Meet Our Founder

Welcome & Merhaba!

It’s great to meet you! I am an award-winning social coffee entrepreneur and a philanthropist. After traveling the world with a non-profit Turkish coffee truck for eight years as a part of my gastro diplomacy efforts, the “Turkish Coffee Lady” brand was born - a special name dear to my heart which was given to me by the Washington Post newspaper back in 2012! Turkish Coffee Lady is an authentic specialty coffee business continuing a 500-year old tradition of bringing people together one coffee at a time. I hope you visit us in Old Town Alexandria, where we bring world cultures together. Please feel free to reach out to me at with your questions and suggestions.

Founder & CEO of Turkish Coffee Lady
Gizem Salcigil White

  • Women Empowerment

    Turkish Coffee Lady’s founder Gizem White was recognized as one of the most inspiring women in Alexandria in 2022 by the VIP Alexandria magazine.

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  • Female Entrepreneurship

    Turkish Coffee Lady met fashion designer, Tan France, via Meta’s Boost My Business series they worked on digital strategy and social media to reflect her company’s legacy and rich history.

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  • Community Impact

    Turkish Coffee Lady was named as a 2022 success story of Virginia by the Small Business Development Center of VA.

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    • Mimi D

      "I wanted to try the coffee reading, booked one appointment for myself and my daughter. The gentleman that does the reading is amazing. The coffee was great and all the little snacks they serve are also amazing."

    • Paul J

      "I'm lucky enough to have visited Istanbul and the coffee and treats at Turkish Coffee Lady reminded me of every drop and bite that I had during that visit.  Stop by and visit Turkish Coffee Lady for a fun experience!"

    • A. R.

      "This coffee is unlike any other, with complex flavors that are unique to the Turkish style. The decor makes you feel right at home and the music is definitely poppin' that makes you feel like you are in another place."

    • Turkish Coffee Tasting Experience

      We take pride in not only serving finely crafted coffee but also in cultivating a community hub where friendships are forged over shared tales and the aromatic embrace of Turkish coffee. Come experience a centuries-old ritual and discover

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    The Turkish Coffee Lady is always busy representing Turkish Culture throughout the World. Stay up-to-date on her where abouts here!

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