The Oracle has arrived.
Over the past two weeks the team here at Clive has been testing out Breville’s new double boiler espresso machine, neatly dubbed the “Oracle.” The Oracle debuted at the SCAA last year, and Breville has finally released the machine to a few select markets in the US. We even had the opportunity to be given a demonstration by Breville’s own Phil McKnight, who helped design the machine. The Oracle shares many features of their earlier Dual Boiler (BES920) machine, with three independent heating elements and an elegant, programmable interface. The main departure stems from the addition of a built in burr grinder and an automatic steam wand that generates consistent, integrated, micro-textured foam. Due to its simplicity and ease of design, the Oracle has quickly become our go-to machine to pull a shot of espresso or make a cappuccino when we’re running off to a meeting or getting ready to ship out a ton of deliveries. Now that I’ve extolled the virtues of the beast, it’s time to look under the “hood” and take a closer look.