In the territories bordering the Black Sea in Turkey, tea is harvested three times a year, in May, July and September. A photo-reportage
Çay (tea) is the most popular drink in Turkey. Served in its typical tulip-shaped glasses on metal, plastic or ceramic saucers with sugar cubes, it accompanies every moment of the day and every chat.
Turkish tea is mainly harvested by hand in the region east of the Black Sea (Karadeniz) which includes the cities of Giresun, Trabzon, Rize and Artvin. It is largely grown by the Laz minority, who for years have maintained a peaceful relationship with the Turkish state due to the commercial relationship resulting from the monopoly sale of tea leaves.