhoods. It was amazing to learn about an organization that helps keep these businesses thriving. Though it is easy to see local stores all around us, you might not know that there is an organization that supports these businesses and helps educate the community on how important local businesses can be. The Louisville Independent Alliance has made this their mission, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Director, Jennifer Rubenstein, to learn more about their great work.
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: