A Turkish person consumes an average of 1,300 cups of tea every year, according to the head of a coffeehouse association.
Serdar Erşahin, head of the Istanbul-based association, told state-run Anadolu Agency that Turkey was the top tea consuming nation, according to the International Tea Committee report.
Turks consume around 3-5 cups of tea daily while this number increases to 10 cups during winter, Erşahin added.
The culture of drinking tea is indispensable for Turks as it is an occasion to sit and talk, he said.
Tea-making in Turkey is different than rest of the world as it has to be brewed for around 20 minutes, he said.
Tea houses historically are places of socializing for people, he added.
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