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Turkish Coffee Lady 
Launches the First Coffee Diplomacy Foundation 

The Non-Profit Aims to Build Bridges One Coffee At A Time

March 8, 2020 (Washington D.C.) – Turkish Coffee Lady is delighted to announce the launch of its non-profit coffee diplomacy platform in honor of International Women’s Day.

Founded in Washington D.C., the Turkish Coffee Lady Foundation is dedicated to building cross-cultural friendships through coffee diplomacy. The organization’s main mission is to promote the 500-year old Turkish coffee culture, bridge cultures one cup at a time, and contribute to Turkey’s nation branding over coffee conversations. 

“There is a famous Turkish saying that goes “A cup of Turkish coffee is remembered with an appreciation for 40 years” which means offering a cup of coffee binds a friendship,” said Gizem Salcigil White, aka the Turkish Coffee Lady. “In the past, Turkish coffee houses were the anchors of a community where science and philosophy were discussed. We want to continue this proud tradition into the 21st century”.

Turkish Coffee Lady Foundation also runs programs to empower women entrepreneurs and inspire them to pursue their dreams. Through our “Entrepreneurial Ladies Club”, the organization will offer consultancy and guidance to women entrepreneurs both in the U.S and Turkey.

“Turkish coffee is the world’s first coffee brewing method invented by Turks in the 16th century, and it is the original gourmet coffee. Turkish coffee culture is recognized by UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a cultural inheritance that should be protected. That’s why we are so excited to share this five-centuries old ritual with other societies while empowering women entrepreneurs through our educational programs.” said Melek Edib, Vice President.

Turkish Coffee Lady Foundation is a women-led non-profit association and is supported by Turkey’s oldest coffee ground seller Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi and Inomoon Innovative Digital Marketing Agency.


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