The GadgetGuy team has been playing with appliances today, as Australian kitchen gadget maker Breville showed two new products, both designed to make it easier to use some of the most common appliances in any kitchen.
Shown this week, the two appliances set to make waves in kitchens include a new coffee maker aimed at bringing barista-level coffee to anyone who can’t afford a permanent coffee worker in their kitchen, and a microwave that takes the guess work out of reheating and cooking.
First is the Oracle, a coffee maker that hopes to deliver coffee the way coffee lovers want it, but without requiring the degree often needed to operate the machines.
Much of the technology used in this machine comes straight from Breville’s own dual boiler, making it possible for the Oracle to extract the coffee and texturise the milk at the same time.
A coffee grinder is included in the system, with easy to use controls and LCD screens showing the level of grind you’re creating, and simple movements needed to get the machine making coffee.
Manual control is here for texturing milk by hand, but automatic systems can also help the milk reach the desired level, with a smiley face popping up on one of the LCDs to tell you when you’re good to go.
We’ll have more on it when we’re allowed to show it, but basically, the cappuccino we had from this machine was close to what we experience from the Toby’s across the road, and from a machine that was easy to use and will carry a $2500 price tag.
Next is the microwave, and while this is a space Breville has been in for a while, a new model aims to make microwaves more understandable and versatile. It’s called the Quick Touch, and puts some research about food to good use.
Rather than just be useful for a quick nuke of food during preparation – the thirty seconds or one minute to warm up a bottle or slice of pizza – the Quick Touch allows you to specify the food you’re cooking, enter the amount of it, and then have the microwave cook it using specifically controlled parameters so that you’re food isn’t over- or under-cooked, something we’ve all experienced at one time or another.
Getting the weight of food isn’t always going to be easy, so the Quick Touch will come with a scale to help you grab that info quickly, though Breville isn’t ruling out having the scale built into the microwave for future generations.