Composites of materials in which the matrix material does not spontaneously or readily wet the disperse phase and in which the volume fraction of the disperse phase is less than that formed in a packed bed of dispersate particles can be made effectively by an indirect method of infiltrating a packed bed of dispersate particles, using pressure or other mechanical force as needed to overcome poor wetting and form an intermediate concentrated composite. The concentrated composite is then mixed with additional matrix-forming material to produce the finally desired composite. The technique is particularly valuable for composites with ceramic dispersates and metal or alloy matrixes.