Le Bread Xpress beach-head in the Castro.
Paris reportedly boasts 100 baguette vending machines to compete with or to complement the boulangeries that grace the City of Light. Colorado does not yet have a vending machine that has been called “a baguette ATM” and an “on-demand bread bakery, ” with San Francisco not surprisingly getting the country’s first.
Le Bread Xpress brought its first machine to our shores and installed it at The Myriad, a food court and food-biz incubator where the first machine is located. Fresh-baked loaves are $4.25 each. According to SFGate.com, which sent a reporter to investigate, it works like this:
- A bakery in Burlingame preps and partially bakes the dough (much like those finish-in-the-oven loaves at grocery stores).
- The dough is then loaded into the machine, which has a built-in fridge and oven.
- Baguettes are baked regularly throughout the day; worst case scenario, your baguette is a mere two hours old.
- When you order, the baguette is then ready in about 20 seconds.
- Tear into it with your bare hands (or take it home to consume with cheese).
I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to find one around here, even though Breadworks is nearby and several French bakeries dot the greater metro area. Shall we start a write-in campaign? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and get something started.