Colossus is a chef-driven bakery + Cafe in san pedro, CA. Inspired by the seasons and local agriculture, we aim to create thoughtfully-crafted bread + pastries using herbs, fruit, vegetables and grain local to our region. Everything is handmade, thoughtfully paired, and as sustainably sourced as possible.
Our beginnings were humble. After working as a pastry chef + bread baker in los angeles and san francisco, founder + head baker kristin Colazas rodriguez moved back home to long beach to start colossus bread out of a shared commercial commissary kitchen. For the last year we have made croissants the old fashioned way— entirely by hand with a rolling pin. our bread was made by hand in small batches, and then baked in cast iron skillets, 8 loaves at a time.
just one year after launching out of our shared space, we were pleased to announce the opening of our cafe+ bakery in august of 2019. Our Small bakery + Cafe in San Pedro is a small grab and go neighborhood cafe offering handcrafted morning pastries, carefully brewed coffee from Heart Coffee Roasters (Portland, OR), and hot loaves of bread (available wed-sun 4pm-6pm). a couple months into opening we had to alter our bread schedule to allow us to bake more pastries in the morning. Our space is extremely small and our equipment limited. One day we hope to offer loaves of bread throughout the day, but for the time being they are baked in the afternoon following our pastry bake. All bread is out of the oven and ready for you to pick up from 4 PM- closing at 6 pm— Just in time for dinner.
Daily bread OFFERINGS (breas ia available wed-sun 4pm-6pm):
Country Levain (30% fresh whole grain wheat) Vegan
organic Wheat flour, water, salt. Our country levain is our “whitest” loaf, but it boasts 30% freshly milled whole grain unsifted flour.
OLIVE+ CUMIN Levain (30% fresh whole grain wheat) Vegan
organic Wheat flour, water, salt. Studded with a sprinkling of whole cumin seed along with kalamata and castelvetrano olives.
seeded Levain (30% fresh whole grain wheat) Vegan
organic Wheat flour, water, salt. Studded with seeds, and rolled in seeds before baking. This loaf is generally baked in a pan, which makes it ideal for sandwiches.
Whole Grain Wheat Levain Vegan
Freshly milled hard red and white whole grain wheat, water, and salt. This loaf is full of whole grain flavor and a slight sourness from natural leavening. Higher hydration and a long fermentation makes this loaf tender despite its high whole grain wheat content.
Seeded Danish Rye (100% fresh whole grain rye with seed soaker) Vegan
100% naturally leavened freshly milled rye flour with a seed and cracked rye berry soaker. Our sourdough starter keeps the acidity of this loaf high without the addition of yogurt or buttermilk. This is a dense and flavorful loaf, excellent as a cracker or open-faced sandwich.
Whole Wheat challah
miche buckwheat Levain Vegan
Whole grain buckwheat, high proportion of whole grain wheat, water, and salt. This loaf is full of whole grain flavor, nuttiness from the buckwheat and a slight sourness from natural leavening.