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.
|Ease of Use||4|
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||5|
|Overall Value for the Money||5|
|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.|
|Product Weight (lbs.)||35.0000|
|Case Material||Brushed Stainless Steel|
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Cup Clearance||4 inches|
|Reservoir Size||84 ounces|
|Steam Wand Type||Panarello Only|
|Boiler Design||Double Boiler|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
|Auto Shut Off||Yes|
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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
If you're looking for a machine that can be a bit easier to use, but can handle a higher volume situation and be appropriate for a cafe, it might be good to look into a superautomatic, that will grind and brew for you, such as the Nuova Simonelli Microbar, Prontobar, or Rancilio Egro. These will be able to handle a variety of demands, depending on what you're anticipating, and will also be NSF rated, which is important when serving to customers. I would also recommend contacting us for further details and to help you narrow it down, just contact our Commercial Sales department!
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.
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.
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?
Overall, no regrets on purchase.
Hope this helps
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 saw the answer on the 18" hopper height and it is removeable
Can the hopper be removed and installed while full of beans?
Trying to make this work with my cabinet clearance.
A non-pressurized filter basket (whether it's from the Oracle or the Dual Boiler) requires a bit more time and experimentation to find the right consistency to achieve the ideal 20-30 seconds. It is very important to ensure that you have a nice high quality grinder to pair with the machine, and make sure that you're finding just the right setting to ensure that 20-30 second shot timing. Once you've dialed in the grinder, you'll find that you can accomplish a higher quality shot. It will take more patience and effort to find the right settings, especially if this is is a new endeavor, but the possibility is there for a much higher quality shot.
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.
My question is. Is the 920 available for 220V and is the only difference between these two models the grinding and auto stamping?
Thank you, and love your reviews - Always make me smile.
I see from one of the answers here that a milk pitcher and knock box are included. Why aren't they listed in the product description? Is SCG providing them or Breville?
So I might be getting the right pressure and never know it because the grind is wrong. I can't rely on the espresso flow to assess the grind if the grind is tamped too much or too little, too.
Sorry for the detailed question but I think Gail ran into this issue as it was mentioned briefly in one of the videos.
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.
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
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)
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?).
Warranty Information for the Breville Oracle Espresso Machine
|What it Covers:||
Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders
- 2 Years (Oracle & Dual Boiler)
- 1 Year (All other new equipment)
- 6 months (Refurbished Models)
|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
For detailed care instructions, please refer to your machine's user manual.
User Manuals for your Breville Oracle Espresso Machine
- Awesome oracleReview by Sal
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- Best combination of automatic and manual featuresReview by Chiapet
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* Simple to use (even for beginners) and is very consistent.
* You always have the option to tweak parameters (grind, tamp pressure, temperature, milk froth temperature/texture) to suit your specific tastes.
* Seattle Coffee Gear includes a lot of extras which makes purchasing from them a great value compared to other online and physical retail stores. The extra 1yr warranty from them is great peace of mind given the cost of this machine.
* Grinder burrs and tamping disk are easily removed for complete cleaning.
* The quality and flavor of the shot and frothed milk matches that from artisan coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area (Equator, Verve, and Blue Bottle)
* I registered my machine with Breville USA and they sent two 12oz bags of Verve espresso (Street Level and The Sermon) via UPS 2nd Day Air. Roast dates were within 2 weeks of receipt date.
* No direct way of adjusting the dose. You can increase the grind dose by 1g if you increase the tamp pressure.
* Grinder could use a finer readout, since it sometimes is hard to dial in the grind when the ideal fineness is in between two setting values; however, this isn't a showstopper and just means that it sometimes can take a little more time to find just the right grinder setting.
Before purchasing this machine, I was using a Nespresso pod-based system for espresso shots and a separate Capresso milk frother (the one which uses a spinning magnetic disk at the bottom of the milk carafe to froth the milk). I got tired of the limited pod selection and was ready for something new. I researched superautomatics and thought that they were too restrictive in using the same, non-adjustable brew parameters regardless of what coffee beans are used; this would definitely lead to shots that do not display the optimal flavor profile. Also, the superautomatics don't brew the shots or froth the milk hot enough and require quite a bit of maintenance/cleaning, which offsets the supposed time savings you get from one-touch functionality.
On the other hand, I was concerned that the learning curve for manual machines would be too high and I wouldn't have the time or initiative to become a home barista. Luckily, I found out about the Oracle and I think it's truly a game changer for coffee enthusiasts who want cafe quality coffee without the fuss of a manual (grind/dose, tamp, extract, and froth) and will not settle for the high maintenance/low quality of a superautomatic.
With the Oracle, I set the timer for it to turn on and warm up on its own, and it's ready to go by the time I finish my morning routine. I can drop the milk pitcher under the steam wand and have it automatically froth the milk in the time it takes a shot to grind and be extracted. Clean up is minimal, since all I have to do is wipe the steam wand, do a couple of clear-water backflushes, and wipe the coffee grinds off the tamper. My coffee routine now takes 5 minutes from start to completing cleanup.
I was apprehensive at first about there also being a steep learning curve for this machine, but with the default settings out of the box, and fresh coffee, one can get a pretty decent shot on their first try. Once you're ready, you can further optimize the flavor profile by tweaking the grind, tamp, temperature, shot time/volume. It has the flexibility to let you change each parameter, and does it consistently so that you're not chasing ghosts when you're trying to get the flavor just right.
I would say that the major limitation on this machine is the grinder with regards to not being able to adjust the dose directly, and not having grind settings that are close enough together. Luckily, the grind adjuster is mechanically linked to the burr, so even though the digital readout on the grind setting doesn't change, you're still changing the grind fineness when turning the adjustment wheel in between settings. I guestimate how far i turn the wheel before the fineness readout changes, and use that as a reference for adjusting the grind when I know it's in between two values.
Overall, I think Breville hit the ball out of the part with this one, and really created a new class of product that delivers on the simplicity and convenience of a superautomatic, but with the drink quality, flexibility, and hassle-free maintenance of a manual. (Posted on 6/14/2015)
- Great Machine - some qualms, but I don't regret itReview by Tim Simmons
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I was very excited to get this machine. I understood that there was going to be a learning curve and knew it would take some time getting to know all the facets of the Oracle. I've had the machine for several months and have only now felt like I've learned all the finer details of the machine. So I decided to review it.
Everything it's advertised as, this machine is. The duel boilers are great and make multitasking easy. The foaming wand it quality and can produce great foam. The grinder and tamper are great and nice to have on the machine itself. The reservoir is big and can handle just over a weeks worth of espressos for 2. It looks great and you feel like you get the value for the money despite its large price tag (which is consistent across all retailers, but SCG gives you the most bang for the buck because of the extras they throw in) . It's easy to clean and maintain.
Some of the downsides of the Oracle that I have found have not soured me on the machine, but have left me a bit disappointed. Maybe it's my machine, but I'm actually chalking it up to the Automatic capabilities of this semi automatic. I've found that the machine can be inconsistent. The foam quality is not always the same. I've had great foam one day and the next minimal using the same milk at the same temperature after a good cleaning of the wand.
I've had coffee volume be inconsistent despite not changing the grind, tamp or force. Like, different in back to back shots. My last problem is a more minor quibble. Because the dosing is done automatically and is the same for every shot. If you run out of beans mid grind, but there is enough in the Portafilter to set off the tamper, there is no way to have it tamp anyway. I've run out of coffee for one last shot but maybe need about a dozen individual beans grinder to have enough to make it to top to set off the tamp sensor and had to manually tamp (which turned out terrible). I would have liked to have an option to tamp anyway. This machine overdoses for every shot anyway so I had more than enough for a decent double shot. I wish this machine had a tamp option. Like I said, a minor complaint (I just didn't want to open a new bag for a couple of beans)
Anyway. I do love this machine but do want to note the caveats of the learning curve (you will play with the grind tamp force and time a lot to get close to find the right balance), and some inconsistencies with the automatic capabilities of the machine. I don't regret the purchase and would recommend it highly. (Posted on 5/31/2015)
- Carving out a necessary niche marketReview by Jeff
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Pros over a superauto:
* You've got much better control with this machine over a superauto
* The results are fantastic. This is really all you need to know. I've gone from 5-6 shots a day with my superauto down to 1-2 with this machine before I start feeling the effects.
* It's actually cleaner than my superauto. My old machine needed internal cleaning every few weeks, there is no internal here.
* The water tank is huge!
* Whoever thought to put that little roller under the machine to help me pull it out should be knighted.
Cons compared to a superauto:
* There are too many controls and too little documentation, I'd love a flowchart to help guide me around grind fineness, pre-infuse time, temperature, etc.
* Despite the last comment about too many controls, I'd like to complain that there is no control for dose size.
* There's no longer a single button to push. It's starting the grind, moving the portafilter over, and then a single button - at least once it's set up.
How about a semi-auto? I can't help too much there with practice, but in theory:
* Grinding and tamping is all self-contained, I've never spilled more than a few grains.
* Consistency is certainly better than I can manage myself, but your mileage may vary.
* Automatic grinding and tamping mean it's a quick twist of the portafilter to grind while you prepare the cup, then a push of a button to brew.
* You've got automated access to most of the variables you're used to controlling by hand.
* No dose control.
* You can't just swap out for a different portafilter or a different grinder easily if you want that level of control.
* More parts means more things to break, but if it even matches the longevity of my superauto refurb unit I'll be happy replacing the whole thing.
* Having the beans integrated into the machine mean they spend a lot of time getting warm, however they seem much better insulated than my superauto. (Posted on 3/25/2015)
- Simply ExcellentReview by Doug
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- Great Machine-a littler messier than a super auto but way better quality!Review by Darrell
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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
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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
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- Super semi automatic A new category of espresso machinesReview by Tequila Monster
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- Worth every penny!Review by DrJim
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- Breville OracleReview by Tall Guy
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- Excellent MachineReview by Yolas
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- Excellent MachineReview by DGM
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