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.


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.

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“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.

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“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 Institue 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.

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Community Partners:

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.

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On The Ground supports sustainable community development in farming regions around the world. They accomplish this by partnering with other non-profits, progressive businesses (like Heine Brothers’), activists, philanthropists, and (most importantly) local communities. Together they are creating lasting infrastructure, built on a foundation of gender and social equality, environmental sustainability, and economic security.

Our focus is on water projects in Chiapas, Mexico with On The Ground. We do this by:
– Donating 25¢ from every bottle of water sold in our stores to On The Ground
– Donating $2 from every Mizu/HB On The Ground reusable water bottle sold in our stores to On The Ground.

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Forecastle Foundation was created in 2010 to protect the world’s most biologically-rich, highly-threatened hot spots. While founded as the activism arm of Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, it now operates independently year-round, and has contributed over $150,000 to it’s mission of protecting the world’s natural awesome.

Heine Brothers’ donates $5 from every 12oz bag of Kentucky Dream coffee sold to the Forecastle Foundation, for projects at Pine Mountain with Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, and also at the Green River in Central Kentucky with The Nature Conservancy.

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The Center for Women and Families provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families, and communities affected by intimate oartner violence and sexual assault. They ,itigate the impact of trauma by building resiliancy and reducing risk factors at all levels. They are guided by a strong grassroots feminist history, and are committed to social and economic justice. They co-create vilolence free homes, families, and communities.

Heine Brothers’ supports the Center by:
– Donating 50¢ from every 12oz bag of Ronda’s Blend coffee sold
– Donating the full price ($2) for every burlap coffee bag sold
– Our baristas donate all pennies from their tips

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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is a grassroots organization of over 10,000 member across Kentucky. They use a set of core strategies, from leadership development to communications and voter empowerment, to impact a broad range of issues, including coal and water, new energy and transition, economic justice and voting rights.

Heine Brothers’ donates 50¢ from every 12oz bag of Mountain Dream coffee sold to KFTC.

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Kentucky Science Center is advancing a statewide science literacy campaign to encourage people of all ages to explore science in everyday life. Its flagship location on Louisville, KY’s historic Museum Row, welcomes visitors from across the globe with 3-floors of interactive exhibits and films on a 4-story screen. With daily programming for children, families, and adults, the Science Center plays an ongoing role in the region as a resource for caregivers and teachers, a gathering place for the science community, and a chosen source of entertainment for all.

Through the sale of glasses for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, Heine Brothers’ raised over $50,000 for the School’s Out Science Camps at the Kentucky Science Center.

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