Orb One is a unique, single-serve (8oz), stovetop coffeemaker that offers the flexibility to change the coffee type by simply using a different grind - ranging from the crispness of drip to espresso’s lushness and intensity - without compromising each style’s presentation, richness, and flavor.
Reimagining the traditional stovetop moka pot, Orb One improves upon it in several aspects. By transforming its proportions, we make Orb One work efficiently on a gas burner, electric stove, induction, ceramic plate or even a camping stove.
We also reconfigured the internal structure to prevent over-extraction or burning of the resulting coffee. We achieve this by coupling a temperature regulating solid stainless steel shower head with a unique high precision, laser-pulse-drilled filter allowing for a perfect infusion every time.
Orb One is the end result of years of research and prototyping with plenty of failures, many preconceived notions shattered and truisms disproved, and some serious coffee jitters along the way. Controlling variables is key to consistency. In the case of coffee, the critical variables are often described as the "three Ts": Temperature, Turbulence, and Time. We set out to address them through the design process in a way that will enable users to make very simple adjustments to control the resulting coffee quality.
Temperature: The springboard for the design process was the realization that simply changing the proportion would significantly improve consistency of the heating process. Following that, we established the shower head's thermal capacity needed to drop the temperature of water passing through it to temperatures below those that cause over-extraction and the 'burning' of coffee.
Turbulence: Next was the hole size and pattern of the shower head as well as the geometry of the coffee chamber to ensure well distributed passage of water through the grounds to avoid channeling or dry spots.
Time: Time is the one variable that is fully controlled by the user via the grind and the amount of water allowed to pass through the grounds. Coarse grind and a lot of water will yield a large volume of coffee akin to the quality of drip. Fine grind and a small amount of water will yield an intense, viscous coffee, akin to espresso. Adjusting and experimenting with both will allow you to find the right extraction for your taste.
Theory is one thing, practice is another. Coffee is a natural product after all. Calculations got us into the ballpark but the key development took dozens of iterations and minute adjustments. We built a series of prototypes to better understand, monitor, and refine the relationship between all the various elements involved.
Orb One Stovetop Coffeemaker
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The company bringing you the Orb One is Crucial Detail: a multidisciplinary design studio founded by Martin Kastner, which has brought many innovative concepts into the culinary world over the past two decades. These concepts are often created through collaborations with America's top chefs. Kastner has received multiple awards for his design work at Crucial Detail. His first Kickstarter project, The Porthole, reached its goal in less than a day, and went on to win a Global Innovation Award for Best Product Design. Kastner and Crucial Detail were also instrumental in helping Team USA win historic Gold and Silver at the Bocuse d'Or, the world's most prestigious culinary competition.
The Orb One Team
We're very excited to present the Orb One to the world. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we've enjoyed creating it.