In Japan, they are just ahead of the game when it comes to innovation. This toaster from Balmuda, a small appliance marker from the suburbs of Tokyo looks like any ordinary toaster. But using steam and carefully calibrated heat cycles, this toaster transforms store-bought bread into something that smells, tastes and feels like it popped out of a baker’s oven. The idea came about when founder Gen Terao and his group of product designers accidentally made great toast on a rainy day. After mother nature’s tears stopped, they tried to reproduce their toast and realised that water was the key ingredient.
They discovered that steam holds moisture inside the bread, while it’s being warmed at a low temperature. The heat is increased just at the end to give the bread a perfectly cooked crust. Too bad it’s only officially available in Japan and Korea.