Compass Coffee: ‘Real Good’ DC Coffee

This post was first posted in 2018 and updated for media accuracy in 2021.

Compass Coffee feels like DC and it’s not just because the walls (and coffee cups) are adorned with “Made in DC” logo art. What differentiates Compass Coffee from the excellent coffee craftsmanship at other DC locales like La Colombe, The Wydown, or The Coffee Bar? There are plenty of exemplary coffee shops in DC, sure, but somehow Compass Coffee emerged and staked a claim on the intangible notion that she belongs to DC and DC belongs to her.

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The Best Coffee Shops in Logan Circle/U Street Corridor, Washington, DC

Iced Coffee at the Exterior of “The Wydown” on 14th Street, Washington, DC

If you only have time for one coffee tour of DC, look no further than the U Street Corridor and Logan Circle, where you’ll find incredible specialty coffee options all within reasonable walking distance. This list of coffee shops all dot 14th Street NW (south of U Street up until Thomas Circle, NW), and most of them offer absolutely delicious pastries and breakfast, to boot. It’s magic.

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Espuma No. 43

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • [DC CHOCOLATE GOSSIP]
    • Capital Chocolate Festival! Breaking news. There’s going to be a chocolate festival this autumn!, outside in Chantilly, VA, October 9th! 🙂 Stay tuned as we learn more information!
  • [Coffee Article] “Italy’s Ditta Artigianale Opens Coffee School in Former Florence Monastery.” Look at these pics! Wanderlust.
  • [Article We Enjoyed] Folderol Ice Cream Shop (and Wine Bar). +Where do YOU get great ice cream in DC? We love Dolcezza.
  • [Object] Happy Olympics! We’re currently watching a beautiful opening ceremony. The Polo Ralph Lauren USA outfits are so classy, and the speeches are touching. Why not celebrate the Olympics at home with this Japanese artisan-made cup and saucer in white? We hear that the Japanese coffee culture is incredible.
  • [Object] This leather pouch sling purse looks like something that belongs in a coffee shop photoshoot in Milan. <3 Swoon.

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Espuma No. 42

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Espuma No. 41

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Specialty Coffee Steals the Show at Foundation Coffee Roasters in Fairfax

When you want great coffee, you start with the foundations. In this case, start with Foundation Coffee Roasters. Fairfax, Virginia’s only roastery, Foundation Coffee Roasters, has it all — incredible specialty coffee, decadent pastries, and a unique spectator-friendly space that puts the baristas on display like a theater stage. Travel to Foundation Coffee; you won’t regret experiencing their high quality craft.

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Espuma No. 40

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

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coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • [DC COFFEE SHOP GOSSIP] Colada Shop is newly serving Lost Sock Coffee roasters 😉 Compass Coffee no more?! That’s a juicy tip! We can’t wait to visit this weekend for some Cuban vibes. Have you tested out their coffee yet? Comment below.

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Espuma No. 39

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • [TODAY/FRIDAY: FREE Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato in DC] Get a “SCOOP of RAINBOW CAKE at all of our shops THIS FRIDAY 6/18 from 12-5 PM 🥳🥳 […] Rainbow Cake is made using an AMAZING Rainbow Opera Cake (passionfruit buttercream, berry ganache, coconut dark chocolate glaze 🥥 and blueberry jam) created by our friend Chef Paola Velez (Maydan, Compass Rose, La Bodega) folded into our sweet cream gelato.” Wow! If you visit a gelato, please tag us on Instagram!
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  • [Chocolate News] A yummy chocolate brand using Hawaiian cocoa beans?
    • “With Onomea, Klassen wants to provide a more accessible, locally grown chocolate than Lonohana. The bars are about half the price of Lonohana’s bars, which hover around $16. While the chocolate for the Lonohana bars comes from Klassen’s own farm, cacao for Onomea is sourced from partner orchards on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, making Onomea like the table wine to Lonohana’s estate wine, and another way to bring Hawai‘i-grown chocolate into our daily lives.”
  • [Chocolate News] We’re eating more chocolate. “Chocolate sales grew 4.2% during the pandemic, according to the National Confectioners Association’s 2021 State of Treating report. Chocolate also saw a boost from two pandemic consumer trends: increased interest in functional foods and the tendency to indulge during 2020.” Which chocolate bars have you been enjoying?

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