Updated 18 May 2017

Breville

The Oracle BES980

Snapshot: The Breville The Oracle BES980 auto-manual espresso machine with a cup warmer and automatic turn-off. Can it make a good coffee?

The Oracle BES980
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2698

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Test results

Overall score
60
Taste
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Milk-frothing
?/10
Temperature consistency
?/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • Very good milk frothing.
  • Excellent temperature consistency.
  • Dual-boiler heater.
  • Automatic turn-off.
  • Cup-warming plate.
  • Programmable coffee quantity.
  • Digital display.

But

  • Taste could be better.
  • Expensive.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Taste (60%): We assessed crema colour and thickness as well as the coffee's aroma, flavour, mouth-feel and aftertaste.
Ease of use (20%): Based on convenience of water container and filter, controls, exterior cleaning and operating the unit.
Milk frothing (15%): Evaluated froth quality and ease of using the frothing mechanism.
Temperature consistency (5%): Assessed consistency of temperature across 4 cups of coffee.

Key data

Model

Type
Auto-manual
Avg price
$2698

Specifications

Heater
Dual Boiler
Heat-up time (min:sec)
3:15
H x W x D (cm)
45 x 41 x 38
Weight (kg)
17.1

Features

Automatic turn-off
Cup warmer
Coffee-strength settings
-
Programmable coffee quantity
Milk frothing
Manual and automatic
Digital display

More Info

Notes
-

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