UPDATE January 2023: Highline Coffee is now owned by Kittie’s Cakes. Read all about Kittie’s Highline here!
It’s been a while since I’ve hawked our neighborhood coffee shop, Highline Coffee Co.! I last wrote about Highline almost six years ago, when they still held the title of smallest coffee shop in Columbus. A lot’s happened since then – not just a pandemic – so I thought it was worth an updated look.
When Highline first started, they were in a single room in downtown Old Worthington, a storefront just large enough for the coffee counter, a restroom, a couple seats in the windows, and space for a line to form. It was cozy and charming, to be sure, but certainly understandable that owner Christie Bruffy would want to upgrade when given the chance.
And that chance came a couple years ago. When the retail space to the right of them – and a corner one at that – opened up, Highline knocked out part of a wall and expanded its footprint!
As of this writing, things are a bit closed up and stacked due to the pandemic, but here’s what it looks like normally. (And hopefully we’ll get to see this sight again soon!)
Now they have a clearly marked flow from the front door to the coffee counter, which still sits in the original space (but is expanded). In addition to all the coffee and tea you could want, Highline serves a regular selection of fresh-baked goodies from The Flaky Baker.
I also appreciate Highline’s continued commitment to showcasing local artists. With the expanded space came more opportunities for the Highline Coffee Art Space. They rotate exhibitions regularly, and the artwork is for sale.
Highline uses One Line Coffee for all their drinks. The menu features everything from espresso drinks to brewed coffee, cold brew to smoothies to tea, and the expert baristas know their stuff.
My personal favorites are the cortado and the iced dirty chai (a chai latte with a shot of espresso).
And when you can grab a seat indoors once again, you might see some familiar names on one of the chairs…