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Breville 'The Oracle' Espresso Machine

BES980
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Description

The Oracle is the world’s first automatic manual espresso machine that brings true café quality to your home without the barista. Engineered in Sydney with over 3 years of research and development, the Oracle is Simpler, with automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing; Faster, with 2 lattes in 90 seconds; and Better, meeting the Gold Standard in a domestic machine. At the heart of this machine is its Dual Stainless Steel Boiler heating system.


  • The Oracle uses a dedicated espresso boiler and PID technology to extract the espresso shot to within +/- 1°C of the selected ideal temperture.
  • The Oracle also uses a dedicated steam boiler to offer instant steam on demand. So you can extract your shot, at the right temperature, delivering optimal flavour and steam your milk to cafe quality, at the same time. What's more, the heated group head further ensures a consistent extraction temperature.
  • 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 offers a true low pressure pre-infusion, which gradually increases the pressure to gently expand the grinds for an even extraction.

  • With all the features that a coffee geek would expect, the Oracle keeps it simple for all coffee lovers to rival even the best café.


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.

Purge Function

Extraction of coffee with water over 92-94°C will result in a bitter or burnt taste. Only required with Thermoblock or Thermocoil machines, the Auto Purge feature flushes the over heated water required for steaming back to the optimal espresso extraction temperature.

Pulse Pre-Infusion

The 15 bar pump initially pulses to expand the grinds prior to extraction. Providing a more balanced espresso shot.

Specs
All Product Details
Brand Breville
Product Type Automatic Espresso Machine
Model BES980
Colour Stainless Steel
Coffee Features
Type Automatic
Bean Type Beans
Pump Pressure 15 Bar
Warranty
Manufacturers 24 Months
Reviews
Breville 'The Oracle' Espresso Machine is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top machine There is a reason that this machine is quite expensive, it is because it produces excellent coffee every time. The milk frothed is excellent. Spend a little time getting to know the machine, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my new machine My first 2 cups were good but now that I have the grind set correctly the third cup was perfect. Owned it for less than 24 hours and I'm thrilled.
Date published: 2014-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I want and expect in a coffee machine This is my first coffee machine and it is absolutely fantastic. The best thing is that it is either (almost) completely automatic when I want a quick coffee, or it can be completely manual when I want to have a bit of fun and get my barista on. The automated options are programmable, so that you can modify the volume and temperature of shot for both 'one shot' and 'two shot'. If you briefly press the 'one shot' or 'two shot' button, it will produce a shot in accordance with the programmed settings, however, if you hold down the 'one cup' or 'two cup' button, you can manually control the duration of the pre-infusion and the volume/duration of the shot. You can use of the auto-grind and tamp function, in which the coarseness can be set, or you can tamp your own with your favourite pre-ground coffee. I found that the auto grind and tamp worked brilliantly and the recommended coarseness of 30 (range is 1 to 45) was perfect. The frother produces perfect milk and foam to a desired temperature and the texture can be adjusted from latte (smooth and silky) or cappuccino (full and creamy) and everywhere in between. If you want to froth your milk manually, the LCD will still display(on the fly) the temperature of the milk, regardless of the pre-set temperature for the auto option. Whether automatically or manually frothing the milk, the steam wand will automatically purge itself with a few steam shots into the drip tray, when you are finished. There are a load of other options, such as auto on, and cleaning and maintenance is relatively simple. Best of all, this machine produces great tasting coffee in short amount of time, no matter how you like your coffee. It is just as good, if not better, than what you get in a cafe and it is great fun! Money well spent.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes Great Coffee. Bought 2 months ago, made over 300 coffees, Love it to bits. We also have had the "white Glove Service" and I must say it was very informative. I would recommend to you all if you have “The Oracle” take up this free offer. We have used commercial machines and we did have one in our home years ago. I thought I could make a good coffee, but seriously this machine is the best. I mucked around with the grind and the steam wand / temp settings and thought I had it pretty good. Then Tanya came out and showed us how to use The Oracle correctly and let the machine do all the work and explained what I was doing incorrectly. Holy cow! I don’t know where to start, the Espresso was fantastic and the way Tanya did the milk was sensational. I was not purging the unit or the steam wand before each coffee and the difference was amazing. Look, I was doing a few thing incorrectly and not following the instructions so I was not getting the best results and the way Tanya explained it was so easy to understand the need to do it this way to achieve the best out of our coffee and the machine, in short YES take the up the offer and have the white glove service, you also get some great coffee and great tips. Highly recommend. Cheers
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great consistent coffee I was surprised by how easy the Oracle is to use but more importantly at the quality of the coffee it produces. This really is cafe quality. I have been a bit of an 'anti-automatic' coffee snob in the past but you just can't dispute the coffee this machine makes. All my family and friends are amazed too. Love it! No turning back for me.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Coffee I bought this machine a month ago. It provides absolute consistency in producing quality coffee regardless of who is using it. At the same time, it offers me enough flexibility to be creative when inspiration strikes.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! My husband and I bought this machine as a gift for our wedding anniversary. We feel like we have a cafe at home! It's so easy to use and clean and we love it!!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a tad overpriced but excellent after sales service as above, overpriced somewhat but on the other hand paying for excellent after sales service.
Date published: 2014-01-28
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