Homemade tortillas are like little works of art—masa, lovingly pressed just so before the discs hit the fire. But they can also be works of modern engineering, at least according to Swiss startup Flatev, which has pod-ified the humble flat bread and created a sleek new countertop device that will let people churn out individual burrito wrappers in the comfort of their own home.
Automated burrito machines are not new inventions—industrial tortilla operations all over the world use them. Flatev though, utilizes Keurig-like pods in a move that is just the latest in a run of attempts to completely cut the prep work out of our eating and drinking. Cocktails, beer—even ramen has undergone pod-ification. Tortillas seem like as natural a next step as any in the quest for push-button food.
From a user standpoint the Flatev machine actually works just like a Keurig. Just insert small pods full of tortilla dough into the machine and let it work its magic. The Flatev punctures the pods, flattens the dough, heats it and spits a single tortilla out of the bottom. A neat trick to be sure, if a bit monotonous —think about the number of pods you’d have to insert to fill out the menu for an entire Taco Tuesday dinner.