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All About Turkish Tea:
Benefits, Tea Time and Tea Gardens

Turkish tea is of the cleanest teas in the world and pesticides are not used in its cultivation. Turkey’s love for tea is strong. People across the country love their tulip cup of chay or tea, and the drink is ubiquitous in cafes, restaurants, and homes. 


What Is Cay (Tea)?


Chai is steeped in a rich history. The name Turkish tea “chai” is the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”.

But the traditional ingredients of a spiced tea blend usually include black tea mixed with strong spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns.




Is Turkish Tea Good for You?


Turkish tea is loaded with antioxidants and is believed to lower cholesterol and also to be beneficial to cardiovascular health. The brewed black tea is served with sugar cubes, other sweets and pastries or just black. 

One Archive of Internal Medicine study found that drinking three cups of black tea a day for six months lowered blood pressure.




Tea Time in Turkey


Turkish people love their tea with breakfast, at 10 a.m, after lunch, at 4 p.m, after dinner with dessert.

What it does mean though is that no matter what time of the day you feel like drinking it, is the right time. It is a reward after a hard day’s work. It is a dessert after a satisfying meal. It is an aromatic drink to welcome the guests to one’s home.

The taking of tea is a ritual unto itself, most meetings or formal occasions will begin with the offering of tea, and most meals will end with it.

In Turkey, Turkish tea is a social drink among friends who meet at the local teahouse or Tea garden, which oddly enough translates to the coffee house. No coffee is served in these tea gardens, they only serve lots of freshly brewed black tea with an abundant supply of sugar cubes. 





Top 10 Tea Gardens in Turkey for Drinking Turkish Tea 


  1. Mode Aile tea Garden
  2. Historic Cinaralti Family tea Garden (Cengelkoy)
  3. Pierre Loti Cafe and tea garden
  4. Teleferik Family tea garden
  5. Secret Paradise restaurant
  6. Emek cafe Yenikoy
  7. Doganlar Village Beach tea garden
  8. A cup of Joy – Bebek
  9. Tophane tea garden
  10. Hacibaba tea garden


Does Turkish Black Tea Have Caffeine?


From the results of experiments, caffeine contents are found in black tea, 3.57±0.43%  respectively caffeine contents which are found in 1, 5 and 10 cups of Turkish tea are calculated.



Does Tea Grow in Turkey?




Turkish Tea in Turkey is cultivated in the provinces of Rize and Karadeniz. The special climate of the region causes the tea plants to hibernate every year during the six months of autumn and winter.

Turkey is an important producer of tea in the world. It is one of the top 10 countries in the world in tea production.


How to Identify the Quality of Turkish Black Tea?




Good quality loose black tea is naturally dark brown to black and consists of large leaves and very little powder.

The best kinds of Turkish tea is Rise, Caykur that has a very rich flavor, aroma and strength. Another very popular tea is Karali.


Which Type of Tea is Famous in Turkey?


The best kinds of Turkish tea is Rise, Caykur that has a very rich flavor, aroma and strength. Another very popular tea is Karali.

Top tea brands in Turkey include Caykur (with a myriad of collections of different black teas from sprout tea to organic black tea and Earl Grey Tea), Dogadan Cay, Lipton, Dogus Cay, and Offaly.


Turkish Herbal Teas



In Turkey, herbal teas are generally used as herbal medicine. They are most popular with foreign tourists with apple (Elma cayı), rosehip (kusburnu cayı), and linden flower (ihlamur cayı) being the most consumed flavors. 


Sage tea (Ada cayı, literally 'island tea') is most popular in the Mediterranean coastal region. 


Turkish tea in Turkey, herbal teas destined for the treatment of most ailments can be found in local herbal shops, called aktar. 


Dried herbal leaves, petals, shoots, etc. are sold in loose-leaf according to each customer's need and taste.


Best Way to Make Turkish Tea?


  • Place a couple of generous pinches of loose tea in the teapot add boiling water
  • Cover and let steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Turkish people will usually place the teapot on top of the kettle st it simmers on the stove to keep the tea warm.
  • Then fill up one third to half of the cup with tea.
  • Pour hot water over it. You have Turkish tea!


Serving Tea



Traditionally, Turkish tea is served from a samovar, a heating vessel originally imported into Turks from Russia. Meaning “self-boiler”.

 the samovar is used to keep water hot for prolonged periods through a fuel-filled pipe in the middle of the structure that heats the contents surrounding it. Made from copper, brass, silver or gold.

Tea can be served with many things like sugar cubes, chocolate, Turkish dessert, Simit, Pogaca, cakes, cookies, and other sweets.


What Makes Turkish Tea Special?


Turkish tea is served in glass cups so you can see the color. We hope you will be able to get a taste of tea while you are in Turkey.

You can find more information and special details about Turkish culture, the hospitality of people, Turkish brandsTurkish actors and so on our blogs.