Compass Coffee opening another location across from the Verizon Center

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm 15 Comments

650 F Street, NW

Compass Coffee opened their uber popular first location at 1535 7th Street, NW and their second location on 8th Street just south of Florida Ave. Their third location will be located right across the street from the Verizon Center:


Stand by for sidewalk seating and an opening date:


  • Truxton Thomas

    It’s nice to see independent coffee shops showing up in places I would expect to find a chain, such as The Coffee Bar’s 17th and M NW location.

  • MoldieOldie

    Compass’ plans are for MASSIVE expansion. They’re an ‘undercover chain’. Whatever, good for them

    • fka Shawess

      What is an “undercover chain”? They’re two super nice guys building a business from the ground up (to use a phrase from the Washington Post series about them). I hope they have all of the success in the world with their expansion.

      • skj84

        I think some people have the tendency to dismiss a business once it gets to big for their liking. Its no longer cool in their eyes. I’m happy for the team at Compass Coffee. Gallery Place is a huge get.

      • TJ

        Marketing geniuses. Hats off to them and may they slay Starbucks. The coffee isn’t even close to the best being made in DC.

        • jp

          Agreed. Glad to see a local business succeed but the coffee is undrinkable. They do appear to be roasting themselves and burning the living hell out of the beans to mask the poor quality.

    • rob

      definitely feels like a chain (and kinda meh coffee), but can’t hate on two local guys finding success!

  • DC1

    Congrats to them! Definitely one of the better coffee co’s out there.

  • OTBerbur

    First store on 7th St., second store on 8th St., third store on the 600 block. Will the next location be on the 500 or 900 block?

  • Rob

    I think we have enough coffee shops now. A Baked Joint, 6 Sbuxes, 2 corner bakeries, La Colombe, Chinatown Coffee Co., Dolcezza, Pitango, L’Hommage, Bakers and Baristas, the list goes on and on, all within 5 blocks of the Verizon Center. Can the neighborhood and tourism support all these coffee shops? It’s the same story in Mt. Vernon Triangle with the 3 Hakan Ilhan restaurants-Future Ottomman Taverna, L’Hommage, and Alba Osteria(which don’t seem very busy, along with Texas de Brazil). Will they outpace the growth in this area?

    • Patrick McGill

      Compass Coffee offers a better experience and coffee than all these other shops around Chinatown. I wouldn’t worry to much about them succeeding.

      • INWDC

        Huh, I haven’t had this glorious experience you’re describing. I’m all for an independent chain doing well (and same for these guys!) but I just do not get the hype over their coffee. Not being snarky, I just truly don’t get the zealotry. In my experience La Colombe, Dolcezza, and Peregrine all serve equal if better coffee.

        • Patrick McGill

          La Colombe coffee is OK, it’s pretty weak and closes early. Dolchezza is super over priced ($5.50 for a tiny nitro cold brew?) . Peregrine is the weakest coffee in DC.

          • INWDC

            Hmm, this is where our palettes differ. La Colombe has some really nice roasts. Compass, while I thought it was fine, didn’t have any distinguishing characteristics – it was like Dunkin Donuts. Also, have to disagree about Peregrine – what I’ve had there I’ve quite enjoyed. Anyways, people have different tastes, and now there are more choices for all so it’s a win for everyone :)

          • jp

            Agree with you on the others but Compass is pretty bad as well. Chinatown coffee spots ranked:

            1) A Baked Joint
            2) Chinatown Coffee
            3) La Colombe
            4) Dolchezza
            5) Dunkin Donuts
            6) Mcdonald’s
            7) Starbucks
            8) Compass


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