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.
- More announced soon!
For additional info on the events, contest, reading program, and more, visit the Louisville Free Public Library’s Get Lit Lou site.
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:
- Inferno in the Smoky Mountains: Photos From Gatlinburg Wildfire Devastation
- Drone Footage Captures Devastating Destruction of Tennessee Wildfires
- 14 confirmed dead in Tennessee wildfires
- Dolly Parton to host telethon for Gatlinburg wildfire victims
- HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
- All other locations are open until 5pm
- HB-Frankfort Avenue: open 8am-3pm
- HB-Douglass Loop: open 8am-3pm
- HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 8am-3pm
- HB-Gardiner Lane: open 8am-7pm
- HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-1pm
- HB-Veterans Parkway: open 8am-1pm
- All other locations will be closed.
- All baristas working on Christmas Day have volunteered for the shifts, and would love to see you!
New Years Eve
- HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
- Open until 6pm
- HB-Chenoweth Lane
- HB-Shelbyville Road
- HB-Blankenbaker Parkway
- HB-Veterans Parkway
- Open until 9pm
- HB-Longest Avenue
- HB-Frankfort Avenue
- HB-Douglass Loop
- HB-Gardiner Lane
New Years Day
- HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
- All other locations open at 8am
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
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
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
Just in time for the Holidays, you can find Winter’s Warmth in stores or online now!
Winter’s Warmth blends three of our favorite fair trade, certified organic Latin American coffees for a smooth, full-bodied taste. Winter’s Warmth is a medium roast and has flavors of nougat, cinnamon, chocolate, with a lingering aftertaste.
The coffee and the bag design were inspired by the Danish word hygge. Though it has no direct translation in English, it’s meaning invokes the feelings of enjoying life’s simplicity, closeness, comfort, peace, graciousness, warmth, and family. To the Danish, it’s more than just a frame of mind – it represents a cultural approach to life.
Karen Weeks, the designer who is also behind our Explorer Series bags, created a lovely package that channels the meaning of hygge. With the cheery red bag and whimsical design, it captures the essence of the feeling you get when you sip Winter’s Warmth.
So this winter, relax and make yourself feel at home with our newest coffee!
Heine Brothers’ is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s hoLOUdays Contest! Shop local this holiday season and you could win $1000. Collect receipts when you shop local and bring them by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ to enter – each receipt is another entry!
For more info and complete rules, see LIBA’s offical hoLOUdays page.
We’re gearing up for Election Day tomorrow (caffeinate and vote!), which means it’s the perfect time to spotlight our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC).
They’ve been working hard this election season to increase voter participation; organizing rides, working towards restoring voting rights, and educating Kentuckians about voter issues. The Jefferson County chapter was a sponsor of the Metro Council candidate debates earlier this year, and released their voting guide so voters can read more about their state and local candidates.
But getting out the vote is just one of the many things KFTC does for Kentuckians.
We caught up with Ryan Fenwick, who’s been a Jefferson County chapter member for four years, to talk about the organization,“Working with KFTC is great because it really amplifies your individual effort. I volunteer a few hours every week, but because it’s a statewide organization it ends up making a much greater impact.”
As the Executive Committee Representative, he’s worked on many of the local projects around Louisville, including the Vision Smoketown report, “I felt like at the beginning it [the report] was really very ambitious.”
But after going door-to-door to survey neighbors, Ryan was excited by the progress he felt the report was making. “It was pretty obvious that we had hit on something, because people seemed happy that we were doing what we were doing. The final product came together well – seeing the Smoketown Neighborhood Association become such a force for the neighborhood, is really exciting.”
Another of KFTC’s Louisville-local projects is the annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy. “The GetDown every year is a fantastic event!” says Ryan.
For the third year, the block party has been a celebration of Smoketown’s legacy and residents, and Heine Brothers’ has been able to participate along with other food venders, music, dancing, and art. KFTC was also taking the opportunity to register voters and even found some new members!
“I think a lot of people don’t know that there are so many progressives throughout the state. It’s easy being from Louisville, to think we’re the only ones who care about progressive topics. There are a lot of people doing innovative things in the rural areas of the state and small towns. Louisville is actually learning a lot about clean air and clean energy from one of the smallest towns in Kentucky right now,” adds Alicia Hurle, the Jefferson County Community Organizer.
For more than three decades, since 1981, KFTC has worked to empower ordinary Kentuckians’ stake in their local government and environment. Starting with their work in Eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian region, the first KFTC members were able to help make reforms to a tax structure that before had favored coal companies over landowner rights. One of the group’s high profile accomplishments was their work in reducing the use of mountaintop removal mining techniques in used to extract coal.
In addition to issues around coal and water pollution, KFTC works on many different problems facing Kentuckians across the state. The organization works on restoring and expanding Voting Rights for Kentuckians, like restoring the ability to vote to those no longer incarcerated. They also deal in economic justice issues and tax reforms, as well as working on new clean energy development by supporting rural clean energy co-ops.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power and a better future for all of us. Together with Kentucky citizens, they organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy.
Ryan wants people to know, “KFTC is a really accessible way to get involved in the community, and to make a serious impact.” To become a member of KFTC or make a donation during our fall membership and fundraising campaign, visit: www.kftc.org/donate.
As for his coffee preference? Ryan is a purist – double shots and nothing more.
To access the full KFTC Voting Guide, including Candidate surveys: http://kentuckyelection.org/
To join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: http://www.kftc.org/renew
To find out more about what our local Jefferson County Chapter is working on: http://www.kftc.org/chapters/jefferson-county
Bonnita has been inspiring people at our downtown stores for a while – maybe she’s even inspired you!
In 2013, she made a drastic lifestyle change and a commitment to exercise for just 4% of her day (or one hour). Soon, that blossomed into a love for running and a life philosophy: “Be the 4%.”
The idea that you can commit 4% of your day, just a small portion, to any goal and attain it through consistency has been a driving force in her life since then.
Our Operations Manager, Toni explains, “You cannot meet Bon and not love her. She is an amazing person and a great barista, and so much fun to work with and laugh with. But more than anything, her commitment to fitness and changing her own life has been inspiring to watch. Bon is the perfect example of someone who woke up one day and decided to take control of her own life and for that, she is so much happier and healthier. She encourages and helps folks everyday by sharing her story, more than she even knows.”
Read more about Bonnita, or ask her next time you’re in the store!
Which location do you work at?
I work two locations, Main St. and 4th Street Live.
How long have you been working at HB?
About 18 months.
Louisville native or transplant?
I am a transplant from Jeffersonville, IN.
Your most fearless moment/time you pushed yourself the farthest (so far)?
In 2013 I started exercising each day and have lost over 200 lbs to date.
Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
I have several people who inspire me but most of all I get inspired by anyone that is overcoming things they never thought possible.
What’s your main life philosophy or rule to live by?
Believing that all things are possible.
If you could give your teenage self one piece of advice, what would it be?
What’s your greatest fear?
Do you listen to music when you work out/run – what’s the top of your playlist right now?
Music is a must have when I run. At the top of my playlist I have 2 Chains, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, Gucci Mane and lots more
Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
Yes!! I have one Aussiedoodle and her name is Lola. She loves playing frisbee, catching balls, going on long runs and visits to the dog park. Her favorite treat is popcorn and she loves to swim.
And lastly, what’s your favorite HB drink & why?
Con Panna because I really enjoy just espresso with a hint of whipped cream.
Heine Brothers’ is introducing four new drinks this month!
Matcha Latte: Japanese Matcha tea served with steamed milk of your choice & lightly sweetened with simple syrup.
Iced Matcha Latte: An iced version of Japanese Matcha tea latte, with texturized milk and a dash of simple syrup
Matcha Teaberg: Japanese Matcha tea blended with milk and ice, and sweetened with vanilla for a delicious and creamy treat.
Hot Matcha Tea: Japanese Matcha tea, served in a traditional style with hot water
So what IS Matcha you might be thinking?
Matcha is essentially highly nutrient-rich Green Tea, ground into a fine powder rather than the traditional leaf form. We use Sencha Naturals™ Matcha powder, which is organic and sourced from Kakegawa, a city in the Shizuoka region of Japan.
All green tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, but has different traits depending on how it’s grown and where it comes from (just like coffee!). Flavor and body are different for different green teas. Our Matcha has a light body and has an earthy, refreshing flavor, which is complimented when mixed with the creaminess of milk.
(Sencha Naturals has a great chart that explains the different green tea types.)
Matcha DOES have caffeine, but only about a third to half the amount in a cup of coffee. Most people recognize a boost in energy from green tea to be more gradual and without a crash. It is believed to have many health benefits for skin, metabolism, disease prevention, and anti-aging.
More associated health benefits are explained on Sencha Natural’s site.
We chose to source from Sencha Naturals, not just because they had a great product, but also because they are ethically run. They are a certified B Corporation, with transparent and socially responsible practices.
Along with sustainable packaging and solar-powered production, Sencha Naturals also sources Fair Trade teas, making them a great fit with our own mission. You can read even more about their responsible practices in their “About us Section”.
Try one of our four new Matcha offerings & let us know what you think!