Michael Haft & Harrison Suarez
Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez founded DC-based Compass Coffee in 2014. Haft and Suarez credit their love for coffee to their time in the Marines. What began as a source of energy during training, developed into a ritual as they were deployed to Afghanistan. They soon began experimenting with different roasts and brewing methods. When they left the Marines, the started Compass Coffee. The partners’ continue to pay homage to their Military history by keeping an American flag that flew on their patrol base in Afghanistan folded and framed behind the coffee bar.