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Kenneth Fleming
Coffee in American History: Part 2, from World War 1 To Now

Coffee in American History: Part 2, from World War 1 To Now

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the history of coffee in American culture. Previously on Coffee in American History: Following some harsh taxes on tea, colonists turned to coffee as their drink of choice. Over the years, coffee became such a staple of daily life that momentary cease-fires were called during the Civil War so troops could exchange coffee for tobacco. Before we continue into 20th Century America, we need to take a brief international detour... We know that innovation comes from necessity. At the start of the 20th Century, a German housewife named Melitta Bentz was...

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Kenneth Fleming
Coffee in American History, Part 1: From Revolutionary Fervor to the Civil War.

Coffee in American History, Part 1: From Revolutionary Fervor to the Civil War.

This is the first of a two-part series exploring the history of coffee in American culture. I once read that the history of America is the history of American warfare. While I think that might be true, I also believe that an equally apt statement is the history of American warfare is the history of coffee as a commodity. As I mentioned in a previous post, coffee is inextricably linked to the formulation of an American identity as has been a driving force of productivity in the USA for the last two centuries. Over the course of American history, we’ve...

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Kenneth Fleming
A Love Letter to Coffee: Welcome to Compass Coffee's Blog

A Love Letter to Coffee: Welcome to Compass Coffee's Blog

At Compass, we love coffee. Every morning, on my way into work, I stop at our Roastery in Shaw, wait in line, and order a large iced Red Eye (a 20oz cold brew with two shots of espresso). In my opinion, there’s no better way to kick off the workday than seeing some of my old regulars, saying "hi" to the baristas behind the bar and the roasters diligently monitoring our state-of-the-art Loring roaster while I wait for my drink to make its way down to me. Similarly, every Saturday and Sunday morning, shortly after I wake up, I use...

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Kuran Malhotra
Building a Stronger D.C. Food Ecosystem: Compass Coffee & Union Kitchen

Building a Stronger D.C. Food Ecosystem: Compass Coffee & Union Kitchen

This 5-part series will explore how Compass started working with Union Kitchen and utilized its shared commercial Kitchen space to build its Simple Syrups product line. This is the first part of a five piece series focused on how Compass Coffee and partner Union Kitchen are working together to grow the D.C. food economy. The D.C. food startup scene has been steadily growing over the last few years. Beyond high-flying restaurants and awesome food trucks, The District has started to see the growth of innovative and nationally recognized consumer brands. From Snacklinslanding an investment by Mark Cuban, to Clark’s Cubes...

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