Community Partner Spotlight: Louisville Free Public Library

In Blog, Community, Louisville // on February 15th, 2017 // by // No comment


MK Eagle wants you to get lit – at the library!

MK, the Programs Supervisor at the Louisville Free Public Library, sat down and talked to us about the library’s Get Lit® Lou (Get Literary Louisville!) program going on through the end of February.


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.

“We really wanted to get ourselves out of our buildings and meet people where they are already. Get Lit® Lou started with bouncing ideas around with [programs co-supervisor] Hannah. We often don’t see a lot of people in our age group coming to library programs. If you’re 20 or 30 and you don’t have kids, you don’t necessarily know what all the library has to offer,” MK says.


And boy does the library have so many programs to offer!

Aside from their large collection of physical books, magazines, archived photos & documents, with a library card you can also access e-books, subscriptions to online magazines, streaming services, and online video course services like and Treehouse.

In fact, MK says, “Many people access many of our services and never have to actually walk in the door if they don’t want to.”

But more than that, LFPL has programs for just about everyone in the community. Part of MK’s job is creating programs around education and tech outreach.

This includes an ESL/GED program that loans iPads out to participants, and Read 20 to Your Bunny, which is a reading program acknowledging the importance of parents reading to their newborns. Another fun program? Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday last year at the downtown branch – complete with a Diagon Alley and access to the real “restricted section” in the stacks of the Library’s Main Branch downtown (pictured below)!



But one of the programs that most inspires MK is an outreach program with the Jefferson County Youth Center; “We recently started working with JCYC (some people know it as the youth detention center). We’ve been bringing robots, iPads, books – and it’s been really, really rewarding. I think most people might think of them as a challenging group to work with, but they’re so engaged and respectful! One day, we went in and all 8 of those young ones shook our hands before we left. It just makes me want to bring more of stuff.”

And MK isn’t a stranger to working with high school students; before moving to Louisville, MK worked in high school libraries in Boston, Massachusetts. Experience with teen and youth programming has helped MK bring great ideas to the current role and programs, “Just in general, I don’t think people realize how much we have – we’re bringing robots to kids and doing skateboard builds!”

And if your mind wasn’t blown enough by all the programs the library offers, we barely scratched the surface. Make sure you visit the Library’s website for a full list.

Plus, there are a few other cool things you may not know about the Louisville Free Public Library system’s history. 

“I don’t know if everyone knows that the Main Branch is one of the original Carnegie libraries, and that the Western Branch was the first public library for African Americans in this country. It opened shortly after this 1908 building opened downtown, so it has some great archives there.”


In short, what are you waiting for? Dust off your library card and stop by your local LFPL branch (or visit the library online)!

Don’t forget about the last two Pop-Up Library events happening this month in our stores! Stop by and check out a book from the curated selection of coffee/tea books, sign up for a library card, ask a question, or sign up for the Get Lit® Lou rewards program:

HB-Chenoweth Lane

Friday, February 17

10:00am – 12:00pm



Friday, February 24

10:00am – 12:00pm




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Thank you for your donations to Gatlinburg Wildfire Relief!

In Blog, Coffee 101, Community, Meet Your Barista, Travel // on December 20th, 2016 // by // One comment



Thanks to the generosity of our customers and baristas, we were able to reach our match goal of $500 and raised over $1350 with the help of your donations! The money you helped us raise will go to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which we chose for a number of reasons.

The Community Foundation has created the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund that gives grants to victims and nonprofits who are providing on-the-ground immediate assistance AND long term services. The unfortunate reality of wildfires is that the effects are long lasting; people are displaced from their homes and some have to essentially start from scratch.  Being able to give the money as directly as possible to the residents and people affected was important.

You can find out more about The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s wildfire relief efforts and donate with them here:

One of our barista’s, John Mike, was moved to go volunteer to help distribute donated goods to those affected. You can read about his experience and look at his photos taken in the area in his blog post below:


Mountains. Space Needle. Aquarium. Cabins. Wildfire.

All of these words perfectly describe Gatlinburg, TN with the exception of one which is obvious. The small, tourist Tennessee town was taken by complete surprise when a wildfire exited the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, speeding down the hillsides with grander due to 80+ m.p.h. winds. The wildfire, striking Gatlinburg on Monday, November 28th following its inception on November 23rd by two juveniles, has already caused upwards of $500 million in damages. Most of the structures that were destroyed were homes of people that lived in the city leaving them with the clothes on their back and nothing else.

There is much to be done. After hearing the news and knowing people who almost lost their lives in an attempt to escape from their resort, I knew something had to be done. The news broke in under a week after the fire that Heine Brothers’ would be teaming up with Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to take up cash donations for the victims. The amount of support that has been shown at our cafes has been astounding! While seeing the cash pour in from behind the counter, I still knew that something more had to be done to help this town. That was when a roommate and I signed up to volunteer and drove straight into the area of disaster. Little did we know what we would see or hear about.

For our volunteering, we were sent to a distribution and pick up center for all the goods donated. The amount of goods donated is on another level. The country is uniting to support the people of Sevier County and have shown that with the five warehouses that are now full of goods. While the support is great, seeing the families pour into the facility to pick up the pieces of what they now call a “new normal” is heart breaking. Family after family, child after child, relative after relative now find their whole life confined to the contents of a shopping cart full of donated goods. While volunteering, I personally got to interact with people who had story after story of relatives that lost their house and business, employees that were now unemployed, families relocating across the country, and small Churches destroyed along with members losing their homes. Keeping a straight face during all of this was difficult to do. Every moment I could I would step away to breath for just a moment. You simply do not realize how big a disaster is until you see the people it affected right before your eyes.



Keeping all of this in mind, what can you do? Well, glad you asked! The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is still accepting donations via their website which are still very much needed. But, I would encourage you to go a step further and volunteer to go to Sevier County and help. You can sign up to do just that. There is a massive need for volunteers to just sort through the donations to ensure their efficient arrival to the fire victims. Similar to how we love to keep Louisville weird with our local businesses go to Gatlinburg and spend your money at their local businesses. The continued tourism to the area will aid tremendously to the recovery of the town. Plus, you will be spending time in the mountains! Who doesn’t love a Smoky Mountain getaway? I beseech you to go to Gatlinburg to volunteer, visit, or even donate. The people of Gatlinburg will appreciate you for it.

Smoky Strong. Mountain Tough.



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Meet the Maker: Copper & Kings

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Meet The Maker // on December 12th, 2016 // by // No comment



It would be hard not to notice the sleek, bright orange and black Copper & Kings sign that rises above their distillery when you’re driving down Story Avenue. Located in the middle of Butchertown’s growing community of local and small businesses, Copper & Kings is often also at the center of promoting that community and organizing neighborhood events.

Copper & Kings is primarily known for their brandy and absinthe, but equally as delicious is their non-alcoholic Butchertown Soda. You can find the Louisville-made craft sodas in the cold case at any of our stores.

While Butchertown Sodas have recognizable flavors, they are preservative-free, and use organic cane sugar and other high-quality ingredients that make them less syrupy, and more natural tasting than the average soft drink.




Cat Braithwaite, a Designer and Social Media Manager at the distillery, says that the idea behind Butchertown Sodas is that the flavor is, “a little more adult – grown up. It has more of a culinary flavor experience to it.”

Because of their commitment to using natural flavors, they sometimes use unexpected ingredients to achieve the taste they want. One of the ingredients they use in the Cola Superior is – you guessed it – coffee.  

When a new flavor is needed, the development usually starts with Joe Heron, the owner & founder of Copper & Kings.

“Joe usually picks out what flavors we want to start using, then our Louisville partner Flavorman creates 5-6 different recipes for us to try. Then we get to taste test! We’ll give feedback – it needs more cardamom, or it needs more sassafras – and Flavorman adjusts the recipe until it’s perfect,” Cat explains.

For the team at Copper & Kings, it’s important that the flavors are completely unique and can stand on their own, but also mix well with the flavor profiles of their American brandies.




“Joe & Leslie really try to foster a creative environment here. They’re open to new ideas, whether it be one of their ideas that we can take the reins of, or if we have an idea for something,” says Cat.

It’s one of her favorite things about working at the distillery. And with events like “You’re the Wurst” in October, or “Kentiki” (a Kentucky-themed luau surf party)  this summer, it’s clear that creativity is embraced at Copper & Kings. Creativity, and also a strong sense of community.

Like Heine Brothers’, Copper & Kings focuses on partnerships with local organizations and businesses.

One of the first events Cat helped with, for instance, was a “Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels” event for breweries they had collaborated with, “We partnered with 14 different breweries and we gave our brandy barrels for them to age their beer in for about 9-12 months. It gave the beer a really nice rounded, rich flavor. All were very unique and adventurous.”

More examples include their Cured & Crafted festival, which is a showcase for local food, drink and craft artisans. Even their seasonal pie shop venture, the Butchertown Pie Co., sells a signature flavor of ice cream from local maker Louisville Cream, as well as the local Spudz chips. 

Along with their commitment to supporting the local and small business community, sustainability is important to Copper & King’s mission. (Insider tip: If you bike, you can also earn a 50% discount on a tour of the distillery when you ride over.)




“We re-purpose shipping containers and have solar panels on the roof that we use to supplement some of our energy. Out front, we planted a butterfly garden as a migratory way station for monarch butterflies. The garden also helps mitigate stormwater run-off, which can be detrimental to nearby creeks, streams or rivers,” says Cat. “We also have recycling bins in every room – so as soon as you’re done with your Butchertown soda you can, you know, make sure the bottle gets reused.”

At Copper & Kings, they believe that because Alcohol is agricultural, “we have a responsibility to focus on environmental awareness and sustainability.”

Which means, when you’re drinking a Copper & Kings product or attending one of their events, you’re also supporting their sustainable practices, as well as your Louisville neighbors. 

And don’t worry – whether you’re drinking your Butchertown Soda on a Copper & Kings tour or  in one of our stores, you’ll still have access to a recycling bin!







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Get Lit Lou: Read Responsibly

In Blog, Coffee 101, Community, Events, Louisville, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment


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.
  • Pop-Up Libraries at Heine Brothers’ Coffee:
    • Tuesday, January 17 2017: HB-Douglass Loop 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, January 31 2017: HB-Shelbyville Road 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 10 2017: HB-Schnitzelburg 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 17 2017: HB-Chenoweth Lane 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday, February 24 2017: HB-Northfield 10am-12pm


GetLitLou Instagram Contest Winners:

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Rachel Hagan :


For additional info on the events, contest, reading program, and more, visit the Louisville Free Public Library’s Get Lit Lou site.

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Now Accepting Donations for Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

In Blog, Community, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment

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:

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Your Baristas Get Lit with the Louisville Free Public Library!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 1st, 2016 // by // No comment

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
1984-George Orwell
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

Tiffany: Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Eating the Cheshire Cat, Helen Ellis, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith, The Cuba Diaries, Isadora Tattlin

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



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Hope for the Holidays with Volunteers Of America!

In Community, Louisville, News // on November 26th, 2016 // by // No comment


Heine Brothers’ is proud to join Volunteers Of America again with Hope for the Holidays! Now through Jan 3 2017, bring in any new or gently used winter coat or accessory in to your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ and it’ll be given to those in need right here in the Kentuckiana area!

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hoLOUdays Contest with LIBA!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, News // on November 25th, 2016 // by // No comment


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.

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Community Partner Spotlight: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

In Blog, Community, News, Spotlight On: // on November 7th, 2016 // by // No comment

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:

As for his coffee preference? Ryan is a purist – double shots and nothing more.


To access the full KFTC Voting Guide, including Candidate surveys:

To join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth:

To find out more about what our local Jefferson County Chapter is working on:


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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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