I first visited my first Highlands Coffee by the Opera House in District 1 back in 2003. Since that time, I had visited many of the Highlands as they starting spreading across Saigon. One of the questions I always asked to myself, though, was whether it was a Seattle’s Best Coffee clone.The interior of Highlands and the logo were very similar to Seattle’s Best Coffee, my favorite coffee shop in Seattle, before Starbucks bought them out. I found out several years later that one of the original owners, David Thai, had spent time in Seattle. Of course, when I met with the Viet Thai International, who that owns Highlands, in 2009, they denied it. Still, it makes you wonder.
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