Breville the Oracle Manual Espresso Machine

Model: BES980

SKU: 540185 Product ID: 772980

  • Dual boiler with automatic grinding, tamping and milk texturing
  • Provides the taste benefits of a manual with the simplicity of an automatic
  • Dedicated espresso boiler with PID technology for extreme temperature accuracy
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    Until now you have been asked to choose, manual or automatic.

    The Oracle™ is the world’s first automatic manual espresso machine that brings true café quality to your home without the barista. The Oracle™ has automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing, automating the most difficult parts of manual espresso.

    At the heart of the Oracle™ is it's dual stainless steel boiler triple heat system.  The Oracle™ has a dedicated espresso boiler with PID technology to extract the espresso shot to within +/- 1°C of the selected temperture. The Oracle™ also has a dedicated steam boiler to deliver instant and continuous steam on demand. You can extract espresso and texture milk simultaneously allowing you to capture the delicate aromatics of the espresso in your coffee by having the espresso and milk ready at the same time.

    The Oracle™ also features an Over Pressure Valve. This commercial feature limits the maximum pressure throughout the extraction, helping to prevent bitter flavours in the shot. It also has true low pressure pre-infusion, which gradually increases the pressure to gently expand the grinds for an even extraction.

    The Oracle™ provides the taste benefits of a manual with the simplicity of an automatic.

    Key Features

    Dual Boiler
    A specific brew boiler delivers more precise temperature to, and through the extraction, ensuring optimal flavor.  With a second and seperate steam boiler for simultaneous and instant steam.
    Low Pressure Pre-infusion
    Low pressure pre-infusion gently delivers water pressure at between 2 to 4 bar to allow the coffee grinds to expand prior to extraction at the optimal full pressure of 9 bar.  This enhances the release of the oils to produce a balanced espresso.  This pressure and its duration is user programmable.

    Integrated Grinder
    Limiting the time between the grinding of fresh beans and extraction captures those oils that lead to an incredible crema.  The in-built grinder allows beans to espresso in under a minute.
    Programmable Semi Automatic
    The programmable pour, or semi-automatic function, simply controls the volume of the espresso pour, at the press of a button.  That's 30ml for a single shot and 60ml for a double. Which, of course, is adjustable.

    15 Bar Pump
    Extraction is driven from a 15 bar Italian made pump.


    Coffee machine type - Manual

    Appliance colour - Stainless steel

    Pump Pressure (bar) - 15

    Boiler - Double

    Packaged Height (mm) - 540.0

    Packaged Width (mm) - 445.0

    Packaged Depth (mm) - 445.0

    Packaged Weight (kg) - 19.14

    Manufacturer's warranty - 2 Years


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes the best coffee I have had this machine for a few weeks now. I absolutely love it. I can make a better coffee at home now than an average cafe. In fact, a coffee from an average cafe is becoming quite unbearable. This machine has caused me to raise my coffee standards. I had to watch many YouTube videos to learn how to use the machine correctly, but it was time well spent. I like having the grinder built in creating a single appliance. The dual-boiler allows me to extract the coffee and steam the milk at the same time. The automatic milk texturer works like a charm. This machine is very expensive, but I'm glad I bought it.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the money I bought this machine thinking it was going to be an easy way to make good coffee. There is no way I would recommend this machine to anyone. Within a few weeks of buying this machine the automatic milk frother stopped making foam. Now I'm lucky to be able to draw two consistent coffees from the machine. This is not a review from someone who has owned the machine for a short period of time. I have been onto Breville and they have given up on helping me adjust the settings, I have sent them videos of what it is doing and they are stumped. At one point they offered to have it picked up by courier but the courier never showed up (was never booked). End result - the machine makes a good coffee... some times... but only if you heat the milk manually and are prepared to play with the grind settings regularly.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m in love I've been using the Oracle every day for 14 months. Once set up, it consistently makes an excellent cup every time.
Date published: 2017-11-20
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