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 red espresso 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
Made of stainless steel
57mm in diameter
Extremely easy to use
Fits on most models of the following commercial machines:
- La Marzocco
- Kees Van Der Westen
- Nuova Simonelli
- Victoria Arduino
Please note that the RCP Basket does not fit the following machines:
- 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 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 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.