Thanks to some of our baristas volunteering to, several of our locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day!
Friday November 27 2015 Hours:
- HB-Main Street: closed
- HB-Fourth Street: open 10am-8pm for Light Up Louisville
- All others: open regular hours
Heine Brothers’ is excited to once again partner with our friends at Copper & Kings American Brandy to bring you the second annual A Family Affair! A Family Affair is an evening of Kentucky family businesses & families coming together for the community. All proceeds to benefit Family Scholar House.
A Family Affair
November 20, 2015
Copper & Kings American Brandy
1121 E. Washington Street. Louisville, KY 40206
Libations, grub, coffee & more!
Live Music by: King Kong
Hot Coffee provided by: Heine Brothers’ Coffee
Food provided by: Creation Gardens, prepared by The Mayan Cafe
Beer provided by: Against The Grain Brewery
Beverages provided by: Butchertown Soda
Suggested $10 donation. Children under 12 enter free.
You are encouraged to bring seasonal gifts for the parents and children of Family Scholar House.
To celebrate our 21st Anniversary, Have One On Us!
Now through October 31st, pay for your transaction using the HB Perks app. At the end of the month, a $3 credit will be added to your account. It’s that easy!
Not yet a member of HB Perks? Download the app and register now by going to HBPerks.com!
When Heine Brothers’ Coffee and Vint Coffee merged in 2011, there were a lot of questions – both from the staff and the community – over what the merger meant for each brand. Over the last 4 years, we have worked hard incorporating the best aspects of each brand in to our overall company, but also keeping Vint Coffee’s Clifton coffeehouse as a unique, focused “test kitchen” for Heine Brothers’ here in Louisville. We were excited this year when our Vint Coffee baristas mentioned wanting to compete in CoffeeFest Chicago’s “America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition”, and are proud that they were selected to compete this weekend in the competition.
The competition includes 6 shops, each with teams of 3, that compete for an hour. There is a pop-up café set up on the tradeshow floor on the Navy Pier – attendees go through the line and order from a limited menu. The baristas are judged on drink quality, customer service, and teamwork – all things that are needed for running a successful and fun café. Our 3 person team – Danielle Burns, Kevin Morgan, and Erica Brown – are excellent baristas behind the bar at Vint, but wanted the experience of working together in a different setting, so we had several test runs in our drink training center at our roastery. Other HB & Vint baristas and managers were invited to come out and test them – ordering drinks, asking questions, critiquing the experience – and we think they are going to do great!
The limited-menu includes two signature drinks that use products by some of our favorite Louisville locals – our Vint Julep includes sugars from Bourbon Barrel Foods, and the Butchertown Fizz includes the Ginger Beer from the new Butchertown Soda. Both of these are available right now at Vint Coffee – come in and try them out!
Vint Coffee will be competing today (Friday June 5 2015) at 2:35pm (1:35pm in Chicago). Good luck Erica, Kevin, and Danielle!
Being a good community partner is something that has always been important at Heine Brothers’ Coffee. As a company, we donate brewed coffee, give gift cards, and help sponsor and promote activities of countless schools, churches, neighborhood groups, environmental groups, and many other non-profits here in Louisville that are doing some really great things for our community.
Because of this, we also attract a lot of people that are community-focused and want to work for a company where this is important. We set up quarterly volunteer opportunities for our staff, and regularly have 20+ employees offer to donate their own time to do good here in Louisville.
Our volunteer opportunity in April coincided with Give A Day – Mayor’s Week of Service here in Louisville, and we chose one of our favorite groups in town – Olmsted Parks Conservancy – to work with. We’re lucky to have such an amazing public parks system here in Louisville, and our employees wanted to help keep them as healthy and vibrant as possible.
We’re proud to say that our very best ideas often come from our own baristas. The baristas at HB-Chenoweth Lane first introduced the Heine Brothers’ family to cold brewed coffee 5 years ago, and we have loved it ever since. This exceptionally smooth coffee is brewed by pouring cold water over ground coffee, and letting it steep for 12-16 hours. No heat in the brewing process means less acid is extracted from the beans, and the result is rich, velvety and refreshing.
This summer we’re happy to announce the arrival of Dog Days Cold Brew at all Heine Brothers’ locations. Named for the sultry, hot days of summer, this blend of Nicaraguan, Sumatran, and Ethiopian coffees is sweet and smooth, with a nutty aftertaste that just won’t quit.
Cold brew coffee is not only delicious, it’s also about the simplest way that you can brew coffee at home. Just pour cold or room temperature water over ground coffee in your french press, a pitcher or a jar and stick it in the fridge overnight. Then pour through a fine strainer, or a coffee filter, and you’re done! The resulting coffee concentrate is tasty as it is, or you can dilute it with water or milk to taste. Come pick up a bag of Dog Days at your local Heine Brothers’ Coffee location to enjoy at home.
We hope that you’ll come in and cool off with a cup of Dog Days this summer!
Available by the cup and bag in-store, and also available by the bag online.
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This month we feature coffee from La FEM (Fundación Entre Mujeres, or Foundation Between Women), from Nicaragua. Based in Estelí, a state just east of Managua, the Foundation Between Women is a collective of tradeswomen, educators, and farmers whose one purpose is to empower and support women in what remains a largely male dominated culture.
In their own words, the women of La FEM believe in the right of women everywhere to be free from sexual and domestic violence. They promote reproductive rights and women’s health, protection of natural resources, and economic autonomy for all women. The scope of La FEM is wide, and includes women’s health initiatives, literacy projects, political organization, and economic development projects. Most members of La FEM support themselves and their families by growing coffee. They are also subsistence farmers, and have recently been developing trade schools for girls.
In about 2010, our Cooperative Coffees partner Just Coffee Coop from Madison, WI connected with La FEM, and were immediately struck by the strength and resourcefulness of the women, most of whom are single mothers. One of La FEM’s biggest struggles since their foundation in 1995 was building a reliable pipeline to the global coffee market. Just Coffee shared this story with Heine Brothers’ and other Coop Coffees members, and without hesitation we laid the foundation for a partnership with these farmers.
The ensuing years have been a struggle for the farmers and our relationship. As with all other coffee farmers in Central and South America, the women of La FEM have been hit hard by la roya. In 2013 the coffee leaf fungus reduced yields in Estelí by 50% to 60%. The crisis nearly broke the coop. With the 2014 harvest things appear to be turning around, both for quality and total production. We’re very pleased to offer one of the tastiest coffees we’ve purchased from La FEM since 2011. It is very smooth, with a medium body and little acidity. Overall, a nice clean coffee, that is nutty, a bit spicy, with a soft cocoa and cherry aftertaste. This makes a great breakfast coffee, or one that you could sip on all day.
For more on the organization called La FEM, check out the excellent video produced by our partners at Just Coffee Coop and Higher Grounds Trading Co.
What happens to the homeless when they die?
The Potter’s Field documentary follows a group of high school students from here in Louisville who volunteer to give burial services for the homeless, unknown and otherwise indigent members of our community.
Directed by Edward Heavrin,