I'm always looking for the next perfect cup, and the Oracle Touch has some hefty promises.
Auto grind, dose, tamp, dual boiler system, and a 58 mm sized portafilter promise to rock my (coffee) world, so I had to give it a try.
In this Breville Oracle Touch review, I'll walk you through every aspect of this coffee machine — from its sleek design and user-friendly interface to the magic it conjures within its stainless steel depths.
Breville Oracle Touch Review – My Ratings & Top Features
I rate Breville Oracle Touch 4.8 out of 5. Most espresso machines fall into two categories: a semi-automatic or a super-automatic espresso machine.
The Oracle Touch is different — it's a hybrid espresso machine that bridges the gap between automatic and manual, ensuring a brew-tiful union for all coffee lovers.
This espresso machine automatically grinds, doses, and tamps, has an impressive grinder with 45 settings, and is easy to use thanks to a large touchscreen.
Who Should Buy The Breville Oracle Touch?
The Breville Oracle Touch is ideal for coffee enthusiasts who want both convenience and customization. Its intuitive interface, precise grinding, and automatic milk frothing make it a must-have for those who demand exceptional espresso with minimal effort.
If you value the ease of super-automatic espresso machines but also crave the hands-on control of traditional portafilter brewing, this machine is your perfect match.
Whether you're a novice or an experienced barista, the Touch caters to all skill levels.
Why I Decided To Review The Breville Oracle Touch?
As a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado, I've explored various brewing methods and machines over the years, always searching for the perfect cup.
The Touch intrigued me with its promise of combining automation with manual control.
I wanted to delve deep into its impressive features, functionality, and overall performance to determine if it lives up to the hype and if it can really elevate the home brewing experience to new heights.
Cups Brewed Per Day
Level Of Experience Needed
I'm a home brewing enthusiast who's used and tested several espresso machines over the years. I started with Nespresso Vertuo and recently upgraded to Rocket Espresso Appartamento.
Money Saved Per Year
Favorite Drink To Brew
Espresso & Latte
What’s It Like To Live With The Breville Oracle Touch
Here’s my experience using this coffee machine for over a month. I’ll start from the beginning — order experience, pulling a first shot, and making steamed milk and latte art.
What's In The Box?
Breville Oracle Touch box includes:
My machine arrived in a huge box (it’s a large machine, after all). Breville included instructions on how to safely get the coffee maker out of the box, which was handy.
On top was a styrofoam box with accessories, and underneath it was the espresso maker. I was pleasantly surprised that the coffee machine comes with a knock box.
Out of all the semi-automatic espresso machines I've used, this is the only one with this accessory, which is a nice touch from Breville.
Pulling My First Espresso Shot
Once the coffee maker was safely out of the box, here’s how I pulled my first shot:
- I installed the water filter and filled the water reservoir
- I turned on the coffee machine
- I followed the instructions on the screen to set up the machine
- I filled the bean hopper with coffee beans
- I pressed “espresso” on the touchscreen menu
- I used the screen to adjust my drink preferences
- I selected the grind size
- I inserted the filter basket into the portafilter and locked it into the grinder outlet
- I pressed the “grind” button on the menu
- I moved the portafilter and locked it to the group head
- I placed a cup under the spout
- I touched the brew button and waited for the coffee maker to finish brewing
The process seems long, but in reality, it’s extremely easy. The only reason I had to go through all these steps was because I had to prepare the machine before pulling my first shot.
The next time I pulled espresso shots, it was much quicker — the only action required from me was to move the portafilter from the grinder to the group head.
I had great results on the first try. My espresso was coffee shop quality, and it only got better the more I experimented and learned how to use the machine.
Here’s which smart technology Breville Oracle Touch uses to make quality espresso shots:
First Time Frothing Milk
Here’s how I frothed milk for the first time:
- I filled the milk pitcher with cold milk to below the spout position.
- I inserted the steaming wand into the milk jug.
- I placed the milk jug on the drip tray and touched the “milk” function on the display.
- Milk steaming was done automatically when my desired milk temperature was reached.
While I used automatic milk steaming, you can also froth milk manually by pressing and holding the "milk" button. Then, you start to steam milk by touching the button.
Once your desired milk temperatures are reached, touch the milk button again to stop the milk frother.
Barista HQ Note:
Make sure to place the milk jug correctly on the drip tray, as there’s a built-in thermometer that monitors the milk temperature during the frothing.
Overall, this machine created excellent milk froth. With great success, I made several lattes, cappuccinos, and various other milky drinks. The wand is extremely powerful.
It measures the milk temperature as it steams and even varies the amount of air drawn into the milk to get the perfect milk texture for your flat white, microfoam latte, or rich foam for cappuccinos.
Finally, I liked I could brew and steam milk simultaneously and even adjust the milk temperature from 104 to 176 degrees. This enabled me to create hot milk for latte art!
How Much Control Do You Have Over The Oracle Touch Espresso Machine?
You have a lot of control over the Oracle Touch espresso machine.
You can change the coffee dose when coffee brewing, meaning you can control how much coffee the machine doses out when grinding and tamping.
You can also change the height of the auger tamper system. You do this by using the Allen keys that come with all Oracle coffee machines.
Another feature you can control is the brew and steam temperatures. Oracle coffee machines are PID devices, which means you can choose the brew coffee temperature in one-degree increments.
You can also select the milk steaming temperature and milk texture by changing the settings in the drink menu.
Finally, you can choose the grind size.
The integrated conical burr grinder has 45 grind settings. You can play around with the grind setting to find the one that works best for your single or double shot.
How Does It Handle Different Roasts?
The Touch handles different roasts well.
In fact, it’s one of the best devices I used for handling various roasts, mostly due to the steel conical burr grinder and programmable coffee extraction temperature.
This let me tailor the espresso extraction to the specific characteristics of various roasts.
For example, I used a coarser grind setting for lighter roasts and lower temperatures to preserve the nuanced flavors and brighter acidity. I used a medium grind setting for medium roasts.
Dark roasts, on the other hand, shine with finer grinds and slightly higher temperatures to extract the bold, rich flavors.
Look, Feel, and Size Of The Machine
Oracle Touch espresso machine has a recognizable Breville design of brushed stainless steel.
Its dimensions are 14.5 x 14.7 x 17.6 in (DxWxH), so it’s not small, and I recommend measuring how much counter space you have before purchasing.
It weighs over 37 lbs, so you’re unlikely to move it often.
Unlike most other espresso machines, especially Breville models, the Touch doesn't have buttons. You use the color touchscreen to work the machine.
I'm on the fence about touchscreen espresso makers, as I suffer from fat-finger syndrome. However, the display is large, and I didn't have any issues using it.
Plus, the lack of buttons and a touchscreen display give the machine a minimalist feel.
One pro of the machine's larger size is the large removable water tank (84 oz). You need to take it out from the rear of the device, but you can refill it from the front, which is very convenient.
Plus, there's a backlit level indicator, so you always know how much water is left.
There's a bean hopper on top of the machine and a cup warming tray for your espresso cup. The spout is in the middle, with a grinder on the left and the milk frother on the right.
Everything is well-spaced, and the machine doesn't feel crowded.
What Drinks Can It Make?
Breville Oracle Touch can make several high-quality coffee drinks such as espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano, and flat white.
Apart from the pre-programmed drinks, you can save up to eight of your own coffee drinks and give them names. This means the machine can make up to 13 specialty drinks.
This is great for meeting various coffee preferences. For example, the machine can make a latte macchiato with the touch of a button.
Simply press the “Add New” in the drink menu and adjust the precise brewing temperatures and other parameters.
Overall, Oracle Touch has top-notch espresso quality, and coffee aficionados can make pretty much any espresso-based drink, but not cold brew.
How Easy Is It To Use?
Breville Oracle Touch is straightforward to use, thanks to the automatic features. This convenient coffee machine is designed to make espresso preparation as easy as possible.
Simply select your desired drink, and the machine automatically drinks, doses, and tamps. All you need to do is move the portafilter from the grinder to the brew group.
The machine can even automatically steam your milk. Overall, it’s one of the most advanced semi-automatic machines. In fact, it’s close to super-automatic or bean-to-cup machines.
It’s full of bells and whistles, but it’s very intuitive and easy to use, thanks to the touch screen interface.
How Long Does It Take? (From Heat Up To First Sip)
It takes around four minutes from heat up to the first sip. The Oracle Touch needs three minutes to come to temperature for brewing great coffee.
Then, it needs another minute of brew time to grind the coffee beans and make your drink.
The good news is the wait time is the same for regular coffee as for a latte or a cappuccino, as the machine can brew and steam simultaneously.
Barista HQ Pro Tip:
You can use the built-in timer and set the machine to come on just before you need to use it. This way, the machine will be ready to go every morning, and you won’t have to wait for it to heat.
Does It Have A Water Filtration System?
Yes, the Breville Oracle Touch has a water filtration system. It features a built-in water filter that helps improve the quality of the water used in the coffee-making process.
This filtration system is designed to reduce impurities, such as chlorine and scale, which can affect the taste and performance of your coffee.
Using filtered water not only enhances the flavor of your coffee but also helps prolong the life of the machine by reducing the buildup of scale and mineral deposits in the internal components.
Breville provides guidelines on when and how to replace the water filter to maintain optimal water quality and machine performance.
How Hard Is It To Clean and Descale?
It’s not hard to clean and descale the Oracle Touch.
Rinse the bottomless portafilter each time you knock out a puck. Empty the drip tray as needed, and rinse it and the water reservoir.
Wipe the machine's exterior with a damp cloth to ensure it looks pristine.
I also recommended cleaning the portafilter spouts as part of your cleaning and maintenance routine. Use the brushes that come with the machine to remove leftover coffee.
Finally, do a brewing process without a portafilter for a quick clean of the brew group.
I liked that the coffee grinder easily dismantles, so you can get in top shape and remove stale coffee grounds. The steam wand cleans automatically.
Once you’re done steaming, it starts a cleaning process by pushing steam through the wand. Still, you should wipe it down after use.
Finally, the machine will let you know once it’s time to descale. You’ll get cleaning tablets with the machine.
The descaling cycle requires you to open the boilers’ valves to release pressure and takes 60 minutes to complete. Luckily, there are detailed instructions in the manual.
My Favorite Parts About The Breville Oracle Touch
I loved the eight user profiles available on the touchscreen interface. My family is full of coffee lovers with different preferences, so this feature prevented many unpleasant scenes.
I also liked all the programmable options, such as the milk texture and temperature control. The advanced settings made it easy to get a drink according to my taste.
Finally, I liked that there's a clock that times each shot. This made it easy to know if my shots were inconsistent and make changes to the grind setting, temperature, and more.
My Least Favorite Parts About The Breville Oracle Touch
The high price tag is the most obvious con of the Oracle Touch.
However, considering that Breville makes quality machines and all the features Oracle Touch has, the $$$$ price tag is to be expected.
Another feature I didn’t like is that there’s no way to distribute ground coffee, as the machine automatically does this. Many professional baristas swear by this step.
However, I found the Oracle Touch does a great job of it on its own.
Breville Oracle Touch Vs Similar Machines
Breville Oracle Touch Vs Barista Touch
These machines are some of the best home espresso machines Breville offers. Oracle Touch is a dual boiler machine, so you can brew and steam simultaneously.
Barista Touch is a single-boiler espresso machine, so you can't perform these actions simultaneously.
The Oracle Touch has 45 grinder settings, while Barista Touch has 30, which is significantly less, and there's a slightly lower chance of dialing in.
A big difference is that Barista Touch has a Thermojet heating system that heats the machine in three seconds. Breville Oracle Touch needs three minutes.
Overall, both of these models are considered hybrids — between a traditional and automatic espresso machine. They have automatic dosing, grinding, and tamping.
However, the Barista Touch is Breville’s best mid-range model, while the Oracle Touch is the best high-end, which also means it’s more expensive.
Breville Oracle Touch Vs Oracle
Breville Oracle is the more affordable version of the Oracle Touch. Unlike the Touch, which has a touchscreen, the Oracle has an LCD display, buttons, and dials.
Both machines can make five espresso-based drinks and have a steam wand for making milk-based beverages. They have the same grinder — stainless steel with 45 settings.
The main difference is whether you like tech or not. If you want a more modern machine, go for the Breville Oracle Touch with a touchscreen. Otherwise, if you prefer buttons, choose Oracle.
Breville Oracle Touch Vs Barista Pro
The main difference between the Breville Oracle Touch and the Barista Pro is in their display screens.
The Oracle Touch has a color touchscreen, while the Barista Pro has a basic blue backlit LCD display with buttons.
You use the screen on the Barista Pro via the grind amount dial, as it’s not interactive.
Another major difference is in the steam wand. The Breville Oracle Touch has automatic milk frothing, and the Barista Pro has a manual wand.
The steam wand on the Barista Pro rotates 360 degrees, which ensures excellent aeration and stretching.
You can create latte art with both, although the Barista Pro has a higher learning curve if you've never used a wand before. The Barista Pro also comes with a separate tamper, unlike the Touch.
Overall, if you prefer super-automatic espresso machines, choose Breville Oracle Touch. If you want a more traditional espresso machine and to grow your barista skills, go for the Barista Pro.
Breville Oracle Touch Vs Dual Boiler
Both the Touch and the Dual Boiler are dual boiler machines — you can brew and steam at the same time.
The main difference is in the workflow — the Touch is automated, while the Dual Boiler isn’t. This means you need to grind coffee beans, dose, and tamp.
Essentially, the puck prep part of the espresso-making process is entirely on you.
Also, Dual Boiler doesn’t have a touchscreen but an LCD display with buttons. In terms of making great coffee drinks, both machines deliver.
You can change the steam temperature, brewing temperature, and shot volume.
However, you can even change the pre-infusion time and pre-infusion temperature on the Dual Boiler, so it beats the Oracle Touch in terms of programmability.
I give huge props to the Dual Boiler for having the adjustable pre-infusion, as this can greatly influence your coffee. The longer the pre-infusion, the more flavor in your cup.
Breville Oracle Touch Vs DeLonghi La Specialista
Breville Oracle Touch is more friendly for new baristas. Like with other super-automatic machines, you don’t need to know a ton about making espresso to achieve coffee quality at home.
However, DeLonghi La Specialista needs more knowledge from you.
La Specialista has six grind settings, which is much less compared to the 45 on the Touch. You adjust the settings on the La Specialista using a dial on the interface.
You use buttons for hot water, espresso, and steam — there’s no touchscreen.
In terms of programmable options, the Oracle Touch is a clear winner. The only feature you can adjust on the La Specialista is the shot volume.
La Specialista has automated tamping. Overall, La Specialista is a good option if you want a machine with some automatic features but don’t have the budget for the Oracle Touch.
Yes, you can use ground coffee and pre-ground coffee in Oracle Touch, as it uses a portafilter.
No, you can’t make tea in the Breville Oracle Touch, but you can make tea in a separate container using the machine’s hot water function.
Yes, you can make hot chocolate with Breville Oracle Touch. You can heat the milk using the machine’s steam wand and then add cocoa.
You make a latte with Breville Oracle Touch by filling the machine with water and coffee beans. You choose which grind size you want and attach the portafilter to the grinder. When the machine is done grinding, move the portafilter to the brew head and press latte on the touchscreen. Fill a jug with milk and start automatic frothing. Finally, you need to combine the espresso and milk yourself, but this gives you a chance to work your latte art.
How often you should descale your Oracle Touch depends on how many drinks you make, if you use a water filter, and your water hardness levels. Generally, descaling should be done every three to six months. Oracle Touch will let you know when it’s descaling time.
Breville Oracle Touch was released in July 2017.
Is The Breville Oracle Touch Worth Your Money?
Breville Oracle Touch is definitely worth your money and is a great companion on your coffee journey. This is a premium machine that makes the process of making your own drinks seamless.
Its intuitive touchscreen interface, automatic grinding and tamping, and precise milk frothing make it a good choice for both beginners and coffee connoisseurs.
The machine can make a wide range of coffee creations, from the perfect espresso shot to creamy lattes and cappuccinos.
Sure, it comes with a premium price tag, but its performance and quality justify the investment.
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