Did you know Turkey has the highest tea consumption in the world?
Çay is an important part of Turkish culture, and is the most commonly consumed hot drink, despite the country's long history of coffee consumption. Offering tea to guests is a fundamental part of the legendary Turkish hospitality. Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, at 3.5kg per person per year, or almost four glasses a day, followed by the United Kingdom (2.1 kg). Turkish tea is robust, and they serve it in small tulip-shaped glasses.
It is hard to imagine breakfasts, social gatherings, business meetings, shopping in the Grand Bazaar, or ferry rides across the Bosphorus without the presence of tea. With tea servers in streets, shopping malls, and parks shouting, "ÇAY!" (chai) the beverage is always within shouting distance.