Using our RCP basket

Using our RCP basket

Perfect extraction every time

We recommend using theRed Crema Plus (RCP) basket for best results. The RCP basket is our custom-made portafilter basket that we specifically designed to work with our red espresso® ground Rooibos. It delivers a perfect shot – thick, rich crema, stronger taste and better extraction. The science is simple, the RCP basket has fewer holes than a typical coffee portafilter basket. This helps slow the extraction to produce a richer, tastier shot of our redespresso® ground Rooibos more consistently.

However, you can also make our ground Rooibos using your standard double filter basket and manually pre-infusing (start expressing and stop when the pour starts, wait 10 seconds, then express a double shot (60ml/2oz). Or using an Aeropress.

Pros of the RCP basket

  • Consistent shots every time
  • Better, thicker crema
  • Strong intense flavour
  • Convenient: no need to manually pre-infuse

Products specifications

Made of stainless steel
57mm in diameter
Extremely easy to use
Fits on most models of the following commercial machines:
     - La Marzocco
     - Synesso
     - Slayer
     - Kees Van Der Westen
     - Nuova Simonelli
     - Victoria Arduino
     - Astoria
     - Rancilio
     - Wega
     - Brasilia
     - Expobar
     - Rocket
     - Faema

 Please note that the RCP Basket does not fit the following machines:
     - Conti
     - Unic
     - La San Marco
     - La Pavoni
     - La Scala 
     - Other 53mm group heads

If you have one of these machines, we suggest using a standard double filter basket for red espresso® ground Rooibos and pre-infusing for best results. Or try using an Aeropress.


Step 1: Place the RCP basket in your porta handle
Ideally have a dedicated porta handle for our red espresso® ground Rooibos

Step 2: Dose
Scoop 14g of red espresso® ground Rooibos (1 scoop) into the RCP basket.

Step 3: Level
Ensure the red espresso® ground Rooibos is at an even level in the basket. Do not tamp.

Step 4: Bless
Using your palm, wipe away any excess red espresso® ground Rooibos from the rim of the filter basket.

Step 5: Extract
Pull a double shot (60ml). Wipe basket with a damp cloth afterwards if necessary.

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Kirsty Reid

Kirsty, Monique’s sister, joined red espresso® in 2008 after years of graphic design and art direction on glossy magazines. In addition to being an incredible design talent who has had a fundamental impact on our brand’s look and feel, she has also championed our e-Commerce and Customer Service departments alongside Monique. This has made her a very familiar face to our many customers who have come to know and enjoy their time with her over the years! Kirsty also teaches yoga and volunteers part-time at the Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary in Paarl.