Tell me a little bit about your job – for those who don’t know, what does a head roaster’s job at Heine Brothers’ entail?
I’m the Head Roaster and green coffee buyer for HB. Most of my day is spent in production, or overseeing production (i.e. quality control, inventory management, and facilitating communication among my staff or with cafe managers). I’m also the liaison between HB and our importing co-op, Cooperative Coffees. Specifically, I am on the Sourcing and Quality, and Cooperative Impact committees. Depending on the projects we’re working on it takes only 5-10% of my time, but that work drives how we maintain relationships with our farming partners, and how we impact their lives beyond simply cutting a check for green coffee once a year.
We’re gearing up for Election Day tomorrow (caffeinate and vote!), which means it’s the perfect time to spotlight our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC).
They’ve been working hard this election season to increase voter participation; organizing rides, working towards restoring voting rights, and educating Kentuckians about voter issues. The Jefferson County chapter was a sponsor of the Metro Council candidate debates earlier this year, and released their voting guide so voters can read more about their state and local candidates.
But getting out the vote is just one of the many things KFTC does for Kentuckians.
Forecastle Festival is nearly here, which means you might be gearing up for a music-filled day or weekend. Maybe you’ve even listened to your Forecastle playlist enough times you know the songs by heart.
At Heine Brothers’, Forecastle Festival time means more than a great lineup. It also marks the anniversary of an important partnership with Forecastle Foundation, the nonprofit that continues the original festival’s mission of environmental activism and conservation.
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.
1. What year did your shop open? November 1997!
2. Do you have any crazy customer stories? One time, Marie, our endearing doddering regular, drove her car in to the side of the building. Another time, a group of people held an improptu wedding reception in our smaller room, complete with cake and presents.
3. What is the most popular drink at your shop? Skim latte, Iced soy mocha, and so many Con Leches!
4. Who are your shop’s favorite regulars? The morning crew – Jim, Bob, Chris, Cheryl, and John. the Nancy’s, the Peter’s, Con Leche Joe, Con Leche Dennis, Jess Dos bagels, Sam and Courtney, Betty, Peter B. fred, Iced mocha Ben, Randy, Annie, Ike & Saxonie. Also Lawyer John and Prince Charming.
5. What makes your shop better than the others? The co-workers!
2) Do you have any crazy customer stories? We did have a couple come in the morning after their wedding, she was still in her wedding dress & him in his tux! They hadn’t been to bed yet and were getting some coffee! We gave them a couple of iced coffees for congratulations!
3) What is the most popular drink at your shop? medium coffee – close seconds would be chaibergs & mochas!
4) Who are your shop’s favorite regulars? Lawyer Bob, Ray, “Hambone”, Little Max, Denzel Dave, Kate from Carmichaels!!
5) What makes your shop better than all of the others? We have the friendliest customers, we looove our customers! 😀 We are the neighborhood coffee shop in a neighborly neighborhood. Feels like family.
6) What are some of the favorite local businesses within 2 blocks of your shop?Just Creations, Fat Jimmy’s, Carmichael’s, The Wine Rack