Straight flat tube-filter alpaca bombilla (Mate Gourd not included)
Even for a person serious about herbal infusions the Katana mate-straw or bombilla, as the Argentinians say, brings about a complete reconsideration of drinking experience. It best resembles the original natural bomboo-straw and, therefore, combines the quality of tradition and smart modern design. The super-thin spout provides for easy sipping, and the flattened mouth with small horizontal slits as filters adds some resistance with every new circle ? all to appreciate the taste more.
Straight mate straws are considered the most traditional and best way to honor the yerba mate; drink while looking down into the herb (a.k.a. meditative) Have yourself an air of regality and luxury with this beautiful device of delicate lustrous finish, a work-of-art, where authentic South-American patterns marry dainty floral insets.
Although, the bombilla-straw is an ancient South-American device, used to sip the yerba-mate from calabash-gourds, it could easily be used with other tea-cups to enjoy loose teas and herbal infusions. Furthermore, a bombilla is a perfect substitution for a tea-strainer. When herbs are left to float unrestricted in hot water they release more of the important nutrients and antioxidants.
A bombilla-straw is clearly the most healthful, convenient, and effective method devised for sipping tea and herbal preparations.