Today, Sevnur of Çay Çek is guest posting on my blog and will be talking all about Turkish tea customs. I was thrilled when she contacted me, because my brother in law was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Please enjoy learning about Turkish tea! Below is a photo Sevnur provided.Turkey is the biggest tea consumer country in the world and the 5th biggesttea producer. The most interesting thing is the only tea that covered bysnow is Turkish tea. That makes the tea the healthiest and organic at thesame time. No chemicals are used while growing the tea. Tea in Turkey ismainly the black tea, very dominant all over the country and grown in theBlack Sea region.Above is Sevnur drinking her tea in Istanbul, TurkeyTea is the most popular beverage in the country, our informal tea ceremonystarts with the breakfast and does not end till we go to bed. We drink teabefore meals, during meals and after meals, black tea is served free after mealsin most of the restaurants. Turkish black tea has a brisk tea, and is very strongso some people prefer to drink it with sugar, sometimes with lemon, butnever with milk.We use a special two chamber teapot called samovar which keeps tea hotthroughout the day. Tea is always ready at houses, offices and restaurantsthanks to samovar. Another unique equipment we use while drinking tea isthe tea glass. It has a very special shape, they call it as thin belly glass ortulip-shaped glass. It is the perfect glass to drink tea because keeps tea at thebottom hot while cooling at the top.See below, a close up of the black tea:About caycek.com: Çay Çek means "drink tea." It is a Turkish tea websiteincludes anything and everything about tea.