A Turkish person consumes an average of 1,300 cups of tea every year, according to the head of a coffeehouse association.
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.
Bekir Tezçakar, a teahouse owner for five generations at Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, said that cold weather has doubled the tea sales.
The data shows the top three nations which buy Turkish tea are Germany, the Turkish -Cyprus and the United States.