Mate (Mah-tay) is a ritual of most (if not all) of the good people of Argentina. From their youth they are drinking mate from the bomba (bomb) and the metal straw, called a bombilla. It is kind of like an herbal tea (questionable), but they pass it around to everyone to drink out of the same bombilla! (Germ epidemic?) They have morning mate, afternoon mate, and any-time mate. They have different types too, we found these items (in picture below) in our apartment.