The bombilla: A tool steeped in history!
First of all, it is important to note that the bombilla has been designed only for the consumption of yerba mate. It was invented many years ago by the Guaraní peoples, a group of indigenous tribes living in South America. Initially, the bombilla was cut from bamboo branches, but since then, several different versions exist on the market. We prefer ours out of steel, since it’s dishwasher safe. Thank God for Bombilla!
What is the purpose of Bombilla?
The method of infusing mate is very different from that of tea and coffee, because of this ingenious straw. It’s specific to yerba mate preparation and culture. Thanks to this unique straw, you can brew and re-brew your mate many times throughout the day. The bombilla is a combination of both a straw and filter into one single tool. It keeps the leaves of your infusion in your gourd and the yerba mate in your straw. Without your bombilla, the yerba in your gourd would sneak up with the mate, and we wouldn’t want that!
What are the best practices when using a bombilla?
When preparing your mate, an important step is to create a yerba cavity in your gourd before you insert your bombilla. To do this you’ll want to take your gourd that’s ¾ full of yerba and rotate it at about a 45 degree angle, so your yerba falls to one side of your gourd. In this newly created free space, you’ll insert your bombilla. But before you do that, add a bit of water. This will make putting the filter of your bombilla into the yerba a little easier.
Once you’ve inserted your bombilla, it’s time to pour your water in, and drink your quick-brewing, energizing yerba mate! Also, here’s a yerba pro-tip: after you’ve inserted your bombilla, don’t move it or use it to stir the yerba around. Doing so will clog the bombilla’s filter, and is a major mate faux pas in mate circles!