Before the main meal, Azerbaijanis drink tea, mainly black loose leaf tea. Since ancient times there was a tradition in Azerbaijan: immediately on arrival of the guests, serve them tea.. The advantage of this tradition is that tea time during big gatherings disposes to easy communication. Tea in Azerbaijan is a symbol of warm hospitality.
Tea is grown in the southern regions of Azerbaijan. This tea is much more expensive than the tea imported into the country from abroad. However, it is far superior to its foreign analogues in its taste qualities. Affluent citizens prefer to use precisely this tea. You can buy some of the local tea, and take it with you. This can be an excellent gift to your loved ones, or serve as a reason to return to Azerbaijan.