At Heine Brothers,’ we have always been about much more than simply making a profit. From the beginning, we have been committed to treating people and the planet with respect and dignity. From working directly with organic coffee farmers, to recycling every milk jug we use; from partnering to provide clean water in Mexico, to protecting the natural awesome of the Green River here in Kentucky; Impact is one of the core values of our company, and important to all of us at Heine Bros’.

We love roasting coffee and operating coffee shops and we are proud to be making a difference here in Louisville and around the world. At Heine Brothers’ Coffee, we believe we’re doing well by doing what’s right.

2021 Impact Partners:

The mission of Family Scholar House is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency.
Each year, we serve disadvantaged residential and nonresidential single moms and dads and their children with a comprehensive, holistic continuum of care that meets them where they are and empowers them toward their educational, career and family goals. All families have experienced poverty, unstable housing and, most often, domestic violence. Programs and services are responsive to the needs of families and are provided for all ages.

From January 1 – March 31, 2021, Heine Brothers’ will donate $1 to Family Scholar House for every 12oz. bag of Traveler Blend sold.

For more info, visit: https://familyscholarhouse.org/

Educational Justice strives to end educational inequity by pairing a 5th-8th grade student with a high-achieving high school student for long-term academic mentorship aimed at both improving academic performance and providing a meaningful student leadership experience. Our Activists (high school students) are trained as tutors for their Scholars (underserved 5th-8th grade students). Once students are trained a Scholar gets to choose their own Activist. The pair meets one-on-one, every week for at least one hour of tutoring. Students are paired for the minimum of one school year, but in the best case scenario four years when a 5th grader and 9th grader are paired. Our high school students work to bring their Scholar back up to grade level so that once they reach high school they can apply to be a tutor themselves, and create a cycle of change in the Louisville community.

From January 1 – March 31, 2021, Heine Brothers’ will donate $1 to Educational Justice for every 12oz. bag of Mountain Dream sold.

For more info, visit: https://educationaljustice.org/

 

 
More announced soon!


Carbon, Climate, and Coffee Projects :

 

Heine Brothers’ is a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, a fair-trade green coffee buying cooperative that exists to import high-quality, organic green coffee from small-scale farmer organizations to build long-term relationships and foster fair and equitable trading practices. Coop Coffee’s goal is to make coffee growing a sustainable and beneficial endeavor for farmer families and their communities.

Through membership in Coop Coffees, Heine Brothers’ is able to work with coffee farming coops directly, not just on purchasing high-quality organic coffee at above fair-trade prices, but also on sustainability, community projects, cultural exchanges, and transparency.

Heine Brothers’ donates 3¢ for every pound of coffee that we purchase to the Coop Coffees Carbon, Climate, and Coffee Fund – creating opportunities to support small-scale farmers implement regenerative agricultural practices and to act as environmental service providers. In 2019, Heine Brothers’ funds are going to 8 coffee producer cooperatives, working on 8 different projects:

 

Cool Farm Tool Workshop and Exchange in Peru

with Mejillones (Bolivia), Fondo Paez (Colombia), COMSA (Honduras), CAC Pangoa (Peru), Norandino (Peru), and Sol & Café (Peru).

 

Cool Farm Tool Workshop and Exchange in Guatemala

with Fondo Paez (Colombia), COMSA (Honduras), Maya Vinic (Mexico), CAC Pangoa (Peru), Norandino (Peru), and Sol & Café (Peru).

 

Plants with Memory (Energy Reversion)

with COMSA (Honduras).

 

Climate Change Adaptation Program

with Permata Gayo (Sumatra).

 

Farmer Field Schools

with Maya Vinic (Mexico).

 

Coffee Fields: Production and Diversification

with Norandino (Peru).

 

Reforestation Project

with Norandino (Peru).

 

Coffee Plot Rehabilitation Through Pruning

with Sol & Café (Peru).


Hometown Heroes:

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

-Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is a Kentucky-based novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays. The Berry Center – in New Castle, KY – is putting Wendell Berry’s writings to work by advocating for farmers, land conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.

Learn more at berrycenter.org.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

-Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist from Louisville. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. The Muhammad Ali Center – in Downtown Louisville, KY – is a nonprofit museum and multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Learn more at alicenter.org.

“The meaning of human life lies not in what one individual or generation can achieve, but in the fact that human beings are constantly envisioning and reaching toward something better.”

-Anne Braden

Anne Braden was an American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator dedicated to the cause of racial equality in Louisville and throughout the South. The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research – a program within the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences – was founded to honor the work and legacy of Anne Braden, seeking to advance public understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement, both its powerful history and its unfinished agenda of racial and social justice.

Learn more at louisville.edu/braden.


Sustainability Facts:

 

Footprints

Heine Brothers’ Coffee has always believed that we should leave as small of a footprint as possible on the planet, and do good whenever possible to make the world a better place.

To-Go Cups

Our hot to-go cups are compostable AND recyclable, and our cold to-go cups are recyclable too!  Even our lids are recyclable.

Local Sourcing

Our food comes from local bakers & makers here in the Kentuckiana area – cutting down on transportation pollution & helping the local economy!

Composting

Our spent coffee grounds, tea leaves, and more are collected weekly and composted by the University of Louisville’s Food Waste Composting Project and the city of Louisville!

Coffee Roasting

Our coffee roaster – the Loring Smart Roast – is the most environmentally-friendly roaster on the market. It uses less fuel (and emits less CO2) than any other commercial coffee roaster machine.

Organic Farming

We only source coffee and tea from organic farms – organic farming prevents toxic pesticides from polluting the land, the plant, the farmer, and the consumer.

Raw Sugar

We offer fair-trade, organic, raw sugar on the condiment counters at all of our stores and have done away with paper sugar packets.

Cooperative Coffees

In 2000, Heine Brothers’ Coffee co-founded Cooperative Coffees, the world’s first organic, fair trade coffee purchasing cooperative. We buy directly from cooperatives of farmers in the growing countries. Thanks to our customers, we’re selling lots of fair trade, organic coffee and helping improve the life of coffee farmers all over the world.

Recycling

Every week we go through tons of milk jugs, glass bottles, plastic containers, magazines, office paper, and newspaper here in our shops. We’ve been happily recycling all of that since the 1990′s.

Reusable Mugs

Buy a new or bring in your own reusable mug! When you bring it in you get discounts on drinks with it all year!

Less Waste

Instead of wooden stir sticks that get thrown away, we have reusable metal spoons to stir your coffee on the condiment counter of all of our shops!

Send a Message

If you have any ideas for further steps we can take, please email them to us!

 

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