Turkish Tea

Turkish Tea

We, Turks love to start the day with tea, not with 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.

Breakfast equals tea for us. At a 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 the day besides breakfasts such as after lunches. The tea, which we consume, is coming from the black sea region of Turkey. Rize city is the biggest and famous tea producer city in 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. This is how tea got into our lives.

Turkish Tea
5 from 13 votes

Turkish Tea

Course Drinks
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 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 boiled water.

  5. It is optional to serve with sugar.


16 thoughts on “Turkish Tea”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi, thanks for this. How do you transfer water from the bottom pot to the top pot without burning yourself or making a mess? Thanks

    1. Turkish Foodie

      Hi Marilu; Turkish tea boiler formed by two pieces. So; it very easy to transfer water. First, you can take the top pot and set it aside and then open the top pot lid and take the bottom pot from the heat and transfer the boiling water to the top pot and then put the bottom pot back and the put the top pot back on top of the bottom pot. I hope it makes sense. Because if I write more, this explanation looks like a riddle. 😊😊

      1. Hi, thanks for your answer. Apologies for not making myself clear enough – I know the spout will help me with this process, but what I meant to ask was how do you measure 2 exact cups? Many thanks

      2. Turkish Foodie

        Dear Malilu; put 2 clear tea glasses side by side and fill each glass with 1/3 of the tea you made and then add boiling water on top. In this way, you can equal the 2 teacups (tea glasses). If you prefer a strong flavor, put half tea and half boiling water into your tea glass at your next tea time. The more you add tea, the rich and strong tea taste you get. I hope; I understand your question and gave the right answer this time. 😊😊

  2. Michael Bedlow

    5 stars
    Are those cups USA cups 240ml or European cups 200ml?

    1. ilke Barış

      Dear Michael; you can use European. The logic is; if you use too much water on top, your tea will get a light tea color and light flavor. And you cannot tweak it if you like strong flavor taste. On the other hand, if you like strong flavor taste, use less water on top. You can always tweak the strong flavor taste by adding water on top of your teacup. I hope it makes sense.

  3. Susan

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

    1. ilke Barış

      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. ☕☕☕

  4. 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.

    1. ilke Barış

      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. 😉😉

  5. Simge T.Taste

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

  6. 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

    1. ilke Barış

      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.

  7. Jasmin Uchema

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

  8. Anwar Khan

    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?

    1. ilke Barış

      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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