Amid an ongoing debate about the fairness of cashless policies, one of the city’s biggest local coffee chains is experimenting with a new policy to limit—but not completely eliminate—cash transactions.
Compass Coffee will try out the new, semi-cashless model to “get customer feedback” and figure out “what it would look like to minimize our cash handling,” says co-founder Michael Haft.
At two D.C. locations, baristas will now only accept exact change. Customers will also be able to use cash to purchase gift cards, which can then be used to make purchases. The policy is in effect at the company’s 8th Street store in Shaw and the New York Avenue store in Mount Vernon Square.