Cyprus consumes 1 lb of tea per capita per year.
The Mediterranean island boasts a perfect climate for herb and tea production, including anise, sage, spearmint, marjoram, lavender, basil, and chamomile.
History of Tea in Cyprus
Cyprus’ tea culture dates back to 2,000 BC.
Herb cultivation was always part of the rich culture of the Turkish/Greek island, encompassing ancient traditions of Asia, Europe, and North Africa.
The island is home to over 600 tea herbs, and drying tea bundles can be found hanging on balconies of people’s homes even today.
Tea Culture in Cyprus
When offered a tea or coffee in Cyprus, you must accept it otherwise you will offend the hosts.
Tea plays a vital role in the everyday life of Cypriots and it is mostly consumed in people’s homes.
The favorite tea in Cyprus is Spearmint tea and it has been consumed for ages.
Every house on the island smells like mint, lavender, and sage which adds an otherworldly touch to the entire tea experience.
Cypriots prefer plain herbal tea, and only one in ten locals add sugar to their tisane.
Depending on the household, some serve tea in glass cups while others prefer ceramic teaware.