The Ultimate Turkish Tea Making Machine – Serving about 200 Turkish Tulips

These teapots for Turkish tea always called my attention during the breakfasts in Istanbul. On the top it contains 11 teapots that are kept hot and has two faucets with hot water on the bottom. Each teapot has about one liter capacity.

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The 11 teapots tea making machine

The Turkish tea on the teapots is usually very strong and is diluted with hot water from one of the two faucets to each personal taste. It is common to have half tulip with water and half with tea. According to my calculations this machine has the capacity to make about 200 Turkish tulips of black tea. Need more tea? there is a box with at least 10 different types of teabags in a box in front of the machine.

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Turkish Tea (çay) on the boat from Istanbul to Yalova, Turkey

We just crossed the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul to Yalova. It was a beautiful sunny day. The only Turkish tea (çay)in the boat was served in paper cups for safety reasons. But the advertisement continues on the traditional tulip cup.

The çay costs 1.25 Turkish Lira or about 0.70 US dollar


In the morning it is traditional to have the Turkish tea with simit, a crisp twisted ring bread covered with sesame seeds. The simit can be broken in pieces and eaten with the tea.

My friend Zek and I were enjoying the Turkish tea and simit on the Turkish way


While we were drinking tea we enjoyed the view and the seagulls happily flying…

The view of Istanbul from the back of the boat


Seagulls approach the boat to enjoy small bites of simit thrown in the air

Turkish Black Tea

The traditional Turkish Tea is traditionally served in the tulip shaped glass. It is a black tea. The most common brands are Caykur, Dogadan and Lipton. The traditional way of brewing is with a double teapot. The water is added in both bottom pot. When the bottom water start to boil it is partially transferred to the top part and tea is added. When the tea is brewed after 3 to 5 minutes it is filtered and served. In many times the tea is blended with the hot water from the bottom to dilute.
It is typically served in the tulip cups with two cubes of sugar. Most people drink with one cube of sugar.
A variation of this tea is with the addition of mint leaves when the tea is ready to be served. It is very common in Egypt.

Turkish Black Tea has a nice red brown tonality with small light color leaves