Turkish Tea Culture and Its Products

Gunes S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.93, pp.234-251, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.234-251
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In general terms, this study examines Turkish tea culture and its peripheral anonymous design products in parallel with the development of local culture. Tea consumption rapidly became irreplaceable value and a symbol of hospitality in Turkish culture despite the absence of fundamental past as in local coffee consumption. This beverage quickly harmonized with Turkish collective life style and this booming fusion created several ethnographical and intellectual riches both in production and consumption. With the guidance of this richness, first part of this study is focused to explicate the short history of tea in Turkish culture and to portray its position as being a national beverage and element of social rhythm under social aspect. The sui generis practices about steeping and local jargon are examined in part two. The last part of the study aimed to assess tea and peripheral products as local anonymous designs and to illustrate and evaluate these mature products according to their functional, aesthetic and symbolic aspects.