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TEA Tea (çay)is a healthy addictive habit that can quickly be picked up in Turkey. For the optimal flavour, different types of tea are blended with #spices like cardamon, cloves, and saffron just to name just a few.
The preparation of çay itself is quite unique. Çay is prepared with two stacked kettles: water is boiled in a larger kettle which is at the bottom. The smaller kettle which sits above the large one contains different types of tea leaves that are steeped. Once steeps, the tea from the smaller kettle in is poured into a tulip-shaped teacup, then the water from the bottom kettle is slowly mixed in, creating a careful balance of flavour indicated by the perfect shade of reddish-brown. The tea is served can be complimented with a delicious cube (or two) of Turkish delight and the familiar Turkish refrain of "Afiyet olsun!"—"Bon appetit!"
Turkey although constantly seeks change, growth, and "modernity," it roots itself firmly in centuries of tradition. #Turkish_tea, like Turkish society, is inbedded in years of tradition spanning back centuries.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a break and relax with a #cup of #çay. Enjoying it with #Lokum soothes the soul.
Turkish coffee combines special preparation and brewing techniques with a rich communal traditional culture. The freshly roasted beans are ground to a extremely fine powder; then the ground coffee cold water and sugar are added to a coffee pot and brewed slowly on a stove to produce the desired foam. The beverage is served in small cups, accompanied by a glass of water, and is mainly drunk in coffee-houses where people meet to converse, share news and read books. The tradition itself is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, refinement and entertainment. An invitation for coffee among friends provides an opportunity for intimate talk and the sharing of daily concerns. Turkish coffee also plays an important role on social occasions such as engagement ceremonies and holidays; its knowledge and rituals are transmitted informally by family members through observation and participation. The grounds left in the empty cup are often used to tell a person’s fortune.
When it comes to daily life, coffee plays a significant role especially in a traditional pre-wedding ceremony.
When the groom’s parents visit the bride’s family to ask for the soon-to-be bride’s hand and blessings of her parents,the bride serves Turkish coffee to everyone with sugar but the groom.
The groom takes the coffee with salt and he has to drink that coffee without making any face. If the groom can down the whole cup of salty coffee, it means he has not only proven his manliness, but it shows that he’s ready to marry her.
During these romantic minutes, the groom’s family is also observing the bride’s service and coffee making skills. After the coffee drinking ceremony, both of the families compliment each other and put rings on the bride’s and the groom’s fingers . And let’s say they live happily ever after.