Hi there, and first up, a confession – I love coffee. The taste, the aroma, even the social aspect of sharing stories and laughs over a good latte or macchiato. Now if you want to experience all three of those at once, you’d normally arrange to catch up with your friends at a nice cafe. But with the release of the Oracle from Breville, your friends can enjoy true cafe quality coffee at your place, without you having to be a barista.
Breville’s Oracle is the world’s first “automatic manual” coffee machine. What does that mean? The best of both worlds… a two-in-one. The great taste and latte art of a manual machine, with the convenience of an automatic; in less time than it takes to boil the kettle!
The new Oracle takes care of all the tricky bits of coffee making like grinding, dosing, tamping, AND milk texturing, so that you can entertain with confidence. But any baristas in the family can still override the auto milk texturing with the lift of a lever, to practice their skills. One important bit is still up to you and that’s adjusting the grind size, with the simple twist of a dial.
Which takes us to pouring the shot, or “extraction” as it’s known. You know you have adjusted your grind correctly when the espresso flows thick, like warm honey, with a smooth, creamy taste. Too coarse and it will under extract and you’ll get too much water and a bland taste. Too fine and the water will be blocked, and the flow will only drip out and the taste will be bitter.
We know that 9 out of 10 Australians prefer their coffee with milk, but achieving that café-style latte art at home can be really tricky, even with a milk thermometer. The secret is not just the temperature, but the milk TEXTURE. That’s what sets the Oracle apart. With the twist of a dial and the touch of a lever, the Oracle’s steam wand automatically textures your milk to the exact temperature and consistency that you select on the LCD display. So you’ll never burn or over froth your milk again.
So let’s make one of my favourite coffees now – a latte. First, we fill the milk jug to the bottom of the spout, then push the steam wand down into the milk as we place it onto the drip tray. Next we scroll to ‘latte’ on the display, toggle once to select the temperature at, say 60 degrees, and then we just bump this lever. And that’s the milk taken care of. Once it reaches 60 degrees it’ll stop automatically so you can’t burn your milk.
Now we have some freshly roasted beans here. I know they’re fresh because they have a ‘roasted on’ date stamped on the bag that’s within the last 30 days. Very important, because fresh is always best. Because they are so fresh we can dial it up to the coarser, higher number. So now with the bump of the handle, the grinder will grind, dose and tamp the coffee grounds flat & evenly for a consistent extraction, AUTOMATICALLY! All of this happens in this area, so there’s no mess.
Now we just move the portafilter from the grinder to the grouphead, the temperature is pre-set at that magic 93 degrees, just like a machine in a café, and the only decision we need to make now is one shot or two? When I push the one shot button, I’m watching the shot clock, and if we’ve selected the perfect grind size for these beans, we’ll see warm honey start to pour out at around 8 to 10 seconds. It’ll automatically stop pouring at 20 seconds for one shot (or 30 seconds for two shots), leaving us a delicious café-quality shot with a nice thick crema.
Now, we take our milk jug, give the outside of the steam wand a quick wipe, then push it back in place, and it’ll “auto purge”. That’s right, the Oracle even cleans itself. I then give the jug a quick swirl, and slowly introduce the milk into my crema. And there you have it, a true café quality latte. I’m not going to waste it. Mmmmmm, that’s gooood.
That’s the new Breville Oracle – the best way to serve true cafe quality coffee at your place, in as little as 90 seconds. Now excuse me, I’m going to make another cup…