How to Make Turkish Tea

Turks and Tea. They have an unbreakable bond. Turks love to drink tea every moment of the day. But make no mistake: making tea in Turkey is not a question of letting a teabag hang in a cup of boiling water for a minute. For the Turks a good cup of Çay is tea that has been standing on the stove boiling for a while.

This is how to make a good cup of Turkish tea:

  • First you need a çay danlık, that is a large teapot with a smaller one on top of it.
  • Fill the large pot with water.
  • In the small pot, put the Turkish tea leaves (around two tablespoons for 8 small glasses of tea) and a little water.
  • Place the small pot on the large pot, the lid on, and set it all on the stove.
  • When the water in the large pot boils, then pour the water in the small pot till it’s three quarters full.
  • Fill the large pot again with new water and let the tea on the fire until the leaves in the small pot have sank to the bottom. Usually around 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve. Pour with a tea strainer a little tea from the small pot into a tea glass. The quantity determines the strenght of the tea.
  • Then pour boiling water from the large teapot in the glass.

You can tell if it’s made properly if the ‘çay’ is clear. If the tea is dusky then you had to boil it a little longer.

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