There are many countries and regions in the world where tea (and herbal teas) are as popular as coffee, if not more so, and Turkey, and the Middle East in general, is one of those places. Turkey, and the Middle East in general, is one of those places.
And you know what? They have their own unique style of teapot. No, in Turkey tea is not brewed in the same way as in other countries. They use double Turkish teapots, so you want to get to know this curious utensil, here we go!
The more experienced readers will have noticed at first glance that Turkish teapots have a similar appearance to Neapolitan coffee makers(also a great unknown in the coffee world). We see two serving spouts, two handles… in fact, the two pieces are identical except for their size (the top one is slightly smaller).
However, there is one essential quality that distinguishes Turkish teapots beyond their appearance: the absence of an infuser. The tea is not placed in any filter, but infused in direct contact with the water, in a similar way to the way coffee is brewed in Turkish coffee machines.
Before we go into more detail, here is a selection of the top Turkish teapots on Amazon. They come in a variety of materials and styles, as you can see.
We will now take a closer look at what Turkish teapots look like, and why they have such a peculiar shape.
Main characteristics of the Turkish double teapots
- They consist of two pieces, which are actually two almost identical teapots. Hence the name ‘double teapots’. They fit vertically on top of each other. The upper one has a lid, the lower one does not. The upper one is usually slightly smaller than the lower one.
- They are usually made of copper or stainless steel.
- They are designed to heat the water inside them. That is to say: they have to be put on the fire.
- There is no filter or infuser.
- Therefore, the tea has to be strained before serving.
- They are steeped in tradition, and many of them are still made by hand.
- Brand New JUMBO Metalix Full Metal Teapot
- Infuser: 1.1Lt
- Water Pot: 1.5Lt
- Suitable for Induction Cookers
- Turkish Style Teapot
How do Turkish teapots work?
Next, let’s find out how Turkish teapots are used. The process of brewing tea in a Turkish teapot is a little more laborious than in other countries, although the result is not dissimilar either.
Time required: 12 minutes.
1. Fill the bottom of our double Turkish teapot with water and heat it up.
Fill it to the maximum, regardless of the amount of tea you are going to prepare.
2. Pour the tea in the upper part
This is done while the other one is heating up. The amount of tea to pour depends on your taste and the number of cups you are going to prepare.
3. We wait for the lower part of the teapot (which only has water) to start boiling.
At this point is when we put the upper part, which contains the tea leaves, on top of it.
4. Pour the boiling water into the teapot containing the tea.
When the leaves are already a little damp from the heat and steam, it is time to infuse. Remove the upper part of the teapot (carefully, because it will be very hot), put it on the table and then take the lower part of the teapot and pour it into the upper part. It never hurts to stir a little with a spoon.
5. Fill the lower pot again with water, put it back on the fire and put the upper pot on top of it.
This step is best done on a medium or low heat. This way the infusion will take about 5-6 minutes to be ready.
6. Remove the jug from the fire
Remove it when the water at the bottom starts to boil. Be careful because if you leave it longer the final result will be more bitter… it’s up to you.
7. Strain the infusion
You will have seen that Turkish teapots do not have a filter or infuser. You will need to strain the tea before serving it if you don’t want to “drink” the grounds and the hydrated leaves.
If these explanations have not made it clear to you how to use a Turkish teapot, perhaps this video will help you to understand everything better.
Turkish copper teapots
If we talk about materials, we can distinguish two groups of teapots: stainless steel teapots and copper teapots, which are the ones we will see in this section.
The advantage of copper teapots is that it is a material that distributes heat better and heats up super fast. Therefore, the tea is infused in a more homogeneous way, giving a better final result in the cup. On the other hand, it should be noted that teapots made of copper usually only have copper on the outside: the inside is coated with tin, for protection and because it is not good to cook anything directly on copper.
If you’re thinking of buying a copper teapot from Amazon, these are some of the best options available to you:
Stainless steel Turkish teapots
A modern Turkish teapot is made of stainless steel. Its appearance is usually smooth, more discreet and less ornate than copper Turkish teapots, which are more associated with traditional finishes as we will see later.
The main advantage of a Turkish steel coffeepot is that you can use it on any type of cooker, including induction hobs. Of course, you can also use it if you are looking for a Turkish teapot for glass-ceramic hobs.
They are also the ideal choice if you want to buy a Turkish teapot online, but with a more “western” look.
Traditional Turkish teapots
When we talk about antique Turkish teapots, we are not referring to utensils that are hundreds of years old. They simply have an ornamentation and a level of detail that sets them apart from modern Turkish teapots.
Traditional Turkish teapots are necessarily made of copper. Their exterior is decorated with all kinds of ornamental motifs and decorations typical of Turkey, often with silver rivets, bright colours, carved handles or covered with fine woods, etc. They are handmade, handcrafted, handmade and hand-painted.
They are handmade, so it is not uncommon to find some imperfections or edges that are not entirely symmetrical. These details can be taken as a “sign of quality”.
As you can imagine, the price of one of these handmade Turkish teapots is well above the average…
Where can I buy a Turkish teapot?
The stock of Turkish teapots is not very abundant in most countries, as we can imagine. It is a typical article from another country, so unless we go to very specialised shops or craft markets, it is going to be difficult to find one of these nearby.
The best option, as usual, is to go to Amazon, where the variety of Turkish teapots online is quite large (both traditional and more modern models).
Are there electric Turkish teapots?
No. Actually, what is erroneously known as an electric Turkish teapot is the Turkish coffee pot or cezve. Or Turkish coffee teapot, which is the height of confusion. On this page we only deal with Turkish tea teapots, which seems obvious, but it is worth specifying it.
Are Turkish teapots suitable for induction?
Well, it depends. Although if you’ve read our guide to induction teapots, you should already have a pretty good idea, right? Indeed, Turkish teapots for induction will only work if they have a stainless steel base. Copper ones (more traditional) will not.
In fact, nothing with a copper, ceramic, glass or even normal steel base will work on your induction hob. Nothing that is not stainless steel.
It is similar to what happens with coffee makers made of copper, but with the exception that Turkish teapots do need to be put on the fire to infuse.
- Vivaldi Stainless Steel Turkish Teapot 18/10 Mini Size
- With super cap sole base.
- Beautiful design and glossy surface. Also suitable for commercial use as it is high quality.
- Ideal for single households as total capacity approx. 1.5 litres together.