Graef is a German company of great prestige in the coffee sector (especially in Central Europe). It still does not enjoy the popularity that the quality of its production deserves, although this is more a question of time and customs than anything else.
The Graef company is still owned by the same family that founded it more than 50 years ago and is based in Arnsberg, a charming town in western Germany.
Graef sells small kitchen appliances (not only coffee machines and accessories, but also waffle makers, presses, kettles and toasters) always with a very high-quality standard, aimed at the most demanding public, with a great presence of stainless steel in its designs, and also with performance (and price, it must be said) superior to what is usual in the sector.
And now that you are familiar with this manufacturer’s master lines, let’s take a look at its product catalogue in what concerns us most: the world of coffee.
Getting to know Graef coffee machines: Prices and models
The Graef range of espresso machines has three main models, each more spectacular than the other. All of them are part of an upper-middle range of espresso machines and have several common qualities.
These are: stainless steel housing, oversized water tanks (2.5 litres in the case of the ES70, which is the “smallest” one), steamer, durability; let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Graef ES40 Salita: The access version to the full range of Graef espresso machines
It’s not all going to be high-end machines. The German firm also places on the display a model that is more affordable for the majority of the public, more oriented towards the average consumer profile and with more features and prices.
It is the Graef Salita, ES40, which has a capacity of 1.25 litres and 1400 watts of power. A mid-range espresso machine, but with the guarantee of having a prestigious brand behind it, which is always a plus.
As you can see, the body is quite robust, and it is available in three colours: red, white and black.
Graef Pivalla ES70: Opinions about the best-selling model
We start with the Graef ES70, which, although it is the gateway to the Graef espresso range, is a higher range coffee machine than the average you can find on the market. It has a 2.5-litre capacity tank, comes with a lot of accessories, and in addition, the water tank is pulled out through the front of the coffee maker.
The Graef Pivalla coffee maker, or Graef ES70, is the best selling model and the most iconic reference of the German company. Although there are several superior machines in Graef’s catalogue, this ES70 is already quite a serious thing, and of course, well above the industry average.
You can also acquire this fantastic set that combines the Graef Pivalla with the famous Graef CM702 grinder.
Graef ES80 Milegra
The main feature of this model is that it has a built-in grinder, which saves you another appliance in the kitchen and also ensures that you will always enjoy freshly ground espresso.
It has a 2.5-litre capacity and 1600 watts of power. In other words, it is a machine with features very similar to the ES70 but with the added attraction of having the grinder integrated. The filters are somewhat small: only 52 mm in diameter.
The mill, on the other hand, has a capacity of 220 grams and mounts conical steel wheels. You can select up to 11 different grinding thicknesses, so it’s pretty good. On a par with many standard electric mills sold separately.
Graef ES85 Marchesa
On the top step, we find the Graef ES 85, nicknamed Marchesa, which also keeps the 2.5 litres of water in the tank, and also adds a temperature gauge on the front. It has 70 mm diameter filters, a pre-infusion system, and such practical accessories as a 600 ml capacity stainless steel milk jug.
Graef ES90 Baronessa
We go up the particular noble scale of Graef and meet the Baronessa: the ES90 model. It is a semi-professional machine, very suitable for the micro-hotel channel (coffee machines for small businesses) with 3 litres of capacity in the tank and over 2500 watts of power.
A coffee maker is perhaps too much for domestic use, although, if you have the budget available and you like to practice with the espresso at home, with this one you are going to enjoy the beauty, that’s for sure.
Finally, the Graef ES 95 is a masterpiece weighing almost 11 kilos, with a capacity of 3 litres, 16 bar pressure and an exclusive double Thermoblock system that minimises waiting times between the coffee service and the steamer. A more advanced and updated version (with slight modifications) of the previous ES90.
The Graef FK51 filter coffee machine
Graef has always been associated with espresso, and they don’t hide it either. Almost their entire catalogue focuses on this type of espresso machine and grinders geared towards this purpose.
But that does not prevent us from finding other parts with the same standard of quality and focused on other preparation methods. It is the case of the FK51 drip coffee maker, with a capacity of 1 litre and a thermal steel jug to keep the coffee hot after brewing.
It has 900 watts of power, and we can consider it a medium-high range filter coffee machine. Perhaps too expensive for general tastes and standards.
Other accessories for Graef coffee machines
To close this review of the German brand Graef, we have to talk about its accessories, which have a good or better reputation than espresso machines. Graef’s grinders and foamers retain the same hallmarks as Graef’s coffee machines: great durability, top quality materials, above-average performance, and a price that is in keeping with the brand (only suitable for demanding users with an advanced profile).
The Graef CM800 grinder is electric, has a capacity of 250 grams of coffee, and allows you to select up to 40 levels or thicknesses of automatic grinding. There is also a lower, more affordable model: The Graef CM700 coffee grinder.
And we end up with the Graef MS 85 milk frother, the best in the wide range of Graef frothing machines. The Graef MS85 is capable of foaming 180ml of milk, has a double non-stick coating on the walls, and has up to 3 main functions: cold milk foaming, hot milk foaming, and milk heating.
Is a Graef espresso machine worth buying?
Well, in general terms, of course, it is. It is a prestigious brand whose hallmarks are top-of-the-range espresso machines.
The fact is that these machines are priced to match their excellent quality, and their market is therefore very limited. Not everyone is prepared to pay what Graef coffee machines cost. However, if you take the plunge, we guarantee you won’t go wrong. And the more you like espressos, the more you will like to mess around with your new Graef coffee machine.
If you are not so demanding and are looking for a mid-range manual espresso machine that doesn’t show off too much and doesn’t go up too much in price, you can always go to the Graef ES40 Salita. It is a very good option for most consumers (medium profile), but it has the problem that this segment is much more crowded.