Breville Oracle Touch vs Barista Touch – Breville Showdown: Which Reigns Supreme

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Both the Breville Oracle Touch vs Barista Touch are ideal choices for coffee enthusiasts who prefer a more hand-free, automatic approach to creating cafe-quality beverages. Just press a few buttons on their touch screens and let them do the rest. And overall, the former is clearly the better one.

They share a lot of features and functions, but the Breville Oracle Touch is more automated, from grinding, tamping, and dosing to frothing the milk. Additionally, it has more grind settings and two boilers for multi-tasking. But, and it’s a big but, the trade-off for these enhanced features is its notably higher price compared to the Breville Barista Touch.

Breville Oracle Touch Vs Barista Touch: Specs & Features Comparison Chart

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THE WINNER (#1)
Breville Oracle Touch Espresso Machine BES990BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
THE RUNNER-UP (#2)
Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine BES880BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
Model
Breville Oracle Touch
Breville Barista Touch
Dimensions/Weight
17.9 x 14.7 x 15.4 inches/37 lbs
16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 inches/26.8 lbs
Interface
LCD Touch Display
LCD Touch Display
One Touch Drink Options
8
8
Built-in Grinder
Stainless Steel Conal Grinder
Stainless Steel Conal Grinder
Grinding Settings
45
30
Heating System
Dual Boilers
Single ThermoJet Boiler
Pump Pressure
15 Bars
15 Bars
Pre-Infusion
Milk Frothing System
Hybrid Steam Wand
Hybrid Steam Wand
Spigot Type/Cup Clearance
Dual/4 inches
Dual/4 inches
Water Reservoir/Bean Hopper
2.5 liter/0.24 liter
2 liter/0.24 liter
Filter
Yes (Optional)
Yes (Optional)
Compatible With Pre-ground Coffee
App Connectivity
User Profile
What I Like
Price
$2,758.99
$995.95
THE WINNER (#1)
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Breville Oracle Touch Espresso Machine BES990BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
Model
Breville Oracle Touch
Dimensions/Weight
17.9 x 14.7 x 15.4 inches/37 lbs
Interface
LCD Touch Display
One Touch Drink Options
8
Built-in Grinder
Stainless Steel Conal Grinder
Grinding Settings
45
Heating System
Dual Boilers
Pump Pressure
15 Bars
Pre-Infusion
Milk Frothing System
Hybrid Steam Wand
Spigot Type/Cup Clearance
Dual/4 inches
Water Reservoir/Bean Hopper
2.5 liter/0.24 liter
Filter
Yes (Optional)
Compatible With Pre-ground Coffee
App Connectivity
User Profile
What I Like
Price
$2,758.99
More Info
THE RUNNER-UP (#2)
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Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine BES880BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
Model
Breville Barista Touch
Dimensions/Weight
16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 inches/26.8 lbs
Interface
LCD Touch Display
One Touch Drink Options
8
Built-in Grinder
Stainless Steel Conal Grinder
Grinding Settings
30
Heating System
Single ThermoJet Boiler
Pump Pressure
15 Bars
Pre-Infusion
Milk Frothing System
Hybrid Steam Wand
Spigot Type/Cup Clearance
Dual/4 inches
Water Reservoir/Bean Hopper
2 liter/0.24 liter
Filter
Yes (Optional)
Compatible With Pre-ground Coffee
App Connectivity
User Profile
What I Like
Price
$995.95
More Info

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Breville Oracle Touch Vs Barista Touch: Differences

The Barista Touch won 2-1 against the Oracle Touch. Now is the time to delve into a detailed comparison of two touch-screen models in Breville’s bean-to-cup machine lineup!

Coffee Flavor & Brewing System

Winner: Breville Oracle Touch

Built-in Grinder

Both you and I know that a grinder is almost as important as the bean-to-cup machine itself. Breville saves users from the additional expense of purchasing a separate grinder by giving the Oracle Touch and Barista Touch built-in stainless steel conical burr grinders, and it’s an excellent start.

both feature a built-in stainless steel burr grinder
Both feature a built-in stainless steel burr grinder

Conical burr grinders provide a much more consistent grind size compared to blade grinders since they crush the beans between two abrasive surfaces (burrs) rather than chopping them. This is crucial for the quality of the brewed coffee.

What’s more, the conical shape of a conical burr grinder does indeed contribute to a reduction in noise during its operation. This means you can enjoy your early morning coffee-making routine without worrying about disturbing your household or neighbors with loud grinding sounds.

The Barista Touch has  30 grind settings, while the Oracle Touch gives you a wider range of 45 settings, which goes further than the Barista Touch and any espresso machine. Both generally allow you to make micro-adjustments to fine-tune the grind size to perfection for your espresso shots.

grind size knobs on the breville oracle touch vs barista touch
Grind size knobs on the Breville Oracle Touch vs Barista Touch

Dosing and Tamping

The Barista Touch uses a 54-mm portafilter, smaller than the 58-mm commercial-grade one that comes with the Oracle Touch. Is this a big deal? The 58-mm portafilter’s larger size can lead to a higher extraction yield. Moreover, a wider diameter means greater surface area and a thinner puck, potentially resulting in a more balanced and evenly extracted shot.

the 54-mm portafilter
The 54-mm portafilter

Incidentally, the Oracle Touch only comes with two single-wall filter baskets for both single and double shots, whereas the Barista Touch comes with both single- and dual-wall baskets

In case you don’t know, single-wall baskets (or non-pressurized baskets) are typically used by more experienced baristas or those who like to have more control over their espresso extraction. They require a precise grind size and tamping pressure, as they rely on the coffee puck itself to create the necessary resistance for proper extraction.

On the other hand, dual-wall baskets (aka pressurized baskets, or I like to call them amateur baskets) are more forgiving and are designed for use with a wider range of grind sizes. They are especially useful for beginners or for those using pre-ground coffee, as they help to create a decent extraction and crema even if the grind size and tamping are not optimal.

Some baristas may recommend discarding pressurized baskets, but I think you should keep them in your coffee toolkit. Even if you’ve mastered the art of grinding and use non-pressurized baskets all the time, they are still the ideal choice for pre-ground coffee.

Manually tamping the grounds is another factor that separates the Barista Touch from the Oracle Touch. Yes, the Oracle Touch has a tamper and requires manual tamping, while the Barista Touch boasts an automatic dosing and tamping station. Many home baristas favor the manual tamping method for its tactile feel and greater control over the brewing process, and the stainless steel tamper of the Barista Touch is well-made.

the barista touch tamper is magnetically attached to the machine
The Barista Touch tamper is magnetically attached to the machine

But if you prefer to be as hands-free as possible, the automatic tamping system on the Oracle Touch is so appealing. After selecting a grind setting, all you have to do is simply insert the portafilter into the grinding gate and let the machine take care of the rest. Plus, the whole process is enclosed, so your counter surface is mess-free.

the automatic tamping station of the oracle touch
The automatic tamping station of the Oracle Touch

Heating System

The Barista Touch is a single-boiler bean-to-cup machine, meaning it can’t multi-task. If you steam your milk first, you’ll need to use the wand and purge it before pulling a shot, and vice versa. But a blessing in disguise is that it uses a thermoJet system to heat up, which only takes about three seconds, even faster than thermoblock systems!

The Achilles heel of the ThermoJet system is that it doesn’t heat up the built-in cup warmer and group head. It’s not a big deal, after all, since you can pull a plank shot to heat up the group head and portafilter to bring them up to the right temperature.

As for the Oracle Touch, it has two independent boilers to handle both tasks at once: one for brewing espresso and one for steaming milk. Each boiler in the Oracle Touch can maintain its own specific temperature more consistently, so the machine generally has greater thermal stability.

Design & Convenience

Winner: Tie

Dimensions & User Interface

Breville Oracle TouchBreville Barista Touch
Dimensions17.9 x 14.7 x 15.4 inches16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 inches
Weight37 lbs26.8 lbs

The Oracle Touch and Barista Touch are aesthetically pleasing machines that are still stylishly retro but a bit more modern than other Brevilles with a bright, eye-catching LCD touchscreen. Every part of them is built to last and doesn’t feel “cheap” at all.

both have a touch screen
Both have a touch screen

The Oracle Touch, in particular, is the larger of the two, demanding a significant amount of counter space. What’s more, its considerable height might also pose a challenge for fitting under your kitchen cabinets. It is also very heavy, so relocating it isn’t an easy task and might require the Hulk’s strength or help.

Water Reservoir & Bean Hopper

Breville Oracle TouchBreville Barista Touch
Water Reservoir2.5 liter2 liter
Bean Hopper0.24 liter0.24 liter

Their water reservoirs are quite large and generally don’t need to be refilled very often. The Oracle Touch’s water tank is slightly larger, and loading it is easier thanks to a door on the top of the machine and in front of the bean hopper. It also has a front door to effortlessly keep track of the water level.

the loading door on the oracle touch
The loading door on the Oracle Touch

Breville Oracle Touch Vs Barista Touch: Similarities

Brewing System

The Oracle Touch and Barista Touch essentially use the same extraction system, or at least they both brew espresso at 15 bars of pressure, while 9 bars of pressure are generally considered optimal for espresso extraction. 

Before that, they also automatically soak the coffee grounds with slow bursts of hot water for seconds, which we often call pre-infusion. This allows carbon dioxide to escape, which is vital to the development of the bean’s aroma. My only gripe is that it isn’t feasible to play with the pre-infusion duration on both machines, a shame, really.

Milk Frothing System

One of the wow factors about these Brevilles is their automatic ball-joined steam wands, which really is a step up from the Panarello wands that can be found on low-end machines. 

both the breville oracle touch vs barista touch have a automatic steam wand
Both the Breville Oracle Touch vs Barista Touch have an automatic steam wand

Just fill the stainless steel jug (included in the package) with your milk, put it under the wand, tap the screen, and get the perfect micro-foam for your selected milky drink. They can even create the microfoam needed for latte art with zero skills. Well, you ultimately still need some skills to do the latte art. For those who prefer to do things by hand, these wands can also be used as manual ones, allowing them to manually texture milk.

After each milk frothing cycle, these machines automatically release a burst of steam, purging any residual milk from the system. Your only task is simply to wipe down the exterior of the wand with a damp cloth to keep it clean and hygienic.

As mentioned above, both allow you to fine-tune the temperature and texture of the milk. The Barista Touch’s drip tray features a sensor that monitors the temperature of the milk and halts the wand when it reaches the set temperature. Likewise, there is a minor sensor on the tip of the Oracle Touch’s wand to do the same thing.

the milk sensor
The milk sensor

Spout & Cup Clearance

Breville Oracle TouchBreville Barista Touch
Spigot TypeDualDual
Cup Clearance4 inches4 inches

There is a 4-inch clearance under their portafilter spouts, which is enough to retain the eye-catching crema layer on top of your espresso. If you’re inclined to use a travel mug or a larger insulated mug, you can simply remove the drip tray to provide the necessary room to accommodate your mug of choice.

the 4-inch cup clearance under the portafilter
The 4-inch cup clearance under the portafilter

Pre-programmed Coffee Options  & Programmability

Breville Oracle TouchBreville Barista Touch
Espresso
Americano
Long Black
Latte
Flat White
Cappuccino
Hot Milk
Hot Water
Espresso
Americano
Long Black
Latte
Flat White
Cappuccino
Hot Milk
Hot Water

These machines don’t overwhelm users with a long list of one-touch drinks, yet they cover all the popular coffee choices. And if you are also a lover of tea, you’ll be glad to hear that they both have a dedicated spout for dispensing hot water.  In terms of customization, you can adjust the grind size, the shot length, and the temperature and texture of the milk foam. You can also choose between single and double shots.

the hot water outlet on the barista touch
The hot water outlet on the Barista Touch

Cleaning & Maintenance

The portafilter and brew head can get disgusting very quickly because of leftover coffee oil. So unless you want them to be a mecca for bacteria and mold and lead to off-flavors in your espresso, clean them by pulling a few blank shots after each use and rinse the portafilter thoroughly under the tap. Don’t forget to empty the drip tray and the coffee grounds box daily.

You also need to descale these machines every couple of months, but this interval can extend considerably if you utilize the provided water filter. Their milk steam wands blow hot water automatically after each use, so you just need to wipe them with a damp cloth.

Other Features

User Profile

These machines don’t have any individual user profiles, but there’s room to name and save up to eight custom drink creations on the menu. It’s nice that they have a way to keep your favorite recipes just a touch away and ensure that they are never altered.

you can save up to 8 custom drink creations
You can save up to 8 custom drink creations

Stand-By Mode

These Breville machines incorporate an eco-friendly automatic ‘auto-off’ feature that activates after 30 minutes of inactivity, ensuring safety and energy efficiency. That’s great, but the ability to customize this time period would enhance its versatility.

Quick Rundown Of Breville Oracle Touch

Breville Oracle Touch Espresso Machine BES990BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Please refer to user guide or user manual or user guide (provided below in PDF) before first use.Grind Settings : 45 precision grind settings. Portafilter : Commercial grade 58mm portafilter.Portafilter : Commercial grade 58mm portafilter

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Pros
  • 45 grind settings
  • A pair of boilers.
  • 58-mm commercial-grade portafilter.
  • Automatic dosing and tamping system.
  • 2-in-1 milk steam wand.
Cons
  • Costly.
  • Bulky.

Quick Rundown Of Breville Barista Touch

Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine BES880BSS, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Item Package Dimension: 17.39L x 16.19W x 16.19H inches
  • Item Package Weight - 28.25 Pounds
  • Item Package Quantity - 1
  • Product Type - COFFEE MAKER

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Pros
  • Built-in burr grinder with 30 grind settings.
  • ThermoJet quick heating system.
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive touchscreen.
  • Automatic steam wand.
  • Budget-friendly.
Cons
  • No automattic tamping system.
  • Only one boiler.

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