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.
Can you set the amount of coffee that goes into the portafilter? And if not, how do you adjust the strength of the shot?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: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!
Best Answer:Hello, Yes/no. Machine is ~18" (17-13/16") So it will fit under your cabinet but you will still need to pull machine out from underneath in order to open lid, lock bin and lift out. It all depends if you have enough/some free counterspace in front/next to machine. Not a issue with the nifty roller bearing under drip tray. So far, a great machine.
Best Answer:The answer is yes. The hopper is removable, but it comes straight up so you will need room above the 18" to actually remove the hopper. There is a cute little roller thingy that raises the front slightly but allows you to roll the unit around on the counter top. (Presumably to fill hopper and remove water tank). The tank is fillable from a door that pops up in font top of unit.
According to you guys, what would be your ideal dialing on thins machine? (grind, tamper pressure, shot seconds, water temp, steam temp).
Greetings from Nayarit, Mexico.
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer:Still dialing in the grind, tamp and water amount. Using fresh beans from local roaster only, so it totally depends on what you use.
I'm currently "stuck" on grind of 36, tamp of 7, polishing for 5, pre. 6sec. And brew time of 36 (including pre. time) to achieve good balance and volume of 30 (split) reading creama level. Brew pressure at 60%, temp 202. Milk at 155, mid setting for texture to get latte art.
Want to achieve finer grind and lower tamp but like I said am stuck. Breville is sending me their beans, will see if it makes a difference?
We are still learning our machine, but we are setting grind at 17 for most beans. Our shot time is then about 9-11 seconds to start. We haven't adjusted tamper pressure or water temp. We are using 170 degrees on the cappucino setting for steam. We love this machine - always a great cup of coffee!!
Best Answer:Yes, just keep in mind that using pre-ground coffee may not yield a very good shot/cup. It is important, since the portafilter and basket are non-pressurized, to be able to dial in your grind setting for the coffee that you're using, so you will need a nice, high quality burr grinder to find just the right setting and to provide the consistency to pull a good shot. Without grinding it fresh, you may not find the right timing with your shots, or the quality that you're looking for!
Is it possible to make a coffee not using the beans in the grinder(ie. could I make a decaf right after a regular?)
A shopper on May 12, 2014
Best Answer: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!
What is the actual heat up time before making 1st cup? I see 30 min but I then see a review site put about 3.5 min. I know it has an auto on but I wont be using this feature as I drink coffee at different times each day
Best Answer:We recommend allowing the machine to heat for 30 minutes because although the machine will heat the water to temperature faster than that, there are a lot of other components that also need to heat up, so that you don't loose a lot of temperature as it's brewing, such as the brew head and portafilter. As an alternative to having it start at a particular time (or in conjunction) you can set how long the machine will stay on before it automatically turns off, and you can set this to be up to 8 hours.
Mine is closer to 4 minutes from cold start to 200F. Of course, there is a fair amount of heat retained so depending on when last cup was it might be less. Also, the automatic auto off time is adjustable from the menu.
I have not timed the startup time but it is definitely not 30min. I'd say about 5-10min is reasonable. I would start the machine, go off and do some emails or read one article, and come back to the machine ready to go.
Why do you consider the Breville BES980XL as a "semi-automatic"? Seems automatic everything where you can even program start time so that my semiconscious morning soul can just show up and press two buttons (after putting milk in a container) and make a quick cappuccino. Might save me 15 precious minutes as rush out the door and make easier work out making multiple cappuccinos for guests. Do I understand that right? I like the frother in that there is no other container or attachment needed clean with one step automation and that the dual boiler allows a simultaneous brewing for quicker cappuccino. What other machines have these same same sort of features? PS love your videos!
Best Answer:Yes and no. From a features standpoint, yes the Oracle is/compares to a "super-automatic" (if not better), but does not technically qualify because of the use of a portafilter versus a internal brew-group. With the Oracle, Breville might of created a new class/level that further closes the gap from semi-autos to super-autos. There is no real time savings but if you're used to super-automatics, there are a few more steps involved in making a drink and again the use of a portafilter. It is the frother and auto-tamper that makes the Oracle unique and worth a good consideration (those used to super-automatics). The frother differs from super-automatics because it is submersed into your milk, so it does require extra step of wiping down the exterior of wand. Because of the built-in grinder, auto-tamper and auto-frother (main reason why anyone would consider this), a comparable alternative would be something in the super-automatic class/level (too involved to get into). I hope this helps.
Adriano P - I previously owned Breville's BES920 (& was happy w/it), & upgraded to the Oracle over Christmas & first off I just want to say... holy cow I'm making the best espresso & cappuccinos I have EVER made!!! Love, love, love this machine! Secondly, you WILL save yourself 15 min. - this machine is almost a one step wonder... but I assume b/c it requires you to move the portafilter over to the grinding 'head' & back again, it is technically NOT a one step wonder, therefore must be categorized as a semi-automatic... but it is by far the easiest, quickest, most consistent machine I have ever used (although I have never owned a fully automatic). Hope that helps! Patty (& I chose SCG for their 2 yr exended warranty & extra freebies - nobody gave that good of offer)
My understanding (as someone who's only owned a couple espresso machines) is that fully automatic machines "do everything" at the push of a button (grind, tamp, extract, froth, and add the milk). There may be some difference between "super" automatics and regular automatics (ie if they do the milk at the same time/same spout). This machine requires you to move the portafilter from the grind/tamp side to the group head for extraction, and requires you to raise/lower the frothing wand in a container of milk. Really very minor tasks for the benefits you get from them (the avoidance of some issues automatics have as well as the control you gain over variables like grind/tamp/temp/pressure/texture.
what is the advantage of using a set shot volume on the menu vs, timed shot? I would think I am better off adjusting the grind setting to get the right shot volume in 30 seconds or does it not make much difference?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2015
Best Answer:This really is a personal preference. Especially when dialing in your grinder, it is important to find the right grind setting to get your shots out in 20-30 seconds. Really, just depending on your choice of volume vs. time, you'll just be watching for the other one while you're dialing in your grind.
For example, if you have it programmed to always be giving you 2 oz., then you will just want to see what the timing is, and tweak within that timeframe. If using time, then you know that it won't go longer than 30 seconds, so as you're watching the volume, you can stop it early if you wanted a slightly shorter shot, or wanted your shot to be slightly longer, or more hands-on. This is the traditional method, because if you'd like it to brew for a length of time, you can see how the volume is coming along and potentially stop it shorter. Now that machines are starting to have flow meters, volumetric programming is becoming more popular.
Once you have your settings selected, you'll probably be fine, but may have to tweak as your beans age, when you get a new bag, or if you change blends.
I'm curious about the grinder...When you grind the beans, are those the actual grounds that are being put in the portafilter? Or...are those grounds sitting in a chute waiting to be pushed out the next time you go to grind another shot? I know in some of the super automatic machines I've owned in the past, the coffee grounds you were getting were not the ones being ground at the time.
Best Answer:That's the case with any grinder, there is always some space both between the burrs and in the area around the burrs that is filled with grounds, and as the grinder grinds, it pushes out the previous grounds. This happens with all grinders, and while this one doesn't have a chute per se like a superautomatic would, there still will be some grounds between the burrs and in that area where they funnel before ending up in your portafilter. This would be the same as a stand alone grinder.
That being said, whenever you make a change to the grind setting, it is certainly necessary to grind out approximately 1 portafilter-worth of grounds and discard it so that you ensure that you have cleared through the mixture of the old and new grind settings, and are 100% on the new grind setting.
Best Answer:You will want to dial in your grinder first, so that your shots are pulling within the ideal 20-30 second ideal window. From there, you can program the 1 or 2 cup button to produce the volume or timing you're looking for. With everything dialed in, then it's pretty easy to create a double shot quickly and efficiently by taking the portafilter and securing it into the portaholder, where the grinder will grind, dose, and tamp for you, then simply remove from the portaholder, secure to the group head, and push the programmed button like the two cup button. You can check out the video on this machine to see it in action!
I picked up my Breville Oracle. Great machine Is there a way to attenuate the light surrounding the four lower control buttons ? The lcd nor spot adjustments do not affect. These four surround lights are a little obtrusive,as they are always on when up to temp. Thanks for your help
The spec for the machine shows it as 18" tall which i am assuming is to the top of the bean hopper? What is the height of the machine without the hopper? My cabinets are right at 18" tall. How much additional room is needed to remove the bean hopper from the machine?
A shopper on Oct 25, 2014
Best Answer:Yes, the total height of the Breville Oracle with bean hopper is about 18 inches. Without the hopper the machine is 15 1/8 inches. To remove the hopper, you will need about a half an inch additional height, so about 18 1/2 inches. The machine does pivot if you have any wiggle room, and it's hard to say just how easy it would be, but it may work depending on your space!
If I'm looking for an Automatic aspect of the machine,would you look for the Saeco (Xelsis or Xprelia) or Breville Oracle? Taste is a important part of decision. Is those high end Saeco can produce quality drink vs Breville (with porta filter) since Breville is also a Toaster/blender maker so not an Italian espresso brand?.... Does it worth it to go in a E61 (Quick Mill for example) and all the trouble to do espresso/latte/cap for the taste or Breville could be enough close for a normal home user ? Would normal people will see a big difference or does worth it to go with Vario/QM67 kit for example.... Thanks for your advice. ( I know sound funny to speak about Seaco and Quick mill in same question but I don't know about how quality are drinks on those pricy Saeco) Thanks
A shopper on Oct 23, 2014
Best Answer:The flavor of espresso you will get from the Oracle is going to be superior to the flavor from any of the super automatic machines from Saeco. There are many additional factors you can adjust and much more that is user controlled on the Oracle than a super auto, so you can produce very high quality drinks. Despite being a higher price point, the Saeco Xelsis and Exprelia will actually brew the same shots as the lower priced Saeco units, and the reason the Xelsis and Exprelia machines are a higher price point is because they offer additional features (like automatic milk frothing) and programming (for saving drinks). Breville makes great espresso machines that are very very user friendly, but if having an Italian branded espresso machine is important to you, you may check out the Rancilio and Rocket brands. These units are a bit trickier to master than the Oracle with even more that is user controlled, like dosage, tamping, and frothing. Machines with an E61 brew head as well as the Silvia and the Oracle require 30 minutes of heat up time, however the Oracle has a built in auto on so the machine will be hot and ready when you are! Depending on how you want to brew, one machine may already stand out to you, but if you have any other questions please feel free to call in to speak with our Sales team at 866-372-4734!
How many grams of coffee are dosed into the portafilter? Thanks for the help.
A shopper on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer:The amount of grams that will be dosed into your portafilter will vary slightly based on the settings that you use, however my current dosage on the Breville Oracle in our showroom grinds and tamps about 23 grams.
Which descaling product is recommended for the oracle? Will descaling every month harm the machine?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2014
Best Answer: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.
Hi 2 questions 1) When I use the milk frothing on the cappiccino setting, the milk is very thick. My wife likes light airy foam that the espresso can flow through. I know in the advanced menu, there is a way to adjust the air. Not sure what settings I should try to make lighter foam for her. I realize many things affect this such as type of milk etc. Is milk foam in a cappuccino supposed to thick? (example- when I finish my beverage, only the foamy layer on top is left in the cup
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?).
A shopper on Apr 11, 2014
Best Answer: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!
Great Machine-a littler messier than a super auto but way better quality!Review by Darrell
Like many, I've had many espresso machines over the years, early Gaggia, Starbucks,then a Saeco Super Auto. Some died from use, some discarded for quality and mess.
I took the plunge to drop 2 grand on the Breville 980 and have no regrets. The quality of the drinks are "best ever". Foam texture for cappuccino's is the elusive "pourable white paint".
A little more hassle than my super auto Seaco, but so much better drink quality. I use only fresh roasted beans, which helps the quality I'm sure. But with this machine you want to chase that Italian Cafe taste goal.
Buy it. Breville is a good company for support and SCG with Gail and her crew can't her beat. (Posted on 2/8/2015)
Couldn't be happier! Great first machine for a home Espresso Maker novice! Review by Makai
I have been going to fine coffee shops for years. I never wanted a home machine I like going out in the morning as part of my routine. My family owned local shop was just sold to a chain so it finally felt like the right time to invest in a quality machine to make my Americanos at home. I did alot fo research on the internet and was ready to purchase a different machine when I called Seattle Coffee Gear. First, I had read what great service Seattle Coffee Gear provides and my experience was the same. Everyone I spoke to on the phone was knowledgeable and eager tto help me select the right machine. I had three Main requirments as I did not want my machine to turn into an unsused paperweight I knew if I was not completly happy I would revert to my old habits of buying coffee. 1. Espresso, Americanos and Latte's must be hot. No luke warm coffee for me! 2. It must be easy to clean. If it is messy or hard to clean it will not get used. 3. The Espresso must taste just a good as what I was buying at the shop.
When I gave Seattle Coffee Gear my requirments she asked what my price sensitivity was. Uh oh, But to be honest if my machine did not delvier on my requirements it would not matter what a bargain it was. So I gulped and said well since I am used to $4 per Americano in Hawaii as long as it breaks even before it dies it really doesn't matter as I am spending the money anyway. She said if you can afford the $2,000 price tag the Breville Americano is her recommendation. I wantched the videos and then ordered it. WOW! I love it. I have played with some of the adjustments over the last two months which were all super easy to make and have dialed in my perfect Americano. I love it!!!!!!! The only change I would make is if I could put a taller cup for hot water. I have been making my espresso and then using the hot water from my bottled water hot water dispenser. This has been fine as I don't have to fill the tank on my machine as often. it appears this was done intentionally so that the machine fits under the counter however, I would give up the machine being able to fit under the counter for the machine to allow me to make an americano in a taller coffee mug.
If you buy this machine you will not be dissapointed. PS I had only factored in my break even on what I was spending on Americanos at the shop. I have already saved even more money because I don't add a muffin etc to my order. So I am eating healthier too and spending less on the extras I used to buy at the coffee shop. So yes worth the $2,000 price tag. (Posted on 12/28/2014)
Updated reviewReview by Tall Guy
To update my recent review...after just a couple weeks of loving my Oracle, I went to turn it on one morning and it would NOT turn on. I called and the friendly people at Seattle Coffee Gear rushed me a new machine which I have now been using for about a month and has been problem free. This "unusual" issue has not changed my opinion about purchasing this machine. It is a game changer and worth every penny!! (Posted on 12/15/2014)
Super semi automatic A new category of espresso machinesReview by Tequila Monster
Well, let me start out by saying I am a real coffee snob from Seattle. I know good coffee when I see it and taste it. I have been making my own coffee for the last 15 years at home because I was tired of being disappointed by local baristas. I started out with a La Pavoni manual press. For those of you who do not know, This machine is only for the purists. After eight years use on my La Pavoni I was ready for something a little easier. My next machine was just that, Easier. The Rancilio Silvia made the process of making good lattes and Americanas. Consistency and timing was still a big problem with the Rancilio. I would waste A fair amount of coffee and time trying to get the correct grind, tamp and proper dose of coffee. Early in the morning when I just want A good cup of coffee to wake up I don't really want to be messing around with my espresso machine. Please just give me a good cup of coffee. My new Brevel Oracle is a real game changer. After setting up my new machine I ran a couple of test brews to see how the shots were coming out. On the third cycle I was ready to make myself a latte. I just made a few slight adjustments from the factory settings and in no time I made the latte, cleaned up my machine and was enjoying one of the best lattes I've had at home. I'm sure with a little more time, different coffee beans and A few more slight adjustments I will be making coffee as good or better than my favorite local coffee haunt. If you can afford this machine I recommend that you buy it. (Posted on 12/2/2014)
Worth every penny!Review by DrJim
My wife and I had a cheaper fully auto. Espresso maker for years until it finally broke recently......looked at the Breville Oracle, but decided to buy a less expensive brand. So we went with the newer version of the machine we had previously had and liked for so many years.....well, after 3 weeks of using the new machine, we took it back....couldn't get it to make us a good coffee, no matter what we did.......decided to spend the money on the Oracle......Wow!......definitely a great decision.....what a difference...quicker, quieter, easier cleanup, and amazing tasting espresso drinks. So good, the 2nd morning we used it, my wife actually sent me a text at work telling me how good her coffee tasted.....so good that I decided to write this review, and this is the first time I have written a review for anything......I'm sipping on my amazing caramel machiatto as I type this....and thanks to Seattle coffee gear for being so great at demonstrating their products.....it really helps to be able to see it work in person, and try it out at the store. They were very helpful, and great to work with. (Posted on 11/29/2014)
Breville OracleReview by Tall Guy
I was on a long journey of trying to find a super automatic machine that can deliver a good shot of espresso. I have owned a few super automatic machines that did an OK job but the shot was always under -extracted. My family drinks a lot of espresso and did not want a semi-automatic machine since my wife loves the idea of just pushing a button and not messing with dosing, tamping etc... It seemed the more I would spend on a super automatic machine only got me more fancy features and NOT a better shot. I was so excited to stumble on this Oracle that truly was the perfect compromise between a super automatic and a semi-automatic. Believe me when I say that this machine does not disappoint!! It pulls a beautiful and perfect shot of espresso!! Really, all you have to do is play a little with the grind setting to get the right volume and you are done. The frother set to automatic works amazing. Making latte art is no problem. My wife has been using it with no problems. It has little to no mess. Worth every penny. I have been buying beans from a local roasting company and brewing great espresso!! (Posted on 11/10/2014)
Excellent MachineReview by Yolas
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 6/22/2014)
Excellent MachineReview by DGM
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 4/20/2014)
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