Breville BES980XL Oracle – Espresso Machine Review

Breville Bes980xl Oracle 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

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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

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Tamping Pressure

The pressure for tamping the ground coffee into a filter-basket is 30 pounds of pressure. While some people don't like to be very strict with this number, and prefer to play with the ratio grind size/tamping pressure, the safer approach, that gives you more consistent results is to maintain the same pressure when compacting the coffee into the filter basket.

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