Meet Your Barista: Bonnita @ Main St.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on October 24th, 2016 // by // 2 Comments


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?

Save Money!!!


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.


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The latte has met its Matcha.

In Blog, News // on September 7th, 2016 // by // No comment


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.

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(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!


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Louisiana Flood Relief – Heine Brothers’ & the American Red Cross

In Blog, Community, News // on August 22nd, 2016 // by // No comment


Devastating floods in Louisiana have displaced thousands of people – people that have lost everything. In some parishes, around 75% of homes have been called a “total loss”. The American Red Cross is estimating that they’ll serve 1.2 million meals during their flood efforts – and Heine Brothers’ wants to help.

For each LARGE drink sold at all Heine Brothers’ and Vint Coffee locations this week, we’ll donate 25¢ to the American Red Cross for their Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts.


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Meet Your Barista: Tyler @ 4th St.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on July 26th, 2016 // by // 3 Comments



If you’ve been to one of our downtown stores, chances are you may have met Tyler, one of our stellar baristas!

With a view of Fourth Street Live, Tyler serves up drinks to his favorite regulars and plenty of out-of-town visitors. And when he’s not working at Heine Brothers’, he’s tutoring and mentoring at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Sarah nominated Tyler because he’s “always so fun to work with, and has such a great attitude. He’s perfect for a meet your barista feature!”


Which location do you work at?

I work downtown, primarily at our 4th Street location and occasionally at Main Street.


How long have you been working at HB?

I started in November 2015, so 8 months! It’s been a blast!



Are you a native Louisvillian or Transplant?

I’m originally from Lexington but moved to Louisville last June. I’m already starting to feel like a native!


What kind of work do you do with Kentucky Refugee Ministries?

KRM works to help families make a fresh start when they arrive in the U.S. They offer resettlement, English classes, job training, and many other sources in order to make the transition from refugee to resident as smooth as possible. I work as a tutor and mentor, along with another volunteer, for one family with children of many different ages. We help with schoolwork and try to provide some basic English instruction, but I see our primary goal as being positive role models and providing support. It’s SO MUCH FUN, and I hope to continue doing work like this in the future.


What drew you to work for Kentucky Refugee Ministries? 

I took a class during my senior year at Centre College that explored social justice, poverty, homelessness, and other related topics. We had a project that involved visiting a nearby agency and preparing a report of their work, goals, and impact, to be presented to the class. My group visited the KRM office in Lexington and I was intrigued by the organization and the work it does. After moving to Louisville, I was looking for opportunities related to teaching, tutoring, and language instruction–and I remembered KRM. It’s been an incredible experience!



What part of working with the organization do you enjoy most?

I plan to become a teacher, so the work I do is directly aligned with that and has helped me in planning the start of my education career. The most significant part of my work, though, is seeing the impact I’m able to make in the lives of these kids. They’re always SO excited when we visit and have so much enthusiasm for learning and for living. It would be a challenge not to be inspired by that!


What’s the best bit of advice you’ve gotten, or that’s stuck with you the most?

One of the first phrases that comes to mind is something I learned as a camp counselor a few summers ago: Give of Yourself Always. Our director always worked that in with everything he told us and had made a small sign with the letters “GOYA” on it, which he left by the fireplace in the dining hall. I think that concept can be applied to any situation. Being personally invested in everything you do can boost your attitude, increase the quality of your work, and brighten the lives of others. It can be a simple thing to strive for every day, or an overarching theme to your life. For me, it’s a sort of mantra that helps me remain focused on what is important.


Your most fearless moment?

Since graduating from Centre last May, I’ve faced a number of challenges–moving out on my own for the first time, learning the lay of the land in a new city, and just figuring out how to be an adult. It all happened very abruptly and I have definitely pushed myself, but I think that has made me a better and more capable person today.


Top location on your travel bucket list?

I’ve heard Europe is wonderful, so that’s one (very broad) location, but I’d like to explore more of Central and South America. I spent a semester in Mexico and visited Cuba, so I’d like to keep pushing further south!


Favorite HB drink & why?

My go-to is just a cup of whatever we have brewing, usually black (Peru Jaén might be my favorite right now) but my favorite specialty drink is the Mayan Mocha. I’m not much of a fan of really sweet drinks, and the Mayan Mocha goes in a completely different direction. Also, I like the fact that the drink uses powders instead of syrups. I think it’s the most fun to make (and drink)!


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Community Partner Spotlight: Forecastle Foundation

In Community, Kentucky Dream, Louisville, News, Spotlight On:, Sustainability // on July 15th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Forecastle Festival is nearly here, which means you might be gearing up for a music-filled day or weekend. Maybe you’ve even listened to your Forecastle playlist enough times you know the songs by heart.

At Heine Brothers’, Forecastle Festival time means more than a great lineup. It also marks the anniversary of an important partnership with Forecastle Foundation, the nonprofit that continues the original festival’s mission of environmental activism and conservation.

The Kentucky Dream partnership, which began last year, donates $5 of the proceeds from each bag of Kentucky Dream coffee to restore the world’s “natural awesome” here in Kentucky. The Forecastle Foundation works with The Nature Conservancy to protect the broad range of wildlife at Green River in Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust to preserve Pine Mountain in Eastern Kentucky.

You might ask, why those specific areas? Both Green River & Pine Mountain represent some of the country’s most biologically-rich areas – right in our own backyard. The foundation works to protect these and other highly threatened hot spots, around the world.

Holly McKnight, Chairman of the foundation’s board, sums up the spirit of the partnership, “Kentucky is truly a dreamy place, and we’re dedicated to making it stay that way.”

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And for the team at the Forecastle Foundation, the festival gives them the opportunity to showcase the World’s Natural Awesome, and how important it is to protect it. With the Forecastle Fest Nest, festival goers will be able to take a break, #sipnsupport with the Foundation’s partners, and learn more about their mission.

“It’s the one chance we have each year to get in front of a new audience and showcase the work we’re doing and give our incredible partners a voice to the Forecastle audience,” Holly says.

That exposure makes an impact: last year alone, the Forecastle Foundation contributed more than $75,000 to conservation project partners in Kentucky, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. And if you drank Kentucky Dream last year, you helped with that contribution in Kentucky.

Over 1,406 bags of Kentucky Dream have already been sold, but that doesn’t mean the Forecastle Foundation team is resting on it’s laurels. 

“Kentucky Dream has already been so critical to the work that we’re doing in Kentucky – on Pine Mountain with Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and on the Green River with the Nature Conservancy – Kentucky Chapter. The best we can hope for is that this partnership continues to flourish, that people continue to see the value in drinking delicious coffee for a cause – and that we’re able to expand our efforts to protect more of the precious places in this great state of ours,” Holly explains.


And when we asked where the most “naturally awesome” place to enjoy a cup of Kentucky Dream is, Holly answered, “The best thing about Kentucky is that there are innumerable places of beauty and inspiration. Whether it be atop Pine Mountain, hiking the gorge, exploring our massive cave network, kayaking the Green River, or just sitting in your backyard – Kentucky Dream is a delicious way for everyone to support and protect the land you love. Of course, The Forecastle Festival isn’t a bad place to indulge either.”

Guess you’ll just have to get out and explore Kentucky to decide for yourself!



Whether you’re listening live this weekend or avoiding the crowd at the waterfront like it’s the zombie apocalypse, you can still support Forecastle Foundation. Check it out:

Learn More:
Read more about The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s work at Green River and Kentucky Natural Lands Trust’s strides at Pine Mountain.

Do More:
Drinking coffee makes doing good easy (and tasty), but there are so many ways to contribute to Forecastle Foundation’s efforts to protect and rebuild the world’s natural awesome. Apply to become a project partner, make a donation, or volunteer as an Oarsman or Sustainer.

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Kentucky Dream is available year-round! You can buy at any of our Heine Brothers’ locations, order it online, or find it at the Whole Foods Market in Louisville.

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Independence Day is Monday!

In News // on June 29th, 2016 // by // No comment


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Meet the Maker: Karen Weeks

In Blog, Meet The Maker, News // on June 15th, 2016 // by // No comment


Meet The Maker: Karen Weeks

If you’ve seen our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere, chances are the first thing you noticed before taking a sip was the beautifully designed bag. That’s thanks to local printer Karen Weeks, the maker behind our Explorer Series coffee bags.

Karen describes her design style as a balance, “between what I would call handmade, but also ‘Chosen’ – with an intentional feel.”


Karen achieves that style by first hand drawing the design, then tweaking details, planning size, and experimenting with colors in Photoshop. Afterwards her design gets transferred to a woodblock via a laser cutter, that will then leave an impression of the pattern on the paper. Each color of the pattern represents one time through the press. For the bag’s text, Karen typesets the individual letters(the movable metal type).

After mixing and preparing the colored inks, she applies it to the roller of Heidelberg Windmill letterpress. When the woodcut is aligned and the press is turned on, it will individually stamp the design on the paper of each bag sleeve.

You can see the impressive results of this process when you check out the recently released Sumatra Silk bag, the second of the small-lot Explorer Series coffees.

Like the first Explorer Series bag, Karen’s design for Sumatra Silk was heavily shaped by the origins of the coffee. Costume patterns from the Gayo region of Sumatra caught her eye when researching the Permata Gayo Cooperative, the group of farmers producing the beans for the Sumatra.


The patterns on the bag’s sleeves are modeled from the textures and forms of the regional dress, and the colors she chose are traditional to the area as well.
“I really like textiles. I’ve always been drawn to that – one of my other focuses in school was textiles, and then when I was living in Germany I was doing a lot of knitting and sewing.”

And that crafted influence in her work was especially appropriate for the Explorer Series project, because it’s “like all the hands that grew and worked on this coffee.”


Textiles weren’t the only influence on her style, though. Karen grew up in Louisville, but has lived all over, often in the pursuit of her art. From her first job as a professional printer in New York City, to a non-paying apprenticeship in small-town Alabama, to San Francisco, Detroit and even Germany, Karen’s clean but handmade style has developed through her exposure to the different artists she’s worked with or studied.

Even her current studio roommate, who she divides the printing space with, has shared tools and typographic knowledge that has helped her develop some of the techniques she’s used for the Explorer Series project.

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“You can always learn from what’s around you. It’s about doing what’s natural in the environment you are currently in… Making [art] for other people, people you care about, is a great place to start. Making art they will love and then just keep doing it.”

If you loved her work on the last two Explorer Series bags as much as we have, be on the lookout for her designs on the next two coffees in the series.

Her personal favorite of Heine Brothers’ coffees? She’s sticking to the iced latte: “I love the Iced Latte, I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I don’t get it very often because it’s a treat, but the Iced Latte.”

Contact Karen Weeks at for more info or business interest!

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Father’s Day is Sunday!

In Deals, News // on June 13th, 2016 // by // No comment


Father’s Day is Sunday! Stop by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ and get him a gift card for $25 or more, and we’ll give you a free drink!

Offer valid Monday June 13 – Sunday June 19 2016 at all Heine Brothers’ and Vint Coffee locations.

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Meet Your Barista: Mary @ HB-Frankfort Ave.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News, Spotlight On:, Uncategorized // on May 28th, 2016 // by // No comment

This month, we want to introduce you to Mary from our Frankfort Avenue store! When Mary isn’t working at Heine Brothers’, she’s teaching at YouthBuild Louisville and helping organize Girls Rock Louisville, an amazing musical summer camp experience that empowers girls and gender non-conforming youth!


Which store is your “home” store?
I work at the Crescent Hill store on Frankfort.


How long have you been with Heine Brothers’?
I have been working at Heine Bros for a year and a half.


Are you a native Louisvillian or a transplant?
Transplant! I was born and raised in the greatest city in the world, Chicago. My partner is originally from Louisville, so we moved here a year and a half ago to be closer to her family. It was an adjustment, but I feel like I’ve found my place here.




You’re an organizer of an awesome Louisville organization called Girls Rock Louisville – could you share a little bit about the mission and how it got started?
Our mission is to empower girls and gender­ non-conforming youth from all backgrounds by exploring music creation in a supportive, inclusive environment. Over the course of a week, campers learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and perform in concert,­­ all while learning about self-confidence, self-­expression, social justice, and community building.


There’s an international community of folks putting together these camps – the first was in Portland 15 years ago. A group of us from GRL went to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference outside Philadelphia last month. It’s really a lot of female and LGBTQ musicians trying to create all the things we wish had been around when we were younger: a supportive community pooling their knowledge and experiences to help young people believe that they can be anything they want. Girls Rock Louisville grew out of the Outskirts Music Festival, which had a weekend of “Rockshops.” This summer is the first time it has been a full weeklong camp. It’s really exciting! Our applications opened on May 1 at, and they started coming in right away. We are going to have paper applications at outreach events in the next month to make sure we’re reaching everyone we can.

What started your involvement in such an awesome organization?
I met one of the founders, Carrie Neumayer, through a friend shortly after moving here. She’s one of my best friends now and through GRL, I’ve met so many amazing people. I expected to get a full-time teaching job when I moved here, but I still don’t have one. I teach at YouthBuild Louisville and then Heine Bros allows me the flexibility to dedicate as much time as I need to organizing and outreach.


What’s the best part about getting to work with the campers at Girls Rock Louisville?
Helping girls learn to creatively express themselves and connect with an audience is so amazing and rewarding. I know what music meant to me when I was a teenager. A lot of angst was channeled through my guitar.


One thing you’ve learned working at Girls Rock Louisville that you want to pass on to others?
I played in a band called the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir for a number of years, and we always seemed on the precipice of “making it,” what ever that means. We recorded a few albums that were put out by independent labels, toured the country and played music festivals, and were critically acclaimed, but never got to the point where we could make a living at it. For a long time, I felt like a failure; GRL put that in perspective for me and I really fell back in love with music. Success isn’t about how many records you sell or who your manager is. If I can be an example for somebody to pick up an instrument and take a chance and be exactly who they are onstage, then I’ve accomplished all I dreamed of.




You must be a pretty big music fan, working with all these talented campers – any bands/artists you recommend?
I have to mention Chance the Rapper. I think he’s this generation’s Curtis Mayfield with the way he tackles complex subjects like gun violence in Chicago. I love St. Vincent, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, and Perfume Genius. One of our alumni from the Rockshops, Hoe Garden, are a local band to keep an eye on.


One thing you’d tell your teenager self if you could?
It gets better. There’s a whole world out there to discover. But do your homework first.


Lastly, what your favorite HB drink & why?
I’m pretty boring in this respect. I’m happy with a small soy latte. I love sweet things, just not in my coffee.




Girls Rock Louisville is still taking applications until June 18th! Fill out the application HERE. Find out more about the organization and how you can support their mission on their website:


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Memorial Day 2016

In News // on May 24th, 2016 // by // No comment


Memorial Day – Monday May 30 2016 – Both downtown locations will be closed, all others open at 7am. Thanks!

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