When most of us eat tortillas at home, we buy them prepackaged at the grocery store. They are cold, sometimes stale and and the texture is always a bit off. Carlos Ruiz missed his mom's homemade tortillas, so he created the Flatev (short for flatbread evolution).
"I was very disappointed with the restaurants and the tortillas from the supermarket. I missed my mom's homemade tortillas and when I tried to make them by myself, all I made was a mess," Ruiz told Cool Hunting. "I understood why people stopped doing this at home—they don't have enough time, and it's a pain."
Ruiz was inspired by the Nespresso machine and the idea of using pods. While the design is still in progress, the final Flatev product will be easy to use. Warm up the machine and insert a pod, which will be filled with tortilla dough, into the top. Then, less than a minute later, a warm and flat tortilla pops out.
Flatev has been experimenting with a variety of tortilla flavors, including plain flour, gluten-free corn, blue corn, garlic, chile guajillo, bacon and cinnamon. For now, the system will be using plastic pods, but Ruiz hopes to eventually make pods from biodegradable material.
You can pre-order Flatev online. Once it is released, it should retail for $199. A pilot batch will be released to select restaurants, bars and airport lounges in the fall, with an expected full release in early 2015.
See more of Flatev in the video below.