Free Coffee In Your Inbox!!!

In News // on February 25th, 2010 // by // No comment

Sign up for our monthly Email Newsletter and we’ll deliver coupons for FREE coffee directly to your inbox. That’s right, free coffee! What are you waiting for? Click Here to sign up!

Don’t worry, your info will never be used by anyone except us, and we promise not to abuse our priveledges!

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Take the 9th District Green Survey!

In News // on February 23rd, 2010 // by // No comment

If you work, live or play in the 9th District (Crescent Hill, Butchertown, Clifton, etc) check out the “Green Triangle” Survey. Tell Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh what sustainable and green initiatives you are interested in for this district. This survey only takes 5 minutes, so share your opinion with TWP and see some green changes in the future!

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Get Local Food From Grasshopper This Year!

In News // on February 22nd, 2010 // by // No comment

Grasshoppers Distribution is a local organization that makes it easy for you to find high quality, locally produced fruits and veges, meat, dairy products, and much more! You can sign up for a weekly produce share, or you can mix and match chicken, cheese, milk, mushroom, and vege shares to make your own unique box of goodies! Click on the logo below to get more information on Grasshoppers CSA (community supported agriculture) program, and to download an application. Deadline to apply is May 1st and the first food delivery is in late May!

Grasshoppers Distribution

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HBC is Now on YouTube!

In News // on February 11th, 2010 // by // No comment

Click here to check out our brand new YouTube channel!

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$4625 raised for Haiti so far!

In News // on February 4th, 2010 // by // No comment

Thanks to your generosity (and love of coffee), we’ve raised over $4000 for the Red Cross’s Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund!

Visit any of our stores to purchase this benevolent blend.

Help Haiti

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Tanzania Peaberry is Back!

In News // on January 28th, 2010 // by // No comment

That’s right, one of our favorite coffees is back, and hopefully, its here to stay! Tanzania Peaberry is now available by the bag in each of our seven Louisville locations and in our webstore also!

What does it taste like? This coffee is delicate and mild with a very low acidity. Its very smooth, slightly nutty and has a medium body. For those of you who have never tried Tanzania Peaberry, we’re certain that you are going to fall in love with it!

So, what is a peaberry? That’s a great question! Normally a coffee cherry produces two beans which face one another- flat sides together- inside the cherry. This can be likened to a single peanut with its two separable halves. A peaberry occurs when the coffee cherry only produces one bean. This bean becomes rounded and roasts more evenly than the typical coffee beans. Ocassionally, you will see peaberries in some of our coffees- the Ethiopia Sidamo, for instance- but more often than not, the peaberries are separated and sold by themselves.

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Help HBC help Haiti with our Help Haiti Blend! Money goes to the Red Cross!

In News // on January 18th, 2010 // by // No comment

Help Haiti

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Cooking with Coffee- Chicken Mole Recipe

In News // on January 12th, 2010 // by // No comment

Chicken Mole I recently committed via our facebook page to take a hiatus from eating out in order to try my hand at cooking more. I plan to cook up a caffeinated storm in my tiny Highlands kitchen this winter- as long as the recipe involves coffee. Above you can see my first tasty attempt, a Chicken Mole made with Heine Brothers’ own Guatemala San Marcos. Mole is a term that is used in Mexico to refer to any number of sauces or concoctions, like guacamole. The mole that we are familiar with in the U.S. normally involves poblano chiles and chocolate, most notably. The sweetness of the chocolate is a perfect match for the bold, tangy flavor of the coffee included in this dish. In an effort to deviate from the norm, I tried boneless chicken thighs in this recipe instead of the very usual (and somewhat bland) boneless chicken breast. They were ultra convenient, well worth the extra few cents per pound, and gave an added richness to the flavor of the mole.

If you have any coffee related recipes that you’d like to share with me (and my ever-hungry friends), you can email them to:

Chicken Mole with Coffee Extract

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse
Serves 2


  • 2 (5 to 6-ounce) chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon coffee syrup, recipe follows
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled and toasted, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups stock
  • 2 tablespoons cream


Marinate chicken breasts in 1 cup of coffee syrup for several hours or overnight. Preheat a grill or broiler. In a saucepan combine remaining 1 tablespoon coffee syrup with remaining ingredients, except cream, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender and pass sauce through a strainer into a clean saucepan. Or pour sauce into a blender or food processor and puree; strain for a very smooth sauce. Whisk in cream and adjust seasonings to taste. Meanwhile, grill or broil chicken, turning once, until well-browned, about 8 minutes in all. To serve, top each chicken breast with sauce and garnish with pistachios and cilantro leaves.


  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a small saucepan heat coffee just to simmering. Stir in sugar and vanilla and simmer 8 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves; cool before using. Yield: 1 to 1 1/2 cups

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Coffee’s Health Benefits….

In News // on December 28th, 2009 // by // No comment

According to the Courier-Journal article at the link below, new studies have found that coffee has many more health benefits than were previously attributed to the beverage. Among other benefits, coffee may be helpful in fighting Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. See the full article at

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Ronda’s Blend Helps Women, Families

In News // on December 28th, 2009 // by // No comment

Center for Women and Families Our partnership with the Center for Women and Families is one that began shortly after we opened our first store in 1994. Since then, our staff members have donated thousands of dollars each year from the tips they receive while working in our cafes. In additioCenter for Women and Families Logon to staff donations, 50 cents from each bag of Ronda’s Blend we sell is donated to the CFWF. This amounts to hundreds of dollars each year- a donation that would not be possible without your help.

The Center for Women and Families has been serving the Louisville area since 1912. Originally a YWCA, The Center is now a private non-profit agency serving fourteen counties in Kentucky and Indiana. This amazing organization engages individuals and community in the elimination of domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education and advocacy.

Ronda’s Blend was created to celebrate the life of Ronda Mahaffey, our former co-worker, friend and family member. This full-bodied brew is a blend of three of our favorite coffees: Mexico Chiapas, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia Sidamo. We think you’ll find this blend to be as vibrant and unforgettable as we do. With each cup of Ronda’s Blend that you brew at home, you are helping to make our community safer for women, children and families alike. Now that’s a purchase that you can feel good about! Thank you.

To find out more about the Center for Women and Families, check out their website:

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