I really like going to Highland Coffees whenever I can. They don’t have the biggest variety of teas (I counted 34 on their website), but what they do have is of good quality. They even have a few organic teas, which is rather uncommon in my area. I can’t tell from their website if they use a particular company’s teas or if they source their teas directly from suppliers and blend themselves. I will ask next time I go. Anyway, they will sell any of their teas to you in 4 oz. increments for prices that range from $4.50 to $8.95, depending on the type of tea, which to me is extremely reasonable and in some cases downright cheap!
They are primarily a coffee house, as you might have guessed, and their coffee is ALWAYS high quality. They roast it in house and will also sell it to you in 4 oz. increments, in whole beans or ground for you according to your taste.
What I love best about this place is the ambiance. It’s very quietly artsy, there’s plenty of seating, and they always play relaxing music. They have an advertising area next to the counter for local art events and concerts. It’s right near LSU, so there are always college students around working their little hearts out. The employees are friendly and helpful, and you can get unlimited free re-steeps of your tea leaves. They serve homemade pastries as well, and bagels which they source from New York Bagel Company. It’s just a great little place to go unwind, get a snack and some tea, and listen to life going by. I have spent many an hour there just doing a crossword in utter peace. They also have a patio area out to the side where you can go if the weather’s nice, with a mural and an arbor and plenty of landscaping, a perfect little secluded spot. I give this place two thumbs up. I’d give more if I had more than two.