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the Oracle™

The Dual Boiler™ with automatic grinding, tamping and milk texturing.

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The Oracle™ creates café quality coffee that tastes like you’d get in your favorite café. The Oracle™ has automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing, automating the two most difficult parts of manual espresso. You can extract espresso and texture milk simultaneously, enabling you to go from beans to latte in under a minute.

Auto & Mess Free - The integrated conical burr grinder automatically grinds, doses and tamps22 grams for a double shot, similar to the commercial machine in your favorite café.

Precise Espresso Extraction - Dual stainless steel boilers and heated group head, both regulated by our digital temperature control (PID) automatically delivers the water at precisely the right temperature, extracting maximum flavor potential. The Oracle™ also features an Over Pressure Valve (OPV). This commercial feature limits the maximum pressure throughout the extraction, helping prevent bitter flavors 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.

Micro-foam Milk - The automatic steam wand textures milk to your preferred taste and temperature, from silky smooth latte (less texture) to creamy cappuccino (more texture). Powered by a dedicated boiler, the auto steam wand delivers barista quality micro-foam that enhances the flavor of the coffee and is essential for creating latte art.

One Touch Americano - the innovative One Touch Americano feature delivers a double espresso, and then separately through a dedicated spout, fills the cup with hot water, the same way as any good commercial machine.

Product Dimensions: (L) 16¼" x (D) 15" x (H) 18" • 35lbs

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BES980XL $1,999.95
  • Pump Pressure

    Over Pressure Valve (OPV) limits maximum extraction pressure

  • Timer

    Espresso shot clock displays shot duration as a guide to extraction consistency

    Programmable 'Auto Start' preheats the machine at a specified time

    Programmable 'Auto Off' turns the machine off after a specified duration

  • Heating System

    Patent Pending Triple Heat System

    1. Dedicated steam boiler with integrated Heat Exchanger aids thermal stability

    2. Dedicated espresso boiler with electronic PID delivers precise water temperature

    3. Heated group head – PID controlled embedded element maintains thermal stability

  • Pre Infusion Function

    Gradually increases water pressure to gently expand grinds for an even extraction

  • Water Tank Capacity

    Removable 84oz (2.5L) water tank with integrated water filter & backlit level indicator

  • Onboard Storage

    Houses accessories (cleaning kit) when not in use

  • Additional Features

    Automatically grinds, doses & tamps the required amount of coffee, mess free

    Programmable hands-free milk texturing with automatic purge

    One Touch Americano delivers water directly into the cup after extraction. 3 preset & 6 customizable settings

    Dual stainless steel boilers & dual Italian pumps. Boilers can be descaled by user

    ½lb removable bean hopper

    Integrated conical burr grinder (stainless steel)

    Backlit LCD's (3) display current settings & programmable features

    Work area down lights

    Heated cup warming tray

    Programmable shot temperature from 190°-205°F. Displays in either °F or °C

    Dedicated hot water outlet for Americanos & pre-heating cups

    'Fill Tank' alert prevents a shot from being pulled without sufficient water in the tank

    Removable drip tray with Empty Me! tray full indicator

    Drop Down Swivel Foot lifts machine upwards for easy maneuverability

    BPA Free - all parts that come into contact with coffee & water

  • Included Accessories

    Mini grinds bin

    58mm full stainless steel portafilter

    58mm single wall filter basket

    10oz stainless steel dual wall cup

    16oz (480ml) stainless steel milk jug

    Steam wand spare parts

    Cleaning kit

    Water hardness test strip

    Water filter holder and water filter

  • Construction

    Stainless Steel

  • Voltage

    110 - 120 Volts

  • Wattage


  • Warranty

    2 Year Repair

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February 10, 2015

The Breville Oracle—setting a new standard in convenience and control

"I've had the Oracle for a few weeks now. Previously, I had an E61 heat exchanger machine, coupled with a Mazzer Mini. After 9 years, the Hx machine gave up the ghost and I spent the next two years throwing money at Starbucks. Finally, I decided to take the plunge on a new espresso machine. Purchasing the Oracle was a bit of a leap of faith for me. I was concerned about not having enough control over the various processes and, by extension, the result in the cup. Fortunately, I was able to demo the machine at the local Sur la Table store. Still, I had my doubts. The automation and convenience appealed to me, but I still had this nagging concern that it was to mean a tradeoff with controlling the result. Nevertheless, I made the purchase, in part because the staff at Sur la Table were extremely helpful and accommodating, and because they reassured me that, if I got it home and absolutely hated it, I could return it for a refund. My early results were not encouraging. The first shots were extremely sour, which I had also experienced with in-store demo shots, so I immediately thought this might be a short-lived romance. I tinkered with the grind, leaving all other settings on their defaults, until I got it to produce a 60 mL double—again, using the default 7-second pre-infusion and 30-second overall pull time—and proceeded to be amazed at how quickly and easily the shots turned buttery smooth. Gone were the sour notes of those initial under-extractions, and with that my doubts about the machine began to evaporate too. Over the next few weeks, using the same Counter Culture Big Trouble blend I dialed in with, the shots stayed spot on, requiring only minute 1-step grind adjustments for ambient humidity when it was rainy for a few days. After I registered the machine at the Breville USA website, Breville sent me a couple of complimentary bags of Verve espresso—The Sermon and Street Level. The switch to The Sermon only required a two-step adjustment to the grind, from 29 to 31, and then back one step to 30, and the transition produced drinkable results with no waste. To this point, I am well-please with the machine's consistency and ease of dialing in. So much so, that I keep pinching myself, waiting for something to go wrong. It hasn't. My general impression is that this machine is extraordinarily well thought-out, and equally well-designed and built. It is an attractive addition to the counter-top. The automatic frothing—with presets for target temperature and consistency—works very well, exceeding my expectations. The grinder has performed very well to this point. Again, shot-to-shot repeatability is key here, and I have had no issues. The tamping mechanism is of a surprisingly simple and straightforward design, hopefully suggestive that it can be expected to perform reliably over time. The ground coffee path to the portafilter is short and straight, and the grind outlet has a wide mouth. I have had no issues with ground coffee clumping/sticking in the grind outlet, potentially spoiling the freshness of the ground coffee for the next morning's shot. The machine warms up ridiculously fast, coming up to operating temp in as little as 5 minutes. The caveat here is that the portafilter—unlike both boilers and the brew group, which are actively heated—is passively heated, of course. I always flush a little water through the PF then wipe dry prior to grinding just to bring it fully up to temp. The water tank can be filled from the front of the machine, and has a front-facing sight gauge, also very nice, and just another example of how well thought-out this machine is. Of the three legitimate complaints I've heard about the machine, all are really non-issues for me. First, I had heard concerns about bean degradation due to bean hopper proximity to the heat source(s). This seemed like a legitimate concern to me, so I checked it out at Sur la Table, on a machine that had been up to temp for some time. While there was some heat at the junction of the hopper base/grinder inlet, it was very minimal. Since, for my use, the machine would never be on for more than an hour at a time, this wasn't a major concern. YMMV if you leave the machine on for hours on end. Second, the lack of a dosing adjustment. For me, this was not a deal-breaker either because I've always used a static dose size—including all those years with the E61 Hx machine—and adjusted other variables (grind, tamp, shot duration), with good results. Purists will argue that you can further refine the character in the cup by adjusting dose size (coupled with an inverse adjustment to grind resolution), but for me, a static dose size works fine. Third, pulling a single shot espresso uses that same 20 gram dose size. Not ideal but, again, a moot point for me. I never used my single basket/PF in the entire time I owned the E61 machine. Useless, IMHO. One observation on the dose size and presumed lack of adjustability: while Breville do not provide a dedicated adjustment for dose size, as they do with a dizzying array of other settings, from milk temp and texture to cleaning cycle and filter change reminders, auto off/on, grind, tamp, shot profiles—the list goes on and on, I believe the dose size can be varied by adjusting the tamp pressure. Tamp pressure can be adjusted through a setting range of 1-9. The default is right in the middle at 5. I thought I had read somewhere that Breville had said the dose could "vary" from 18-22 grams. My guess is that increasing the tamp pressure allows the basket to fill a little bit more before stopping the grind, while decreasing it would stop the grind quicker, producing a smaller dose. Unless you do a series of adjustments and weigh the results, no way to know for sure without some feedback from a Breville engineer or technician. Overall, I am extremely impressed with this machine though. Well thought-out and designed, and exquisitely rendered, it strikes a perfect balance between convenience and control. Long-term reliability is the only question mark at this point. For that, only time with tell."

September 21, 2014


"Amazing espresso machine, very customizable. The machine heats up in just 2 minutes. Definitely worth the 2K."

September 4, 2014

Absolutely Amazing

"Perfect coffee every time right from the start. As has been previously stated you must use fresh beans to get the best out of the ORACLE. Its quick, its easy, its the perfect cup of coffee time after time. Well worth the price."

April 30, 2014

Great espresso machine!

"After delivering to espresso carts, and having coffees everyday, I missed the perfect flavor of espresso from the coffee mecca of the world being Seattle. I took a chance, and bought this Oracle, and it does make perfect lattes, just as good as the pros at the coffee shops. "

April 25, 2014

How Oracle changed my coffee world

"With a price of $ 2000 the Oracle has to be an exceptionally good espresso machine. I already had a fully automatic Italian machine which I purchased a couple of years ago which was still working well, but it did annoy me that the milk came out too cold and the foam was not dense as in a good caffe barista brewed latte. I have been considering a more manual machine to get better milk preparation ever since I got the automatic, but have not seen any that would easy to use and with no compromise in quality.

When I read the specifications for the Oracle I immediately knew that it could be the espresso maker I have been looking for, so I immediately put my automatic for sale on ebay and ordered the Oracle. The one month full return right which also comforted my wife who was starting to get worried about my sanity - $ 2000 for a coffee machine !

The ordering process was easy on the Breville website and the Oracle arrive a few days later as promised in perfect condition and well protected by foam packaging.

Setting up the Oracle only took 15 minutes. As usual with Breville the equipment is heavy and well made in stainless steel. After a quick clean of the water tank and insertion of the filter I was ready for the first brew. I am the type that read the instructions later, so I used the coffee beans from the supermarket filled the tank with water and made the first espresso shoot.

A black liquid flowed out which had a taste of bitter burned coffee. I did not event get to make the milk as I thought it would be a was of good milk to even try to make a latte from espresso shot I made.

So, I had to read the instructions as either I made a mistake or the Oracle would have to get shipped back quickly.

It turned out that the instructions are very well written and illustrated indeed. I first read a brochure about brewing coffee and that gave me an insight in coffee I have never had before. One statement in the brochure seemed quite important - use only fresh coffee. I just bought the supreme italian brand at the supermarket - so that should be ok I would think?

According the Breville you should only use coffee that has a roast date on it and then only use it within two weeks after that. The coffee from the supermarket had an expiry date in a month and I found out that it actually was 11 months old - could that be the reason for the the horrible experience. I had to try with something fresh.

Fortunately Breville already had anticipated such problems so the had separately sent two bags of freshly roasted coffee beans from the black cat project. I opened the Analog Espresso bean bag and it had a beautiful sweet coffee smell - so maybe there was still hope.

I set the grinder at 38 as it was recommended (very coarse grind for fresh coffee beans) and made the espresso shots. The grinder automatically dispense the right amount of coffee for a double espresso and tamps it to a consistent firmness without any need for human intervention. From the brochure I had learned the the espresso should flow as if it was warm golden honey (sounds yummy right!). - and it did. Exactly after 9 seconds the "warm honey" started flowing and I ended up with two shots of espresso that looked exactly as good as in the Breville brochure with the right balance between golden crema and coffee. Exciting!

The taste was completely different than my first attempt. I was a sweet taste with only slight bitterness. Very different than the previous burned taste and smell.

- On with heating of the milk which was a problem to get right with my automatic machine.

The jug that comes with the machine fit exact milk for one latte or two cappuccino. I know that some have complained that it is too small and it should be able to hold milk for two lattes, but I honestly don't think that is necessary as it only takes under a minute to make another - and you are in better control with the smaller portions. Anyway should you so desire it is simple to use a bigger jug as there is plenty of space under the wand.

I filled it up an put it under the automatic steam wand and turned the handle down. Steam flowed immediately (the machine was already warm - takes 5 to 10 minutes) and I could see the temperature increasing quickly. It took just a few seconds longer than brewing the espresso shots, so the whole thing can be completed in under 1 minute.

But that was not the most amazing - the big difference for me was the texture of the milk. I have never seen foam like this in a home brewing machine. It truly looked like wet paint as they said in the instructions. A couple of taps and all big bubbles was gone and I could pour the milk in the cup with the espresso shot. It looked fantastic and I even managed to make something that looked like a heart (for full disclosure my wife disputes that) - but in any event my very first attempt on coffee art!

This latte tasted just right. Very smooth, sweet and slight fruity, no burned taste bitterness in all a fantastic latte with a tasty firm foam.

However that is not as important as over the two months I now have owned the Oracle I have been able to repeat this result every single time. The latte art still need some work I am afraid, but I can hardly blame Breville for that. Actually the shortcoming in my artistic skills made me call the Oracle support where a friendly and patient supporter explained some tricks to me. Good to know that support is easily available if something more troubling should happen.

It may sound strange, but the Oracle have changed the way I look at coffee and how it should taste. Before I knew when I did not like the coffee from the local coffee shop but I did not know why. Now I do.

I suppose it is no surprise that I decided to keep the Oracle and feel that I have got good value for my money. It has also saved me money as I don't buy my latte at the coffee shop before work anymore- I make my own.

April 24, 2014

Oracle The Great

"Just receive my Oracle and have had it for two days and all so Good. It was worth paying a little more for the Oracle that does it all and makes less Prep work. (Rolls Royce) is seating in my kitchen! Practice is what it takes but for just two days, Better than Starbucks and you make your favorite just the way you love it. So for now a Great Machine and it's worth the extra $$."

March 23, 2014

Latte Heaven

"I never hit the snooze button in the morning because I can't wait to make my daily espresso drink. I've had the Oracle for 3 weeks now and I'm still in awe over how easy it is to make great tasting espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. I had no problem making adjustments in order to get tiger striped/mottled shots. I thought about getting a super-automatic, but none of them have great reviews about the temperature of their lattes/cappuccinos. There's no need to nuke my drinks to get them hot and I'm not wasting time cleaning up after myself with a semi-auto & grinder. It's well-made and beautiful. Just remember to use fresh quality beans from a local roaster and the Oracle will do almost all the work to produce a great shot/drink every time."

March 12, 2014


"I have had everything from the top of the line Pasquini Machines, to the best Jura on the market - and I waited with baited breath for the ORACLE to come out. I was on the top of the list at SurLaTable & was the first to get the machine. Let me tell you that it does not disappoint. It's build like a Rolls Royce starting with the weight. This is a heavy hunk of machinery that is built to last. Even the portafilter is heavy stainless steel like that of a pro machine. I love the fact that it tamps at the correct pressure every time and that it automatically froths the milk to the PERFECT silkiness! Finally - this machine is not only beautiful and functional - but FINALLY someone made a machine the you can fill with water from the front with a flip top reservoir - meaning no more pulling out trays and fiddling around to put the tank back in. I gotta say - I LOVE IT! Like all Breville products I own - it's like I invented it myself for myself! Great job!"

January 17, 2014

Follow up on review

"I wanted to add to my first review as I have now owned the Oracle for owner a week and can speak to maintenance. What a breeze compared to my last machine, the Saeco Xelsis! The maintenance for the Oracle takes less than 2 min. You simply back flush the portafilter using an ingenious rubber insert for 20 sec. (2x) and remove the tamper insert using the magnet, rinse off and wipe and viola! Done. No more removing a brew group (xelsis), rinsing and wiping down the inside from spent grounds. No more emptying the drip tray (xelsis) every other day and wiping out accumulated slime from the mess. The Oracle not only makes a superior beverage, it also makes the maintenance seamless. Providing all the necessary gadgets to facilitate each step."

January 9, 2014


"I started working at Starucks in their 200th store in Seattle's Pioneer Square. Back when they used La Marzocca and Frappuccino did not exist. We had 4 drink variations: latte, cappuccino, mocha and Americos. I learned the true art of espresso drinks and the quality measures were adhered to for every drink.
Breville, you NAILED what Starbucks used to be. Your oracle manual documents every quality perimeter from bean to cup. Maintenance included. You are the APPLE of kitchen appliances. Smart, intuitive,and top of the line.
If you know your skill set is barista or above, make the investment. I have waited since 2008 ( when I left Starbucks after 15 yrs to be a full time mom) for a machine like this to emerge. I discovered breville a few years back purchasing the smart grill and have since replaced every small kitchen appliance over to breville bc they do it better. I was elated to see the previews of the Oracle and preordered. As with all the other breville appliances, it too is best in class.
Thank you breville engineers and designers for taking three years to develop espresso perfection!"

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