Turks start the day with tea, not coffee so that ‘Turkish Tea’ has an important role in our lives. Do you feel so full after a meal? Brew some tea. Is your friend on her way to you? Brew some tea. You may ask yourself why on earth a recipe blog is sharing Tea recipe. We can discuss this, but let me brew some tea.

Breakfasts equal to tea for us. At classic Turkish breakfast, you see tons of food on the table, but there is only one thing never loses its spot on the table which is tea. We drink tea at different times in a day besides breakfasts such as after lunches. The tea, we consume, is coming from the black sea region of Turkey. Rize city is the biggest and famous tea producer city of Turkey. Tea is also produced in other cities of Turkey but not as massive as Rize city.

The Story of Tea.

Turks have met the tea very late. It first came to Turkey around the early 1900s by the Chinese merchants and then it spread very rapidly. At that time Turkish coffee shop culture was also spreading and Tea started to sell at every coffee shop around Turkey. During my research; I have found the below picture which shows men are holding tea and hookah at an Ottoman period coffee shop.

Mustafa Kemal ATATURK (Father of the Turks and the greatest leader of all time) has noticed a very important thing at that period. He noticed that tea started to be an important part of socializing and Turkish people liked to drink it, however, it was an imported product and the price started to increase day by day. He requested research from the Ministry of Agriculture to find the best suitable location to grow tea in Turkey borders. After researches concluded, it has been decided to plant tea seeds at Rize city because it has the best weather conditions to grow tea. Let’s brew some tea!!.

Turkish Tea
5 from 7 votes

Turkish Tea

Course Drinks
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1 kcal


  • 7 cups water
  • 4 tbsp black tea


  1. Boil 7 cups of water in a bottom teapot first. Then put the black tea leaves to the top pot and transfer 2 cups of boiled water from the lower pot to the top pot.

  2. let them boil at medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir the top pot in every 5 minutes during boiling to let black tea to release its flavor.

  3. Bring the heat to the lowest level and boil 10 minutes more and after it it will be ready.

  4. When serving Turkish tea, pour 1/3 of a glass with tea and fill the rest with water.

  5. It is optional to serve with sugar.




  1. Why if is black tea, it appears red in the glass, has especial ingredient?, where to find it?

    • Dear Susan; there is no special ingredient to make it red. You adjust the taste and the color of your Turkish Tea by adding more or less water on top according to your preference while you are serving. If you like heavy tea taste, you add less water more tea. And the color becomes dark burgundy. If you like light taste, you add more water while serving. This means; instead of pouring 1/3 tea, you pour 1/4 tea or even 1/5 tea. But I don’t recommend this. Stick to the original. I hope this answer helps you. ☕☕☕

  2. Avatar Johanna Paciullo

    5 stars
    I just finished watching a Turkish TV Drama on Netflix and I am intrigued by the food and especially the tea drinking. My question is How do the people hold the tea cups? The tea is boiling hot. How do they not burn their fingers? I am going to try your recipe for sure. Thank you.

    • Well; we give space at the top of the glass while putting the tea to the tea glass. And we don’t hold the tea glass by our full palm, we use thumb and index finger to hold the tea glass. With this way, you don’t burn your fingers. 😉😉

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for your recipe, I like it! I love Turkish tea so much. It’s a ritual in our home everyday.

  4. Avatar Muhammad Furqan

    5 stars
    I am from Pakistan and I would like tell u tea is good but where I can find black tea if possible make video and send me on my number 923319600206 WhatsApp

    • Dear Furqan; there is no difference between making the Turkish tea and the black tea. Both are made with the same method I present at my post same. BUT bear in mind that black tea always has a much stronger taste than regular Turkish tea.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. I love it !!! 🔥☕🔥

  6. 5 stars

    Thank you for the recipe. I have used your method exactly, and using the ratio of tea to water, the tea ends up being bitter.

    What would you advise?

    • Dear Anwar;
      If it bitter with 1/3 method; you can use 1/4 or even 1/5.
      This means you need to put less tea and fill the rest with water. The more tea, the bitter it is. I hope this helps.


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