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Turkish tea in Dubai

Turkish tea in Dubai

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In Dubai, both Turks and Arab citizens enjoy drinking Turkish tea. Turkish tea is a very simple and delicious tea to make. Turks generally drink it with breakfast. Turkish tea is also served to guests.

It is possible to buy Turkish tea from many stores in Dubai. Turkish tea is even sold on Amazon. Çaykur and Doğuş are the two most important tea brands in Turkey.

So, do you know how Turkish tea should be prepared?

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To make Turkish tea, you’ll need the following:

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Loose black tea leaves (preferably Turkish tea leaves)

Equipment:

  • A two-tiered teapot (çaydanlık)
  • Tea glasses (tulip-shaped)

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make Turkish tea:

Fill the bottom compartment of the çaydanlık with water:

  • Pour fresh, cold water into the bottom part of the teapot. Leave some space, as the water will boil and expand.

Place the tea leaves in the upper compartment:

  • Add a couple of tablespoons of loose black tea leaves to the top compartment of the teapot. You can adjust the amount according to your preference for a stronger or milder taste.

Assemble the teapot:

  • Place the upper compartment with the tea leaves on top of the bottom compartment filled with water.

Boil the water:

  • Put the teapot on the stovetop over medium heat. Allow the water in the bottom compartment to come to a boil.

Simmer and steep:

  • Once the water boils, reduce the heat to low, ensuring that the water continues to simmer gently.
  • Allow the tea leaves in the top compartment to steep and the flavors to infuse into the water below.
  • The longer you steep the tea, the stronger it will be. Typically, Turkish tea is brewed for about 10-15 minutes.

Dilute and serve:

  • After steeping, your tea concentrate is ready to be served.
  • Take a Turkish tea glass (tulip-shaped) and pour a small amount of the concentrate, filling it about one-fourth to one-third of the glass.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with hot water from a separate kettle or pot.
  • Stir and taste, adjusting the dilution to your desired strength. Some prefer it stronger, while others like it milder.

Enjoy your Turkish tea:

  • Sit back, relax, and savor the rich flavor and aroma of your homemade Turkish tea.
  • Turkish tea is often enjoyed with a side of sugar cubes or a slice of lemon, but you can enjoy it plain or customize it according to your preference.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to prepare and enjoy Turkish tea. Enjoy the warm and comforting experience!

turkish tea in glass on table

ABOUT TURKISH TEA

It’s a delightful and aromatic beverage enjoyed by many. The traditional way of brewing Turkish tea involves using a two-tiered teapot called a “çaydanlık.” The lower compartment is filled with boiling water while the upper compartment holds loose black tea leaves. The tea is brewed slowly and is usually very strong. When serving, it’s customary to pour a small amount of concentrated tea into a small tulip-shaped glass, then dilute it with hot water according to your preference. Whether sipping it at a cozy café or sharing it with friends and loved ones, Turkish tea is a lovely way to enjoy a flavorful cuppa!

HISTORY OF TURKISH TEA

Turkish tea, also known as çay, has a fascinating history. While tea was not native to Turkey, it became ingrained in Turkish culture and has become a staple beverage.

The introduction of tea to Turkey can be traced back to the early 20th century. During that time, Turkey was facing challenges in its economy and was looking for alternative crops to cultivate. In 1930, Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk initiated a campaign to encourage tea cultivation and consumption in the country.

Tea plantations were established in various regions of Turkey, particularly along the Black Sea coast, where the climate was favorable for tea production. Initially, the aim was to reduce Turkey’s dependence on imported tea. However, tea quickly gained popularity among the Turkish population.

The tea culture in Turkey is unique in that it is deeply rooted in socializing and hospitality. Tea is often served in small, tulip-shaped glasses known as “çaydanlık” with a separate teapot on top and hot water in the lower part. The tea is brewed strong, and it’s common to add sugar according to personal taste.

Today, tea is an integral part of daily life in Turkey. It is enjoyed throughout the day, with breakfast, during breaks, and in social gatherings. Turkish tea gardens, known as “çay bahçesi,” provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere where people come together to chat and enjoy a cup of tea.

So, if you ever have the chance to visit Turkey, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality and taste the aromatic Turkish tea! Cheers!