What the Heck is Yerba Mate?

In News // on September 14th, 2009 // by // No comment

One of our most popular teas, the Yerba Mate craze is sweeping the city… and there are good reasons why.

Yerba Mate, is a tea made from the leaves and stems of a tree found in Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. The yellow-green infusion has an earthy quality to it and is much bolder than green tea, to which it should be compared in colorcoffee beans only. Yerba mate is consumed by millions of South Americans each year, as it is a healthy and tasty alternative to coffee. In studies, mate has been shown to help aid in weight loss, increase energy levels, and fight bad breath, among its many other health benefits!

Yerba Mate Just like fine coffees, high quality yerba mate is grown in the shade of taller trees, in a rainforest-like setting. This type of agriculture preserves the natural ecosystems of coffee and tea growing countries, and is normally coupled with organic and other sustainable farming practices. Our yerba mate is completely Fair Trade and Organically grown.

One misconception about mate is that it is caffeine-free. In fact it does contain caffeine- about 45 mg per 8 ounce serving. In comparison, the same amount of coffee contains about 135 mg of caffeine. If you are trying to cut back on caffeine, mate would be a great choice. For more information on yerba mate, check out

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Local Honey!

In News // on September 3rd, 2009 // by // No comment

Did you know that honey is the only food product that will NEVER go bad?

Local Honey Allergies got you down this summer? Honey from local bee keepers has long been praised for its medicinal qualities, especially when it comes to easing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The idea is that ingesting honey that’s produced with pollens from your region can help you build up your tolerance, much like regular allergy shots do.

All of our stores have raw local honey both for sale and for use in coffee and tea. This amazing natural sweetener is harvested in the Kentuckiana region and is a great alternative to processed sugar! Sweeten your day with a little local honey, and ease those Ohio valley allergies at the same time!

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The Beauty of Guatemala

In News // on August 24th, 2009 // by // No comment

A barista shares her thoughts on Guatemala and her travels there while working with Habitat for Humanity.

Building Homes with Habitat for Humanity The air smelled the same as I remembered. There has always been something oddly comforting to me about the diesel-exhaust-scented air in some of the poorer countries I’ve visited. Unlike other places, the Guatemalan breeze has a deliciously spicy quality added to it, which must come from the kind of wood that’s burned in the old fashioned wood stoves used there. When our group of 16 Heine Brothers’ customers and baristas arrived in Guatemala City’s airport on July 4, I had been patiently waiting for a wiff that busy, dirty underdeveloped-country-air for over 2 years. It was well worth the wait.

I find myself intoxicated by sensory overload each time I visit Guatemala. Upon arrival, I am first overwhelmed by the over-crowded, ever-noisy streets of the capital. A few hours later, I find myself gripping the van seat in front of me as our driver plays chicken with an oncoming vehicle (this is very common and very “safe” in Guate). Soon, the air is saturated with that sweet, wood-smoke and diesel mixture. The further from the city we drive, the bluer the sky becomes- a blue so deep and bright that I’m certain I will never experience anything like it through the veil of pollution in the Ohio valley. As we drive roads bordered by coffee and banana farms, volcanoes rise above us on either side- some asleep and some still spitting smoke and lava. And then, when I am certain that not an ounce more beauty could possibly be packed into this magical place, I remember the Guatemalan people. The Mayan women, adorned with braids or hair wraps and their brightly colored traditional outfits, intrigue me the most. They are holding on to their traditions, their heritage in a way I seldom experience at home. In all my travels, I have yet to find places more intriguingly beautiful, or a people more kind and welcoming than those of the highlands of Guatemala.

Guatemala Its amazing to me that a country with such a lush landscape and the kindest of people can also be overrun with poverty to the degree that it is. According to the CIA Factbook, more than 50% of the Guatemalan population lives below the poverty line. A 36-year civil war that finally ended in 1996 and regular destruction by hurricanes and earthquakes have certainly not helped the economic situation. Community supported organizations like Habitat for Humanity are reaching out to the people of Guatemala, with both hope and practical solutions to combat the stronghold of poverty. Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Guatemala since 1980 and has completed more than 25,000 houses to date. The work that Habitat does is community based and facilitated entirely by staff and volunteers from within Guatemala. They offer low and no-interest home loans to folks who would normally be denied financing. Heine Brothers’ Coffee’s trip to Guatemala last month marked my fifth visit there. Volunteerism is the reason I first traveled to Guatemala, and its the reason I keep going back. I know that my contribution is small, but its sometimes the small things in life that make the most difference. Besides, I feel like its the least I can do, for a country and a people who have given me so much joy…. and the best tasting coffee in the world.

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Gelato Gilberto now at our Gardiner Lane shop!

In News // on August 17th, 2009 // by // No comment

Gelato Gilberto tastes like heaven- pure heaven!

Gelato Gilberto

Italy is famous for its version of ice cream: gelato. If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve surely tasted this glorious treat. Until recently, an authentic version of gelato was unavailable in Louisville. Thanks to Gelato Gilberto you can now be wisked away to the old world with every delicious bite of their amazing gelatos and sorbettos. Stop by our Gardiner Lane cafe to try one of these tasty flavors: Italian Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Pistachio, and Strawberry. You’ll be glad you stopped in for a taste!

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I Live In Louisville profiles long-time HBC barista Sarah Crawford!

In News // on August 10th, 2009 // by // No comment

Sarah Crawford Check out the profile of our marketing manager and long-time barista, Sarah Crawford at!

I Live In Louisville is the creation of photographer and Louisville native, Leslie Lyons. Its not a blog full of upcoming events and restaurant reviews. Instead, Lyons uses her site to display portraits and profiles of some of Louisville’s most creative folks. From the Highlands to Portland to Fern Creek to Old Louisville, its clear to Leslie (and her fellow Louisvillians) that some amazing things are going on in this town. Check out her site weekly for new profiles and photos:

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Photos of our Guatemala Trip are up!

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

The 16 customers and baristas who traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity are back in the states and (hopefully) rested from all the hard work that was done. Check out the trip photos and come build with us next summer! Email for more info.

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Breakfast Panini Now At Heine Brothers!

In News // on June 15th, 2009 // by // No comment

A whole new way to start your morning off right…

Breakfast Panini

Beginning Monday, June 22, Heine Brothers’ Coffee will offer Breakfast Panini from locally gourmet foods market Lotsa Pasta. Types that will be available are:

  • Sausage, egg, and cheese
  • Bacon, egg, and cheese
  • Egg and cheese
  • Garden veggie and egg
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Heine Brothers’ Coffee Now On UofL Campus!

In News // on June 4th, 2009 // by // No comment

The Ekstrom Library’s Tulip Tree Cafe has been serving HBC coffee since March.

In late March, the Tulip Tree Cafe in UofL’s Ekstrom Library said goodbye to their nationally-known big-business coffee supplier and welcomed locally roasted Heine Brothers’ Coffee as their new partner in the quest to caffeinate campus. Students were polled prior to the change in coffee providers, with the results overwhelmingly favoring the HBC! Thanks to all the students and faculty who voted for a local, fair trade, organic alternative to the “McCoffee” that is so often the only option on college campuses. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be apart of the UofL family!

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Baristas To Build Houses In Coffee Growing Country

In News // on June 4th, 2009 // by // No comment

In July, a group of 16 HBC baristas and customers will travel to Guatemala- one of the countries from which we import coffee. While there, they will work with Habitat For Humanity to build houses for families in need.

In the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, more than 30 Heine Brothers’ Coffee employees traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity. They were involved in building houses alongside four deserving families. These families each had a different story: hard working parents raising a nine-year-old boy; a young couple eager to have their own home in which to raise their newborn; a single mother whose income was dependant on how many tourists bought bread from the basket that she carried on her head that day; a couple who had dedicated their lives and limited income to caring for their mentally disabled son. Each story was different, but each story was equally moving for the young people who met these families.

Kelly Nusz, manager at the Chenoweth Lane HBC called her time in Guatemala, “The best 10 days of my life thus far.” She went on to say that this experience, “Changed my view of the world and has challenged me to be a better person and give more.” Kelly spent ten days in Livingston, on the eastern coast of Guatemala in May of 2007.

In July, a group of 16 HBC baristas and customers will again travel to Guatemala- one of the countries from which we import coffee. The group will be gone for 2 full weeks, and will work on two cinder block homes while there. This trip is entirely funded by donations from friends, family, and the generosity of HBC customers. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation at any HBC location.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that’s goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience action. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.

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