Turkish Tea and Hospitality

Discover Turkey and drink a hot cup of tea

Sign of Friendship

If you drink a cup of tea with someone you are a neighbour, if you drink a second cup you are a friend and by the third cup you are family. You will be happy starting your day with a hot cup of Turkish tea.

Turkish Tea

What do you think about Turkish tea? Tea is an important part of the Turkish culture and can be enjoyed in every social context. Offering tea is considered a sign of friendship and hospitality.

For those who prefer tea, the Turkish tradition still has much to offer. Unlike other countries, Turkish tea is prepared in two pots and steeped for a relatively longer time. The tea is steeped in a pot that sets on top of a larger pot of boiling water. The vapors aid the steeping process of the tea. Tea is generally consumed as hot as possible and in little, tulip shaped glasses. Turkish tea is usually prepared quite strong and some boiling water added to taste. With its mild climate with high precipitation and fertile soil, the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey is renowned for its high quality black tea.

Please remember, you can taste a real flavour of Turkish tea only in Turkey.

A Proof of Hospitality

Tea Culture: Turkish people are avid tea drinkers. Turkish tea coming from the Black Sea region, is the most popular drink and a part of lifestyle in Turkey, taken at any time of day, usually more than once a day. Also, serving tea to guests is a proof of hospitality in our country.

If you drink tea in a unique landscape, you will be happy starting your day.

Brewing Turkish Tea: Usually Turkish tea is brewed in a sort of combined tea pot which is placed directly on the hob and has water boiling in the bottom section and tea brewing in the top so it can be made weaker or stronger as required.

How to Drink: Turkish tea is traditionally drunk from small tulip shaped glasses, always deep red colour and usually with plenty of sugar. You can serve Turkish tea with sugar cubes. But most Turkish people like to have their Turkish tea without sugar with just a few drops of lemon juice.

Caffeine for the Turks

Tea is the main source of caffeine for the Turks. Drinking tea is such an essential part of a working day, that any distruption of the constant supply of fresh tea is a sure way to sacrifice productivity.

Turkish Tea, Sign of Friendship
Green Tea Gardens, Rize