I’ve written a few posts regarding Turkish tea previously. One of them has been commented by @CardiffTeaCup regarding how to brew Turkish tea authentically. Furthermore @teaxplorer wrote a great post about Turkish tea culture earlier this year when he visited Istanbul. In this post I’ll try to be as much detailed as possible to cover main steps of brewing Turkish black tea.
What you’ll need?
- Turkish black tea. I suggest black teas produced by Caykur which is state-runned tea company. Yet teas from other companies will suffice, too.
- Turkish samovar which consists of two parts: bottom part or kettle is used just for boiling water; whereas top part or teapot is used for brewing tea.
- Turkish tea glass, saucer and spoon.
- Sugar cubes.
How to brew ?
- First you’ve gotta fill up kettle with water and get it up to boiling. When water is boiled, put some tea in teapot. I’ve used 20 grams of tea for my teapot which has a capacity of 750 ml. It might seem too much, yet it’s not. We need to get highly concentrated tea.
- Pour boiled water from kettle to teapot and brew tea about 10-12 minutes. At this stage reduce heat at minimum and keep samovar on a stove. Alternatively you can use a tea warmer. After brewing is done, Turkish people generally leave tea leaves in teapot which makes tea quite bitter after a while. You’ll be better off if you move your tea to another teapot by using strainer.
- Now you’re ready to serve the tea! Pour some tea from teapot into tea glass and then pour some boiled water from kettle. Don’t forget that teapot includes very concentrated tea and kettle is basically for dilution depending on preferences of tea drinker. There are basically three choices here: dark, medium or light. If the drinker likes it strong then you should put more tea and less water in glass. On the other hand for a light cup of tea, you should go for more water and less tea.
- You’ll need sugar or some other sweetener since Turkish black tea is quite bitter. You can put one or two sugars and stir it until sugars melt. However I personally drink it without sugar, as I’m fine with bitterness. Sometimes I use other sweeteners such as chocolate or date which work quite fine, as well. Particularly I’m great fan of date which is both healthy and sweet. One stone, two birds:)