A bombilla is a straw with a perforated end which is used to drink Mate tea from a gourd. Originally made of bamboo, they are now most commonly made of stainless steel or other metals.
The Brazilian name for a bombilla is a bomba. Brazilian bombas tend to have larger, circular filtered ends, while bombillas in Argentina and elsewhere are narrower at the end.
If you’re serious about Mate, it’s worth investing in a decent bombilla. Low-quality ones may be cheap, but they are prone to clogging and the thinner metal makes burning your lips much more likely.
For smooth Mate drinking for a long time to come, check out our range of bombillas/bombas below!
To learn how to prepare the perfect Mate, have a look at our step-by-step guide.
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