Breville Oracle Espresso Machine Review

The Breville Oracle BES980XL is one of the latest automatic-manual espresso machine from Breville. Breville is a company revered for innovative and high-quality products worldwide.

One of the selling proposition of the Breville machine is its convenience and ease of use. As a result, preparing your espresso is a fun-filled process that you can do on demand. Designed to help you make all your coffee dreams come true. This unit comes loaded with great features that allow it to do your entire coffee brewing task automatically and simultaneously.

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We have prepared the following Breville Espresso Machine review as a revelation to the reasons why it is one of the most talked espresso machine in the industry.

Our rating of the Breville Oracle: Four Star

The Breville Oracle BES980XL Espresso Maker

The Breville Oracle Espresso machine is designed for both residential and commercial use. It is a great machine if you are looking for an espresso machine to replace your home coffee machine or a coffee maker for your coffee shop.

The best selling feature of this machine is that you do not have to read lengthy manuals before operating it. Breville oracle machine offers simple and user-friendly functionality so anyone can get used to it quickly.

This makes it a perfect choice for newbies in the espresso world. It is conveniently designed to help you make delicious and energizing drinks in the shortest time.

Key Features

  • Programmability
  • Dual pumps
  • Dual boiler design
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Auto-on/off function
  • Hidden swivel foot
  • Shot espresso clock and PID
  • Actively heated group head
  • Easy access 84 ounces internal reservoir
  • Pre-infusion
  • Quality and durable construction
  • Automatic cleaning
  • Built-in and automatic coffee grinder
  • Effective milk frothier
  • Easy to use and user-friendly
  • Automatic dosing and tamping
  • Dual boilers a great time savers
  • Space-efficient and all-in-one design
  • Programmable settings
  • Stainless steel boilers and components
  • Low maintenance design
  • Difficult to change the amount of espresso dispensed for each shot
  • Due to high temperatures that milk is frothed, the wand can get sticky

Features and Functions

Hands-free Automatic Grinder, Dozer and Tamper – Unlike many other espresso machines in the market, the Breville is super automatic. This is advantageous because it eliminates the need for a grinder, dozer, and a tamper because all these features are built into one machine. All you need is to select the correct grind fineness and turn the portafilter, then the oracle grind, dose and tamps the grinds. The built-in grinder is adjustable to 40 settings for espresso range. The grinder also features a locking mechanism that allows you to grind coffee beans directly into the portafilter.

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Dual Boilers – One of the best features of this machine is a dual (stainless steel) boiler, which allows for simultaneous espresso extraction and milk steaming. Better yet, the dual boiler design plays a significant role in maintaining a constant temperature during brewing. Brewing at constant temperature is advantageous because it helps achieve consistency. Notably, the temperature of each boiler is controlled independently, something that improves the brewing precision.

Auto-purge Function – The Breville comes with an auto-purge feature that automatically purges steam through the steam wand making it easier to clean after each use.  This feature is very important when handling hot milk because it helps you prevent sucking milk back into the boiler to avoid damaging your appliance.

Dual Pump Design – Another good thing that makes this machine outstand among others is the dual pumps (one pump for espresso and another one pump for the steam). These pumps maintain a stable pressure during brewing and steaming for precise operation. By having dual boilers, this Oracle brewer saves a lot of time between steaming and pulling shots.

Heated Group Head and Pre-infusion – Incredibly, this machine also has a heated group head that maintains thermal stability throughout the extraction process.  In addition to this, it has a pre-infusion function that supplies hot water at low pressure, this is important to achieve uniform ground saturation. This prevents channeling which is a common problem that occurs during brewing.

Triple Heating System – The Breville understand the importance of temperature controls during coffee brewing. For this reason, it comes with a triple heat system.  Each heating element works separately to ensure that your coffee roast to its maximum flavor potential.

Automatic Hands-free Frothing – Lastly but not the least is the automated milk frothier. With the automated milk texturing, you only need to select the style of foam you need and the temperature then the machine will do the rest for you.  The frothier also has a steaming wand with a temperature probe so that you do not overheat the milk.

Heated Cup Warmer – This machine comes with a cup warmer with its own heating element unlike many other machines in its class. The advantage of this feature is that you can maintain a stable temperature whether a boiler is used or not.

Shot Espresso Clock and PID – The Oracle also comes with a shot clock monitored by a PID controller, which allows you to know how long brewing has taken place. This is a nice feature if you tweak your shot.

Auto-on/off  – When it comes to convenience, you will be impressed by the auto-on/off option that comes with this machine. This feature gives you the opportunity to program it to preheat for sometimes and shut down after some time to avoid bitter flavors.

LED-backlit Display – It is interesting to see that this machine comes with a LED-backlit LCD that helps you to maintain control over the exploitation.

Removable Bean Hopper – This espresso machine also comes with a removable bean hopper. Interestingly, this hopper can hold up to 8oz of beans. The fact that the bean hopper is removable means that you can change your beans before the last batch or remove it while there are still beans inside.

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Hidden Swivel Foot – Besides, the Breville also features a drop-down swivel foot that facilitates lifting up and down the machine. This, in turn, allows for greater manoeuvrability.

Easy Fill Water Reservoir – The water reservoir is easy to access and refill. To fill the reservoir, you can either remove it completely from the back or open the access panel on the top. Amazingly, there is a sight glass on the front panel so you keep an eye on its volume.

Extra Features – Extra features include the automatic tamping feature that maintains consistent pressure every time. This adds to your convenience if you are not a trained barista.

Why we love Breville’s coffee machine?

  • They come with a one-year limited warranty as an assurance of quality
  • They are easy to use and very user-friendly and the functions are designed for the espresso beginner to espresso experts
  • They are high-quality products designed with stainless steel, durable and easy to clean material.
  • Great and 24/7 customer support should you need their help


The Oracle is a good option if you are looking for a comprehensive automatic espresso machine with the benefits of a manual coffee maker. This machine stands out from its many competitors because of its convenient features, durability, ease of use, programmability among others. Try it if you want to take the hassle out of your morning espresso.

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