Breville BES980XL Oracle – Espresso Machine Review

Breville Bes980xl Oracle Review

Breville Oracle is Not a Super-Automatic

The price tag of the Breville BES980XL Oracle is within the range of super automatic espresso machines, yet the Oracle is just a semiautomatic machine. Well, not exactly a semiautomatic either, but this is where it got me. You’ll see why in a bit.

Breville’s marketing team was inspired when they named its high end espresso machine “Oracle”. Yes, this machine has all the brewing answers espresso lovers were looking for. It seems a bit steep for a machine that doesn’t qualify as a super-automatic.

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How to Tamp Espresso – The Perfect Espresso Tamping

Ristretto Espresso ShotEspresso tamping is one of the most important steps when pulling a shot. If you get the tamping wrong, your espresso is ruined, because the water will pass through the grinds too fast, and the result will be a beverage close to drip coffee. Here are are a few tips to ensure a perfect tamping every time.

How To Tamp Espresso – Techniques, Tips and Tricks

Ground coffee in portafilter
Photo by Nicholas Lundgaard via Flickr

Tamping Pressure

The pressure for tamping the ground coffee into a filter-basket is 30 pounds of pressure.

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How To Brew Espresso – How to Make the Perfect Espresso

How To Make the Perfect Espresso

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espresso shot photo by Mike Rohde

When you start to learn how to brew espresso, you get frustrated, and some even give up and they return to the mediocre shots at the famous coffee shop chain. This is understandable, because making the perfect espresso is a complex, elaborated, sometimes intuitive combination of coffee quality, extraction pressure and time, water temperature, coffee grind and roast, and more… If only one of these parameters is off, your espresso shot will be an average one.

As in all areas where talking about savor, aroma and taste, preparing a good coffee needs strict rules.… Read more