Community Partner Spotlight
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.
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.
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.
10 Minutes That Will Change Your State of Mind
Heine Brothers’ partners with FEAT of Louisville in their Autism Friendly Business Initiative
Louisville, KY – June 25, 2018 Heine Brothers’ and Vint has partnered with FEAT of Louisville Autism Friendly Business” FREE Training & Certification Program which focuses on training local businesses in Autism Awareness, Acceptance, and Understanding. Heine Brothers’ have trained their staff in all 15 Louisville area locations including their newest location in the Omni.
Grow Ahead Partners with Heine Brothers’ Coffee and Coop Coffees for Agroforestry Crowdfunding Campaign Initiative in Peru
Crowdfunding Platform Aims to Raise Funding for Norandino Cooperative Tree Planting Effort
PORTLAND, OREGON — Heine Brothers’ Coffee, an organic and fair trade coffee roaster from Louisville, Kentucky, and green coffee importing cooperative, Coop Coffees, have announced commitments to support a regenerative agroforestry tree planting campaign in Northern Peru launched by Grow Ahead, a crowdfunding platform that supports small-scale farmers and climate resiliency projects around the world. Through the campaign, Grow Ahead is raising funds for one of Coop Coffee’s producer partners, Norandino Cooperative, aiming to revitalize coffee production in the region while supporting the conservation and reforestation of the local ecosystem. Norandino Cooperative and its producers have also already committed to financially contribute to the project.
Groups of people in bright tee shirts carry an assortment of gardening gadgets and tools, fanning out among the shotgun homes that line the neighborhood lanes. Some are headed toward alleyways with trash bags and gloves, some are towing wheelbarrows and shovels, paint and paintbrushes, and others are headed to houses to help homeowners with structural projects. It’s a mix between kids and adults, volunteers and residents -even a few Heine Brothers’ Coffee baristas and staff.
This is the scene you’ll encounter at the Love Your Neighborhood events, which our Portland neighbors from Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville began in 2016 in Louisville.
Picture this: forty or so sixth graders set up at different tables to pitch a business idea to a group of adults – complete with financials, marketing collateral, and of course, the product.
That was the scene at the Heine Brothers’ headquarters when students from the Academy @ Shawnee’s middle school shared their partnership proposal with the Heine Brothers’ executive team and Elizabeth Kizito of Kizito Cookies.
We are proud to announce we’re kicking off a partnership with the local non-profit Educational Justice this Spring! Educational Justice is a Louisville-based organization that is bridging the opportunity gap in education between students that come from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
MK Eagle wants you to get lit – at the library!
The program is a throwback to the Summer Reading Programs of your grade school days – but for adults. Aimed at encouraging young adults to get back in touch with their inner bibliophile, and rediscover the library, Get Lit® Lou gives you digital badges and the chance to win great prizes for reading books and attending library programs.