tea and coffee, Istanbul
When you are in Istanbul or somewhere in Turkey, you will see many times you will be ofered something to drink such as tea, Turkish coffee or apple tea.. This comes from the hospitality of the Turks, you will not be asked to pay for them or you will not be asked to buy anything as you have been offered something.
Enjoy your drink..
At first I thought that people drink coffee here, because of the famous Turkish Coffee, but I was wrong. Instead it's TEA!
It's a trdition of drinking tea in Turkey I would say. Like in England or China, the tea drinking became part of the Turkish culture.
People drink tea here all day long, in the winter and in the summer, morning or evening! And the tea is really tasty, generally served in special small tea glass.
It is served at home, in any restaurant, at working places, and even in the street, at bus stations, and many many other places - ANYWERE!
I must tell you I have tasted so nice tea here!
Turkish coffee is another offering that people get from locals. It is a strong type of coffee, so it is served in small "fincan" 's. The sugar is added during preperation, so you may want to tell them how you want it done.
"sade" - no sugar
"az sekerli" - very little sugar
"orta sekerli" - medium
"çok sekerli" - with lots of sugar
If you are given the coffee without them asking your preference, it is most likely to be medium.
DO NOT stir or mix the coffee in any way. Don't drink till the end or you will end up with a sandy texture.
Turkish coffee is also used for fortune-telling. This is done by placing the saucer over the "fincan" and turning it upside down. After it cools down the fortune-teller reads from the sediment left at the bottom of the "fincan".
Tea is an unbreakable habbit in Turkey. It is also a way of socilaising. You will be offered tea while shopping, waiting, or just for conversation. Although it is not extremely rude not to accept, it still makes them feel self concious. It does not mean that you have to buy something or that you absolutely have to talk to them. It is just a way of welcoming you.
Turkish tea may be strong for most foreigners. In that case ask for "açýk çay" (ach-uhk chay) meaning light tea.
One of the hardest things for western tourists to accept is the offer of tea by carpet merchants and other stall owners - particularly if you have no intention of buying! There is an automatic assumption that the merchant is going to try and get you to sign your life away. There's no doubt that there are some who would like to do this, but generally, if you are honest from the beginning ('I don't want to buy anything') there are merchants who simply want to talk. I met both types - the unscruplulous and the openly friendly. With the former you can make a quick(ish) exit, with the latter, an hour or so of perfectly enjoyable discussion. Create the time - it can add an extra 'something' to your time in Istanbul.
Tea drinking is very essential during the day time. Seeing old men sitting together outside a tea house is very common. Playing a game is a sign of activity.
Definitly,evertbody should try the turkich tea,it's called "chai".They serve it in very small glasses.It's strong black tea and they drink it more than coffee.Green tea is very delicious too
Although you will be served apple tea wherever you go, that ' s not a real tea (that's made of powder)
When we are bargaining in a market, and the owner feel we desire to buy, we are invited to drink something, especially tea or coffe.
On some places you will see a person with a huge jug on his back.
This is a tea seller and you can buy tea for a small sum of money.
visit one of the local teahouses and just sit and watch life pass by.
you learn a lot about a place that way and you will also be doing what a lot of locals do that way.
Here he is: our hero, the local çai seller in the Sultan Ahmed Park. Every morning the best çai in town for only 500.000 TL. Don't miss him!
Turkish coffee: Some don't like it, but you should try. One tip: don't finish it all because then you will feel like having taken a bite from the beach
If someone offers you tea in Turkey it is rude to refuse it. Tea is often used while a deal is being made.
It is drunk from a small glass, without milk, but with lots of sugar.