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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.

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  • 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

Specifications Show

  • 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
  • Dimensions: 16¼"x 18"
  • Capacity: 84-fl.-oz. (water tank)
  • Weight: 35 lb.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Made in China

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wipe exterior. Frothing jug is dishwasher safe


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Customer Reviews

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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
May 6, 2014
I am in Latte Heaven!!!
My husband noticed I was spending a ridiculous amount of $$ on lattes at Sbux. He suggested we look into a espresso machine and I gladly launched into a search. My search started with machines in the $500-800 range. When we went to Sur to check it out, he immediately gravitated toward the fully automated swanky machines and we walked out with a Jur Impressa A9 after trying nearly every machine in the store. We used it for a few days and knew we had made a mistake. This is truly fully automated and there is no interaction at all. It's like using a machine in a hotel room...they make it very easy to use. We took it back and ordered an Oracle (after watching many videos and reading a lot of reviews. We LOVE it! We are new to the espresso community so keep that in mind. The machine is easy to use and keep clean. The coffee grinder is adjustable and works just like our Breville You Brew. Excellent, consistent grind. It tamps down the grounds. The espresso maker has several options, heats up in a few minutes (or you can set it to come on before you wake and the machine will be nice and hot and ready to go) and you can make one or two shots simultaneously. But the milk steamer....that's the fun part. It's a heavenly texture and perfectly hot. And you can adjust the temperature to your liking. The machine will steam your milk as you like or you can do it completely manually. Overall, there is as much manual control as I want (which is increasing as I become more familiar with the process) or it can be mostly automated. For us, this machine is exactly what we need/want. Our guests love it. It's so fun to have this for dinner parties etc. I am really pleased with this purchase.
February 20, 2016
After owning several machines...including other high-end ones, I was ready to give up. Then I found the oracle. Not only does it look awesome, it works amazingly well. No sacrifices, no mess, no lukewarm milk, no disappointment. I highly recommend this machine. The inventors thought of everything!
December 29, 2015
Quickest pathway to professional grade espresso bar drinks for the serious amateur/pro-sumer.
I have owned dozens of professional espresso machines over the past 40 years and this machine is the easiest pathway to professional level epresso and latte art that is available.

I found the Espresso Guild and I have become known as "the patron Saint of Espresso... (Google that).
November 19, 2016
3 months ago
Become your own Barista easily with Oracle!!!
Love Love Love this machine ... Was apprehensive that making our own Latte's and Cappuccino's would be difficult! Not with this amazing espresso machine ... So EASY and the results are phenomenal! Worth every penny!!!
July 25, 2016
this a great machine little pricy but if you try both you see the difference to me it's worth the money
August 14, 2016
7 months ago

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I like it!!!!!!
j b on Jan 9, 2017
Exactly what i needed and good pricing
Jeffrey K on Dec 8, 2016
I like it!!!!!!
j b on Jan 9, 2017
Read nothing but great reviews
Stephanie F on Dec 23, 2016
Exactly what i needed and good pricing
Jeffrey K on Dec 8, 2016
it is reviewed as the best machine of its typ
larry b on Oct 28, 2016
I bought one for my girlfriend and the machine is outstanding. Best espresso ever. Yes, really.
John G on Oct 5, 2016
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'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
I have one and love it so got one for friends
John W on Jun 22, 2015
Best on market
Edgar R on Feb 24, 2015
my friend likes it!
Bob H on Feb 24, 2015
Husband did a lot of research and he was looking for a replacement of his DeLonghi that he had for 7 years.
Jeanne B on Feb 5, 2015
Good reviews and features are attractive
David C on Feb 1, 2015
Gift for my husband
Wanda S on Jan 21, 2015
Impressive reviews!
jose S on Dec 28, 2014
After extensive review of various machines and options, this is the best for the money
Mark G on Dec 22, 2014
Every website I looked it got great reviews.
Andrea D on Dec 22, 2014
great web page
David p on Dec 16, 2014
Best Espresso machine! We love it!
Tanya M on Nov 20, 2014
GOOD COMPANY, good design, good size!!! Seems all good. Will see how well it works. Cheers!!!
Mark R on Aug 23, 2014
because it if fully automated but still a traditional espresso machine with options
Andrea T on Aug 7, 2014
Read nothing but great reviews
Stephanie F on Dec 23, 2016
it is reviewed as the best machine of its typ
larry b on Oct 28, 2016
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
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".
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?
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: If you go to the official Breville site and download the Oracle Manual, it's on page 39 which is in the care & cleaning section. Maybe your water is really high in minerals. I remember when I was setting mine up that it said that filtered water shouldn't be used but maybe that's not the case in your situation. I'll bet if you call Breville customer service, they could tell you. Good luck.
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.
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.
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.
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!
How many beverages can you make in a minute?
Pam M on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You have to grind first then make your shot altogether just under a minute. If you bought another portafilter you could start grinding again while you extract the first show maybe get close to two shots in one minute. Assuming you have a 30 second extraction never two under a minute with a grind time in. Pretty darn fast, even still to get under a minute you need a commercial machine with more than one group head as you really need to do two shots at once.
Breville BES980XL: how many bars of pressure?
sarah j on Nov 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My understanding is 15 bars.
Can you trigger the grinder without the brew head in it, like to grind beans for a french press? I'm also looking for a burr grinder and maybe this could do both jobs?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the grinder is only activated by inserting the brew head and turning the handle. The grounds are compacted/tampered automatically into the brew head so I don't know if it would be possible to maybe pop the grounds out and then use in your French press... honestly though, this machine is still FANTASTIC. Best cappuccinos and lattes I have ever made at home and the self-tampering makes this a no-muss, no fuss experience which is rare for most cappuccino machines. I know it's an espresso machine, but the hot water feature allows me to brew a couple espresso shots and then fill the rest of my mug with 200 degree hot water, creating an awesome, strong cup of coffee for lattes. Have had it for well over a year and am very happy and impressed with Breville's quality. Hope this helps!
Does this product use Teflon to cover the aluminum inside?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't.
I am wondering if the water is heated and then runs through plastic at any point. I am looking for a machine with all stainless steel for the lines etc. so that hot water is not being run over plastic?
Laurie S on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No plastic line but stainless steel.
Are there any coupons available?
Regina D on Jan 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Breville doesn't participate in any of our coupons.
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.


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