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  • Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
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    Tea Cay

    by alectrevor Updated May 29, 2009

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    Everybody seems to drink tea in a little glass all day every day at 1 TL or less. Tea sellers on ferries with there trays of tea, or by the seats near blue mosque. The sellers go around with there call of Cay C ay Cay ! I liked the tea, but Turkish coffee is thick like mud, so if you want a coffee english style ask for instant or Nescafe. Bottles of water are on sale everywhere from koisks. The local beer is Efes. I enjoyed a beer upstairs in the Turkish Pub in Istikial Cad.

    Glass of Cay [ tea] Efes beer.on balcony of turkish pub istikial cad

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    Turkish Tea, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 24, 2013

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    Actually the "Turkish Tea" is different when compared to other teas all over the world as it is prepared from dried black tea leaves generally coming from Karadeniz, the East Black Sea coast.

    For preparation, tea is boiled for hours and hence its more dense, strong and black. It’s usually softened with extra hot water or left along with a more strong taste. This is the basic daily drink of most of the Turkish people, usually a couple per person depending on the occupation, even more.

    Tea is served during breakfasts and after each meal (even dinner). Actually there is no time frame for consuming tea in Turkey. It’s the first thing offered to anyone visiting anywhere. It’s a reflection of hospitality, kindles that evolves eventually into a nice conversation.

    The red/white striped lower plate is like a trademark, the slim, delicate glass is very important for the tea tradition. The glass should be thin and should be delicate like “the waist of a beautiful lady” as some locals quote.

    The best places to have such tea would be in small local tea houses that are traditional and not touristic. You can find such places in the Old Town near Sultanahmet area or on Istiklal Street on the back streets.

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    A hot tea before dinner.

    by benazer Written Sep 1, 2006

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    while waiting for my shish kebab the waiter bought a glass of tea for me.
    very nice flavour and gives you apetite and best of all you dont need much water while eating which is no good for you.I had about 5 or 6 glasses of this tea every day,try it if you come to Istanbul.

    A glass of Turkish tea

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    cai... drink more cai...

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 24, 2005

    If there's something that's typical of Turkey - coffee aside - is cai. cai is tea, and tea here is delicious. Tea is served and drunk very sweet - most people add even some extra sugar (I'm so Turkish in this!).

    The best type of tea I found in istanbul is elma cai - which is apple tea. It's very tasty and refreshing. regulat tea is great, too - but elma cai is peculiar.

    elma cai
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    Sealing the deal

    by bdwoot Written Jan 8, 2005

    When you have just completed a purchase at a bazaar, take a few minutes and enjoy a small glass of tea with the proprietor. It's only polite, it warms the soul, and it tastes mighty nice. A lump of sugar, a little lemon, and you are set.

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    Wonderful tea

    by mirchica Written Apr 8, 2008

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    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

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    Tea Seller

    by ophiro Written Jul 26, 2005

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    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.

    Tea Seller

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    tea houses.

    by cachaseiro Written Dec 18, 2004

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    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.

    local teahouse.

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    Drink Turkish tea when you're in Turkey

    by blackleopard Written Dec 21, 2007

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    Although you will be served apple tea wherever you go, that ' s not a real tea (that's made of powder)

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    Tea and Back Gammon

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 11, 2011

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    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.

    Playing a quiet game of back gammon Having tea and a chat
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    If someone offers you tea in...

    by SMeeds Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Drinking Tea or coffee in the markets

    by Avieira67 Written Oct 20, 2006

    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.

    Tea

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    coffee time!

    by Noorwegen Written Oct 13, 2002

    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

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    And again..... çai!!

    by Noorwegen Updated Oct 13, 2002

    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!

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