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French baguettes from a vending machine
來自自動販賣機的法國棍子麵包

A man holds a baguette on a street in Malaga, Spain on Feb. 3.
一位男子二月三日在西班牙的馬拉加街頭,拿著一條法國棍子麵包。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

France is the home of the baguette, but just try getting a fresh one in the evening, or on a holiday, or even in August, when many of the country’s 33,000 bakeries are closed.

Jean-Louis Hecht thinks he has the answer.

The baker from northeast France has rolled out a 24-hour automated baguette dispenser, promising warm bread for hungry night owls, shift workers or anyone else who did not have time to pick one up during their bakery’s opening hours.

“This is the bakery of tomorrow,” proclaimed Hecht, who foresees expansion in Paris, around Europe and even the US. “If other bakers don’t want to enter the niche, they’re going to get decimated.”

For now, though, that is a lot of talk.

He is only operating two machines — one in Paris, another in the town of Hombourg-Haut in northeastern France — each next to his own bake shops. The vending machines take partially precooked loaves, bake them up and deliver them steaming within seconds to customers, all for one euro (NT$39).

(AP)

法國是棍子麵包的故鄉。但試想在傍晚或假日,或甚至該國三萬三千多家麵包店大多休息歇業的八月份,買一條新鮮的棍子麵包吧。

吉恩-路易‧赫克找到了解決之道。

這名來自法國東北部的麵包師傅,推出二十四小時自動棍子麵包販賣機,保證讓飢餓的夜貓族、輪班工作者,或任何沒空在麵包店營業時間內去買麵包的人,提供溫熱的麵包。

「這是麵包業的未來」,赫克預見在巴黎、歐洲各地,甚至是美國拓展事業。「倘若其他麵包師傅不搶占此一利基,他們就完蛋了。」

但截至目前為止,一切仍僅限於紙上談兵。

他唯二營業中的兩台機器(一台在巴黎,另一台在法國東北部的Hombourg-Haut鎮),都緊鄰他自己的麵包店。這種內部裝有部分預烤好的麵包的販賣機,會把麵包烤熟,然後在數秒內熱騰騰地送到消費者手上,一切只需要一歐元(新台幣三十九元)。

(美聯社/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. roll out v. phr.

推出 (tui1 chu1)

例: The provider plans to roll out its new Internet access service next week.

(供應商計畫下週推出新的網際網路存取服務。)

2. night owl n. phr.

夜貓子 (yeh4 mao1 zi5)

例: My brother is a night owl and usually plays video games until 5am.

(我弟是夜貓子,總是打電玩打到清晨五點。)

3. vending machine n. phr.

自動販賣機 (zi4 dong4 fan4 mai4 ji1)

例: If you want some bottled water, there is a vending machine in the building.

(若你要喝瓶裝水,這棟大樓有自動販賣機可購買。)


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