Creating quality coffee at home is within reach thanks to Breville’s range of automatic espresso makers. These machines take the guesswork out of amazing home coffee. These two espresso machines are high-quality, reliable and user-friendly so they are the perfect addition to any coffee-lovers kitchen.
On first glance, it can be difficult to know what the key differences are between the espresso machine models available in the Breville range. With different price points and some important functional differences, it is important to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. To help understand what you’ll be getting with each machine let’s take a look at the Breville Oracle vs the Oracle Touch.
Both machines are fully automatic so whatever drink type you choose, the automatic espresso maker will do everything for you. This means you can enjoy excellent coffee without having to figure out the barista role in your kitchen. For added convenience, the Oracle Touch has 5 pre-programmed cafe favourites such as flat white and latte and you can customise up to 8 coffee settings with your own preferences too. The Oracle also does the grinding, dosing, tamping, and milk texturing for you and it allows you to program the milk temperature and texture to suit your preference.
Integrated Burr Grinder
Both models have an integrated conical burr grinder. This high-quality coffee grinder is an important feature to getting the most out of your coffee beans.
Both the Oracle and the Oracle Touch has digital temperature controls that allow you to set the temperature of your choice. If you don’t have a temperature preference then the machine will automatically set the best temperature to extract the most flavour.
Standard 22g Dose
The two models make the same dose amount, 22g is the standard dose used by cafes so these machines offer the same. The integrated grinder on both machines automatically grinds, doses and tamps 22g. This guide explains coffee menus and doses.
Self-cleaning Steam Wand
Perfect microfoam is a breeze with both these machines thanks to the hands-free auto milk texturing steam wand.
Touch Screen Controls and Saved Favourites
The Oracle Touch is extremely user-friendly, it utilises touch screen controls that make it incredibly straight forward to choose the drink you’d like. The colour control panel not only looks great but is intuitive to use. The Oracle Touch also allows you to create and save customised drinks, something the Oracle does not offer. You can save up to 8 customised drinks onto the machine and save them under whatever name you want to so whether you want to save your favourite settings for your “morning espresso” and “lunch latte” or your family members each save their own go-to coffee under their names. However you choose to use it this is a great way to make sure your favourite coffee is available instantly without needing to change settings.
The Oracle has multiple buttons and knobs on the front of the machine while the Oracle Touch has all the controls selected and operate via the touch screen. The Oracle Touch has a cleaner, sleeker appearance but their size and shape are extremely similar, the Touch has essentially had a face-lift and a tidy up when it comes to the controls.
One of the biggest differences you will notice when looking at the two machines is the price. At the time of writing the Breville Oracle coffee machine is $2899 while the Oracle Touch costs $3799. This large price difference between the two coffee machines can be attributed to the reduced and more basic features seen on the Oracle and the improved technology and user-friendly features on the Touch.
Making your selection
The Oracle Touch is an excellent espresso machine that is simple to use and offers high-quality coffee making with the ability to easily customise your drinks. One of the great things about this model is that you can customise drinks to be exactly how you like and then save the settings so next time you just click on your saved option and your drink is automatically made as you like it. Everything feels like it is just one click away with this machine whereas the Oracle is more clunky and time-consuming.
The Breville Oracle automates the coffee grinding and milk texturing for you but the preparation and customisation of the drinks rest with you each time you make a coffee. With this in mind, if you are looking for a sleek, smart espresso machine that offers ease of use and consistency in your favourite drinks, go for the Oracle Touch.
Breville Oracle FAQs
There is a descale function in the Oracle Touch settings, this will appear on screen when descaling is required or you can go to settings and select descale cycle. The cycle needs at least 60 minutes to work and the machine will guide you with on-screen step-by-step instructions.
There is a dial on the side of the machine that allows you to adjust the grind size from coarse to fine and this also adjusts how fast or slow the extraction is.
The main differences between the Breville Oracle Touch (looked at above) and the Jura e8 are that the Jura e8 uses pulse extraction and offers smart connect that is essentially a coffee app that allows you to connect your smartphone to the coffee machine so you can have your coffee made before you even get out of bed in the morning.
Breville is an Australian company with bases across the world, several of the espresso machines are made in China. Breville is known for producing high-quality machines that are reliable and sturdy.
A good quality coffee maker tends to be expensive but the extra cost goes towards higher-quality, optimal brewing temperatures and ensuring the coffee is ground evenly leading to better extraction and better flavour.