Heine Brothers'

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Heine Brothers'
IndustryCoffee shop
Founded1994; 26 years ago (1994)
HeadquartersLouisville, Kentucky
ProductsCoffee, tea

Heine Brothers' is a coffee roaster and coffee shop chain founded in 1994 by Gary Heine and Mike Mays in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] The company became "100% Fair-Trade & Organic" in 2002.[2] In 2011, co-founder Mays bought out Heine's interests in the company and merged it with Vint, a local coffee shop chain.[3] Today, the company operates 13 Heine Brothers' coffee shops and 1 coffee shop under the Vint name within Kentucky and Southern Indiana.[4][5][6]

Heine Brothers' location in The Highlands

In 1999, Heine Brothers' became a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, Inc.,[7] an importer of fairly traded and organically grown green coffee operating in the United States and Canada.[2] In early 2015, in a partnership with Forecastle Foundation and Whole Foods Market, Heine Brothers' created "Kentucky Dream", a fair trade coffee blend benefiting conservation efforts.[8]

In November 2016, the company relocated its roasting facilities and headquarters to Louisville's Portland neighborhood.[9][10]

In August 2017, Heine Brothers' partnered with WDRB, a local, Fox-affiliated television station, to distribute eclipse glasses for the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Funds raised from the promotion, totaling $50,702, were donated to the Louisville Science Center.[11][12]


  1. ^ Green, Marcus (April 18, 2016). "Heine Brothers' Coffee to move HQ to Louisville's Portland neighborhood". WDRB. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "About | Heine Brothers' Coffee". Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Clouser, Stephanie (November 15, 2011). "Heine Brothers' and Vint coffee chains to merge". Louisville Business First. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Bowling, Caitlin (October 28, 2014). "Heine Brothers' Coffee announces first Southern Indiana location". Louisville Business First. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "We Drank So Much Caffeine to Find the Best Coffee Shops In Louisville". Thrillist. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Heine Brothers' Locations". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Coop coffees". Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Heine Brothers' breaks 'grounds' on new partnership with Forecastle Foundation" (Press release). WHAS-TV. June 24, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Weaver, Bridgett. "Here's where the next Heine Brothers' location will be". BizJournals.com. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ Bailey, Phillip M. (April 19, 2016). "Heine Brothers moving HQ to West End". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Carter, Darla. "Get your eclipse glasses here ... if you're lucky". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  12. ^ Kircher, Travis. "WDRB and Heine Brothers raise $50,000 for the Kentucky Science Center with eclipse glasses". WDRB. Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

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