The journey of tea dates back to thousands of years ago. From China to the former British Kingdom (The Kingdom where the sun never down), tea has become the main guest of traditional cuisines of many countries. So same for the Turkish cuisine.
When we talk about Turkish Tea, we most generally refer to strong black tea. Tea has such an important place in the daily life of Turkey that the words tea and Turkish are used together. Turkish tea even takes place in songs, poems, novels, etc. So, the flavour, which has a very critical place for Turkish people, is an indispensable beverage in Turkey.
Before-during-after the breakfast, during a tiring working day, or after dinner,… In short, tea can find a place anytime it wants on our tables. Furthermore, tea spot is always ready on the stove in every home in Turkey. And we gladly serve it to our guests even without asking.
The Indispensable Togetherness of Turkish Breakfast and Tea
We are sure all of you have heard about the importance of Turkish breakfast. An “average” Turkish breakfast includes cheese, olives, egg, tomatoes, jam, salami, so on. Despite all these components, Turkish breakfast means nothing without a glass of hot and new brewed Turkish tea. Believe it or not, it’s a true story! On the other hand, if you don’t have time to prepare breakfast during working days, then you buy a simit from a pastry shop or a street vendor. And consume it with a glass of tea!
As for coffee… Drinking coffee is not as common as tea in Turkey, unlike European countries. But, it doesn’t mean that we don’t drink coffee in Turkey. Attention, by the way, when we say coffee, it refers to the Turkish coffee. If you haven’t heard it yet, please check our “Turkish Coffee For Your Taste!” post.
When To Drink Turkish Tea?
First of all, the door is always open all the way through for a cup of Turkish tea. Indeed, the best time to drink Turkish tea is always! Do you think that we are exaggerating? No, we definitely not! We are always ready to drink it and we are not capable of answering “no” for an offer to a cup of tea.
Secondly, the tea spot is not only constantly ready at homes but it also ready in workplaces all the time. Or, when you are shopping on a market, or waiting for your turn in a hairdresser, they can always offer you a couple of tea. Therefore, don’t be surprised when it happens so.
So, the time for drinking tea is not limited to the parts of a day. What’s more, we actually believe that;
“A typical Turkish person drinks way more tea than water in a day.”
What Does A Turkish Tea Set Contain?
What does “Turkish Tea Set” mean? You all are probably asking the same question. So, here’s the answer: A Turkish tea set normally contains the following items in it :
- Turkish tea glasses, for sure,
- Tiny Turkish teaspoons,
- Small plates on which you put the glasses,
- A tray to serve all the glasses together.
If you can’t find those items in the markets around you, then you should apply for the internet. Because via the internet, you’ll have a wide range of options.
You can buy those items whether as a set or separately. Therefore, it all depends on your wish. And this website can help you to find all the items in case you can’t find them in your local. Just click here to see how much options are waiting for you!
How to Make Turkish Tea?
There are two parts of a Turkish teapot. One small and one larger. The small one is placed above the larger one. It is very easy to brew Turkish tea when you follow these steps:
- Pour 1/4 cup of water in the small teapot. Add in tea leaves (5 tablespoons for 6 people) and cover with its lid.
- Fill the large teapot with water. Put them together (small one above the larger) on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring it to boil.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes so that the heat reaches the tea leaves in the small teapot.
- Transfer more than half of the water in the large teapot into the small teapot. Fill the large one with additional water and put it back on the stove. Again the small teapot over the large teapot. Bring the water to boil first and reduce the heat to the lowest and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. The tea will be brewed as the tea leaves will sink by the end of this time. Then you can either leave teapot set on the stove over the lowest heat so that the tea keeps hot or remove from heat, serve and reheat when needed.
It is really that easy! By following those steps, you can brew authentic Turkish tea and amaze your guests!
How Do We Serve Turkish Tea in Turkey?
When the Turkish is brewed, you can serve it in Turkish tea glasses or teacups. This is a certain way of serving tea. Fill the quarter of the glass with brewed tea and then complete it with boiled water from the large teapot. Adjust the amount of tea depending on how you like your tea -strong or lighter. And it is up to you to add sugar into your glass or not. People in Turkey used to add sugar cubes, but nowadays it becomes very popular to drink tea sugarless.
As for its service, culturally we prefer drinking tea in a glass. It is specially designed for Turkish tea. So, you can see it in the pictures here. Serving them in Turkish teacups doesn’t have a very long history in our culture. It has become popular for some years, but tea glasses are still the most preferred.
As to serve the tea, you have a wide range of options. You can either serve authentic Turkish tea with desserts or fresh pastry flavours. So, you have eternal freedom for what to serve together with tea. To have a general idea for that, you can our “Top 20: Most Popular Traditional Turkish Desserts” post.
Plus; if you are in Istanbul, you should definitely stop by in Pierre Loti. It is probably the best location to dring Turkish tea in Istanbul. You can see the location the map by clicking the link below;