Breville Oracle Touch BES990BSS Espresso Machine

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  • – Touchscreen Control with Custom Drink Programming
  • – Built-in Grinder with Automatic Tamping
  • – Programmable Milk Temperature and Texture
  • – Two PID-controlled Stainless Steel Boilers
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Overview

The Breville Oracle Touch strikes the balance between convenience and quality with dead-simple operation and the prosumer-inspired basics to back it up. True to its name, the Touch flaunts a vibrant 4-inch touchscreen that lets you zip through controls and menus, change settings, and program and save custom drinks—all at the flick of a finger. The streamlined screen means friendlier operation for owners and guests alike, while also enabling custom drinks and labels to make your mornings easier. The Oracle Touch's impressive featureset finds its roots in traditional espresso machine designs: dedicated brew and steam boilers, PID temperature control, a heated brew group, and built-in pre-infusion (to name a few). And just like the original Oracle, the Touch sports an automatic dosing and self-tamping grinder (that now supports both single and double espresso baskets), volumetric shot programming, and best-in-class automatic milk steaming that rivals most cafes.

Features and Functionality

  • Dual Boiler - Dedicated brew and steam boilers offer fast heat times and PID-controlled temperature stability.
  • Electronically Heated Group - The group head of the Oracle also sports a dedicated heating element to keep shots hot.
  • Automatic Dose and Tamp - The Oracle Touch's brings hands-free consistency with an integrated grinder that doses and tamps automatically.
  • Auto-on - Set a start time on your machine for a piping hot shot right out of bed.
  • Oracle Steam Wand - The Oracle's steam wand monitors temperature and introduce an adjustable amount of air, creating the perfect milk foam and temperature every time.
  • 58mm Group with Solenoid - The Oracle Touch's brew head is a classic 58mm, and also has a built-in solenoid valve for backflushing.
  • Volumetric or Timed Shots - The Touch offers extra flexibility with programmable shot times set by volume, time or monitored manually.
Pros
  • Product Design - Breville excels at making daily usage feel like a premium experience. The touchscreen is bright, responsive and stands head-and-shoulders above the dodgy TFT screens of other machines. The ability to save your favorite drink recipes is a marked improvement over the original Oracle.
  • Consistent Coffee - Traditionalists tend to dislike hybrid machines like the Oracle Touch, but the repeatability possible shot-to-shot with the Oracle's built-in fan-tamper, brew temperature stability and volumetric shot programming is remarkable.
  • Magic Milk - The Oracle's steam wand, with temperature probe and auto-aeration, is still one of the slickest effort-saving features on a home machine to-date. It feels immensely luxurious to plant a perfect rosette while putting in almost no effort—you don't even have to change out of your PJs.
  • Worry-free Workflow - Almost effortless is no exaggeration. Setup is minimal and coaxing a good shot from the machine is as easy as a few grind adjustments.
Cons
  • Streamlined, Missing Features - The automation and simplified controls of the Oracle Touch come with a price. The Touch trades some of the original Oracle's functionality, namely programmable tamp pressure and pre-infusion, for a sleeker, more user-friendly interface.
  • Large Format - Like the original Oracle, the Touch is a large espresso machine, standing at almost 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. Make sure to measure your cabinets before purchasing.
How Does it Compare? Need help divining your future? Pick the Oracle Touch if you're looking for streamlined lattes, or are sharing your new toy with someone uninterested in technical details. For tighter controls and more minute measurements, the original Oracle is just the thing to scratch that technophile's itch.

Specs

Model Number BES990BSS
Manufacturer Breville
Width 14.5 inches
Depth 17 inches including portafilter
Height 17.75 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 35.0000
Watts 1800W
Volts 120V
Programmability Custom Drinks, Favorites, Milk Foam, Milk Temperature, Shot Time, Temperature
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 84 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters Bottomless, Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 10 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 25 minutes
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Metal and Plastic

Q&A

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Is it easy to use for hot water too? I'm thinking to buy this unit and remove my regular coffee brew machine and kettle unit. Combine 3 units by 1
A shopper on Jul 30, 2017
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Is one able to steam/froth milk on one's own without any automatic function? That is, can I do it the old-fashioned way?
Patrick G on Aug 6, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! You can set the steam wand to manual only mode, though it's a little difficult since the steam wand is rather thick and is not on an articulated joint.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Aug 7, 2017
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Is the PID user adjustable on the oricale touch?
Coffee lover on Jul 31, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! You can adjust temperature for both the brew and steam boilers.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 31, 2017
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Sounds like there is pre infusion it is just not adjustable is that correct?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2017
Best Answer: Correct! The Oracle Touch has a short ~6 second pre-infusion from the factory.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 24, 2017
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Aside from the touchscreen, are there any changes to the inner workings of the Oracle Touch vs Oracle? You mentioned the tamp pressure and pre-infusion as non-configurable due to the new interface, but overall looks like an Oracle with a new front plate.
A shopper on Jul 18, 2017
Best Answer: There are a couple of cool changes between the two:

The new Oracle Touch can now do single shots! the original Oracle had trouble tamping into tapered single baskets.

Custom drink programming saves your recipes—including specific shot time, hot water (if any), milk temperature and texture—for each drink you set up. Much better than reprogramming for each drink. (Though this is really only important if you have guests or the machine sees multiple users.)

It's also a little over an inch narrower, since the steam wand control is no longer on the side of the machine.

And lots of little stuff: the finish now has polished accents instead of brushed, there's a smooth anti-fingerprint coating, there are even adjustable work lights that shine down into your cup.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 21, 2017
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What's the height for Breville Oracle Touch including the coffee bean hopper? The dimensions says 17.75" but does not say where it is measured to.
A shopper on Aug 1, 2017
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How many cups and hour does it make?
Phyllis G on Jul 26, 2017
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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

Length: 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

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)

Can SCG Repair? Yes; only as covered by SCG warranty. Read more about our repair services.

Note: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.


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