Armenian Cinnamon Tea: Joining the Coffee vs Tea Debate

3 cups of Armenian Cinnamon Tea

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Dartchinov Tey (Cinnamon tea) is a quick and authentic way to truly taste Armenia. You only need sugar, water, and cinnamon bark to enjoy this classic drink!

Coffee or Tea?

Personally, I don’t drink either beverage regularly. Up until last year, if I went out to a coffee or tea house with a friend, there wasn’t a single drink I could order that I enjoyed. After my trip to Italy, I became accustomed to a good cappuccino (duh, how could you not?), and I’ve recently been known to appreciate cozying up with a chai latte. But in order to make coffee delicious, I gotta pump that cup full of sugar and cream and sauces of all kinds. After drinking coffee, my body doesn’t feel right. Everything is a little too amped up, a little too shaky for my liking. The caffeine– though something that many people need to survive– is a deal-breaker for me.

Armenia landscape

Tea has never really been on my radar, but after making this recipe, it’s going to be. Drinking a warm, steaming mug of natural teal grants that same cozy feeling as coffee while also managing to avoid the jitters that follow. Plus, I can almost guarantee you that you’ll never pay $7 for a cup of Armenian cinnamon tea…

And for good reason! This Armenian cinnamon tea is as simple as can be. One pot, 3 cups of water, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 15 minutes (and some honey/sugar if you want). That’s all you need. Add the cinnamon sticks to the water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Then pour your concoction into a mug, sit back with a good book, and enjoy your evening. I’m not sure it gets much better than that.

I’m curious…. tell me in the comments if you prefer coffee or tea!

Dartchinov Tey (Armenian Cinnamon Tea)

Water and cinnamon boil together to create this simple and enjoyable Armenian Cinnamon Tea! As cozy as a chai latte without the caffeine jitters that follow. 

Course Drinks
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon bark
  • sugar or honey as desired


  1. Fill a pot with water, drop in the cinnamon sticks and place on the stove. 

  2. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour into glasses with cinnamon sticks. Serve with sugar or honey if desired. 

  4. Enjoy! 

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