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Breville Oracle Espresso Machine BES980XL

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Breville may have traveled to an ancient land for the answers, but arrived at only one conclusion – the Oracle! Gather around and present your deepest coffee concerns, because we have a feeling you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Breville Oracle Espresso Machine BES980XL

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Breville may have traveled to an ancient land for the answers, but arrived at only one conclusion – the Oracle! Gather around and present your deepest coffee concerns, because we have a feeling you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Grinder, scale and tamper not needed! The Oracle automatically doses, grinds and tamps freshly ground beans from the ½ pound removable bean hopper into a 58mm stainless steel portafilter. While the shots brew, take advantage of the dual boilers and allow the Oracle to simultaneously froth your milk with the automatic or manual latte (less texture) and cappuccino (maximum texture) settings. No one machine has all the answers, but we think this one comes pretty close!

Features & Functionality of the Breville Oracle Espresso Machine

  • Dual Stainless Steel Boilers: Two dedicated boilers for simultaneous espresso extraction and milk steaming.
  • Dual Pumps: Dedicated espresso and steam boiler pumps for ideal pressure.
  • Regulated Extraction Pressure: Over-pressure valve limits extraction pressure for optimal espresso shots.
  • Programmability: Easily program shot temperature & volume, milk temperature & texture, tamp force, grind setting, pre-infusion power & length, as well as auto start & auto off features.
  • Actively Heated Group Head: Maintains thermal stability throughout the extraction process.
  • Espresso Shot Clock: Keeps track of exact extraction time.
  • Backlit LCD: Monitor everything from this easy to read display.
  • Auto Start: Preheats the machine for the pre-programmed time.
  • Hot Water Spout: Easily make a delicious cup of Americano from this fully loaded espresso machine.
  • Hidden Swivel Foot: This secret foot lifts the machine upwards to easily maneuver itself around your countertop.
Pros
  • Gunk Be Gone! - The Oracle automatically purges the steam wand after each use. One less thing to remember when making the perfect latte!
  • Automated Features - This machine offers automated features not normally found on semi-automatic machines.
  • Dual Boilers - Allows you to simultaneously brew espresso and froth milk, saving you time!
Cons
  • Grind Dosage - Coffee geeks will be unable to change the exact amount of ground espresso dispensed.
Ease of Use 3
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? This machine offers automated features not normally found on semi-automatics, but may take just as long to "dial in" the perfect shot.
Tips and Tricks Frothing milk on the Oracle is no joke and easily climbs to high temperatures. Be sure to wipe the wand immediately after each use, as hot milk sticks to steam wands.
Model Number BES980XL
Manufacturer Breville
Width 16.25 inches
Depth 15 inches
Height 18 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 35.0000
Watts 1800W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Brushed Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 84 ounces
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Breville Oracle Espresso Machine BES980XL
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A shopper asked: Can you set the amount of coffee that goes into the portafilter? And if not, how do you adjust the strength of the shot? Aug 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: While you aren't able to adjust the quantity of coffee the Oracle doses, you can adjust strength through grind setting and tamp pressure. By having the unit grind slightly finer and tamp slightly firmer, you can extract stronger shots. Hope this clarifies! Aug 11, 2014
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PBandJ asked: Can larger quantities of coffee be ground to use in a french press or other option or is the grind and tamp the only option? Aug 6, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately the built in grinder of the Breville Oracle is really just meant for espresso, and grinding and tamping right into your portafilter is the only grinding option. Aug 7, 2014
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PBandJ: Thanks so much for your help!! Aug 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: Which descaling product is recommended for the oracle? Will descaling every month harm the machine? Sep 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: There is not a Breville specific descaler to use with the Oracle, so I would suggest a product like Dezcal or Durgol. Generally we don't advise descaling quite as frequently as monthly, and instead suggest softening your water before adding it to the machine if you have harder water. There is not, however, an issue with descaling monthly.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/dezcal-coffee-espresso-machine-descaler

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/durgol-swiss-espresso-decalcifier
Sep 3, 2014
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Doug S asked: Can it be descaled at home or must it be done professionally? Jul 15, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Breville Oracle has a descale access point in the front for drainage and can therefore be descaled at home. Jul 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to make a coffee not using the beans in the grinder(ie. could I make a decaf right after a regular?) May 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately there is not an easy way to brew a decaf drink right after a caffeinated shot with the Breville Oracle. Since the machine requires a good quality grind for best results and it comes with a grinder, it does not offer dual-walled baskets like the other Breville models. If you weigh or measure out the exact amount of beans you need for each double shot, you could put only this amount in the hopper for each drink so none will remain. Otherwise, you can remove the hopper, empty any beans that are in it, and the grind the rest of the beans in the grinder chute through before adding the decaf beans. I hope this clarifies! May 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: What's a good starting point for dialing this in?
Starbucks Espresso Roast (all I had on hand), Grind 25, Tamp 4?
A 30 second "double-shot" only gave me one ounce (single shot gave half ounce in 20 seconds).
Adjusting the double-shot button to provide two ounces has the time around 60 seconds (too long?).
Apr 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: I would recommend starting at number 30 and adjusting from there. This should give you a better flow rate and help achieve the 2 ounces in the 20-30 second range. From there, you can taste the espresso and make the necessary adjustments. I hope this is helpful! If you have any further questions, please call support at 866-372-4734! Apr 12, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Breville Oracle Espresso Machine

 

What it Covers:

Breville espresso machines

Length:

2 Year on New Equipment

Who Supports the Warranty: Breville USA
Warranty Contact Information: 866-273-8455
Notes: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.


Caring for your Breville Oracle Espresso Machine

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Excellent Machine

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I have owned espresso machines for over 30 years and The Oracle is the best machine I have had so far. Before this machine, I had a Saeco Ring Plus which I hated to clean (it was very messy and the brewing unit sometimes was hard to put back in). I love the Oracle's grinding and tamping system; so easy and convenient to use, no more wasted coffee and improper tampering. The Oracle is very easy to keep clean. The Oracle has dual boilers, espresso and milk can be prepared at the same time. Too many nice features to talk about. Overall, great machine. I love it!!!!

(Posted on 6/22/14)

Excellent Machine

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This machine replaces my Delonghi Gran Dama. This easily makes a better coffee, without a doubt. Very easy to dial in the perfect to near perfect shot depending on the beans. I have been buying local roasted beans that are within 5 days from roasting. The quality of this machine is very good. Mostly steel, very little plastic. I am really enjoying this machine a lot. I also love how easy it is to clean, with so little work for coffee, heaven.

(Posted on 4/20/14)

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