Published on October 5th, 2017 | by The GC Team0
Coffee-making “revolution” – Sage by Heston Blumenthal
SKA brand Sage Appliances is claiming to have “revolutionised” home coffee making with the launch of a fully automatic bean-to-cup machine dubbed the Oracle® Touch.
The appliance has been designed to deliver the barista-quality coffee expected from a manual commercial espresso machine, at the simple touch of a button. It lets users swipe and select from a full menu of classic café favourites – espresso, Americano, latte, flat white, or cappuccino – and includes the option to customise them based on taste preferences.
Sage maintains that the Oracle® Touch is simpler than other touch-screen machines on the market. It is also easier to use, cleans itself and masters the four key elements of a perfect barista-quality coffee: Dose – 19-22 grams of ground coffee per cup to yield the full flavour; Temperature – precise control throughout extraction of the espresso; Water pressure – 9 BARS (The optimum when making espresso); Milk texture – sufficient steam pressure to produce the micro-foam that creates a velvety milk texture.
Phil McKnight, Global Beverage Business Manager at Sage, said: “The launch of the new Oracle® Touch espresso machine offers coffee connoisseurs exceptional, barista-quality espresso. This machine has been thoughtfully designed to offer easy-to-use automation without sacrificing taste quality – it’s as if there is a barista inside the machine, helping them make their favourite custom coffees at home.”
Sage has also launched the BaristaTM Touch, a semi-automatic espresso machine for coffee makers who still enjoy the manual aspects of coffee making at home. This appliance also produces high-quality coffee, similar to commercial machines, but in a much smaller format. The BaristaTM Touch has one boiler, rather than two, slowing down the brewing process to give users time to customise and create their perfect coffee.
The Oracle® Touch (RRP: £1,999.95) is available for purchase exclusively at John Lewis from 6th October – 30th November and other selected retailers from December 2017.
The Barista®Touch (RRP: £999.95) is available for purchase exclusively at John Lewis from 6th October until the end of December 2017 and other selected retailers from January 2018.