Frequently Asked Questions

We’re located at 2710 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA. Nearest cross-street is Temple Ave and we’re on the east end of “Retro Row” on 4th Street.

Open 5 days a week!

Wed + Thu + Fri : 8am – 6pm
Sat + Sun : 8am – 2pm

Closed every Monday + Tuesday

On Thursdays we deliver to locals that pre-ordered via our online shop (click for more info).

Bread Info

Yep, our breads are naturally leavened (aka sourdough) with no commercial yeast. The only exception are some specialty breads and pastries that are offered from time to time (rest assured that I’ll always note it in in the ingredients list).

Sourdough in this case refers more to the fermentation process than the actual flavor of the bread. Below is a short description on the naturally leavened breads we offer to give you a better sense of where you might want to start… Everyone has a favorite, but we think they’re all pretty special!

Our California loaf has a deep, nutty, balanced flavor profile with only a hint of sourness. The bread goes well with sweet or savory flavors: enjoy a toast with jam or preserves, alongside your soup, or as your sandwich bread.

The Seeded loaf is made with our California dough with organic sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds added throughout and on top. The texture and flavors in this loaf are exciting and rewarding.

Our Field loaf is a beautiful mix of wheat, rye and spelt flours. This combination results in a higher whole-wheat loaf (about 40%) that has a great chewy crumb, slightly denser and more robust in flavor than the California loaf.
We hope you try our bread and decide for yourself!

The Hueso is a long-bread similar to a baguette or a birote but without the pretense. Crispy crust [varying from some more lightly baked to other more dark (bon cuit)] with an airy crumb full of nooks and crannies. Perfectly picnic ready – choose from the straight hueso or a pull apart (quebrado) for easy snacking.

Our Sesame Flatbread is ready for anything: tear + dip it, make mini sandwiches, or slice through the whole thing and make giant toasts. Made with our California dough and topped with organic sesame seeds, brushed with organic olive oil. The crust is soft and the crumb can hold up to any topping you add to it.

Yes! We strive to use only organic ingredients in our entire operation.

Ingredients are always listed in the item’s description on the order page and our labels for full transparency.

All good breads must stale. A naturally leavened bread keeps anywhere from 4-6 days on its way to turning more solid. We always recommend storing the bread in the bag it came in, with the cut side facing down (inside the bag, on your kitchen counter/table). This will keep the moisture inside the bread as much as possible.

Once it’s what you consider “stale” we recommend searching for recipes to utilize the bread in this new state: make some great croutons (click here for inspiration + a great recipe), grate it and enjoy homemade bread crumbs in your meatballs or as a thickening agent in your soups/dips/sauces/mezze, or go for classics like french toast and bread pudding! The options are endless and stretch many cuisines and cultures. We invite you to explore a new world of traditions and cooking with stale bread!

The loaf keeps okay in the paper bag provided (or our natural cotton bread bags), on the counter, and with cut side down. 

You can also transfer the loaf to a more airtight container (such a plastic bag) for longer keeping and a softer crust – just be careful about condensation and look out for mold!

Many customers tell us they get great results by freezing the bread – If a full loaf is too much to go through fresh, you can slice it in half and freeze one part or pre-slice/portion and then freeze.  Be sure to wrap the bread tightly in plastic before freezing. Defrost or don’t – just warm the bread to bring the crust + crumb back to life. 

We’ve had excellent results with baguettes if not eaten the same day re-crisped for 10 minutes at 350F. This also works if frozen (wrapped tightly in plastic).

The short answer is no (*with the exception of our buckwheat cookies since that grain is technically gluten free but it’s NOT made in a GF facility so there’s that*).
The longer answer is:
All our loaves are leavened using only a naturally occurring wild yeast culture (aka sourdough) — This is worlds apart from bread that you find most places because even some “sourdough” loaves will list (commercial) yeast in the ingredients. The understanding is that the natural fermentation breaks down the wheat to make it edible and nutritious for our bodies, unlike most wheat products on the market that may not even be leavened, let alone naturally leavened.
While we don’t know what this means for someone with a yeast or gluten allergy, we’ve heard that it makes a difference for folks that are simply avoiding gluten. But the best way to know would be research about the history of humans eating wheat, and then, if willing, to try naturally leavened bread and observe how the body feels.
We’re focused on traditional breads made with organic and often heirloom/heritage grain. Plus, all of our current recipes rely on naturally occurring gluten found in these grains to have a wonderful rise, chew, and texture.
Our freshly baked pastries are meant to be eaten the same day or next day.
It’s important to refrigerate if you choose to keep more than one day and even then should be eaten within 3 days. Everything we make is completely natural with NO preservatives which means NO shelf life.

Other Info

We used to (pre-pandemic) and we are looking forward to hosting them again in 2021!
Stay tuned to our social media channels or our newsletter for updates as soon as we share news on upcoming opportunities to learn to bake your own masa madre bread at home!

Yes, we are happy to work with you on a special designed bread for you’re event! Contact us to so we can discuss what you’re interested in and how we can make it happen.

Yes, we offer our CA loaf for wholesale.  Reach out via our contact form and and we’ll set a time to meet + discuss your needs.

Other items might be available for wholesale so get in touch and we’ll go from there!

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