Our Beginnings

Highlands Coffee was founded in 2006 by Chris and Wendy DeLong. It is the first American coffee house within the city of Guiyang and Guizhou Province. The intent is to bring authentic specialty coffee beverages and pastries to the local community.

Highlands Coffee gives the local community an opportunity to experience a genuine American coffee house in the middle of southwest China. Whether it is espresso based beverages made with imported espresso equipment and coffee beans from around the world or the American pastries and Panini’s baked and prepared in Highland’s own kitchen, guests can rest assured of getting an authentic American taste and experience.

At Highlands Coffee House, you get the feeling you are right back in America. Whether you are relaxing on a soft sofa after a stressful day at work, having a business meeting during the day, studying, surfing the net on our wireless internet service, or playing a western board game with friends, Highlands Coffee has a place for you. There are also smoking and non-smoking sections (separated by a glass wall) for the comfort of customers.

With most people spending the majority of their time at work and home, Highlands Coffee desires to be your “Third Place”, a place where you can come to relax, to play, and to learn. Since its grand opening, Highlands Coffee has had customers from over 48 countries and 20 provinces in China. Each of them experienced something special… what will you find?

Food, Beverages and Service

At Highlands Coffee, we give you the choice from a wide variety of beverages. We offer everything from espresso based drinks and American style coffee, to black, green and herbal tea, smoothies, hot chocolates, chai, steamers, and fruit juices. Your craving is sure to find its fix here!

For pastry/food items we bake our own pastries which include cheesecake, brownies, apple pie, pumpkin pie, strawberry pie, lemon chiffon pie, honey walnut pie, biscotti, and more. We also bake our own bread for our Italian Paninis.

The staff at Highlands Coffee House have been trained to provide the kind of service expected in an American establishment. You should note that our front counter staff are bi-lingual and so able to communicate with you in both Mandarin and English (menu is also bi-lingual).

About Chris DeLong (The Founder)

Chris DeLong is originally from the state of Indiana in the U.S.A. but he lived in a number of different cities and states within the U.S. as well as Singapore before his arrival in China. If Chris isn’t behind the coffee shop counter, he’s probably off having an adventure with his beautiful wife Wendy and their two incredible kids. Some of his favorite things to do include riding bicycles, going for walks, taking hikes out in nature, and canoeing. Basically, he loves the outdoors! Highlands Coffee in Guiyang is Chris’s latest business venture, and probably the most far reaching, as it is located in China. He is thrilled with the success that Highlands Coffee has had.