Breville Oracle BES980XL Product User Manuals & Instructions PDF

Designed to bring the cafe experience to your home, the Breville Oracle Espresso Machine is equipped with advanced technology and innovative features to help you craft the perfect cup of espresso with ease.

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Before First Use

Machine Preparation

Remove and discard all labels and packaging materials attached to your espresso machine. Ensure you have removed all parts and accessories before discarding the packaging.

Remove the water tank located at the back of the machine by pulling down the water tank handle. Remove the plastic bag containing the water filter and water filter holder. Clean parts and accessories (water tank, portafilter, filter basket, jug) using warm water and a gentle dish washing liquid. Rinse well then dry thoroughly.

To easily maneuver your machine, use the drop down swivel foot located under the drip tray. When turned to UNLOCK, the swivel foot drops down & lifts the machine upwards, making it easier to access the removable water tank or reposition the machine to another location.

Installing the Water Filter

  • Remove the water filter and water filter holder from the plastic bag.
  • Soak the filter in a cup of water for 5 minutes then rinse under cold running water.
  • Wash the filter holder with cold water, taking specific care to rinse the stainless steel mesh.
  • Insert the filter into the two parts of the filter holder.
  • To install the assembled filter holder into the water tank, align the base of the filter holder with the adapter inside the water tank. Push down to lock into place.
  • Fill the water tank with cold water before sliding back into position at the back of the machine and locking into place.

First Use

  1. Ensure tank is filled with cold water. You can do this by either opening the top-fill water tank lid (push to open), or by removing the water tank at the back of the machine.
  2. Press POWER button to turn machine on.
  3. The main LCD will display 'Hrd3', prompting you to set the water hardness level. Programming this will determine the regularity of the 'CHANGE FILTER' alert which indicates when the water filter in the water tank needs to be replaced.
  4. A pumping/vibrating sound will be heard indicating empty boilers are being filled with water for the first time. The main LCD will display the current boiler temperature and flash 'HEATING'.
  5. After approximately 10 minutes, the machine will reach the default operating temperature (200˚F/93˚C) and all 6 buttons will illuminate. The machine is now in STANDBY mode, ready for the next step, 'Flushing The Machine'.

Flushing the Machine

When the machine has reached STANDBY mode:

  1. Press 2 CUP button to run water through the group head for 30 seconds.
  2. Press HOT WATER button to run water through the hot water outlet. After 30 seconds, press HOT WATER button again to stop the flow of water.
  3. Lift steam lever to the MANUAL position to release steam through the steam wand. After 30 seconds, lower the steam lever to the center OFF position.
  4. Repeat steps 1–3 twice.
  5. Re-fill water tank and empty drip tray, if required.


Breville’s range of espresso machines, drip brewers, and grinders seek to make gourmet coffee easier in the home. From the perfect starter espresso machine to smart, powerful brewers, Breville brings something for everyone. Founded in 1932, Breville is known for producing espresso machines, drip brewers, and grinders that embrace usability without sacrificing performance.

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