Breville Oracle Espresso Maker

Sugg. Price $2,500 Our Price $1,999.95

The Breville Oracle is the ultimate hybrid coffee system, controlling all variables to produce authentic barista-style results with the speed and easy operation of a fully automatic machine. You'll consistently brew espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos that look and taste the way they do in your favorite café, with virtually no possibility of error. The commercial-grade machine automatically grinds and tamps the beans for you, then maintains a super-exact optimal brewing temperature to extract the fullest, richest flavor for every cup.

  • Combines precision commercial features with easy, intuitive controls for preparing café-quality espresso, lattes, cappuccinos and one-touch Americanos at home.
  • Built-in burr grinder uses an auger device to tamp while grinding beans, for less mess. You can dose and tamp beans to exactly the same level and pressure every time.
  • Dual stainless-steel boilers and two pumps simultaneously brew espresso and steam milk at the optimum temperature and pressure.
  • Programmable functions make it easy to adjust shot temperature, volume and duration; machine also allows for manual operation.
  • Maintains temperature to within 1.35 degrees of optimum brewing temperature during extraction for fullest flavor.
  • Pressure gauge helps train user to tamp correctly and monitors extraction pressure. A 15-bar Italian pump with over-pressure valve delivers water at the ideal pressure, while the electronic PID temperature control and a heated group head ensure precise temperature with minimal variance during extraction for fullest flavor.
  • Low-pressure pre-infusion gradually increases water pressure to gently expand grinds for an even extraction.
  • Shot clock helps you time your shot-pulling for optimal crema and flavor.
  • A separate air pump allows for customized milk frothing: select latte or cappuccino and the machine automatically adjusts the amount of froth, while a sensor detects when milk has reached the ideal temperature for your beverage.
  • Brews excellent café-quality Americanos at the press of button.
  • Hot-water tap is located behind the Portafilter, so you can pour both water and espresso for Americanos without moving your cup.
Dimensions & More Info
  • Model #BES980XL.
  • Backlit, intuitive LCD display.
  • 84-fl.-oz.-cap. removable water tank with top-fill lid and integrated water filter.
  • Six-cup warming tray keeps mugs warm.
  • Includes 25-fl.-oz.-cap. stainless-steel frothing jug. Metal housing with stainless-steel boilers.
  • 16" x 14 1/4" x 16" high.
  • 1700W.
  • Made in China.
Use & Care


  • Wipe exterior with a damp cloth.
  • Avoid harsh detergents and abrasive cleaners.


  • Hand-wash filters, filter holder and drip tray.
  • Steam nozzle should be purged and wiped clean after each use.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so great! After months of reading various online reviews and comparisons of espresso makers in the $600-$2000 price range, I took took a deep breathe and pulled the trigger on purchasing the Breville Oracle. The three hour drive home gave me plenty of time to cycle back and forth between excitement & remorse on such a large purchase. After having used the machine daily for 4 months without any hiccups, we are sold on this product. I recommend reading the instruction manual completely. As painful as it is do this before using the machine, it provided me with a solid reference in using the machine and for changing any of the factory settings. Also watch the videos/tutorials on YouTube! Before this purchase, my wife and I were already using whole beans from a local organic roaster in our drip coffee/espresso combo machine. Luckily or coincidently, these beans worked perfectly at the default factory settings on the Oracle. As we strayed to try other beans/roasts (Italian, Ethiopian, etc.) we needed to adjust the coarseness of the grind to pull that perfect shot of espresso. The one surprise for us was the machine was louder than we anticipated when power was first applied and the machine "booted up". It was a little discerning at first, but we have become accustomed to it and I suspect it's probably in line with other machines in this category. On another note, the machine was about a 1/4 inch too tall to fit under our kitchen cabinets. This could be an issue for some. For us, depth of our counters still allowed for us to put it where we wanted, although we lost some functionality of counter space. We haven't used the descale function yet, so can't speak to the issue in some of the other post(s). Our water supply doesn't seem to pose any challenges scale or deposits and we change the water filter in the machine every two months. The water we add to the machine is also already filtered from our refrigerator, so the water is essentially being filtered twice. For us, the machine has been great and it kind of transformed us into blue collar coffee snobs. This machine was a big purchase for us and there's no doubt we had reservations about it. Now that we've tried it, we would be hard pressed to go back to old drip/espresso machine stored in the garage. So far, so great!
    Date published: 2017-03-12
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money, DO NOT BUY IT. Do not recommend. We have had the Breville for 2 years. We ordered it in the store and it was on back order for 2 months. We had a La Pavoni that lasted 12 years. We purchased a new machine because we had difficulty finding an authorized technician who could maintenance on the machine in the US. After an extensive search and due to glowing reviews, we purchased the Breville Oracle. There is no way that this machine performs like a commercial machine as stated in other reviews. The shots are not consistent and we have gone through pounds of fresh coffee beans. We even went through the advanced settings to continue tweeking the machine. One would think that your could order supplies from Breville for their machine from their website: water filter replacements, steam wand cleaning tablets, etc, but this is not possible. You have to go do an internet search for your maintenance supplies. The only function that it does well is steam the milk. Our last experience was an error message that requires shipping the machine to an authorized dealer. We decided to cut our losses after 2 years and get rid of the machine. Once again, do not recommend.
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy -- fails on descale mode Don't buy this. The descale doesn't work, so try that as a first step, so that you can return it in the first week when it fails. My unit failed in the fourth step of descaling, with the "valve" error, followed by a failure to heat up higher than 160 degrees in the normal settings. On top of these failures, Breville claims to have a dedicated phone line with experts on the Oracle. Each time I called I was on hold for 45 minutes or more. They had no solutions to offer for any of these issues, aside from turning it off and on, and draining out the water. (As if I hadn't already done all of that.) I purchased the unit in a William Sonoma store, and because I tried descale in the first week, they accepted the return no questions asked. Instead of this, buy Saeco or Jura, and the latest Jura Z-6 model is stocked by William Sonoma. The Jura costs significantly more, but the higher price is worth it. The Z6 is completely automatic and is a joy to use.
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best expresso maker ever I have tried several expresso makers before and no machine compares to the quality, reliability, functionality and durability of this Breville Oracle. Most expresso makers are quite frail but Breville Oracle can tolerate lots of abuse and always deliver a fine quality coffee. if you want to save yourself lots of money and enjoy a good coffee buy this one!
    Date published: 2016-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Like Down Town! Bought a commercial espresso machine for my home. Same quality as the larger machine in my restaurant. It was a night mirror! Quickly returned it and went searching. Saw many different models and the reviews. Watched the video for the Breville and decided I would give it a try. Arrived on time and immediately started the programming. Easy as pie! Made espresso's for everyone and was extremely pleased with the results. Just as good as my big commercial machine at my restaurant. Super happy with my machine!
    Date published: 2016-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for pros and newbies alike Greatest home coffee machine. It is a hybrid manual-automatic with very simple but useful features: things like the dial that lifts it on its wheels for repositioning, the tool tray, and the on/off timers. Once programmed the espresso cup buttons are pulling shots that are about 40% crema…the best shots I have ever produced. The milk frothing system is genius. I never liked the milk reservoir concept on super-autos and manually steaming can be imprecise. The auto-steaming function creates precise texture and temperature. Then there is the Americano button which simplifies and unifies your Americano output. You can manually control any feature above. Other great features include the grinder which doses, tamps and polished, front tank fill access, auto steam wand purging, easy programmability, well-conceived descaling access, etc. So far my results are superior to more expensive semi-auto espresso machines and, of course, in a completely different league from super-automatics
    Date published: 2016-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Espresso Maker If you love a smooth latte and can follow directions, then you will love this machine. We watched online tutorials and had a demo done for us in store before we purchased; we taste tested espresso from several different machines before we settled on this one. It's pricey, so we wanted to be sure. No regrets! Our last espresso maker was amazing and much cheaper, but it wasn't as automated as this one is. Also, the old one was much more difficult to clean out. Nothing is nastier than having rancid bean grounds stuck in your machine. Not with this one; it is so much easier to maintain. You get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Buy! I bought this Breville Oracle in August. Within 4 - 6 weeks the milk frother stopped working properly. Breville exchanged for a new one which took a week. These are not light machines and packaging and unpackaging and getting to UPS is a chore. Now, 5 months later the milk frother on new machine is not working again. I think they have faulty pumps. In any event, now I have to send it back to them and be without it for a month while they fix it. All in all, I wish I had bought another machine. I have read others who have similar problems with this espresso maker. For the record, the first time I was using non fat milk. The second time I was using low fat almond milk. Please think twice before purchasing this machine.
    Date published: 2016-01-12
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