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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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Kenneth Fleming
Here's Your Compass Coffee Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Here's Your Compass Coffee Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Your Go-To Guide for Coffee-Related Gifts From Your Favorite DC Coffee Roaster The Holiday season is finally upon us after a year that felt like it would never end. For many people, however, this means panicked searching for the perfect holiday gift. Though I might not be able to help procure the newest next-generation console or get you seats at the trendiest tasting counter in the city (especially with reduced capacity), we can definitely recommend some great gift options for the resident coffee lover in your home, regardless of where they are in their coffee journey.   For the beginner...

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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 appreciated 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 appreciated 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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