Summer 2014 Interview – Mehmet Emin Akyuz

Mehmet Emin Akyuz

Q1. What is your Name?

Mehmet Emin Akyuz

Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.


Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Istanbul, Turkey

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

It’s Dan Cong red tea! It’s actually my favorite tea regardless of season. I find it so refreshing and uplifting, it’s everything I expect from a cup of tea.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

That is after dinner on the balcony of my apartment.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

There are some ground rules you have to follow such as right amount of tea leaves, temperature of water, duration of infusion and so on. As long as you follow the ground rules you’re free to experiment with tea. That’s how we learn more about tea! Furthermore I’ve never been a fan of sugar or milk in tea.

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

It’s as important as tea itself! Even though I do not drink much Japanese tea, I’m great admirer of Chanoyu. Moreover I try to use Yixing teapots as much as possible when I brew oolong teas. Some teas such as Jasmine Pearls are enjoyed better when infused in a glass teapot; watching tea leaves unfurl is as much fun as drinking tea itself.

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

Hot brewed green tea. I find it hydrating and cooling which makes it perfect drink for summer time!

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url


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