Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tea sessions...

If there were an international statistics that involved data of Azerbaijan the world would know that Azerbaijanis drink tea more than anyone...We drink tea when we are thirsty, when we are happy, when we are sad, when we are bored, when we rest, when we are gathered together and in many other moments of our lives. We even have a proverb that would be translated like "Who counts the tea cups" meaning that a hostess should never ask if the guest wants more tea because it is obvious that there is no limit to tea enjoyment...
I am planning to have more posts on tea so more information on tea will follow on this blog...
This is a photo of samovar where water is boiled for tea. In Azerbaijan samovars nowadays are mostly used in open areas, in the gardens, where there is more space. In case you haven't come across a samovar, inside it there is pipe where one puts coal and burns it and outside that pipe there is a space where one pours water...after the water is boiled tea is prepared in a separate pot and put on top of samovar to get ready...and when tea is ready it is served...everybody sits around the table and enjoys tea and each other's company. Personally I love these moments of peace and pleasure...
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5 comments:

isabella said...

What kind of tea do you drink most? Is it grown locally or do you import it? Plain or with sugar and milk?

Do you drink any other liquids at celebrations? (coffee, soda, alcohol)?

Forgive all those questions, I just find your part of the world exotic and fascinating!

Saifullah Solenkhi said...

WOW Very innovative, never prepared tea like anything close to this, awesome, lived in countries those are one of the biggest producers of tea, and me myself a big fan too. Very nice description and half way through you got me craving for it

Ayten said...

Hello :)

We mostly drink black tea not too strong but still black. It is usually very hot and with no sugar or milk. (sweets etc are served for tea but sugar is never put in tea cup during tea ceremony:)

We grow tea but usually the best quality tea is exported and local people in return buy a lot of imported tea as well high quality local tea. Tea must have big leaves and rich texture and strong scent.

Coffee is rarely drank more by youngsters I would say.

Otherwise its like everywhere, cold beer, wine (but more semi-sweet than dry), vodka and everything else...:)

Feel free to ask questions its my pleasure to answer!

julia said...

Nice social custom. We like tea although coffee is just as popular. I'd love a samovar they are in stories. I guess, alcohol is not drunk by some there. Hope you post again soon.

annulla said...

Ayten, I'm enjoying your blog and this description just made me very thirsty. I now have to go and make a pot of tea.

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