Daily Grind — coffee

Tips for Keeping Your Coffee-Related New Year Resolutions

Tips for Keeping Your Coffee-Related New Year Resolutions

"...with cold brew, since you’re not necessarily worried about scalding your mouth, you can just slam it and pedal through your caffeine buzz." As we head into the end of 2020 after what has been paradoxically the longest and shortest year in recent memory, it’s time to start thinking ahead to 2021. For many, a New Year Resolution sets the stage for big changes in the coming year. A new year is a fresh start: it’s three hundred and sixty-five days full of potential, and resolutions are a great way to let your desires be known before you start down...

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The Complicated History of the French Press

The Complicated History of the French Press

"While it’s uncertain whether the story of the forgetful yet ingeniously adaptable Frenchman is true, the mythical origins of the brewing method point to the complicated relationship between French and Italian inventors in the history of the French Press." The French Press is one of the most common, albeit underrated, brewing methods in use today. It’s a fairly low-maintenance process that creates exceptionally bold and rich flavors. It’s one of Michael and Harrison’s favorite brewing methods; chances are, if you have spent time in our roastery on 7th Street, you will almost certainly have seen Michael and Harrison headed to...

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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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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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