In October 2021, we announced the upcoming release of our first professional coffee grinder, the Orbit. The grinder is an Acaia product that has much of its design and functionality attributed to our friends at Weber Workshops. Watch the video below to see it in action.
The grinder now includes many different functions including:
- 64 mm flat burrs
- Stepless adjustment
- Single dosing that contributes to lower grind retention
- Multifunction button – RPM (revolution per minute) presets
- Reverse burr
- Compatible with other 64 mm burrs, e.g. SSP
- LED spotting light
- App connectivity
You can find more information on the grinder functions on our blog here.
Orbit Frequently Asked Questions
Below, we have created an FAQ section to answer some of your questions. As the grinder is still in its final stages of development, some features, functions, and release information are subject to change. We appreciate your patience and look forward to bringing our next landmark product to our audience.
- When is the expected release of the Orbit?
The first drop is on Oct. 27 with 2-3 more limited drops in 2023. The Eclipse Edition will have 500 units.
- What is the price?
$1,350 USD (Mazzer 33M burrs) or $1,450 USD (SSP Multipurpose) for the Orbit Eclipse Edition, exclusively through the Acaia US shop. We do not anticipate the price changing. However, if it does, it would be due to a change in production costs (for example, user feedback required us to retool parts).
- Can we preorder the grinder?
- What burrs does the Orbit have? Can other burrs fit the grinder?
The burrs are 64 mm flat steel burrs - either Mazzer 33M or SSP Multipurpose burrs. The 33M burrs were designed for espresso but they can be used for filter. The grinder is also compatible with other 64 mm SSP sets.
- Can it ship without the burrs?
There is no burrless option available for the Eclipse Edition. At this time, all grinders will be shipped with either 64 mm 33M Mazzer or SSP Multipurpose burrs installed.
- Can we adjust the RPM?
Yes, the RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) can be adjusted through the upcoming Acaia Orbit smartphone application. The grinder will have three presets accessible through the multifunction button on the bottom. Through the app, you can adjust and set one RPM to start, set the start RPM hold time, set the second RPM to end, and set the second RPM hold time.
- Why is there an option of grinding by weight when the Orbit is marketed as a single-dosing grinder?
For Grind By Weight, we are developing a larger optional hopper that will hold a greater amount of coffee beans. We do not have the final details or dimensions at this time.
- What is the Eclipse Edition?
The Eclipse Edition will be the first two production runs of the Orbit grinder, available in the US. This is a small-batch production run in a new product category for us. We want to ensure that production and quality meet our high expectations before we produce larger batches.
- Do you have plan to design burr carrier like EG1?
We do not have a plan for that at this time.
- What colors is the Orbit available in?
The Orbit will be available in the grey colorway seen in the video. We have had requests for other colors and we have passed them on to our team.
- How do I keep up to date with all Orbit information?
To keep up to date, including information on the Orbit or other Acaia product announcements, we highly recommend joining our official newsletter mailing list here.
- Is the grinder USB-C chargeable?
No, this grinder is not chargeable but will have a removable cord. The Orbit must be plugged into a power source to function.
- When can I order the grinder?
A small production batch of the grinder will become available to order in October 2022, exclusive to the US.
- Why is this release US only? Can I order one and ship it outside the US?
Due to our service center being located in Portland, Oregon, the Eclipse Edition is being released in the United States first. We will not be shipping outside the US for this reason. This is a small-batch production run in a new product category for us. We want to ensure that production and quality meet our high expectations before we produce larger batches.
- When can we expect to be able to order the grinder in Europe/outside the US?
We are expecting EU availability in 2023 but the date will depend on how these first few productions perform in the US. Unfortunately, we currently do not have a solid timeline of when to expect the Orbit’s availability outside the US. International distribution will depend on how our first few productions perform. We are aware that many of our international customers are very interested in this new product and we are doing our best to scale production and after-sales support. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
- How does the Lunar 2021 attach to the grinder?
The Lunar 2021 will attach magnetically to the Orbit stand with the addition of a couple of magnetic strips. These will be shipped with the grinder.
- Will the original Lunar’s Bluetooth connect to the Orbit in the same way as the Lunar 2021?
The Lunar 2021 will be compatible with the Orbit at launch time due to a firmware update released in unison. The Lunar Original will have a firmware update after launch with the same features except for displaying the flow-rate indicator (the Lunar Original does not have this hardware part).
Additionally, the Orbit smartphone app is not required to use the grind-by-weight feature. RPM and weight can be adjusted from the Lunar.
- How loud is the Orbit?
Depending on grinding, the Orbit is around 80-90 decibels when turned on.
- What are the dimensions of the Orbit?
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- Where can I find the Orbit App?
The Orbit app is free to download. iOS users can find it on the Apple App Store from October 27. We plan to launch the Andriod version on the Google Play store this December.
- Does the Orbit App display the grind setting?
The app does not show the grind setting of the Orbit but information such as RPM settings and other controls.
- Why not include the Ion Beam?
The Orbit grinder was designed with a grounding mechanism in place to dissipate static electricity. When the Orbit is properly grounded and used with our static absorbing dosing cup, knocker, and chute extender, the inclusion of an Ion Beam static remover is unnecessary.
However, there are certain scenarios where the Ion Beam can be particularly helpful for the Orbit. These scenarios include:
- the user’s wall plug is not properly grounded
- extremely dry conditions
- commercial environments where the grinder is being used continuously for long periods of time.
- when using alternative catch cups, such as ceramic vessels, where grounding alone may not suffice.