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Sage by Heston Blumenthal BES980UK the Oracle Espresso Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine - Silver
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- Automatic grinding and tamping
- Programmable low pressure pre-infusion for a balanced extraction
- Automatic milk texturing
- Also features an over pressure valve - this commercial feature limits the maximum pressure throughout the extraction, helping to prevent bitter flavours in the shot
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|Capacity||2.5 litres||2 litres||2.5 litres||1.8 litres||1.2 litres||1.7 litres|
|Item Dimensions||37.3 x 40.9 x 45.3 cm||38 x 35 x 37 cm||40.5 x 37.8 x 37.7 cm||28.5 x 37.5 x 36 cm||33 x 45.5 x 42.5 cm||33 x 24.5 x 36.5 cm|
|Item Weight||—||10 kg||—||10 kg||8.5 kg||7 kg|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||—|
|Special Feature||Cup Warmer; Integrated Coffee Grinder; Integrated Coffee Grinder; Jug; Programmable; milk frother||Cup Warmer^Integrated Coffee Grinder^Milk Frother^Permanent Filter^Programmable||Cup Warmer;jug;Milk Frother;Programmable;Timer;Water Filter;integrated coffee grinder||Integrated Coffee Grinder;Milk Frother;Programmable;Removable Tank;Thermoblock;cup warmer||Integrated Coffee Grinder; Milk Frother; Removable Tank||integrated coffee grinder|
|Wattage||2,400 watts||1,850 watts||2,200 watts||1,450 watts||1,400 watts||1,450 watts|
For coffee shop-quality coffee without the queuing, consult The Oracle. Heston has worked with his coffee boffins late into many nights fuelled only by, you've guessed it - coffee, to come up with this commercial-quality machine. In a world first, it automates several of the processes that are usually done manually to make it easy for you to achieve Heston-approved coffee perfection every time. It grinds, doses and tamps your beans automatically before getting to work on making your brew.
At its heart is the dual stainless steel boiler triple heat system. It has a dedicated espresso boiler which uses PID technology for accurate temperature control to within 1°C, and a steam boiler to deliver instant and continuous steam. Espresso is extracted and milk is textured simultaneously so that both are ready at the same time and the delicate aromatics are captured and preserved for optimum results
Usually only found on commercial machines, The Oracle also features an Over Pressure Valve, a function that limits pressure during extraction to ensure there are no bitter flavours. It also has true low pressure pre-infusion to ensure the grinds expand gently for a smoother taste.
And if it's all sounding a bit technical and scary, the main thing to remember is that it makes superlative coffee. Automatically.
If you're thinking that this sounds like the coffee machine for you, but you're not sure if it's a little too technical, Sage offers a White Glove Service to ensure that you're not left scratching your head. This means that they'll send one of their coffee experts to your home to show you exactly how to get the best from your new Oracle right from the start.
37 x 50 x45cm H. Watts 2400 Capacity 2.5L
1 x Oracle Coffee Machine and Grinder
1 x 58 mm full stainless steel portafilter
1 x 480 ml stainless steel frothing jug
1 x Single wall filter basket
1 x Cleaning kit
1 x Hard water strip indicator
1 x Water filters
From the manufacturer
The convienience of an automatic, with the quality of a manual
Sage by Heston Blumenthal are constantly searching for ways to prepare and cook meals so they are both healthy and delicious.
Food will taste better with the right texture, cook with the most accurate temperature, and prepare in conditions specific to each ingredient.
The Oracle creates café quality coffee that tastes like you’d get in your favourite café. The Oracle has automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing, automating the two most difficult parts of manual espresso. You can extract espresso and texture milk simultaneously, enabling you to go from beans to latte in under a minute.
- 2 Lattes in only 90 Seconds
- Automatic Dosing and Tamping
- Automatic Milk Texturing
The integrated conical burr grinder automatically grinds, doses and tamps22 grams for a double shot, similar to the commercial machine in your favourite café.
Dual stainless steel boilers and heated group head, both regulated by our digital temperature control (PID) automatically delivers the water at precisely the right temperature, extracting maximum flavour potential.
The Oracle also features an Over Pressure Valve (OPV). This commercial feature limits the maximum pressure throughout the extraction, helping prevent bitter flavours in the shot. It also has true low pressure pre-infusion, which gradually increases the pressure to gently expand the grinds for an even extraction.
The automatic steam wand textures milk to your preferred taste and temperature, from silky smooth latte (less texture) to creamy cappuccino (more texture). Powered by a dedicated boiler, the auto steam wand delivers barista quality micro-foam that enhances the flavour of the coffee and is essential for creating latte art.
3 Simple Steps
Automatic Grind, Dose and Tamp.
Low Pressure Pre Infusion, followed by 9 Bars of Pressure for the perfect Espresso.
Dual Boiler allows Espresso Extraction and Automatic Milk Texturing at the same time.
Create silky smooth Milk filled with Micro Foam, to create beautiful Latte Art.
Two Dedicated Boilers
One for Espresso extraction at 93°C.
One for Automatic Milk Texturing, always ready for when you need it.
White Glove Service
When you get your Oracle home, call our customer service team and we will send one of our experts round to your house to set up your machine and make a few Coffees with you.
Low Pressure Pre Infusion
Avoiding "channelling" is incredibly important when extracting Espresso.
Channelling, is when too much pressure is forced onto the Coffee puck causing the water to burst through and then the Coffee will become over extracted and bitter.
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I've used this for 3 months now 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 expected
2. The Auto tamp is great, however,I was getting really consistent tamps with a calibrated tamper from Espro, so its no big deal.
3. The Auto grind and dosing is very convenient, but uses too much coffee
4. The Water level indicator and the LCD information display that tells you when the tank is empty is just fantastic
5. The hidden wheels and supply box : design is A+
6. Dual Boiler with PID for consistent temperature and simultaneous espresso and steam for lattes
7. Integrated grinder saves space, and the coffee storage is enough for one 250g pack. This will last 4-5 days at the most, with two uses per day,as this just eats beans, so you don't have to worry about heat and losing bean freshness Update; May 2017: The single basket provided by Sage (free) , solved the bean consumption problem and that's why I award the Oracle 5 stars now)
But, tell me, how is the &&**%^ coffee?!
Well, that depends on the beans, with fresh roast beans, the espresso is excellent. Much better than Starbucks and Costas, and good espresso translates to great cappuccinos and lattes. It's a lot like a computer: Garbage in Garbage out
The crema is only 1-2mm, I tried really fresh beans too, but the crema thickness isn't as good as you get in nespresso machines, however the taste of the coffee is really good, if you use fresh beans
Even if you use old packaged beans, I find the espresso substandard, but the cappuccinos and lattes still taste great- better than the large coffee chains, as the milk and sugar mask the inferior coffee
You only have to make adjustments on the grind size, as the tamp and the temperature are all adjusted just right. I find myself using 28-32 grind size these days with really good milk based coffees
The dual boilers are great to have, but I never minded waiting a bit with single boilers
Now, to the downsides:
1. The coffee dosing is too much: 22 g of coffee each time means you finish a 250g bag in 11-12 extractions, thats 3-4 days for us! Maybe 5-6 days ,without guests.
2. You always have to use 22g, even if you select a single cup, it still grinds 22 g, so if you don't use it as two shots, you are wasting even more coffee, (Update: with the single basket from Sage (sent free) this is largely ameliorated and I have no complaints)
3. The auto steam wand and auto purge are really convenient, but you can't make decent latte art with it. I tried. Manual doesn't work also
My cheap 120 quid Delonghi, with its under powered thermoblock (not even a single boiler here) gave me better "art", so if you want to make latte art, steer clear. I guess its because of the high tech design, thick stubby want with an in built thermometer and all, but it is great for plain cappuccinos, not for art.
granted, I know the knob can switch from latte to cappuccino, but it doesn't create the right velvet microfoam I need for art
4. It costs a lot, but then it does a lot:
Now in the coffee world,cost is a very relative term. You can spend a 1000$ on a grinder very easily. So when you look at what you are getting, great design, dual boilers, PID, Auto tamp, Auto purge, built in grinder, it isn't all that overpriced.
What I mean is , you can get similar results for a lot less, if you are willing to learn a little.Here you are paying for the integration, the technology , the convenience and the quality of the finish.
If you want to make latte art and save money on the machine and also on beans: go for a Barista express or another grinder -machine combo instead.
If you want convenience and great coffee, if money is no object, and you don't mind using 22 g of beans per session (one button press), then by all means, this is great!
Update: 6 months of use; I love the machine, the coffee is really good and the convenience is fantastic. The plate is holding up with mild scuff marks( see photos below) and Sage sent me a single basket , gratis, that has reduced the excessive dosing per cup. I have upgraded my rating to five stars.
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. It's not hard at all. I'm sure as I get better at tinkering with various settings my coffee will be even better!
This machine is worth every penny as the cappuccino is to die for and every other coffee even from the big coffee houses does not even come close to it. I am in coffee heaven.
What is good? Everything else. Simple quick 9.5/10 coffee at home whenever you want it. The wife has dropped her 5x per week habit from Costa so at £2.50 a go so it has its upsides.
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So happy that we finally found a machine that is both easy to use and make gourmet coffee.