The Tea and Coffee in Turkey

When visiting Turkey, there is no excuse for not enjoying the tea and coffee made the Turkish way.

The Tea of Turkey

Turkish_tea_CyprusAlthough Turkey has a long history of coffee consumption tea is Turkey’s most consumed hot drink. When having guests over, it is common hospitality to offer the guests tea.

Turkish tea is traditionally served in small tulip-shaped glass cups. The cup is held at the rim to avoid burning the fingers. Small glasses are used as Turkish tea is full-flavoured and very strong. Sugar can be added to the tea, but not milk.

Turkey has tea and coffee houses that the locals frequently visits. The tea is served in a samovar (a heated metal container) so the glass can be refilled.

The Coffee of Turkey

When you try your first cup of coffee in Turkey, the famous Turkish proverb will make sense – “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.”

To start with, the coffee beans are finely ground and then boiled (usually with sugar) in a small brass pot known as a ‘cezve’ or ‘ibrik’. When you order your coffee, you can choose how much sugar you want. ‘Sade’ for no sugar, ‘az sekerli’ for a little sugar, ‘orta sekerli’ for semi-sweet, or ‘sekerli’ for sweet.

The coffee is not filtered, which means there will be remnants of the finely ground beans in the bottom of the coffee cup. As with the strong tea, Turkish coffee is served in small cups. They look different to the tea glasses, though.

When visiting a coffee house in Turkey, don’t be in a rush. Drinking coffee is about sitting around and having long talks while taking little sips in-between. The preparation and brewing of the coffee are so specialised and linked to Turkish culture, that UNESCO has even given it World Heritage status.