Turkey has always been famous for its robust Turkish coffee and strong black tea. Did you know that along with the beverages themselves, the preparation and consumption of tea and coffee are an integral part of Turkish culture and daily life?
It’s not only the British who are famous for their tea. Turkey has a tea, or ‘çay’ (CHAI’) culture all its own that’s steeped in hundreds of years of tradition.
To start, Turkey is among the world’s top five tea-growing countries, producing about six to ten percent of the world’s tea. Most of this is consumed domestically. Turkey’s tea-growing region stretches along the country’s northern Black Sea coastline from the Georgian border through the city of Rize further West.