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Kuran Malhotra
The Product Development Pipeline

The Product Development Pipeline

In this part of the 5-part series on building a stronger D.C. food economy, we’ll explore how Compass Coffee utilizes the Union Kitchen Distribution network to support its cafés and place its products on shelves around the District. We’ll dive deep into how Compass tests which products are ready for grocery stores, and learn more about what’s next for the D.C. juggernaut coffee roaster. Compass Coffee started as a couple Marines in their basement trying to roast some coffee. After a year of experimenting, building their first café, and hiring a knock-out team, the first café and roastery opened its...

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Kuran Malhotra
From Kitchen to Brewery: Syrup with Spice

From Kitchen to Brewery: Syrup with Spice

This is the second 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. Compass Coffee Simple Syrups are brewed with their customers in mind. “From day one, we wanted to make everything in small batches, and from scratch,” says Chas Newman, Compass Production Manager. “We combine all-natural ingredients thoughtfully and carefully to create fun and exciting seasonal flavors that complement the Real Good lattes and cold brew that Compass is known for.” In this part of the series on Building a Stronger D.C. Food Ecosystem,...

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From Farm to Your Favorite Cup: The Harvest Cycle of Coffee

From Farm to Your Favorite Cup: The Harvest Cycle of Coffee

From crop to cup, the coffee growing and harvesting process involves people all over the world. Like any other crop, coffee is grown and harvested according to seasons. The growing process starts during the rainy season. Then, over the course of about nine or ten months, the coffee flowers morph into coffee cherries—enticing, red berries that are then harvested and processed into green coffee beans. The Compass Coffee journey - from crop to cup. So how long does it actually take to get from the coffee farm to your cup? Though the season timing is different across the world, it...

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