In 2020, Compass Coffee Is Brewing More Than Coffee

Photo provided by Compass Coffee

In 2020, Compass Coffee is Brewing
More Than Coffee

Businesses across D.C. are taking part in initiatives that make it easier for employees and customers to exercise their civic rights. Local coffee roaster Compass Coffee is one small business proving that civic engagement is just as important as your morning coffee.

Compass Coffee is a 2020 DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant recipient, administered by Wacif on behalf of Mayor Bowser’s Office and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. With 12 cafés nestled across the District, Compass Coffee has grown to be a staple for D.C. coffee enthusiasts. Co-founded in 2014 by Harrison Saurez and Michael Hafttwo U.S. Marines that were stationed and deployed together in the Middle East, Compass makes “real good coffee” and tea with exciting ingredients that are heightened by drops of Simple Syrup – Compass’s line of unique flavors that enhance the drinking experience. The line of syrups has been a success for the coffee roaster, with Simple Syrup sold in its cafés, and to select wholesalers and D.C. grocery stores.

Wacif’s investments help create an ecosystem of small businesses that invest in their communities, creating opportunity and enriching civic life,” said Harold Pettigrew, Jr., Wacif CEO. “Compass Coffee’s pivot and elevation of civic engagement exemplify this model of economic and community development, and Wacif is proud to partner with them.”

“At Compass, we pride ourselves on always finding a way forward while helping our City,” said Kuran Malhotra, Compass Coffee Director of Corporate Development. “It’s clear that in Wacif we have found a partner who holds those same values.

Simple Sanitizer sold inside Union Kitchen Grocery. Photo provided by Compass Coffee.


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