Sipping Stories | Coffee at Mandabatmaz | Travelspective

Coffee that’s thick, strong, and full of history.

How do you take your coffee? It’s a question that we hear all the time and answers usually include “black,” “with milk,” or “cream and sugar,” but in Turkey, the appropriate answer is more likely to be “very seriously.” During Ottoman times, Turkey introduced coffee to the rest of Europe, so you know their coffee culture is legit. A man who is keeping this culture thriving is Cemil Pilik, brewmaster at Mandabatmaz, a tiny café that just happens to make one of Istanbul’s finest cups of Turkish coffee. The stuff Pilik serves lives up to what Turkish coffee should be – thick, strong, unaltered, and full of history.