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All about Turkish tea:
benefits, tea time and tea gardens

Turkish tea is one of the purest teas in the world and no pesticides are used in its cultivation. Turkey's love for tea is strong. People all over the country love their cup of tea or tulip tea and this drink is ubiquitous in cafes, restaurants and homes.


What is Tea (Chai)?


Tea has a rich history. The Turkish name "chai" means "tea" in Hindi, which is derived from "cha", the Chinese word for tea.

But the traditional ingredients of a spicy tea blend usually include black tea mixed with strong spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and ground black pepper.




Is Turkish tea good for you?


Turkish tea is rich in antioxidants and is believed to lower cholesterol levels and is also good for cardiovascular health. Brewed black tea is served with or without sugar cubes, other sweets and pastries.

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




Tea time in Turkey


Turkish people like to drink tea at breakfast, at 10 am, after lunch, at 4 pm, after dinner with dessert.

This means that no matter what time of the day you want to drink it, it's the right one. This is the reward after a hard day at work. This is a dessert after a hearty meal. This is a fragrant drink that welcomes guests to your home.

Drinking tea is a ritual in itself, most meetings or formal occasions begin with the offering of tea and most of the meal ends with it.

In Turkey, Turkish tea is a social drink among friends who meet at the local tea house or tea garden, which oddly translates to coffee house. These tea gardens do not serve coffee, they only serve a lot of freshly brewed black tea with a plentiful supply of lumps of sugar.





10 Best Tea Gardens in Turkey for Drinking Turkish Tea


  1. Mode Aile Tea garden
  2. Historical tea garden Cinaralti Family (Cengelkoy)
  3. Cafe Pierre Loti 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


Is there caffeine in Turkish black tea?


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 grown 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 tea producer in the world. It is one of the top 10 tea producing countries in the world.


How to determine the quality of Turkish black tea?




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

The best varieties of Turkish tea are Rise, Caykur, which have a very rich taste, aroma and strength. Another very popular tea is Karali.


What kind of tea is popular in Turkey?


The best varieties of Turkish tea are Rise, Kaykur, which have a very rich taste, aroma and strength. Another very popular tea is Karali.

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


Turkish herbal teas



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

Sage tea (Ada cayı, literally "island tea") is most popular along the Mediterranean coast.


Turkish tea in Turkey, herbal teas designed to treat most ailments can be found in local herbal shops called aktar.


Dried herbal leaves, petals, shoots, etc. are sold in loose form according to the needs and tastes of each customer.


What is the best way to brew Turkish tea?


  • Pour a couple of generous pinches of loose tea into a teapot, add boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Turkish people usually put a kettle on top of the kettle to keep it boiling on the stove and keep the tea warm.
  • Then fill one-third to one-half of the cup with tea.
  • Fill it with hot water. Your Turkish tea is ready!


Serving tea



Traditionally, Turkish tea is served from a samovar, a heating vessel originally brought to the Turks from Russia. Means "self-boiling".

The samovar is used to maintain the temperature of the water for a long time through a fuel-filled pipe in the middle of the structure, which heats up the surrounding contents. Made of copper, brass, silver or gold.

Tea can be served with many things such as sugar cubes, chocolate, Turkish dessert, simit, pogacha, 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 that you will be able to taste tea while in Turkey.

You can find more information and special information about Turkish culture, hospitality of people, Turkish brands, Turkish actors, etc. in our blogs.