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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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, Community Partner Spotlight, Louisville // 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 Tuesday, April 26 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.

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Heine Brothers’ Coffee Brewing Up Portland Warehouse District Revitalization

In Blog, Louisville, News, Press Release // on April 18th, 2016 // by // 3 Comments


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.


Tyler Glick



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Meet the Maker: Em’s Delights

In Blog, Community, Louisville // on March 28th, 2016 // by // No comment

A local baker as sweet as her cakes!

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Next time you’re scanning the bakery case for the best treat to accompany your afternoon latte, you might notice a few new additions nestled between the cinnamon rolls and your favorite muffin.

Mini cakes from Em’s Delights are the newest dessert offering at your favorite Heine Brothers’ store. Whether chocolate cake with bourbon buttercream frosting or the chai tea spice cake is more your style, Emie Dunagan of Em’s Delights makes and decorates each of those delicious cakes herself.

Emie bakes these confections at her kitchen in Chef’s Space, Louisville’s first kitchen incubator for local food entrepreneurs. You can find her there sometimes six or seven days out of the week making her homemade cakes, cupcakes, cornbread muffins and cookies. Quite a feat, especially considering that Emie is still a full-time student at Assumption High School. Through a special class schedule, Emie has been able to work at her kitchen part time as an element of her school credit – an arrangement that came about after she got into the Young Entrepreneurs Program at University of Louisville when she was only 15 years old.

Though the course launched her baking career and gave her a tangible business plan, her love of baking was sparked a long time ago in her grandmother’s kitchen. “I kind of always knew I wanted be a chef or a baker, and then the opportunity to apply to the program came up. It seemed like a good way to see if this was really something I wanted to pursue.”

She started baking at the age of six, and kept practicing with her Easy-Bake Oven, which she says will have a special place of honor when she eventually opens her first bakery down the road. She stills bakes with her grandmother, who is also the first official employee of Em’s Delights.

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Emie’s interest in learning to bake may have started with her family, but her recipes are all her own. Emie comes up with each new treat idea herself – even in her free time she’s researching. She finds inspiration from exotic and interesting spice combinations, Spanish & European flavors, and the chefs around her, “I really like mixing sweet and earthy flavors like cardamom, honey, and lemon. Lately, I’ve been into playing around with avocado.”

So what are Emie’s future plans? Her 10-year vision includes a food truck and a storefront, but more immediately she’ll be attending Sullivan University’s bakery & pastry arts program next year. Oh, and she’d also like to spend some time learning and baking in Santa Monica – and with all that she’s already accomplished, there’s no doubt she will!

And she’s learned not to doubt herself. In Emie’s words, “Don’t think because you’re young that you don’t know what you’re doing, or think that just because someone is older & has more years of experience that you have to listen to them. You have to trust yourself.”

Emie’s recommended pairing for her cakes? She suggests sipping on the Heine Brothers’ cold brew for the Chai Tea cake, and a cup of one of our lighter roasts with the bourbon cake (drinking it straight without cream or milk allows the fruity notes of the coffee to mingle with the bourbon flavor).

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Give A Day – Mayor’s Day of Service – April 2015

In Blog, Community, Louisville, News // on May 10th, 2015 // by // No comment

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.


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Americana Fiberworks

In Blog, Fair Trade, Louisville // on April 28th, 2015 // by // One comment

The cinder-block hallways of the Americana Community Center are covered in colorful murals. The classroom that staff member Justine Brunett leads me into is bright and sunny, with huge windows and walls lined with bins and boxes of fabric and craft supplies. This is the home of the Americana FiberWorks program, an arts and educational group which offers refugee, immigrant and low-income women in Louisville an opportunity to come together around a common interest in fiber crafts to develop confidence, relationships and skills.


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LIBA’s Weird Birthday Bash Contest!

In Blog, Events, Louisville // on February 20th, 2015 // by // No comment


We’re giving away a pair of tickets to LIBA’s Weird Birthday Bash, two Keep Louisville Weird t-shirts, plus a $20 Heine Brothers’ gift card, all to one winner! To enter, go to our Facebook page and comment on the contest post with the name of your favorite Louisville local business. Like the post for an additional entry!


  • You are able to enter twice (once for a comment to the Facebook post, again for a Like to the post). Duplicate comments will not count as additional entries.
  • Contest ends on Sunday 2/22/2015 at 11pm, winner will be notified on Monday morning.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
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The Potter’s Field DVD now available at Heine Brothers’!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, News // on January 27th, 2015 // by // No comment


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,

Proceeds to the DVD sales at Heine Brothers’ and Vint go to the Coalition for the Homeless and St. John’s Center.

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HB-Chenoweth Lane – remodel is complete!

In Blog, Louisville, News // on November 11th, 2014 // by // No comment


HB-Chenoweth Lane has reopened in St. Matthews after a one-week “extreme makeover.”

According to Mike Mays, Heine Brothers’ President, “We’re excited to reopen our fully remodeled St. Matthews Heine Brothers’ location after a busy seven days. Since it had been 17 years since we opened that location and the well-loved coffee shop was really starting to show its age, over the past week we completed an incredible update which included gutting the cafe, replacing the floor and lighting, painting the entire cafe and adding a brand new espresso bar. Now Heine Brothers’ Chenoweth Lane is officially ready for it’s next 17 years!”

The shop includes artwork from local artists to represent the location’s original history as a gas station and its proximity to the railroad tracks, as well as other Louisville memorabilia. Works include photos of trains by Caren Cunningham, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Bellarmine University, paintings with road map images by Louisville artist Brandon Bass and photos of the recent ReSurfaced initiative downtown by Jeff McAfee of Studio Threesixty. In addition, there is a bumper from a ’91 Mercury Marquis featuring iconic Louisville bumper stickers.






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