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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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Kuran Malhotra
Build Your City: The Race Against COVID

Build Your City: The Race Against COVID

In the previous installment of our five-part series about building a stronger D.C. food ecosystem, we discussed how Compass Coffee turned a few bottles of artisanal small batch chocolate sauce into a full-scale syrup operation. Now, we’re going to take a look at how they flipped that into a hand sanitizer production facility and how Simple Sanitizer was born. Walking into a convenience store on March 11th, 2020 was a disconcerting experience. Empty shelves. Hand sanitizer sold out. Cleaning products nowhere to be found. It was an early warning sign of just how serious the pandemic was about to become....

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