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Turkish Tea Glasses For Serving A Delicious Cup Of Tea

Updated on September 28, 2014

Traditional Tulip Shaped Glasses And The Art Of Making Turkish Tea

One of the fun things you will find in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, is the traditional way of serving tea in Turkish tea glasses. These have a very interesting tulip shape form whereby you hold the glass from the rim to avoid your fingers from being burned by the hot tea while sipping the soothing drink.

Drinking this çay (in English spelled "chai", translated "tea") is a unique experience, one that you simply have to enjoy if you ever visit Turkey. I've been there on business a couple of years ago and the fond memories of visiting that intriguing mish-mash of Eastern-Western culture are still with me.

If you visit Turkey you will be amazed by how welcome the people there are with tourists and visitors. You will find this tea served in tea houses, coffee shops, tea gardens, even in carpet shops and bazaars.

If you want to introduce drinking Turkish tea at home, then you need to get a couple of traditional Ottoman tea glasses called ince belli (thin waisted glasses) for best enjoyment!

Turkish Tea Glass Set
Turkish Tea Glass Set

Turkish Tea Glass Set

If you want to start serving Turkish tea right away without spending a lot in the process, here is a set of 6 Turkish tea glasses that perfectly fit the bill. They are rather simple in design and just the right type of this kind of tea. The tulip shaped glasses are made especially for enjoying the traditional art of serving chai in the Turkish style.

Based on what I remember from my trip to Turkey the size of these glasses is the same with what I had my tea from. The glasses don't have to be elaborate, extremely stylish and awfully expensive. You will find these kinds of glasses throughout Turkey coffeeshops, teahouses, restaurants and places to enjoy a glass of Ãay.

a glass of Turkish tea
a glass of Turkish tea | Source

What Is Turkish Tea?

What kind of tea is Turkish tea and can you find it outside of Turkiey?

Turkish tea is a type of black tea that is especially popular in Turkey and other Turkish speaking countries. In fact it is the second most popular drink in Turkey after the well known Turkish coffee. When I visited Istanbul a few years ago, I was offered both coffee and tea from the people I went to. These drinks are offered as a sign of hospitality and you can drink them at any time during the day or in the evening.

I found that the Turkish tea is extremely flavored and really strong. I guess this is the reason why it is usually offered in those traditional tulip shaped Turkish tea glasses which are smaller than the regular tea mugs we are used to in the Western world. The tea is served extremely hot and in order to avoid burning your fingers you must hold the glass by the rim.

One of the best regions for producing Turkish tea in Turkey is called Rize, so if you get hold of Rize Turkish tea, you will know that you are drinking the best tea ever.

As Turkish tea has become so popular all over the world, it has been exported so people who are not able to visit Turkey or want to enjoy the taste of this wonderful tea again, can do so from the comfort of their homes.

Tea Glass Saucers with Gold Trimming

Tea Glass Saucers with Gold Trimming (6 Pcs) by Pasabahce
Tea Glass Saucers with Gold Trimming (6 Pcs) by Pasabahce

To have an authentic Turkish tea drinking from traditional glasses, here are the matching glass saucers for the 6 glasses with gold rim you get above.

Aida Tea Glass with Handle
Aida Tea Glass with Handle

Aida Tea Glass with Handle

You might not be entirely comfortable letting your guests touch the hot tea glasses and not burn their fingers during their stay at your place and that's ok. This is why you can get Turkish tea glasses with handles that take care of the finger burning problem in an elegant way without detracting from the elegance and usefulness of a tea glass from Turkey.

You get 6 glasses size 3.75" for serving Turkish chai in a traditional way.

Looking For A Special Gift?

Ottoman Tea Glasses

Ottoman Tea Glasses
Ottoman Tea Glasses

If you're looking to get a special person something special from Turkey, here is a great gift for a Turkish tea lover: expensive and richly designed Turkish tea glasses for collectors.

The dimensions are: W 2.10'' x H 3.3'' and the glasses are truly beautiful - albeit you do have to shell some money for it. But a collector can never have enough glasses and they will always be happy to get a few more unique ones for their collection!

How They Serve Tea In Istanbul

How They Serve Tea In Istanbul
How They Serve Tea In Istanbul

When you serve Turkish tea

never add sugar directly in the tea.

To serve it the traditional way rather place a bowl of sugar cubes next to the Turkish tea glasses and let the guests sweeten their tea to their liking.

Turkish Tea Glass Set Plain Optical
Turkish Tea Glass Set Plain Optical

Turkish Tea Glass Set Plain Optical

This is an interesting and quite cheap set of 6 Turkish tea glasses that you can use to entertain guests. They are made in Turkey so you get the real deal.

They reflect the light in fun way and your guests will enjoy drinking the tea from these glasses.

Set 6 Traditional Turkish Persian Eastern Tea Glasses

Set 6 Pcs Traditional Useable Turkish Moroccan Old Persian Eastern Tea Glasses
Set 6 Pcs Traditional Useable Turkish Moroccan Old Persian Eastern Tea Glasses

Here is another traditional set of 6 Turkish tea glasses with an elegant tulip shape. They have no handle, they are as traditional as they get. Feel like drinking a cup of Turkish tea without having to travel to far places? These glasses will help you enjoy your Turkish time of rest and relaxation in your own home.


Learn About The Turkish Tea Drinking Culture

Yes I Would Another Glass Of Tea - An American Woman's Letters to Turkey

Yes, I Would...: An American Woman's Letters to Turkey
Yes, I Would...: An American Woman's Letters to Turkey

If you are interested in the Turkish culture over time, you will enjoy this lovely book written in a letter correspondence form by Katharine Branning. This book covers the most important aspects of the modern life in Turkey with its positives and negatives, sparing nothing.

The book has plenty of photographs taken from the author's visit in the country, and of course, you will also learn about the traditional style of drinking the Turkish chai from the wonderful tulip shaped glasses in taverns, coffeeshops and restaurants. Definitely worth a read!


Turkish Tea Culture - By the author of the book Yes, I Would Love Another Glass of Tea

Tea & Bee's Milk: Our Year In A Turkish Village

Tea & Bee's Milk: Our Year In A Turkish Village
Tea & Bee's Milk: Our Year In A Turkish Village

here is another lovely book on the Turkish culture. If you want to learn about Turkey and have the trip of your life without leaving your home, this book will put you on a road of discovery of a wonderful place full of magic, history and flavors.


How To Make Turkish Tea

It is not difficult to make Turkish tea, but there are some steps to it that you should follow for best results. Here are some links to / and videos on making this wonderful traditional Turkish drink

How to make turkish tea

How to make Turkish tea the traditional way

How to make real turkish tea - Tutorial

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    • DarrenVeronica profile image


      6 years ago

      These Turkish Tea Glasses are really nice, my favorite is the Traditional Turkish Persian Eastern Tea Glasses. Nice lens :-)

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have always regretted not buying Turkish Tea Glasses when I was in Istanbul...I've never thought of buying them here! Another item for my Christmas list...

    • SheilaMilne profile image


      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      I like the apple tea we had when we were in Istanbul.

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful! I should put some on my wedding registry.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      I love tea of all kinds. I hadn't thought of Turkish tea, but I've got to watch for it now. Wonderful lens!

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @sherioz: Wow Sheri I didn't know that, that's really cool!

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      6 years ago

      This is how we drink tea in Israel. Never thought it was anything special. Now that I've read your lens, I can see how special it is. Thanks for increasing my joy of something I took for granted until now.

    • Frischy profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I saw a photo of some beautiful Turkish tea glasses in a decorating book. They were colorful and decorated with gold... the most beautiful glasses I have ever seen! I went to a Middle Eastern grocer to look for some, but they didn't have any. They probably had the plain ones. Now that I know what they are I will have a better chance to find them!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      These seem simple, but eloquent.

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      I've not tried the Turkish tea thing. Might be fun for a little bit of an exotic evening.

    • CCGAL profile image


      6 years ago

      This is sooooo cool! I have seen Turkish Tea Glasses, but I did not know what they were, nor how to use them. And I've seen Ottoman Tea Glasses, but thought they were odd little flower vases. I'm delighted to have found this lens and to have learned so much about Turkish Tea today. Thank you for a wonderfully educational resource.


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