Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make gluten free bread?  Unfortunately, no we do not.

What type of oven do you use? And why?  Costeaux French Bakery uses a brick oven. This is the type of oven that bakes the best bread.  It’s what develops the crust… the oven radiates heat from all directions.  We use an Italian oven hand-constructed brick by brick.  It weighs over 30,000 pounds.  The oven is gas fired and has steam injection – a critical element in making good bread.

How much flour do you use?  We use more than 40,000 pounds of flour a month, slightly more than the average household.

Why does your bread taste so good?  We are still making bread the old fashioned way – by hand.  We also use the best ingredients. Finally, the process of making each loaf is never rushed. 

What is the best way to keep bread?  Bread should be bagged in plastic and frozen.  It should never be put in the refrigerator.  Refrigeration extracts moisture, drying the bread out and aging it faster. To refresh your bread simply remove it from the freezer, moisten it with water and reheat it in your oven until it’s crisp and warm. 

Do you ship your bread?  Yes. We can ship certain types of our breads.  Please contact us to place your order.

Do you offer wholesale accounts and delivery?  Yes. We have delivery routes throughout Sonoma and Mendocino counties.  Please contact us for more information.

Do you offer tours?  Yes.  Please see our Community section.

Allergen Statement

Baked fresh daily in Healdsburg since 1923

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