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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Espuma No. 38

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  • Today is my sister’s birthday and she reads every Friday!! 🙂 Happy birthday!
  • [Summer Article] What’s the Difference Between Iced Coffee & Cold-Brew? Lots of insights here. And we love the idea of Japanese style pour-over!
    • “Popularized in Japan, this style of preparing iced coffee is something you’re more likely to find at a specialty coffee shop. To make it, ice cubes are placed at the bottom of a pour-over device (like a Chemex) so that when the warm water is poured over the grounds at the top, the brewed coffee drips directly and immediately onto the ice. This method is particularly good for preserving the delicate, nuanced flavors of specialty coffee beans.”
  • [Chocolate News] For the first time ever, an Indian chocolate brand wins silver at the International Chocolate Awards. Yay!
  • [Travel Wish List]
    • Harrods just opened a chocolate “dream destination” in London! Beautiful.
    • Tony’s Chocolonely opens a shop in the Amsterdam airport. Finger’s crossed Amsterdam is our next destination or layover. Click for pictures.
    • A new chocolate exhibit in Strasbourg, France about the Schall Factory (video below)!
      • Curious about what it would mean to travel to France right now? This blog post by a French local helps explain how to visit during COVID-19 times (what you need to bring/do/expect).

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Espuma No. 37

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  • [DC Coffee News] Inside El Secreto de Rosita, a New Peruvian Bar on U Street With an Edgy Rainforest Vibe – NEW. “An attached cafe next-door is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with to-go Italian coffee drinks, empanadas, muffins, and French pastries from Fresh Baguette.” We can’t wait to try their coffee!
  • [DC Coffee News] Compass Coffee has a NEW blended drink! “You asked for a delicious blended drink, so we delivered! And it’s available in all your favorite flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, Coconut, Chocolate. Each one is crafted with real ingredients that are made in-house like our fresh cold brew, all of our house flavors, and homemade whipped cream. Head to your local Compass Coffee to enjoy them all summer!”
  • [DC Chocolate News] The Chocolate House DC in Dupont Circle is “selling a limited number of 5pc Cicada gift boxes! Don’t worry these are just a classic salted caramel filling in a chocolate shell. If you are looking for REAL cicada chocolate, check out our friends at Chouquette Chocolate.” Fun!
  • 9 Can’t-Miss Chocolate Shops In The UK – “Melt has just launched a luxury chocolate box inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The quirky Eat Me box features 18 fresh chocolates, including delights such as smoked caramel, popping praline, and rhubarb and ginger. Going down the rabbit hole was never so delicious!” Which one have you visited?
  • Jordan Delights’ chocolate dates create a bridge to Middle Eastern culture & cuisine – “Khreis’s delectable products are made with organic dates grown in the Coachella Valley, dipped in 72% dark chocolate or white chocolate, then topped with a variety of nuts and spices including roasted almonds, pistachios, cardamom and coconut. The non-GMO and gluten-free Delights are made with fair-trade chocolate and can even be considered a “healthy dessert” option, thanks to antioxidant-packed dates.” Have you ever tried chocolate-covered dates? This makes us super nostalgic for our travels in the Middle East.

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Espuma No. 36 – Memorial Day Weekend

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  • [#Trending] DC, MD and VA have been taken over by cicadas! This woman is making chocolate-covered cicadas for you to try in Baltimore, MD! Yuck or Yum?
  • [#Trending New Product: Chocolate-Filled Marshmallows] The story is really fun; the founder “worked in the kitchens of two Michelin three-star restaurants,” but always “had one thing on his mind: the perfect s’more. Since he was a kid on Long Island, enjoying summer nights around a campfire, singing along to Billy Joel (as Long Island kids do), Mike always wondered why someone didn’t just put the milk chocolate inside the marshmallow.” Read the rest of the chocolate-stuffed marshmallow story, here.
    • BBQing this weekend and this summer and eager to impress friends with your own s’mores? Why not try this luxury s’mores kit, or gift this box of 62% dark chocolate caramel Madagascar bourbon vanilla marshmallows? Now that’s a mouthful! 🙂
  • [#Science – Chocolate Bar Molds (Design/Shape of the Bar) Apparently Change How Chocolate Tastes and Feels] “When enjoying a chocolate bar, most people don’t think about how the molecules within it are organized. But different arrangements of the fats in chocolate can influence its taste and texture. Now, researchers have found that the side of a chocolate bar facing the mold has a more orderly crystalline structure than the side facing air, knowledge that might help chocolatiers produce tastier confections, the researchers say.”
  • [Chocolate News] The first ruby chocolate drinking powder, and it’s 100% sustainably sourced.
  • [Chocolate News] “Dr. Bronner’s, a maker of organic soap and personal care products, is introducing a new line of organic, fair trade and vegan chocolate.” Interesting. Would you try this, or does it make you think too much of cleaning? Comment below.
  • [FREE Coffee on Memorial Day? Last Monday in May] “To welcome back our community of locals and commuters, we’d love to treat you to a FREE cup of coffee each Monday in May from 8am–11am!” Get more information and check out the vendors, including Swing’s, Dua and Compass Coffee! 🙂 “Just visit any of the following participating coffee shops on any Monday in May, mention the Welcome Back DC initiative, grab your Cuppa Joe & Go!”

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