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Emma Francois

Building a Greener City - One Burlap Bag at a Time

This year, we celebrated Earth Day with these inspiring members of the Compass Community This year, we celebrated Earth Day with these inspiring members of the Compass community Lauren Newman and her team at City Blossoms! Lauren Newman and her team at City Blossoms! These community leaders embody our core value of "Build Your City" To celebrate Earth Day this year, we checked in with Lauren Newman and Barbara Paulsen, two Compass customers working to make our communities more sustainable through education programs, urban gardens, and civic engagement. They both spoke about the ways they’re holding on to hope in...

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Emma Francois
What’s the Difference Between Light, Medium, and Dark Roast Coffee?

What’s the Difference Between Light, Medium, and Dark Roast Coffee?

Here’s a guide to three different types of coffee roasts — and how to know which one is right for you. Here’s a guide to three different types of coffee roasts — and how to know which one is right for you. A "coffee tryer" - the tool our roasters use to assess the degree of roast of a coffee still in the roaster A "coffee tryer" - the tool our roasters use to assess the degree of roast of a coffee still in the roaster But first, what is roasting? And why roast coffee at all? Before the roasting...

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Emma Francois
My Coffee Rituals: Different Coffee Experiences and Connections

My Coffee Rituals: Different Coffee Experiences and Connections

"The story is fuller, somehow, when it’s told through java." Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, wrote about the coffee shop as an anomaly, a place where a dedicated introvert like herself can go to be around people, to experience kinship, but in a snug, liminal way. This phenomenon, of drinking coffee and working alone yet feeling, somehow, completely connected to everything alive, coincided with the rise of the internet that solidified coffee as the center of the world, analog or digital. In many ways, the coffee shop itself is...

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Jessica Hubbard
Empowered: Women in Leadership at Compass

Empowered: Women in Leadership at Compass

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recently released the limited edition RBG Tin, in partnership with Academy Award winner, Freida Lee Mock, and her documentary film, Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer for gender equality. Among many other things, RBG paved the way for women by fighting for equal pay in the workplace. This allowed for many, myself included, to find their voice and pursue their professional passions.Four years ago, when I first began at Compass, I was just looking for a summer job. But what I quickly learned was that this...

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