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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

How to safely use Orb One

Crucial Detail emphasizes the importance of proper use of the Orb One to avoid potential injury and/or damage to your space. As a company, we take your safety very seriously.

Failure to close the lid of the Orb One fully, and the buildup of excessive pressure within the assembled unit.

As you read these instructions, please refer to this figure to correctly identify the Orb One’s components.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE SURE THE ORB ONE LID IS FULLY CLOSED PRIOR TO BREWING.

The lid is also referred to as the “top shell” or the “easy pour spout”. The spouts of the lid should be fully perpendicular to the handle as shown below. If the spouts are not fully perpendicular, as shown in the “FULLY CLOSED” diagram below, do not attempt to use the Orb One. You will likely need to discard the grounds and water and start your process over. When fully closed, the Orb One is designed to contain and vent excessive pressure safely and without incident.

AVOID BUILDUP OF EXCESSIVE PRESSURE.

The following conditions can contribute to the buildup of excessive pressure. 
  • Using too fine a grind of coffee. Your grinder should be set to a moderate “Espresso” setting at the finest. Grinding beans finer than 400 microns (µm) can contribute to excessive pressure. The Orb One is designed to be used with grounds between 400 µm and 1200 µm. To check the size of your grounds, we strongly recommend using a coffee sifter with a screen of 400 µm or greater (e.g. 500 µm). These products are readily available on Amazon and coffee specialty websites. 
  • Packing grounds too tightly. When making a short coffee (in the style of espresso), tamp the grounds in the basket lightly, one time, with the back of the provided scoop. In all other brewing methods (medium and long coffees), no tamping or packing is necessary. Packing the grounds too tightly can contribute to excessive pressure.

  • Overfilling the basket. If the basket is so full that the heatsink protrudes above the level of the basket’s surface then you have overpacked the basket, which can contribute to excessive pressure. As a reminder, do not attempt to tamp or pack an overfilled basket in order to enable the heatsink to sit flush, as this could also contribute to excessive pressure.
  • Applying too much heat. Orb One is intended to have the water preheated in the base prior to assembling the basket and lid. Once preheated and assembled, you should use your heat source’s lowest available setting to complete your brewing. On gas stoves, do not let the flame extend beyond the flat bottom of the base under any circumstance. Applying too much heat could contribute to excessive pressure.

  • Continuing to heat after the safety valve has started venting. By design, when fully closed, the Orb One will vent excess pressure via the pressure relief safety valve. If this does occur, you should turn off the heat, or safely remove the Orb from the heat source. Continuing to heat the Orb One while the safety valve is venting could contribute to excessive pressure.  

NEVER LEAVE ORB ONE ON A HEAT SOURCE UNATTENDED.

Doing so can increase the likelihood of injury or damage to your space or the Orb One itself.

NEVER HEAT ORB ONE WHEN EMPTY.

Doing so can damage multiple components of the coffeemaker and render its use unsafe. If you feel your Orb One is potentially damaged or compromised, please reach out to info@crucialdetail.com so we can gather more information and assess the situation before further use.

CHECK COMPONENTS FOR EXCESSIVE WEAR OR DAMAGE.

Before each use, inspect the Orb One for signs of wear or damage, especially on the locking tabs of the base and the lid. If you feel your Orb One is potentially damaged or compromised, please reach out to info@crucialdetail.com so we can gather more information and assess the situation before further use.

PREVENT MINERAL DEPOSIT BUILDUP IN THE BASE.

This is important to ensure that the pressure relief safety valve continues to work properly. To do so, fill the base with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Using a soft brush, scrub the inside of the base including the pressure relief safety valve. Rinse, and repeat as needed. This should be performed any time mineral buildup is visible, or at least once a month, depending on your water composition.

HAND WASH ONLY.

Cleaning the Orb One in a dishwasher may damage your unit and render its use unsafe. For full instructions on Care and Maintenance, please visit our Orb One Resources Page.

If you have any questions about the Orb One and its use, please email us at info@crucialdetail.com.