Like the boina Vasca, bombillas and mate gourds are the ultimate symbols of the gaucho (and enjoying yerba mate is one of mine favorite pastimes).
The original, Argentine made, mate's and bombillas are now available through our on-line shop, click here!
Two models are available: the traditional, standard hollowed out gourd and the beautifully gourds covered in leather with woven fabric and an aluminium rim.
The traditional method of preparing yerba mate:
This requires a "mate" (natural gourd) and a "bombilla" (filter straw). Do not use very hot or boiling water with a metal bombilla straw.
|Fill the mate gourd to two-thirds full with yerba mate.|
|Accomodate the yerba mate on one side of the mate gourd, leaving a hollow area on the other side.|
|Add a little cold water into the hollow area you have created. Add just enough water so as to not moisten the very top of the yerba mate.|
|Leave the mate gourd tilted for a few minutes until the yerba mate has absorbed the water.|
|Cover the mouth of the bombilla with your thumb, and insert the filtered end to the bottom of themate gourd in the hollow area.|
|Add hot (150 degrees F) water to the hollow area until it reaches just below the top of the yerba mate, and you have your first prepared drink! Sip all the tea from the mate gourd, and add more hot water. Add water, sip, repeat. Got it? The first few drinks are strong; the flavor will weaken as more water is added for each drink. Replace the yerba mate as needed.|