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What it takes to be a Heine Brothers Coffee barista

You only get one espresso shot, do not miss your chance to blow.

Two people wearing brown aprons holding coffee.

Katie and Mandey are honorary Heine Brothers Coffee baristas for life.

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Drink Up Month has come to a close, but before the sips were over, we decided to get up close and personal with the Louisville drink industry.

Heine Brothers Coffee invited us to the training cafe at its headquarters + roastery in the Portland neighborhood. We spent the morning learning how to make classic espresso drinks, Heine Brothers originals — like the Chaiberg — and mixed up some of its new Boost energy drinks. We also tried our hand at latte artbut that’s a story for a different time.

Woman steaming milk at an espresso machine.

Mandey learned how to steam milk to make lattes.

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At the end of the day, we might not have been barista material, but we do have a newfound respect for what it takes to be one. So cheers to all those coffee-making professionals out there, y’all keep us going.

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