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The Breville Oracle Is The Espresso Maker For The Fussiest Coffee Drinker


If you need what amounts to a massive injection of caffeine right in your face, the only way to go is by drinking espresso. Or energy drinks, but espresso tastes much, much better. But it’s also hard to make at home… unless, of course, you have a fancy machine. That’s where Breville’s new automatic/manual espresso maker, the Oracle, comes in.

Oracular Powers

The Oracle does not, in fact, tell you the future in a roundabout fashion. Rather, it gives you enough tools to make the coffee that will let you see the future in a caffeine-induced haze. Essentially, it’s a step up from Breville’s already quite nice Barista Express; but, needless to say, a little fancier.

Manual And Automatic

Mostly the fanciness comes from mixing manual and automatic functions to let even the fussiest coffee nerd get exactly the espresso they’re looking for. Functions such as milk texture, grinding, dosing and tamping can be done by the machine, and needless to say you can fuss with the settings. Want your coffee ground finer than sand? This machine will make it happen. Want milk so frothy it more closely resembles the head on a glass of Guinness than bovine dairy products? The Oracle can make that happen. Essentially, however you want your espresso, at home, this machine will make it the way you absolutely want it.

Coffee For Me


True, this isn’t the best option. Being roughly the size and weight of an outboard motor, you can’t exactly bring it with you, and the more green-conscious among us might consider an espresso maker that uses manual power instead. But, if money, space and time is no object to get the absolutely perfect cup of espresso made exactly how you want it, well, Breville wants to ensure that you’ll be able to get exactly that.

2 Comments to The Breville Oracle Is The Espresso Maker For The Fussiest Coffee Drinker

  1. greg

    No. Just no. The good news is that it’s about as good as Breville gets. The bad news is that it’s still Breville.

    I’d still go with an old Rancilio Silvia before I’d recommend one of these to anyone. Never trust a coffeemaker sold by a kitchen appliance retailer.

    • Anonymous

      Have you actually used it?

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