Australian kitchen appliance brand Breville is rolling out its Oracle Touch fully automatic espresso machine internationally.
Breville claims its machine brews true cafe quality coffee similar to the standard achieved by the manual machines baristas use. They may be right: the Speciality Coffee Association recently named the device 2017’s Best New Product.
Users control the machine with a simple touch screen, scrolling through the coffee styles to choose a latte, flat white, cappuccino, espresso or other style.
Check how it works on this promotional video from Breville:
“Its intuitive automation and advanced technology offers the ultimate convenience for coffee connoisseurs who desire an easy to use system that creates exceptional beverages – it’s like having a barista inside the machine,” explains the company.
Its secret is automating and delivering the four key elements of a commercial machine:
- Dose amount of 19-22 grams to yield full flavor.
- Precise water temperature control throughout extraction.
- Optimal 9 BAR water pressure.
- Sufficient steam pressure to produce micro-foam that creates a velvety milk texture.
At the touch of a finger, the Oracle Touch automatically grinds, doses and tamps coffee, automatically pre-infuses and then extracts at 9 BAR pressure using water heated to a precise temperature. Finally, it automatically steams and textures milk to create a variety of coffee drinks as well as produce the silky micro-foam needed to create latte art. And once the coffee is served, like a real barista, the machine cleans up after itself, using a steam wand.
“There’s no trade-off required,” assures Breville’s global beverages business manager, Phil McKnight. “It simply makes delicious coffee drinks like a commercial machine and the touch screen automation makes it easy to use.”
The Oracle Touch has a recommended price of US$2499 and is available from Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Bed Bath & Beyond, Seattle Coffee Gear, and other premium retailers in the US, or from Amazon.