The Breville Oracle Touch has been a top pick for many at-home baristas for so many reasons. It is favored for its ease of use, making it a great choice for beginners, but also, it has room for you to grow your skills with its manual options. Now there’s an upgraded version of the Barista Express, and it’s called Barista Touch.
If you’ve seen the Breville Oracle Touch which we’ve written about in a previous post, then you know how the Touch system in Breville’s new espresso machines work. It allows you to automatically create barista-style coffee drinks, customize them to your taste and even save your creations under any name you want, all with the simple to use touch screen display.
But that’s not all, of course. So, let’s have a look at the specs of the Barista Touch and see what makes it special.
Features of Breville Barista Touch:
- Color touch screen display with pre-set coffee drinks. Simply press the icon for your preferred drink to start making it.
- Customize the temperature and texture of your coffee drink and milk. You can also save your customized drink under any name you want. You can save up to 8 customized drinks.
- Presets include: Americano, Latte, Cappuccino and Flat White.
- Automatic steam wand automatically textures milk to your liking. Simply select the temperature and texture of milk you want using the touchscreen display.
- 3-second heat up time.
- Pre-infusion function gradually increases water pressure to ensure even extraction of the coffee.
- Automatic purge function cleans the steam wand after use.
- Cradle holds the portafilter while grinding for hands-free operation.
- Magnetic built-in tamper.
- Built-in stainless steel burr grinder.
- Bean hopper capacity: 1/2 lbs.
- Water reservoir capacity: 67 oz
- Stainless steel housing.
Breville Barista Express vs. Barista Touch, What’s The Difference?
The first biggest difference between the two machines is the touch screen, which is the most innovative part of the Barista Touch. The Barista Express has buttons and dial control for choosing your espresso shots and grind controls.
Microfoaming and Steaming:
- The Barista Touch has automatic milk foaming and texturing, and you get to choose the texture your like as well as the temperature.
- With the Barista Express, microfoaming is manual and there’s no temperature selection. So, getting the exact texture and temperature you want will take some practice.
- With the Barista Touch, there are a number of drink selections to choose from, as well as your own customized drinks. You get to save up to 8 customized drinks, and customization options include the grind settings, milk texture, temperature and volume.
- On the Barista Express, you can customize your drinks by choosing your grind settings and reprogramming the volume for each espresso shot. There’s no temperature settings or milk texture settings. And there’s no way to save a full customized drink recipe under a name. However, your reprogrammed espresso volumes will be saved.
- Apart from those features, both Barista Express and Barista Touch have the same bean hopper capacity, water reservoir capacity, built-in grinder and pre-infusion/purge functions.
Barista Touch vs. Oracle Touch, What’s The Difference?
Now let’s compare the Barista Touch to its more expensive competitor, the Oracle Touch.
- The Oracle Touch is a dual-boiler machine. This means you can extract espresso and heat and foam milk at the same time. You can also change the temperature of the boilers using the machine settings.
- The Barista Touch is a single boiler, so you have to do each task one at a time. As for the boiler temperature, it is pre set and can’t be changed.
- The Oracle Touch is a larger machine. It has a 84 oz water reservoir. The water reservoir can be filled from top of the machine using a filling slot on the top front part. But if you need to take out the tank for cleaning, it can be pulled from the back of the machine easily.
- The Barista Touch has a 67 oz water reservoir capacity. The reservoir is removable so it can be easily cleaned or filled.
- 58mm on the Oracle Touch.
- 54mm on the Barista Touch.
- The Oracle Touch automatically grinders, tamps and polishes. So all you have to do is set your portafilter to the grinder’s cradle and lock it and it will do it all.
- With the Barista Touch, you’ll have to place your portafilter in the grinder cradle and push to activate the grinding. You’ll also level off the grind and tamp it manually.
Auto Start Settings:
- The Oracle Touch can be programmed to automatically start and turn off at any set time. It won’t brew your coffee at the set time, but it will start, heat up and be ready for you to use at any time you need it to.
- This option is not available on the Barista Touch.
- Barista Touch: 12.5″ x 13.25″ x 16”
- Oracle Touch: (L) 16¼” x (D) 15″ x (H) 18″
Which One To Buy?
- Like any other buying decision, it all starts with your budget. Since the Oracle Touch is more advanced and packs more features, naturally, it is more expensive than the Barista Touch.
- Features wise, The Oracle Touch does everything for you. Grinding, leveling out any extra grind and tamping. Milk texturing is also done for you. Espresso extraction and milk foaming can be done at the same time, since it’s a dual boiler machine. So there’s no wait time.
- If you don’t mind doing some of the work, like holding the portafilter to collect the grind and tamping manually, or the wait between extraction and milk foaming, then you’ll be happy with less expensive Barista Touch.
- On the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that the Oracle Touch is larger, while the Barista Touch has an overall smaller footprint. At 18” high, you’ll want to make sure you can fit the Oracle Touch under your cabinets, or have the space for it, before you buy it.
- If automation is not your thing and you’d rather do everything manually, or semi-manually, then the Barista Express is definitely worth considering.
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