I can’t believe it. Highland Coffees is closing.

Since 2005, it’s been my home away from home. I’ve probably spent more hours at Highland Coffees than any other place in Baton Rouge. I’ve often joked that I’ve probably spent the equivalent of a barista’s LSU tuition there. I’ve blogged about the place. I’ve ordered their coffee while being 1000 miles away.

One of my Ultimate Frisbee friends is married to a former Barista. The first time I met my fiancée was at Highland.

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While teaching at an arts camp in Michigan, I missed home and Highland Coffees. I made an order, and Clarke helped me out.


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A twitter response from my future fiancée when I asked to her meet at Highland back 2009 to work on a musical project. We didn’t start dating until 2011.














As soon as I arrived to Baton Rouge in 2005, I knew I would be spending a lot of time here. The atmosphere and (obviously) the coffee is amazing. Being so close to the School of Music, it was the perfect romantic artist hang out. It’s terribly inviting, comfortable, coffee is great. I could not have finished my masters degree without it. I may not finish my doctorate degree without it. I have written, performed, and had my music played at Highland Coffees. I’ve made flyers and even a T-shirt about Highland Coffee. For a short while, I’ve held the major-ship on FourSquare. 🙂

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Whenever I make plans to meet someone, it’s been at Highland Coffees — at the time the Daily Reveille article photo was taken, I sitting off-frame with Tom Lapann (whom I met through a barista), planning our next art installation — in the past Clarke allowed us to demo/test our ideas inside the shop.

It would be a terrible shame to let this amazing coffee shop close. It’s been a staple in my life since I’ve been in Baton Rouge. There countless more stories and photos, and I have no doubt there are dozens of others who have similar experience with such a great place.