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tea time
Turkish tea: hot, fragrant, bracing, and available everywhere, all the time in Turkey.

Turkish coffee is more famous, but Turkish tea (çay, CHAH-yee) is the national drink, brewed from leaves grown on the steep, verdant mountain slopes of Turkey's eastern Black Sea coast.

Traditionally, Turkish tea is brewed samovar-style, with a small pot of very strong tea kept hot atop a larger vessel of boiling water. Pour a small amount of strong tea into a little tulip-shaped glass and cut it to the desired strength with hot water.

In recent years tea bags, especially foreign brands (most prominent: Lipton), have become something of a status symbol, but most of Turkey still runs on real samovar-brewed Black Sea coast tea.

In fact, Turkish tea purists mumble derogatorily about poşet çay (teabag-tea) as being obviously inferior to loose-leaf, samovar-brewed Turkish tea.

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  • Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9014 W: 23 N: 16166] (101188)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-02-01
  • Categories: Daily Life, Food
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-02-10 1:46
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