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 Lynda.com 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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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 : rachelrillustration.com


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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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: 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.”

FF Board_Pine Mountain

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.

Support More:
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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Denim Day Press Conference with The Center for Women and Families

In Blog, Community, Louisville // on May 1st, 2016 // by // No comment


We were honored to host our friends and community partners from the Center for Women and Families at HB-Douglass Loop for their Denim Day press conference – bringing awareness and correcting misperceptions about sexual assault.

Speakers included:

  • Marta Miranda, CEO of the Center for Women and Families
  • Amanda Corzine, RN – SANE Nurse at U of L Hospital
  • Mike Mays, President & Co-owner of Heine Brothers’ Coffee
  • David Yates, President of the Louisville Metro Council
  • Patti Barron, a sexual assault survivor
  • Lieutenant Carolyn Nunn, Commander of the Louisville Police Department’s Special Victims Unit

Denim Day began in Italy in 1999 when the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans; the court concluded that she must have helped take them off, implying consent. Women of the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans the next day, and the observance of Denim Day worldwide had begun. Today, all around the world, organizations coordinate community-wide Denim Day events to show support of survivors, and to raise awareness of, and correct misperceptions about, sexual assault crimes.

Heine Brothers’ is proud to be a long time partner of the Center for Women and Families. We’d love to live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists – but until we get there, Heine Brothers’ will support The Center for Women & Families in the work they do preventing assault and supporting victims.

Marta Miranda, CEO of the Center for Women and Families

Marta Miranda, CEO of the Center for Women and Families

Amanda Corzine, RN - SANE Nurse - U of L Hospital

Amanda Corzine, RN – SANE Nurse – U of L Hospital

Mike Mays, President & Co-owner of Heine Brothers' Coffee

Mike Mays, President & Co-owner of Heine Brothers’ Coffee

David Yates, President of the Louisville Metro Council

David Yates, President of the Louisville Metro Council

Patti Barron, a sexual assault survivor

Patti Barron, a sexual assault survivor

Lieutenant Carolyn Nunn, the Commander of the Louisville Police Department's Special Victims Unit

Lieutenant Carolyn Nunn, the Commander of the Louisville Police Department’s Special Victims Unit

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Community Partner Spotlight: The Center for Women and Families

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Spotlight On: // on April 18th, 2016 // by // No comment


Our  partnership with The Center for Women and Families (CFW&F) started more than 14 years ago, and it’s one we’re very proud of.

This month, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we’re highlighting their mission and the White Ribbon Campaign(More information about how you can support Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27 and the continuing mission of  CFW&F at the bottom of the post.


It’s hard to know where to begin when talking about the important role the Center plays in providing services and support to survivors of abuse and sexual assault. The center offers emergency shelter and medical services, transitional housing, counseling, legal services and advocacy to anyone who might need them – not just women and children. CFW&F serves clients not just in Louisville, but also in 8 other of the surrounding counties.

We met with our friend Marta Miranda, the center’s current President and CEO at the Center’s main facility, to talk about why the White Ribbon Campaign is so important, and about her personal journey to the Center for Women and Families.


When you arrive at the Center, the first thing you notice is how inviting it is; there’s plenty of natural light, and art made by clients & local artists is on display everywhere. Marta tells us that this is by design. When the new facilities were built, it was a priority that it was comfortable, welcoming and warm – a safe space. It’s a feeling that is also conveyed by the dedication and compassion of Marta and the other CFW&F staff.

In talking with Marta, it’s easy to see she’s been passionate about the Center’s mission long before she was in her current role. Beginning with her job as a social worker at age 20, and continuing through her time at Eastern Kentucky University as the Director of Women & Gender studies program, she understood both the physical and psychological effects of assault and abuse.


“I’ve been in this movement for 41 years,” Miranda says, “but my gut connection to the job came at age 8 when my favorite aunt came home from the hospital with two black eyes. When I asked her why didn’t she leave, she said it was because she couldn’t afford to feed her kids. So financial empowerment and independence, self-sufficiency and education is what we can do to help.”

Though our partnership began with CFW&F before Marta was appointed, it has strengthened significantly in the years she’s been at the center.

“The center partnership with Heine Brothers’ is long and deep,” said Marta. “We began partnering to promote the awareness side of things in the stores about 3-4 years ago, but Heine Brothers’ has been involved with CFW&F through Ronda’s Blend and the Penny Donations for much longer.”

For years, Heine Brothers’ baristas have chosen to donate all the pennies from their cash tips in memory Ronda Mahaffey, our former co-worker and friend who is also the namesake of “Ronda’s Blend”. For every bag of Ronda’s Blend you buy, 50 cents is also donated to CFW&F.

And while donations are very important – they allow the center to continue the many services they provide – what Marta would really like to see is fewer people needing the center’s services.


“We need to treat both sides of the problem – both the survivors and the perpetrators. If we don’t treat that other side of the spectrum, we won’t get anywhere… We have to understand that both the victims and the perpetrators are us, are our families and communities, especially in a culture that doesn’t make a lot of space for men to be human beings. That isn’t to absolve the abusers, though.”

This can only be achieved through increased awareness, discussion of issues and intervention before a situation reaches a crisis level. The White Ribbon Campaign is integral in that goal because it’s focus is on engaging men and boys, in addition to women, in the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.

“White Ribbon is important because it is an international movement, and also a grassroots movement,” Marta explains. “Men have not had a voice [in the past], but they have wives and they have daughters, sisters, co-workers and friends who have been raped and beaten. We want to offer them a way to be allies and supporters.”


Want to know how you can be an ally? Be a part of the White Ribbon Campaign by:

  • Taking part in Denim Day on April 27th! Wear your jeans and other denim apparel in support of survivors of sexual assault, then share it on social with #denimday2016 & #nomoredomore to encourage awareness.
  • Wear your White Ribbon to promote awareness (pick it up at Heine Brothers’ store or other allied local businesses).
  • Tell the men in your life about the campaign and why it’s important.


Continue to be an Ally & Advocate 365 days a year:

  • Join other men to be a part of our local OWN IT initiative.
  • Speak up & take action when you see evidence of gender-based violence.
  • Talk to the men in your life about sexual violence and encourage them to speak out and take action. Prevention is key.
  • Become a volunteer at the Center.
  • Invite a community educator to speak to your organization.
  • Donate directly to The Center for Women and Families, or add your pennies to the tip baskets next time you’re at the register of your local Heine Brothers’




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Heine Brothers’ Coffee Brewing Up Portland Warehouse District Revitalization

In Blog, Louisville, News, Press Release // on April 18th, 2016 // by // No comment


Future Rendering of New Heine Brothers' Building & Signage- Credit Jeff ...



Heine Brothers’ Coffee Brewing Up Portland Warehouse District Revitalization

Growing coffee roaster to open new corporate offices, roastery, warehouse, and training center.

Louisville, KY (April 18, 2016) – Heine Brothers’ Coffee announced today that it is making a major redevelopment move in the important historic Louisville neighborhood becoming known as the Portland Warehouse District. In an expansion of operations, the 13 store organic and fair trade coffee company will soon begin renovating a more than 100 year old building at 1301 W. Main St.  The 40,000 square foot building, which boasts an additional 40,000 square feet of basement space on the northwest corner of 13th and Main streets, will serve as a corporate office, roastery, warehouse and state-of-the-art training center.

“There is a lot of momentum on the west side of Ninth Street, and as a local company we see an opportunity to make a positive impact on the neighborhood,” said Heine Brothers’ President Mike Mays.   “We’re excited about the potential to hug the phase 4 expansion of Waterfront Park West. To be in a beautiful building believed to be the city’s first steel beam warehouse constructed right after the turn of the century is another big draw. Combining our Offices, Roastery/Warehouse and Training Center in this new facility will energize our company, while also demonstrating our commitment to the renewal of the area.”

For the last 16 years, HVAC contractor, Automatic Air, has operated out of the building. Renovation will begin later this spring, with Heine Brothers’ targeting a late summer 2016 opening.

Heine Brothers’ will occupy 16,000 square feet of the building at 13th and Main, and is seeking to lease 24,000 square feet of commercial space.

The company’s corporate offices are currently located above Heine Brothers’ Crescent Hill store.  Heine Brothers’ also has a small warehouse and training space in the Clifton neighborhood.

A total of 15 employees will soon work out of the new headquarters, roastery, training center, and warehouse, with room for additional growth.


About Heine Brothers’

Heine Brothers’ is a 100% fair trade and organic coffee roaster. The company opened their first shop in October 1994 in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, KY, and has 13 locations and a mobile Airstream espresso bar. Heine Brothers’ is committed to operating responsibly and sustainably – donating to numerous community groups, buying locally and co-founding the world’s 1st fair-trade coffee buying cooperative. The company is committed to continuing to deliver remarkable coffee shop experiences while staying focused on making an impact in Louisville and around the world. For more information, please visit heinebroscoffee.com or follow @HeineBrosCoffee.


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