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Kuran Malhotra
Compass and Union Kitchen: A Springboard for the Growing DC Food Scene

Compass and Union Kitchen: A Springboard for the Growing DC Food Scene

This is the final installment of a five-piece series focused on how Compass Coffee and partner Union Kitchen are working together to grow the D.C. food economy. At Compass Coffee, the mission is to make peoples’ days better. Employees are trained on the four core values: Real Good Coffee, everybody cleans, Always Find a way, and Build Your City. In this final segment of our 5-part series on building a stronger D.C. food economy, we’re going to focus on how Compass lives its values to build its city, and how that ties in with Union Kitchen’s core values of “insist...

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Kenneth Fleming
Understanding the Weird History of Decaffeinated Coffee and How It's Made

Understanding the Weird History of Decaffeinated Coffee and How It's Made

It’s well-known that Compass appreciates decaf drinkers; after all, decaf drinkers are drinking coffee for the taste alone. With this in mind, our roasters really go the extra mile to ensure that only the highest quality decaf coffee and espresso makes its way to your cup. But have you ever wondered how coffee is decaffeinated? It’s well-known that Compass appreciates decaf drinkers; after all, decaf drinkers are drinking coffee for the taste alone. With this in mind, our roasters really go the extra mile to ensure that only the highest quality decaf coffee and espresso makes its way to your...

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Kenneth Fleming
A Glossary of Useful Coffee Terms

A Glossary of Useful Coffee Terms

Ever feel like your barista is speaking a different language when they're explaining their menu? Are you unsure what your friends are talking about when they're discussing a bean's complexity, body, or roast? Here's a quick guide to some of the more commonly used coffee vocabulary. True story: I am utterly confused by pig latin. It’s something I’ve never really understood. But, of course, pig latin is meant to be exclusionary. It’s meant to confuse those people who aren’t part of a particular group of communicators. The same could be said for cockney rhyme schemes. And some people might think...

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Kenneth Fleming
Which Coffee Brewing Method is the Best Option for Me?

Which Coffee Brewing Method is the Best Option for Me?

One question that comes up fairly often is “What brewing method is the best?” Here's an overview of the most popular brewing methods and what makes them great (or not so great)! One question that comes up fairly often is “What brewing method is the best?” The answer, of course, differs from person to person: While some people swear by drip coffee, others live and die by the French Press. You might also hear people talk about their love of the Chemex or AeroPress. And, of course, who can forget the absolute espresso die-hards out there? I think the most...

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