Compass Coffee ★★★★★

· Washington D.C. ·

September 6, 2016 3 Comments

I liked this cafe before I even stepped a foot inside.

Located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C., this beautiful building displays the compass logo on the corner of the brick. You walk through the door into a well lit, large cafe with a friendly feel.

I walked to the counter and with so much to choose from, had difficulty ordering, not to mention endless tins of coffee variations that I could purchase to take home with me.  I ordered a pour over and a cortado, (which is becoming my go to drink), both were full in body and left me wanting more. I was also served a complimentary cappuccino – it was perfection!

Upon learning that two former marines founded Compass Coffee with a passion to serve up, as they state, nothing  fancy, nothing too crazy or hard to pronounce, just really good.” – I knew I had to visit and I wasn’t disappointed. Their vision and passion for a solid cup of joe is apparent  within every inch of the place.

You, having read many of my reviews, may be wondering, Crystal, what makes this place different? 

  • The decor was spot on: bright, open and with a modern flair.
  • The drinks were perfect.
  • The staff made you feel right at home.

I appreciated the pride you could feel behind their beans. “REAL GOOD COFFEE” can be found on the cups and I couldn’t agree more.

Every bit of me wishes this cafe was closer so I could visit daily. These guys have something going here. I hope soon they will be able to expand to many more locations because this really is “real good coffee” at its finest! Compass Coffee

Cappuccino Traveler at Compass


September 12, 2016


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    Joe Writer

    September 6, 2016

    Sounds like a great coffee shop. I grew up in the DC area so I will keep this cafe’ on my radar for my next visit! Thank you!

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    Kimberly Hsieh

    April 11, 2017

    Oh I love cute coffee spots like this! I will have to check out Compass when I am in DC next time!!

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      April 11, 2017

      Awesome – I know you will love all the unique drinks!