Yerba Mate despite for its one of a kind gourd used as an utensil to store the beverage, is also very unique for its bombilla.
"Bombilla (bom-bee-shah) is a straw used to drink Yerba Mate."
Back in the time, the Guarani people started drinking Yerba Mate by using twigs or hollow stalks as a bombilla replacement. Nowadays Yerba Mate bombillas have involved in many different shapes, sizes, and materials.
Here are the main types of Yerba Mate bombillas:
photo by: Jack Hollingsworth
1. Spoon Bombillas
These are considered as the perfect bombillas for any type of Yerba Mate blend but especially recommended while drinking the Gaucho Yerba Mate blend, which is a type of blend that contains mostly powder. One of the ends of the Bombilla has the shape of a spoon, covered with many holes whose purpose is to act as a filter.
2. Coiled Bombillas
This type of bombilla has also a filter but this time in the shape of a spring, and the main difference between the first type and this is that Coiled Bombillas don't clog that easy as the Spoon bombillas can. Coiled Bombillas are recommended for Yerba Mate beginners or Yerba Mate lovers who prefer the smoother taste of Yerba Mate.
3. Fanned Bombillas
These types of bombillas have a filter in the shape of several horizontal slivers and are recommended for the Yerba Mate lovers who enjoy the fine taste of Yerba Mate!
Yerba Mate bombillas are made from different materials, let's take a look at the materials from which bombillas are most usually made
Yerba Mate bombillas are usually made from stainless steel which is long-lasting and inexpensive. Another material from which the Yerba Mate Bombillas are made is the silver. These types of bombillas are especially for those who enjoy luxurious accessories. They are very durable and are always recognized on the market as one in a kind. Despite other materials that never rust, there are also a bamboo Yerba Mate bombillas, usually used to drink cold Yerba Mate - Terere.