Calphalon Espresso Machine 

Calphalon Temp iQ 

Review

The Glorious Shot

My Love Affair with the Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine 

By: James Butler        Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 3, 2024

Calphalon has been crafting innovative and high-performing kitchen appliances for over 40 years. They got their start making cookware but have expanded into small appliances including espresso machines that perfect the art of the coffee shot.  

Let's start with the heart of this machine – the powerful 15-Bar Italian Pump. This high-pressure system is essential for maximizing the flavor extraction from coffee grounds, delivering bold, rich, and nuanced espresso shots every time. The 15-bar pump ensures that the water is forced through the coffee with the ideal amount of pressure, unlocking the full potential of the beans and resulting in a truly exceptional espresso experience.

Complementing the powerful pump is the Thermoblock Heating and PID Temperature Control system, which provides precision temperature regulation throughout the brewing process. This innovative technology ensures that the water is heated to the exact temperature required for optimal extraction, resulting in a consistently great-tasting, flavorful espresso. By maintaining the perfect water temperature, the Calphalon IQ Temp eliminates any risk of under-extraction or over-extraction, allowing to achieve barista-quality results with ease.

The Dial Interface on the machine is a thoughtful design feature, enabling to effortlessly select between steam, hot water, and programmed espresso shots with a simple twist of the knob. This intuitive control panel streamlines the brewing process, allowing to focus on crafting the perfect cup of coffee.

One of the standout features of the Calphalon IQ Temp is the Café-Sized 58mm portafilter. This professional grade portafilter ensures even water dispersion across the coffee grounds, contributing to the balanced and flavorful extraction of each espresso shot. The consistent, even water flow results in a well-balanced, smooth, and nuanced espresso.

The large 2.0L removable water reservoir with a hinged lid is another impressive element of this machine. The generous capacity allows to brew multiple shots without the need for frequent refills, while the easy-access lid makes it a breeze to keep the reservoir filled with fresh water.

For those who love their milk-based drinks, the powerful Steam Wand is a true delight. This feature allows to effortlessly create creamy, velvety froth and microfoam milk, elevating lattes, cappuccinos, and flat whites to cafe-style status. The wand's precise control and robust steam delivery enable to achieve barista-level milk texturing, adding an extra layer of indulgence to coffee experience.

Lastly, the thoughtful inclusion of the Cup Warming Tray is a feature that truly sets the Calphalon IQ Temp apart. This feature gently heats cups to the optimal temperature, ensuring that every espresso you serve is at the perfect drinking temperature.

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