Sage BES980BSS the Oracle Espresso Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine – : The Apple of coffee machines

5* coffee machine, but two stars lost for amazon’s cheap tricks. The oracle really does make amazing coffee straight out of the box, but once you’ve got the settings dialled in properly it’s as good as any high street espresso. Still working on finding the best settings for texturing milk, but again it’s much better than my last machine. Now to the negative, amazon claims ‘frequently bought together. ‘ & ‘other customers who bought this item also bought’ the sage knock box and milk jug. There is a knock box and a jug in the box with the brewer, despite nothing about the knock box appearing in amazon’s product description. Now amazon are charging me £5 postage to send back an item which they fooled me into buying.

I had read only good things about the breville oracle (it’s called sage in the uk) and as i was getting good results with my stand-alone sage grinder and de longhi espresso machine,i really expected this to be incredible. It cost x 4 times the cost of that grinder and espresso machine, so is the coffee x4 better?. No, it isn’t, so don’t expect too much and you will be fine. I’ve used this for two years now – how time flies- and there is much i like about it:1. It looks really nice, is well constructed and i don’t find the plate flimsy like many others here have mentioned ( see photos of the machine and plate, after ten months of use, below) there are some scuff marks, but , that is only to be expected2. The auto tamp is great, however,i was getting really consistent tamps with a calibrated tamper from espro, so its no big deal. The auto grind and dosing is very convenient, but uses too much coffee4. The water level indicator and the lcd information display that tells you when the tank is empty is just fantastic5. The hidden wheels and supply box : design is a+6.

Holy moly it is expensive, and it is very difficult to say ‘it is worth one and a half grand’. However, if you completely ignore price, it’s awesome. I bought this after my barrista express broke for the third time. I have yet to utilise the white glove service but will update this review when i have.

It’s been around four months since i took the plunge and made myself feel a little queasy at spending so much money on a coffee machine. Thankfully, the pangs of guilt have passed, and over the first few weeks of ownership i tweaked at the extremely configurable settings to find the perfect grind to suit my tastes. Everything here is so configurable, and controllable too. Little nudges here and there – be it the grind, the temperature of the water, the milk, the strength of the tamp. It’s all controllable, and crucially repeatablewhat i’ve discovered is that over the years, in my quest for a super-strong espresso shot, i’ve been grinding the beans way too finely. I’ve been inconsistent with all sorts of other parts of the coffee alchemy, and it’s led to lacklustre results. What this machine allows you to do is take control of your espresso shot – it’s so configurable, and consistent in delivery of results. I really love this machine – though i’m sure you can tell.

After one month use is too early to give a honest and comprehensive review. Appearance: looks absolutely fine, nothing spectacular in terms of design, but it will integrate with ease in a modern kitchen. Grinding and tamping works flawless. A weak point i see is you cannot use only tamping function (in case you grind separately, with a different grinder, a different type of coffee). Or a separate bin for decoff coffee. For testing purpose, until you’ll find the right grinding, tamping and water flow time settings you will waste a lot of coffee. Coffee dose is 21 grams (for the large basket). And after all these tests you will still not be so sure if you get a perfect coffee because each time you will change the coffee brand you will need to go trough the entire process again. Is rather a manual coffee espresso machine, as experience.

So far has been absolutely spot on. But you absolutely have to use freshly roasted beans. Maintenance has been minimal so far, and coffee consistency has been good, but the real test is how well these machines work a few years down the line of course.

Makes the best coffee of any domestic machine i’ve tried. But – don’t think about installing and setting it up yourself. Its a complex machine and the instructions are ambiguous at best, often misleading and downright wrong in important places. Make use of the ‘white-glove’ service and save yourself some heartache.

The oracle is a beautiful looking machine. It’s really well designed and flatters my coffee making. In fact, it makes some of the best coffee this side of a professional barista. But i’ll admit that, for the purists amongst you, there’s plenty to make your hackles rise. It doesn’t need a huge amount of skill to get great tasting coffee, and that may drive away those of you who like to perfect the art. Prior to the oracle i had a small manual machine which allowed me to pull an espresso and steam the milk at the same time. I’d also bought a massive, used grinder and spent many a happy hour trying to dial in the perfect grind, tamp and pull.

  • Consistent coffee, easier to use. Great design, I now believe it is well worth the price
  • If you can ignore the price – it’s EPIC
  • The best coffee maker I’ll ever have

Sage BES980BSS the Oracle Espresso Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine – Silver

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Bought this as an upgrade from my delongi broke. Delivered by amazon in good time as ususal. The first thing i made sure is ihad some freshely roasted beans for a local coffee shop. Used about 200g of beans trying different settings, and wow. What a differance from my fisrt cup to my tenth cup. Mainly down to the grind size. Got it perfect fot one cup with the single shot as 90% of the tiime i only make 1 cup. But if i need to make 2 cups i just do it twice. Will need to work on the settings to get the double shot perfect soon.

I’m extremely happy with the machine. Looks great and works great – i’m sure jonathan ive has one. My coffee is now just as good (if not better) as the one i used to get from my local caffe (supposed to be ‘best in london’). Just make sure you do what they ask for and you will be fine with default settings. Just get your coffee fresh (< 2 weeks after roasting) and use cold milk in a cold jug. I'm sure as i get better at tinkering with various settings my coffee will be even better.

Takes a bit of fiddling if you change beans to get it right but very impressed. The best part is consistency. Latte art is a little tricky to get the hang of, and i’m no expert, but getting better.

A must for any coffee addicts.

  • Consistent coffee, easier to use. Great design, I now believe it is well worth the price
  • If you can ignore the price – it’s EPIC
  • The best coffee maker I’ll ever have

Sage BES980BSS the Oracle Espresso Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine – Silver

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