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POP QUIZ: What is a bombilla? a) Mexican molded ice cream dessert, b) tropical fruit, c) straw for drinking tea, d) Cuban rotisserie?

the Healing Kitchen Staff Oconomowoc, WI
c) A bombillais a long metal straw used to drink a South American tealike infusion called yerba mate. Yerba mate,which is similar in taste to tea but botanically other, is the focus of a social ritual in which the drink is brewed in a hollow gourd (called a mate)and drunk through a bombilla.It is astonishingly high in caffeine, with as much as 500-750 mg of caffeine in one drink. To put this into perspective, a cup of coffee has about 100 mg and Jolt Cola weighs in at a measly 71 mg.
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