Meet Your Barista
In this Lunchtime Poll, we asked our baristas: What’s your spirit animal and why?
“A momma bear. I’m very protective.” -Erica
” A raccoon – because I am both trashy and adorable. That – or David Bowie.” -Erin
“Labrador, because I love the outdoors and I can be extremely lazy.” -Josh
“A fox. I’m sneaky and like to hide.” -Perri Leigh
“This guy (Hank, my cat) is my spirit animal” -Andre
Meet Josh this month!
Between graduate school at UofL, working as Educational Outreach Coordinator at Louisville Youth Group, acting as on Just Creation’s Board of Directors, and volunteering with True Colors Outreach Ministry at Highland Baptist Church, Josh has a full schedule. But he still manages to find time to kill it as a barista at our Blankenbaker store.
His manager, Kate, nominated Josh because he “is totally sweet and down to earth! He was actually one of my favorite customers long before he ever applied to work here.”
Which location is your home store?
Blankenbaker Parkway, home of the BEST manager, Kate Vanderlip, and assistant manager, Erin Day!
How long have you been working at HB?
About 5 months
Louisville Native or Transplant?
You’re a grad student at the UofL Kent School of Social Work – which class are you most looking forward to this semester?
I am most looking forward to my Practicum because it gives me the opportunity to apply the skills I need to master before graduation, and I can learn where I need to grow.
Finish the sentence: I couldn’t live without ______.
I couldn’t live without my “me” time. It keeps me (somewhat) sane! I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for about a year now. While not the best at establishing a formal practice and certainly not the spokesperson for the practice, I like mindfulness because you can participate no matter where you are – driving to places, walking in the park, reading a book. Formally sitting is helpful, too, because you have to focus all of you attention on the sitting. The idea is that you bring yourself back into the moment. It’s easy to get depressed about the past or anxious about the future, but life occurs in the here & now. Practicing mindfulness and putting myself back in the moment enables me to prioritize & take life one day at a time. The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center hosts monthly group sittings on the third Sunday of each month from 7-8:30.
Tell us a little bit about your work with Louisville Youth Group – how did you get involved?
Louisville Youth Group (LYG) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe place for LGBTQIA+ & Allied youth to socialize, learn, and grow. I am currently a “Mentern,” which is a super cool name for a “Mentor/Intern.” As a graduate student, my Practicum placement is with LYG. I am an outreach coordinator, and my primary function is to reach out to local public and private middle and high schools to share about what LYG does and to aid in the implementation or progression of a Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance (GSTA) in these schools. I am also working with individuals in Appalachia to develop a group for youth in that region.
What’s the best thing about volunteering your time there or some of the other organizations you work with?
The best thing about working with LYG is that I can be who I needed when I was younger for these youth, and I can aid in providing a safe space in which they can be authentic. I struggled with my identity during high school and college, and honestly, for much of my younger twenties. I am at a point in life now where I have accepted and am comfortable with my identity, I have made resolutions, and I can use my experience to try to improve the experiences of these youth.
In addition to volunteering time with LYG, I am also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at Just Creations. Just Creations provides marketing assistance to low income craftspeople in the developing world. The sale of these products helps to provide a fair wage for the artisans and enables them to pay for food, education, healthcare, and housing. I also serve on the Outreach and Board Development Committees, and I volunteer on Trolley Hop Fridays. The best thing about volunteering here is the relationships I have formed with Board and Staff members, and I can play a small part in making the world (and my local community) a better place. I also chose to work at Heine Brothers because of their commitment to Fair Trade!
I am also a member of True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church. Highland Baptist is a thinking, feeling, healing community of faith. True Colors’ purpose is to provide welcome, support, and spiritual education for the LGBTQ community. I grew up in a religious background which made the acceptance of my identity a struggle, and Highland showed me that God accepts me for who I am, and everyone for who they are. No exceptions! Highland saw the good in me when I couldn’t see it in myself.
Favorite place to go in Louisville (or Southern Indiana)?
I love going to the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork! It’s huge, and I can get lost in it and be ok with it! Pretty much anywhere that allows me to be in nature is my favorite place.
What’s your main life philosophy or rule to live by?
Oh man, what a question! Love yourself so you can love others. Forgive yourself so you can forgive others. Know your worth. No one decides your fate but you. Your past is your past, and you can’t change that. Focus on today. Who can you be today to insure that you will not be who you were yesterday? Who can you be today that will get you where you want to be tomorrow?
What’s your favorite HB drink?
My favorite drink at HB. I like all of the things! Honestly, when I open in the mornings, I start with a 4-shot Americano. It is probably my favorite drink, especially at 5:30 in the morning!
Interested in finding out more about some of the organizations Josh works with? Check out these resources and events:
Join them for Customer Appreciation Party & Fair Trade Chocolate Bake Off
Summer’s wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get some reading for fun in! Here’s the best books our baristas read this summer:
“Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. At least that’s the most important book from this summer that I’ve read. Oh, and also Patti Smith’s memoirs, Just Kids and M. Train. Highly recommended.” –Mickey Osthimer
“The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner” –Mary Kate Ford
“All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven” –Perri Leigh Fields
“Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner, and Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany” –André Phelps
“And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseini” –Tess Lindsey
“Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde” –Mary Ralph
“Balún-Canán by Rosario Castellanos” –Justin Allard
“Dark Entries by Robert Aickman” –Teagan Sage
If you’ve been to one of our downtown stores, chances are you may have met Tyler, one of our stellar baristas!
With a view of Fourth Street Live, Tyler serves up drinks to his favorite regulars and plenty of out-of-town visitors. And when he’s not working at Heine Brothers’, he’s tutoring and mentoring at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Sarah nominated Tyler because he’s “always so fun to work with, and has such a great attitude. He’s perfect for a meet your barista feature!”
Which location do you work at?
I work downtown, primarily at our 4th Street location and occasionally at Main Street.
How long have you been working at HB?
I started in November 2015, so 8 months! It’s been a blast!
Are you a native Louisvillian or Transplant?
I’m originally from Lexington but moved to Louisville last June. I’m already starting to feel like a native!
What kind of work do you do with Kentucky Refugee Ministries?
KRM works to help families make a fresh start when they arrive in the U.S. They offer resettlement, English classes, job training, and many other sources in order to make the transition from refugee to resident as smooth as possible. I work as a tutor and mentor, along with another volunteer, for one family with children of many different ages. We help with schoolwork and try to provide some basic English instruction, but I see our primary goal as being positive role models and providing support. It’s SO MUCH FUN, and I hope to continue doing work like this in the future.
What drew you to work for Kentucky Refugee Ministries?
I took a class during my senior year at Centre College that explored social justice, poverty, homelessness, and other related topics. We had a project that involved visiting a nearby agency and preparing a report of their work, goals, and impact, to be presented to the class. My group visited the KRM office in Lexington and I was intrigued by the organization and the work it does. After moving to Louisville, I was looking for opportunities related to teaching, tutoring, and language instruction–and I remembered KRM. It’s been an incredible experience!
What part of working with the organization do you enjoy most?
I plan to become a teacher, so the work I do is directly aligned with that and has helped me in planning the start of my education career. The most significant part of my work, though, is seeing the impact I’m able to make in the lives of these kids. They’re always SO excited when we visit and have so much enthusiasm for learning and for living. It would be a challenge not to be inspired by that!
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve gotten, or that’s stuck with you the most?
One of the first phrases that comes to mind is something I learned as a camp counselor a few summers ago: Give of Yourself Always. Our director always worked that in with everything he told us and had made a small sign with the letters “GOYA” on it, which he left by the fireplace in the dining hall. I think that concept can be applied to any situation. Being personally invested in everything you do can boost your attitude, increase the quality of your work, and brighten the lives of others. It can be a simple thing to strive for every day, or an overarching theme to your life. For me, it’s a sort of mantra that helps me remain focused on what is important.
Your most fearless moment?
Since graduating from Centre last May, I’ve faced a number of challenges–moving out on my own for the first time, learning the lay of the land in a new city, and just figuring out how to be an adult. It all happened very abruptly and I have definitely pushed myself, but I think that has made me a better and more capable person today.
Top location on your travel bucket list?
I’ve heard Europe is wonderful, so that’s one (very broad) location, but I’d like to explore more of Central and South America. I spent a semester in Mexico and visited Cuba, so I’d like to keep pushing further south!
Favorite HB drink & why?
My go-to is just a cup of whatever we have brewing, usually black (Peru Jaén might be my favorite right now) but my favorite specialty drink is the Mayan Mocha. I’m not much of a fan of really sweet drinks, and the Mayan Mocha goes in a completely different direction. Also, I like the fact that the drink uses powders instead of syrups. I think it’s the most fun to make (and drink)!
Next time you’re downtown, stop by and say hello to Sarah at our Main Street store!
Kacie, her manager can’t say enough good things, “She’s such a hard working shift leader, but also a positive and sweet person to have on our team and to become friends with! We love Sarah!”
For this month’s Meet Your Barista post, we’re spotlighting her and her work at Louisville Grows. Plus we got an insider tip from Sarah: Stop by the Louisville Grows community gardens to pick yourself some FREE fruit (Portland Orchard for blackberries, People’s Garden for blueberries)!
Which store is your “home” store?
How long have you been with Heine Brothers’?
Since January, so going on 7 months!
Are you a native Louisvillian or a transplant?
Transplant— I moved to Louisville in January of 2012. Four and a half years go by really fast!
You just got a new position at Louisville Grows – can you tell us about your position and the mission and how it got started?
I am an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Louisville Grows doing Volunteer Coordination! I’m so thrilled to be involved with such an amazing organization. I graduated with my bachelors in Social Work from the University of Louisville in May, and have always been interested in non-profits dedicated to sustainability work, so when I saw that Louisville Grows was looking for VISTAs, I jumped at the chance. The mission of Louisville Grows is to create a more just and sustainable Louisville, through education and empowerment programs in Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry. As a non-profit, we make all this happen through our dedicated volunteer base, so getting to interact with new volunteers and figure out which of our programs they would enjoy the most is really great.
What started your involvement in such an awesome organization?
During my internship while in the Kent School of Social Work, I became involved in lots of projects that focused on healthcare disparities, food insecurity, quality of life improvements, and health education. Louisville Grows tackles all of that, from empowering food insecure communities on growing their own healthy food options in private or community gardens, to planting trees in neighborhoods where there is little to no tree canopy.
What’s your favorite program you’ve gotten to work on through Louisville Grows?
We do so many different things! I have to give two answers— one for our urban forestry initiatives, and one for our urban agriculture programs.
In our urban forestry, we have a Citizen Forestry program, where we work with members in our communities and thoroughly train them on tree planting and community engagement. There are different levels of training, with more classes and opportunities getting added quarterly. In Spring and Fall we have huge tree planting initiatives, and right now, we are doing maintenance and inspections to ensure that our trees are growing properly. In our inspections, we work with homeowners and answer any questions they have about their trees, and make sure that their tree is healthy!
In urban agriculture, my favorite program is at our Hope Community Farm, which is located off Taylor Boulevard. We partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries International, and work with Rwandan and Congolese farmers, to develop a 7 acre lot that has been vacant for several years. We have turned this lot into a beautiful farm, with community gardens for 35 refugee families, and have worked with eight growers to develop and run their own CSA. It’s a beautiful project, and the growers that we work with are some of the most inspirational people that I have ever met, and have been growing their own food their whole lives. Not only does developing a farm provide healthy food access to these families, but it also provides a form of therapy for the growers and their families. Inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe it!
One thing you’ve learned since starting work at Louisville Grows that you want to pass on to others?
Going into this, I have had no garden experience. I live in an apartment, and with the high death rate of plants that I’ve had, I was very intimidated to start. When I started, I realized how that was unnecessary, and that growing your own food is not a scary concept. Never be afraid to try something new, and don’t be afraid to fail!!!
What’s the best way for other’s to get involved?
Check out our website at LouisvilleGrows.org, like us on all of our social media (we’re very active!) and if you’re interested in volunteering, email me at email@example.com!
We also offer numerous trainings, from Citizen Forestry to our Urban Growers Series, which are on our calendar on our website!
We can’t achieve our mission without our volunteer team, and welcome anyone who is interested in creating a more just and sustainable Louisville, regardless of skill levels.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My co-worker Maddie and I just started working on a raised bed in one our community gardens, and I am always researching different ways to grow in an apartment complex with next to no sun— any suggestions are welcome!
As a Kentucky transplant, I try to spend my weekends visiting all the beautiful sights that the state has to offer! Once again, I’m always looking for suggestions for places.
Lastly, what your favorite HB drink & why?
I am having such a hard time answering this question. My go-to is a three shot Americano— it’s reliable and gets the job done! If I’m looking for something special, I get a soy Beekeeper. I love our honey, and bees are my favorite insect!
FIND OUT MORE:
Louisville Grows seeks to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville, Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Their programs include our community gardens, community orchards, Love Louisville Trees, and the Seeds and Starts Garden Resource Program. Get involved HERE.
The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Like the music you hear in your local Heine Brothers’ store? Our baristas are also our DJs!
When we asked them what else they’re listening to in their free time, we got some great recommendations:
“Top Gun soundtrack. Pretty much on repeat in the truck. No shame.
Long live Kenny Loggins.” -Erin @ Blankenbaker
“Everyone who works at my store knows I’m obsessed with Modest Mouse (like, they roll their eyes when they see that Pandora is on modest mouse radio again). Right now I’m loving their EP called “Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks.” Good stuff.” -Ashley @ Veteran’s
“The Greg Spero Quartet. Everything about it. But mostly the Hadrien Feraud bass lines I’ve been trying to steal from 4:20-8:35.” -André @ Douglass Loop
“Bahamas and that Sturgill Simpson Nirvana cover [“In Bloom”].” -Taye @ Schnitzelburg
“Milky Chance is my jam!” -Erica @ Vint
“The Districts and their “Telephone” EP. Also, they’re opening for Modest Mouse at the Iroquois Amphitheater in April!” -Hans @Gardiner
“The album “Multilove” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Recommended to me by our guy Patrick. This album is awesome! And they have a set at Forecastle this year so it’s something Louisville folks can really get pumped about.” -Alison @ Northfield
“Fleet Foxes are apparently coming out of hiatus, so I have been too excited about that. Nothing official yet, but they’ve been talking about it to the press…!!!!!!” -Patrick @ Northfield
This morning we’d like you to Meet your Barista, Patrick! Patrick works at our Northfield store, and is also the inventor of our Campfire Tea Latte.
Patrick was nominated by a fellow barista for the Meet Your Barista spotlight because he, “is incredibly passionate about coffee and tea… Additionally, he’s a super talented musician, and we all appreciate his upbeat singing while he works at the bar – it keeps the mood and the good vibes going for everyone.”
Get to know Patrick, and have him fix you a Campfire Tea Latte, or his favorite, the Heine Palmer next time you’re at the Northfield store:
How long have you been working at HB?
I will have worked at Heine Bros. for two years in May!
Native or Transplant?
I grew up in a small town outside of Lexington. Moved to Louisville 5 years ago, and basically never want to leave.
Favorite HB drink & why?
This is probably going to sound ridiculous, but I am pretty obsessed with our Heine Palmers. I’ve always had an affinity for lemonade, and once I got into enjoying tea, I tried the magic combination…never looked back. Our South India was the perfect choice for the drink, as well. A perfect balance.
Favorite author or book?
I spend most of my time just reading news articles these days, but if I had to pick an author, I would have to say George Orwell. I’m super creeped out by the implications of his writing’s subject-matter, but I love readings that challenge my comfort level.
Your most fearless moment/time you pushed yourself the farthest (so far)?
In November, I presented a concert where I had a mix of small and large ensembles play a total of 8 pieces/songs I wrote. It took a lot of planning, stress, hard work, and luck to pull it off in the time-frame I was working with. I conducted, played piano and marimba, and sang throughout. It was fun.
If someone was playing you in a movie about your life, who would it be?
Ashton Kutcher, I guess? I’ve had about a billion strangers and their mothers come up and say that I look like him.
Favorite place to go in Louisville or Southern Indiana?
The Highlands in general is my favorite place to be in Louisville. Great music/record shops, coffee, food, night life, and Cherokee Park! I could walk around The Highlands for hours.
What was your first car?
1994 Nissan Quest Minivan. Made in ’93, the same year I was born. What a fantastic vehicle.
Besides the Campfire Tea Latte, are there any other drink combos you’ve been experimenting with?
I’m probably never going to top the Campfire Tea Latte, so I haven’t really been experimenting with anything new. Northfield has some really creative people though, and I’ve been hearing some solid ideas floating around!
The Lunchtime Poll Returns!
In honor of April Fool’s Day, our baristas tell us about that time they got pranked:
“We opened to this beautiful mess in the Barista restroom this morning!” -Kacie
“Once, a coworker that was closing set all the timers to go off in 10 minute increments between 5:30 and 6 am, and hid them under stacks of cups so I couldn’t find them when I opened the next morning.” -Olivia
“I did the typical, water bucket over the door prank on my twin sister when I was little. I knew her morning routine, so I got up early and placed the bucket of water on top of the bathroom door. an hour later I heard a splash and my sister’s voice calling for mom. What made it funnier, is that my mom thought it was funny. My sister was soaking wet when I saw her!” -Josh
Our customers trust our barista’s opinions on more than just coffee: music, movies, tech, happenings in the neighborhood, and more. A new series on our website, Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll, will round up some of the questions and give our baristas the opportunity to let you know what they think. Enjoy!
When you were in school, what was your favorite way to spend a snow day?
“I would watch The Sandlot while eating pasta and drinking CapriSuns. ” – Dru, HB-Main Street
“In Tennessee, we got ice and a dusting of snow. when I’m not trying to skate on frozen mud puddles, i would be watching cartoons. ” – Josh, HB-Northfield
“In Vietnam, we don’t have snow day :(( We have flood day, but even then we would still have to go to school… *swim* to school” – Tuan, HB-Blankenbaker Parkway
“The beach was my backyard. When Lake Michigan would freeze, we’d throw on our North Face, Bulls Skully’s and mittens, get our sleds, walk the lake until we found the best wave and sled down it. It was awesome, until my Dad found out.” – Trae, HB-Chenoweth Lane
“I only remember one snow day, (I grew up in Savannah Ga.), but it was grand! I had snowball fights and attempted snowmen. It was very exciting. I stayed outside in it as much as possible.” – Kimmi, HB-Gardiner Lane
“Sledding dog hill in Cherokee, and nothing has changed” – Kevin, Vint
“Sled at Atherton and have snowballs fights with the neighbors” – Hans, HB-Gardiner Lane
“I was homeschooled, so there usually wasn’t much snow *IN* the house so…..” – Dee, HB-Schnitzelburg
“Video games until our eyes fell out then sled down the hill in the cow pasture” – Troy, Vint
“Eating hot pockets and watching wrecks on the news” – Jay, Vint
“Video games in the morning, stayed outside all afternoon (snowball fights, hide & seek, tag – we had a high school in our neighborhood with tons of room to play)” – Chuck, HB Office
“When I was little I would annoy my older brother, but otherwise it was video games, sledding and procrastinating on my homework that I didn’t do the night before” – Joe, HB-Shelbyville Road
“My friend and I would literally sit on sleds and take turns pulling each other around the neighborhood…” – Parker, HB-Schnitzelburg
“I dont remember actually, I had two older brothers so snow days were just spent avoiding accumulating further “little sister” PTSD I’m sure. Hiding in my room reading… waiting for my turn to play Duck Hunt that never came. *sobbing*” – Ella, HB-Schnitzelburg
“My mom would have to work anyway, so we’d usually end up at Berea Childrens’ Center on snow days. There was a GIANT and AWESOME hill out back, so we’d do a whole lot of sledding with our friends, plus snacks, crafts and general fun times were had.” – Maggie, HB Roastery
“Sledding on dog hill in Cherokee Park.” – Catherine, HB-Northfield
“Oh, how bout that one time my friend pulled a donut in a parking lot before we went sledding one day. He managed to hit one of two cars parked in the lot. This particular car also happened to belong to my dad. True story.” – Patrick, HB-Northfield