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what is dibek coffee & how to drink it?

SAKI Team January 24, 2024
What is Dibek Coffee & How to Drink It?

Summary: Welcome to the aromatic world of Dibek Coffee, a hidden gem in the rich tapestry of Turkish coffee culture. If you're a coffee aficionado or just someone curious about different types of coffee, you're in for a treat. In this post, we'll explore what makes Dibek Coffee unique, and how you can enjoy it using an electric Turkish coffee maker, especially the renowned Saki Electric Turkish Coffee Maker.

What is Dibek Coffee?

Dibek Coffee is a traditional Turkish coffee variant, distinguished by its brewing method and the distinctive taste it offers. This coffee takes its name “dibek” from the traditional stone grinding techniques dating back to the Ottoman Empire. Traditionally, Dibek coffee is ground by being beaten with a stone pestle in a dibek, which is the Turkish term for a mortar. This method creates a coarser texture and contributes to a softer and less bitter coffee taste.

Dibek Coffee vs Turkish Coffee

Understanding the distinctions between Dibek Coffee and traditional Turkish coffee is essential for any coffee enthusiast. Here's a simplified breakdown:

Grinding Process:

  • Turkish Coffee: Extremely fine grind.
  • Dibek Coffee: Coarsely ground, traditionally with a stone coffee mill.

Brewing Technique:

  • Turkish Coffee: Brewed in a cezve (Turkish coffee pot) over medium heat; notable for its rich foam.
  • Dibek Coffee: Altered brewing method to suit coarser grounds; less foam.


  • Turkish Coffee: Consists of only ground coffee beans.
  • Dibek Coffee: Has roasted coffee, mastic gum, chocolate, cardamom, cream, and salep. In addition, hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel can also be included in dibek coffee as additional flavors


  • Turkish Coffee: Strong, robust, and intense.
  • Dibek Coffee: Milder, smoother, and less bitter. Higher consistency, and is lower in caffeine content.

Cultural Aspect:

  • Turkish Coffee: Deep-rooted in history, often associated with hospitality.
  • Dibek Coffee: A unique variant, offering a different take on traditional coffee.

Is Dibek Coffee the Milk Version of Turkish Coffee?

While it does not actually include milk, its unique blend of flavors and creamy texture often lead people to think of it as a milky variant of Turkish coffee. This misconception aside, dibek coffee somewhat parallels the taste of Turkish coffee with milk.

How to Make Dibek Coffee?

The brewing process of Dibek Coffee slightly differs from traditional Turkish coffee. Typically, in a Turkish coffee pot, you would brew coffee on medium heat, allowing the rich foam on top to form - a signature of a well-made Turkish coffee. However, for Dibek Coffee, due to its coarser grounds, the brewing method adjusts to preserve its unique flavor profile.

Besides the traditional brewing over the stove, luckily, there are also modern Turkish coffee makers, which ease this oldest coffee brewing method for our hectic lives. Below will you find both methods.

How to Make Dibek Coffee with Traditional Way

Ingredients and Tools

  • Water (filtered or bottled recommended).
  • Ground dibek coffee
  • Cezve or briki
  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Measure the Coffee: Depending on your preference for coffee strength, add the coarsely ground Dibek coffee to the coffee maker. A standard measure is one heaped teaspoon per espresso cup.
  2. Add Ingredients: Add the dibek coffee and water to the coffee pot, cezve or briki. Add sugar at this step if you prefer it sweet.
  3. Add Sugar (Optional): You should add 1 teaspoon of sugar per cup for a little sugary taste, 2 teaspoons per cup for a bit more sugary taste, and 3-4 teaspoons per cup for a complete sweet taste.
  4. Start Brewing: Put the coffee pot on the stove with low heat. Gently stir dibek coffee and water until they are fully combined. Wait until it rises to the rim. This will take 4-6 minutes, but you should not leave it alone on the stove to avoid any overflowing.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: As soon as it rises, take the coffee pot from the stove and pour it into the cups. Let the coffee grounds to settle at the bottom and seve with some Turkish delight!

How to Make Dibek Coffee with an Electric Coffee Maker

With an electric Turkish coffee maker, you can still enjoy the authentic flavor of dibek coffee with added ease and consistency. Here's how to do it:

  1. Add Ingredients: Just like the traditional method, gather your ingredients: water, ground dibek coffee, and sugar if you want it sweet. Add the ground dibek coffee and sugar (optional) to the coffee maker’s pot and pour the water.
  2. Start The Coffee Maker: Switch on the electric coffee maker. This Turkish coffee maker is designed to heat at an optimal temperature, ensuring your coffee is brewed perfectly without the need for constant supervision.
  3. Monitor The Brew: Unlike traditional stovetop methods, the electric Turkish coffee maker comes with indicators to warn you when the coffee is ready. So, you do not need to monitor the brewing process and do enjoy doing something else. Your machine will avoid any overflow cutting the process when the coffee is ready.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: Once the coffee maker indicates that your dibek coffee is ready, serve it immediately. The electric Turkish coffee maker ensures a consistent taste every time, replicating the traditional dibek flavor with modern convenience.

By integrating the convenience of modern technology with the traditional recipe, you can enjoy dibek coffee anytime, without sacrificing its authentic taste and quality.

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Common Questions and Answers

Q: Is dibek coffee healthy?

A: Yes. Dibek coffee is one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It has all health benefits from its 8 to 11 different ingredients in addition to the coffee beans. Dibek coffee is rich in antioxidants, helps improve the immune system, stimulates the digestive system, regulates blood pressure, and reduces stress.

Q: Can I add cream to the dibek coffee?

A: Of course, you can if you want, but dibek coffee is already creamy with its additional ingredients, so you do not need to add cream to enjoy it.

Q: Can I make dibek coffee with milk?

A: Yes, you can make dibek coffee with milk, but it will be very light since it is already a light coffee even when made with water.

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