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Breville® Oracle Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Be your own barista with this innovative espresso machine that combines the convenience of one-touch operation with the control and fine adjustment of a manual brewer. Designed to tackle the most difficult tasks in espresso brewing—dosing, grinding...Read More

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Be your own barista with this innovative espresso machine that combines the convenience of one-touch operation with the control and fine adjustment of a manual brewer. Designed to tackle the most difficult tasks in espresso brewing—dosing, grinding, and tamping the coffee and steaming the milk for just the right amount of texture—the Oracle turns even amateur coffee enthusiasts into seasoned professionals.

With groundbreaking automatic dosing, grinding and tamping, hands-free milk texturing, and a one-touch Americano button that adds heated water to brewing espresso without moving the cup, the Oracle makes it easier than ever to create flawless espresso drinks at home.

Every aspect of the Oracle—from the dual boilers and revolutionary triple-heat system to the dedicated Americano spout—has been engineered to deliver the ultimate in home espresso: rich, bean-to-cup perfection in under a minute.

  • Manufacturer: Breville
  • Model: BES980XL
  • Includes: 58mm portafilter, filter basket, travel mug, milk jug, steam wand spare parts, grounds bin, cleaning kit, pH testing strip, water filter, brush
  • Material: Stainless steel, metal, plastic
  • Care: Hand wipe exterior. Frothing jug is dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: 16¼"x 18"
  • Capacity: 84-fl.-oz. (water tank)
  • Weight: 35 lb.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Made in China
  • The Oracle takes care of dosing, grinding and tamping for you—once the espresso puck is prepared, simply seat the portafilter under the brew head, select a brew button, and watch the Oracle go to work
  • Hands-free milk texturing features an automatic purge and is fully adjustable to provide perfectly heated and textured milk
  • Innovative triple-heat system features a steam boiler with a heat exchanger for thermal stability, a dedicated espresso boiler that regulates water temperature for precise brewing, and a heated group head
  • Low-pressure pre-infusion for even extraction
  • Grind-size dial allows you to adjust the texture for richer or milder espresso
  • Over-pressure valve limits maximum pressure during espresso extraction, preventing bitter
  • All parts that come into contact with coffee or water are BPA free
  • Removable 84-oz. water tank features an integrated filter and backlit level indicator
  • Programmable auto-start and auto-off features preheat or turn off the machine at specified time


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So pleased with this machine
Let me start by saying that this is hardly a manual machine. I upgraded from a true manual machine and liked the feeling that I made the perfect drink. This machine really does do all the work. Moving the filter from one spot to another will not make you a barista. But it is so easy to use that making a latt� is never a time-consuming chore, no matter how sleepy I am. I love being able to steam and brew at the same time. No more watching the thermometer in the milk and no more separate grinder! Clean-up is a simple wipe down and rinse of the tools (the milk 'gunk' wipes right off the removable steam head). It even has retractable wheels if you need to move it around on the counter! Plus it actually looks like an espresso machine...not a box with a digital readout and spout
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Sur La Table Store
Best reviewed espresso machine we have found and great past experience with all Breville products we have purchased
David L on Aug 19, 2015
I have one and love it so got one for friends
John W on Jun 22, 2015
I've done a lot of research on this machine and after owning several Breville products from Sur La Table, I knew this was the right machine for me. I have been very, very happy with Sur La Table both online and at our Boulder CO store - thank you for offering this product.
Carmi S on Aug 11, 2015
Best on market
Edgar R on Feb 24, 2015
when will Breville Oracle be available for purchase

Our Breville 920xl we bough 5 months ago was not working right out of the box. Sur La Table told us this model is being updated and we could exchange it when the new comes out (Breville had many problems with the 920XL and were addressing those problems with the new model). We see it is available but not through SurLaTable and we other is no longer working.Thank yo
A shopper on Apr 23, 2014
Best Answer: The Oracle will be available for purchase this summer. If you have specific questions, feel free to call the Oracle Support Line at 1 866 273 8455
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Apr 29, 2014
is this machine being updated?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2015
Best Answer: Can this machine dispense hot water for a French press as my hubby likes coffee this way?
Reply · Report · debbie d on Oct 5, 2015
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Does the 18" height include the bean holder?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, it does. Without the hopper, it's only 15".
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Oct 13, 2014
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i have only had my breville oracle for 2 weeks and it's telling my to dscale. I have no instructions on how to do this and I have only used it a few times. Why should I have to descale so soon? No answer in my instruction manual
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
Best Answer: The two largest reasons for descaling are quality & quantity. If your water is hard & you're using your machine frequently, you'll have to do it more often. Descaling instructions begin on page 38 of the manual.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Dec 13, 2014
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I see that the bean hopper is removable - is there a way to purchase an additional bean hopper so I can fill one with caffeinated and the other with decaffeinated beans?
Mich R on Nov 15, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can buy an extra hopper and a lid (they are sold separately) directly from breville website.
Reply · Report · Alex V on Nov 15, 2014
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Wanting to buy the Oracle but making certain I can fit it on my counter. Clearance to bottom of my cabinet is 18" exactly. If that fits (but tight) I assume I would need to move it forward to fill beans? I've been doing that with my Jura Capresso that it is replacing
Dan U on Aug 18, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, you would need to move it forward to fill the beans. First, though, you need to unlock the feet which isn't a huge deal. Our cabinet clearance is just less than the amount needed so we have it positioned with the bean container out. I would take a picture but I can't see an option to attach a pic. We love this machine!
Reply · Report · Maria C on Aug 18, 2015
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When you change the bean hopper, are there any beans or grinds in the machine left behind? I need to be able to switch to decaf easily, but don't want the first cup to be half caf beans.
Andrea W on Jan 9, 2015
Best Answer: The good news is that when you "unlock" the hopper, it closes the bottom of the hopper, so the great majority of beans will come off with the hopper. You are left with a small amount of beans still in the feed chute of the grinder. I emptied the hopper into a bowl and replaced the empty hopper and ran the grinder. The basket wouldn't fill completely, but you can just remove the basket and dump the half basket of "half-calf" beans (with attitude). I think then, you could fill the hopper with good beans and you'd get a full basket of your good beans.
Reply · Report · William W on Jan 12, 2015
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Is the machine actually in stock so it will ship right away?
Ju A on Feb 10, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, it is currently in stock.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Feb 11, 2015
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Breville BES980XL: how many bars of pressure?
sarah j on Nov 2, 2015
Best Answer: There is no bars.
Reply · Report · Daniel K on Nov 2, 2015
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Can I make tea lattes by using tea leaves instead of making an espresso using coffee?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2015
Best Answer: No. This would not be the machine. It has to use coffee beans since it's automatic.
Reply · Report · Roger P on Jul 14, 2015
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