As early as hundreds of years ago, tea traveled far to Europe with the Silk Road. Turkey, at the end of the Silk Road, has preserved intact a set of its own tea culture. Tea is regarded as the “national drink” in Turkey and is an essential part of Turkish life. If the Chinese love tea, then the Turks are tea lovers. In the city of Istanbul, there are tea stalls, cafes, or open-air cafes in the streets and alleys, and these places are often the places where tea drinkers talk about the world and are at ease. Turks like to spend their afternoon tea time in the warm sunshine, calling friends, sitting at a high table by the roadside, ordering a cup of Turkish black tea, drinking tea, spraying melon seeds, and chatting for a while, leisurely.

Roadside Tea View

Turkish black tea does not add milk but is used to add sugar, and drinks the taste of sweet, so also known as “sweet tea”. The biggest feature of Turkish tea is its tea set, a small glass cup shaped like a narrow-waisted, broad-bellied vase, usually with a small brass plate, next to two or three grains of sugar, whether the local professional tea stalls or city stores to treat customers are always using this kind of ware blood. In Turkey, you step into any store, regardless of whether a business is made or not, the boss always first offered a cup of “sweet tea”, to show respect.

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