Breville has made a name for itself all over the world because of its great looking machines that push the standards of innovation and functionality.
The Breville Oracle Espresso Machine is one such appliance. It’s a truly impressive machine that can store, grind, tamp, pre-infuse, and brew your coffee beans to make the perfect espresso; while simultaneously steaming and foaming your milk just the way you want it.
Making great coffee is an art. Precision and consistency are the keys. The brewing temperature, bean grind consistency, milk temperature and texture, and many other factors have to be just right, or everything falls apart.
Breville addresses this precision and consistency issue through the Oracle. It’s an incredible coffee machine that is both semi-automatic and super-automatic. It gives you the power to decide how you want your coffee; and also make decisions on your behalf whenever you want.
With the Oracle, you won’t need to pay your favorite barista for a good cup of cappuccino. You can totally do it yourself!
To describe the Oracle’s look in one word: gorgeous.
It is indeed a machine that wows, with its professional look, sleek stainless steel exterior, and well-placed knobs and buttons. It has a look that can rival any coffee house’s machines.
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It’s also surprisingly small, considering its power and features. Standing at less than 18 inches from the bottom to the top of the bean hopper; it can fit well below standard overhead kitchen cabinets. It also takes little counter space at 18 inches wide and 15 inches deep.
It’s a bit on the heavy side at 34.5 lbs. However, if you consider all that you’re getting out of the machine; the weight is more than worth it.
Great Coffee Quality
A truly great coffee machine should be measured not because of its beauty but by its output. The Oracle isn’t only impressive on the outside; it’s even more impressive on the inside.
Traditionally, semi-automatic machines, the ones found in coffee shops, produce higher quality coffee. However, it takes time and training before you can brew the perfect espresso. Super-automatic machines are easier to use because the coffee making process is fully automated. The coffee quality may not be as good as that of a semi, though.
With the Oracle, you can have both: the convenience of a super-automatic and the coffee quality of a semi-automatic. This machine is designed to be very easy to use and produce exceptional coffee every single time.
How does it do it? First, its triple heat system ensures that the brewing temperature is ultra precise to ensure that the coffee beans’ flavor is extracted properly, resulting in full-flavored, rich, and robust coffee.
Second, it also pre-infuses your ground coffee; gently increasing the water pressure so the grinds can gently expand before applying high pressure. In layman’s terms, the machine makes sure that your coffee comes out even and flavorful.
Convenience Like No Other
The Oracle is a complete machine. It’s “all-in-oneness” is what most users rave about. You don’t need any other machine or any other accessories because it does and has it all.
It can store and grind beans, dispense and tamp ground coffee, and then brew a perfect shot of espresso. It can also steam and froth milk while you brew. In addition, it can also warm your cups, make you an Americano without switching out cups, and clean itself.
Just add water and beans!
The best selling feature of the Oracle is its Dual Boiler. You can grind and brew your coffee and steam and froth your milk simultaneously. But that’s not all it can do.
This machine has an auto coffee grinding, tamping, and dispensing feature. The machine’s conical burr grinder grinds the beans according to your chosen setting by pressing a button. It then dispenses the exact amount needed into the portafilter and stops automatically. This ensures consistency and prevents spills and waste.
Once the ground coffee is dispensed, the machine also tamps it, eliminating the need for tamping it yourself. More importantly, it ensures that the pressure forced on the coffee is consistent so the end results are also consistent.
The machine also comes with auto-froth and auto-purge features, which are both great for beginners. If you’re more experienced, you can also bypass these functions by bringing the steam wand forward. You can then switch to manual.
You can set the milk’s temperature with a simple turn of a button. If you’re unsure what temperature to choose, don’t worry. A smiley face on the screen indicates the best temperature setting. You can also choose the milk’s frothiness. Do you want it cappuccino-style with lots of foam or latte-style with none? The power is in your hands.
Once the milk steaming and frothing is complete, the steaming wand self-purges to clean itself. How’s that for convenience?
Breville BES980XL: The Best of All Worlds
The Oracle truly covers the entire spectrum of what great espresso makers should be.
It’s an all-in-one machine with all the features and accessories you can think of and more. It combines great design with amazing functionality. It eliminates the need to choose between convenience and coffee quality; you can have both.
If you’re looking for the high-quality coffee yield of traditional semi-automatic machines with all the consistency and convenience of super-automatic machines; there’s no better espresso machine than the Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine.