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Meet your Barista Lunchtime Poll: April Fool’s Day Pranks

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on April 1st, 2016 // by // No comment

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

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“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

 

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Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll #5: Snow Days

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on February 23rd, 2015 // by // No comment

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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!

Question:

When you were in school, what was your favorite way to spend a snow day?

Answers:

“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

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Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll #4: Louisville Eats

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on February 9th, 2015 // by // No comment

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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!

Question:

When you have friends visiting Louisville, what is your go-to restaurant to show off the city?

Answers:

“Cherokee Park, Nords, Pie Kitchen” – Kris, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Taco Luchador!” – Stephie, HB-Chenoweth Lane

“VK” – Jonathan, HB-Chenoweth Lane

“Havana Rumba, Dragon Kings Daughter. Oh yeah, El Mundo too!” – Maggie, HB Roastery

“Feast. Oo! Hammerhead or Game too.” – Dee, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Against The Grain” – Amanda, HB-Northfield

“Ramsi’s” – Patty, HB-Blankenbaker Parkway

“Subway” – Blake, HB-Blankenbaker Parkway

“I can’t think of just one. I’m pretty sure that we’ve taken almost everyone that has come to visit to Dragon King’s Daughter, VK, Against The Grain, Ramsi’s, Hillbilly Tea, and Feast at least once.” – Chuck, HB Office

“Lynn’s paradise ca– oh wait.” – Dee, HB-Schnitzelburg

New Albanian Pizzaria. And Sergio’s. Because beer.” – Katt, HB-Veterans Parkway

“Come Back Inn.” – Jay, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Doc Crow’s and Morris’ Deli” – Hans, HB-Gardiner Lane

“Ramsis, Nords” – Kimmi, HB-Gardiner Lane

“El Mundo $4 margarita’s on wed and thurs…cant beat it” – Lauren, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Dkd fa sho, Kashmir is amazing too.” – Jenna, HB-Gardiner Lane

“Sergio’s. Liquid food” – Chet, HB Roastery

“El Mundo, Palermo Viejo, VK.” – Andrea, HB Office

“Silver Dollar” – Joe, HB-Shelbyville Road

“Holy Grale” – Katie, HB-Frankfort Avenue

“Caspian Grill” – Josh, HB-Northfield

Breakfast: Wild Eggs, Nords, Highland Morning. Lunch: Vietnam Kitchen, Kashmir, Impellizzeri’s, Hillbilly Tea. Dinner: Hammerheads, Jack Fry’s, Ramsi’s, Eiderdown. Dessert: Pie Kitchen, Comfy Cow. And as much as it pains me to say it…Cafe 360.” – Virginia, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Silver Dollar. Fried oooookkkkkrrrraaaa.” – Mary, HB-Frankfort Avenue

“The Bard’s Town” – Patrick, HB-Northfield

Vietnam Kitchen, Hammerheads, Taco Luchador” – Tyler, HB-Frankfort Avenue

“Burger Boy in Old Louisville.” – John Mike, HB-Shelbyville Road

“Hammerheads, Holy Grale and Gralehaus, Taco Luchador, Dragon King’s Daughter, La Que or Vietnam Kitchen – – the list goes on and on. I basically invite people to Louisville just so we can go out to eat…A LOT.” – Ashley, HB-Longest Avenue

 

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Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll #3: Music

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on February 2nd, 2015 // by // No comment

 

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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!

Question:

What is the best album that was released in the last year? Or, what is the best album that you discovered in the last year?

Answers:

“Mac Demarco – Salad Days” – Hans, HB-Douglass Loop

“Perfume Genius – Too Bright & St. Vincent’s s/t” – Mary, HB-Frankfort Ave

“It’s Album Time – Todd Terje” – Patrick, HB-Northfield

“Ixora by copeland or a dotted line by nickel creek. Both are reunion albums and both make my heart cry with joy and nostalgia.” – Melina, HB-Shelbyville Rd

“Angel Olsen–Burn Your Fire for No Witness” – Stephie – HB-Chenoweth Lane

“My Brightest Diamond- This is My Hand” – Troy, Vint

“I just started listening to the newest TV on the Radio, and it’s pretty choice.” – Ian, HB-Frankfort Ave

“None of you would’ve heard of it” – Jay, Vint

I just listened to the newest Smashing Pumpkins. Loved it.” – Kimmi, HB-Gardiner Lane

“Ty Segall’s Manipulator” – Tyler, HB-Frankfort Ave

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Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll #2: Movies.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on January 26th, 2015 // by // No comment

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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!

Question:

What was the best movie released in 2014?

Answers:

“The Wind Rises” – Troy, Vint

“Only Lovers Left Alive” – Tyler, HB-Frankfort Ave

“Palo Alto or Birdman” – Hans, HB-Douglass Loop

“Guardians of the Galaxy. Or Nightcrawler” – Stephanie, HB-Chenoweth Lane

“Nightcrawler was great! ^ But I second the vote for Guardians. Also, How to Train Your Dragon 2” – Katy, Vint

“Under the Skin. I’ll fight you all.” – Nick, HB-Chenoweth Lane

“Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It” – Patrick, HB-Northfield

“Interstellar” – Amanda, HB-Northfield

“Boyhood!” – Jay, Vint

“Frozen” – Kevin, Vint

“Second on Interstellar.” – Ian, HB-Frankfort Ave

“The wind rises, guardians, or Lego Movie” – Kris, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Lego Movie because everything is awesome! DUH!” – John, HB-Shelbyville Rd

“It’s a tie between Under the Skin and Only Lovers Left Alive” – Samantha, HB-Chenoweth Lane

“Third on Interstellar. I still need to see Boyhood. And every time I hear “Only Lover Left Alive” I get the International Noise Conspiracy song with the same name stuck in my head.” – Chuck, HB Office

“The Grand Budapest Hotel and Interstellar. Yum.” – Virginia, HB-Schnitzelburg

“Dear White People” – Mary, HB-Frankfort Ave

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Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll #1: Louisville.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on January 19th, 2015 // by // No comment

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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!

Question:

What is the best thing that happened in (or to) Louisville in 2014?

Answers:

“We have an electric bus!” – Kimmi, HB-Gardiner Lane

“I have know idea, I’m not from ky” – Josh, HB-Northfield

“The reopening of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay” – John, HB-Shelbyville Road

“Formation of Jameron, duh” – Hans, HB-Gardiner Lane

“Easily Mayor Greg Fischer breaking a guitar to kick off the Louder than Life Festival.” – Patrick, HB-Northfield

“PURGE!!!!!!!!  PEEEEURRRRRGGGGGGEEEEEE” – Jay, Vint

“A new pro soccer team!” – Kevin – Vint

“Opening of the Big 4 Bridge – riding your bike to the Falls of the Ohio is now actually fun. And safe.” – Chuck, HB Office

“I moved here.” – Mary, HB-Frankfort Ave

Louisville finally getting a Chipotle!!!! Oh, and ReSurfaced was pretty awesome.” – Ashley, HB-Longest Ave

 

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Meet Your Barista – Katie @ HBC – Frankfort Avenue

In Meet Your Barista // on June 14th, 2011 // by // One comment

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Favorite drink at HBC: Iced decaf with soy and a pump o’ chocolate

Favorite food at HBC: MAC NUT TORTE

Favorite 80’s movie: Aliens. Badassery. (sorry evil dead 1&2)

Favorite 90’s band: This question is just cruel. I can’t choose, man. I’d say top 5: Rage against the machine,System of a down,Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, Pixies

Favorite video game system & game: hmmm… Out of all the hours of arduous victory and defeat, It all comes down to Gamecube’s Soul Caliber II. Ivy is my jam. Resident Evil might be my favorite game to watch (especially if you still have a dreamcast lol) and Metroid rules but motherbrain always owns my bootay.

Favorite color: orange.

Favorite movie genre: Horror/mystery/suspense/black comedy (that’s one right?)

Favorite Louisville landmark: Jerry Abramson

Favorite author/book: Kurt Vonnegut/Breakfast of Champions

If you were a millionaire, how do you suppose your feelings on homelessness would change? I don’t suppose they would change significantly. If i were a millionaire, i would pay off my debts, save a good hunk and give the rest to the world. It would all get recycled somehow. Money isn’t really real anyway. Homelessness may be related to money but it is more of a result of social stratification. Brain aneurysm. We’re all done for. Let’s drink.

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? Everything and anything. Or an actor. Whichever came first.

Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? Southeast Asia.

What is your main rule to live by? the rule that is golden.

Do you like roller coasters? hella yes.

If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? Beer. Delicious snobby beer. Immediately.

When is the last time you used a telephone book? I know not of this witchcraft.

What was your first car? Her name is Fluffy. She was born a poor black child. She can fly, but only when no one is looking.

If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Belgium/Nederlands.

What needs to be invented that hasn’t been invented yet? kitten mittens

What is your biggest fear? Besides falling to my death, the ghost of Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? going America all over everyone’s asses. Along with the classic Blanka brain-muncher move. i would be a pop-culture reference machine.

On a scale of 1-10, how guilty do you feel when you kill insects?  When they are:

  • causing no harm: 9
  • causing harm as a defense mechanism: 9
  • in attack mode: 2

If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? the love-child of Meatwad and Master Shake

What was your best birthday present? Power Rangers Bday party at Discovery Zone.

What is the meaning of life? Cheese.

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Meet Your Barista – Sarah @ HBC – Longest Ave & HBC – Schnitzelburg

In Meet Your Barista // on June 14th, 2011 // by // One comment

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Favorite drink at HBC: In the winter, the Tri-Force of Beauty (Rooibos, Nettles, and a pinch of Ginseng Peppermint) and in the summer, soy iced mochas

Favorite food at HBC: Vegan Buffalo Wraps

Favorite 80’s movie: Back To The Future

Favorite 90’s band: Fugazi

Favorite video game system & game: N64 – Zelda Ocarina of Time

Favorite color: Teal

Favorite author/book: Whipping Girl by Julia Serano

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? A back up dancer.

Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? Ireland

Do you like roller coasters? No. Roller coasters = headaches. Unless it’s a water one. Those are cool.

What was your first car? Volvo

If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Hamat, Lebanon

What is your biggest fear? 2012 not happening

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? A hair-flip.

On a scale of 1-10, how guilty do you feel when you kill insects? 10, unless it’s a mosquito, in which case 2.

What was your best birthday present? Tickets to Wicked

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Meet Your Barista – Beth @ HBC – Frankfort Avenue

In Meet Your Barista // on June 14th, 2011 // by // No comment

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Favorite drink at HBC: Most mornings it’s something similar to an Americano with honey and soy

Favorite food at HBC: The Chocolate zucchini cake is pretty rockin.

Favorite 80’s movie: It’s a tie between Willow and The Goonies. I’ve probably watched both 20 times

Favorite video game system & game: N64 Wave Racer. I’m pro

Favorite color: There are only a few colors that exist that I dislike, but picking one I would say blue..like teal….or yellow.

Favorite movie genre: Good

Favorite Louisville landmark: Cherokee park is pretty darn awesome

Favorite author/book: Franny and Zooey

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? I had great ambitions to be a Vet. These aspirations were born from operating on beanie babies… It didn’t last.

Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? I went to Spain once. It seemed like it only lasted a quick minute though.

What is your main rule to live by? Stay cool.

Do you like roller coasters? They always seem like the best things ever after they’re over.

If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? FRUIT.

When is the last time you used a telephone book? I’m not up to date at all with anything fancy so recently I have been needing one, a lot.

What was your first car? My first car is my current car. It’s the best. Lil’ Blue is approaching the ripe age of 16 but I’m happy to say that his little Honda self is still well and kickin.

If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Dreaming big, I would love to go to Italy or Greece. But I have yet to make my way out West so Redwood and the Black Hills are first on that list.

What is your biggest fear? Being tangled in seaweed

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? The Romper.

If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? Baby. Don’t put me in a corner.

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Meet Your Barista – Jane @HBC – Longest Ave!

In Meet Your Barista // on March 9th, 2011 // by // One comment

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Name: Jane
Location: HBC – Longest Avenue
How long have you been with HBC? 3.5 years
What is your favorite drink at HBC: Regular coffee with a little cream
What about food? Everything Bagels
What is your favorite Louisville landmark? I just love the neighborhoods – the Highlands, Germantown and Old Louisville, and all of the random hole-in-the-wall places you can find.
Who is your favorite author? This changes constantly. I just finished Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and loved it. I also love short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Raymond Carver.
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Oh gosh. A veterinarian, a ballerina, an actor, and I knew I wanted to work in a coffee shop while I was in college because I thought baristas were SO cool.
What is your main rule to live by? Work hard, but don’t take myself too seriously. Laugh often.
If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? Sushi and fancy beer.
When was the last time you used a telephone book? I don’t even remember! Do you need one? I have several.
What was your first car? ’92 Nissan Stanza, named Chad.
If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? I feel like I’ve barely seen America, and I want to fix that. Spain and England sound great too, though.
If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? Emma Watson, even though I’m not British. She can adjust her accent. We have the same haircut now (I had it first).
If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? The thought of me being a professional wrestler is just hilarious.

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