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Saturday, August 4, 2018


You gotta eat, even if you’re a couple of buddies, who were in charge of leading the free world for eight years.  Joe Biden and Barrack Obama stepped unannounced last week into Dog Tag Bakery for sandwiches and coffee in the Georgetown neighborhood of the nation’s capital.

Of course the place went crazy to see the Prez and the Veep’s smiling faces.

Joe Biden picked up the tab for “the boss.”

Smart man.

The bakery is a town favorite.  There’s a reason why besides the coffee, sandwiches and world famous brownies.

Dog Tag is a small non-profit operation (with a huge heart) on Grace Street that works hard to provide economic change for veterans with disabilities by offering internships that lead to a Georgetown University business education and real life, in-store experience baking brownies and balancing a budget.

An intern’s five-month baking incubator program is filled with classes at GU and attending learning labs that focus branding and marketing, finance, and front- and back-of-the-store operations.

Yes, it’s a bakery but take a look at the coffee menu.  It’s exhaustive and the beans come from another DC success story Compass Roasting.

From Dog Tag’s website: “...Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) empowers service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to discover personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world through an innovative business and entrepreneurship fellowship program.

“Our comprehensive and multifaceted five-month fellowship enables Fellows to dip their toe back into education, gain first-hand experience in a living, breathing small business, explore a wide variety of civilian career paths, and acquire key soft skills through Learning Labs. Wellness is a cornerstone of our program; from mindfulness to journaling, nutrition to yoga, we believe that our holistic, wellness-oriented approach allows the service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers we serve to be mentally ready to absorb the lessons and resources our program provides and lay the groundwork for their successful transition into civilian life.

“Our long-term goal is for our alumni to find finding personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world. DTI aspires that: alumni with entrepreneurial ambitions continue to work towards launching or advancing their concept; all alumni to stay in post-service jobs longer and have sustained employment/economic stability, and all alumni maintain their wellness and have sustained personal and emotional well-being. Additionally, we aim to create a “ripple effect” as individuals, organizations, and communities are positively impacted through DTI Fellows or alumni – bringing attention to – and helping address issues facing military spouse and caregiver communities...”

Owners Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez got into coffee during their time in the U.S. Marines.

As they tell it, Compass Coffee “...began as a source of energy during training, but slowly it developed into a ritual as we got stationed and then deployed to Afghanistan together. As our approach to coffee evolved, so did our understanding of it. We started experimenting with different roasts and different brewing methods. Soon we came to a startling realization: coffee didn't have to be bitter and harsh or weak and flavorless. It could taste good. Real good. But so few places were delivering on the promise trapped inside each coffee, that when we got out of the Marines, we set out to change that. The result is Compass Coffee...”

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