is a Yerba Mate Bombilla?
The straw to be
used to drink yerba mate is called a bombilla in Latin American Spanish,
a bomba in Portuguese, and a masassa in Arabic. The bombilla is a tube
or straw made of cane or different types of metal that is traditionally
used to drink the yerba mate tea. During the course of time people have
tried different methods to filter the tea so that you don't ingest the
leaves in your mouth.
As with other
brewed herbs, yerba mate leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery
mixture usually called yerba. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a
sieve. The submerged end is flared, with small holes or slots that allow the
brewed liquid in, but block the chunky matter that makes up much of the mixture.
A modern bombilla design uses a straight tube with holes, or spring sleeve to
act as a sieve.
In its crudest and
primitive form the bombilla was a reed or thin joint of bamboo, over the
lower end of which a few horse hairs have been woven, or a small bit of
loose cloth has been tied.
Bombillas vary from the cheapest to the very expensive collector ones. Sterling
Silver or Gold bombillas are hard to find nowadays because the cost of these
metals is very high in South America therefore artisans or even factories prefer
to invest their money in cheaper alternatives. You can always email
us if you want one of those badly, more than likely we can get it for you!
The bombillas that can't
be dismantled or disassembled may be cleaned with a straw
cleaner, an old toothbrush or
a straight pin.
If your bombilla
gets clogged donīt sip too hard, try smoothly and with very very short sips, one behind
each other while slightly moving the bombilla. To prevent this just add little warm
water on the yerba before placing the bombilla.
New drinkers tend to stir with the bombilla while it is in the tea.
This should not be done as it will cause sediment and parts of the leaves
to get inside the straw and into your mouth.
NEVER STIR THE MATE WITH THE BOMBILLA.
As all the metal bombillas have different
you are allergic to nickel you should consider buying
a sterling silver, stainless steel or cane straw rather than an alpaca one.
Alpaca does contain some nickel
in the metal.
Every time we are
asked about which is the "best" bombilla, we tell our customers that
is a matter of personal taste; stainless steel ones are very popular and those
which can be disassembled.
Hereīs a good
example of an affordable high
quality stainless steel bombilla with an excellent filter.
Never use soap, only water, to clean the bombilla.
bamboo bombilla get clogged easily?
Insert a sharp fork in every hole from time to time.
Also we highly recommend
using this adjustable
3 BOMBILLAS & 1 CLEANER FOR THE PRICE OF 1 !