Custom-made portafilter basket
We recommend using the Red Crema Plus (RCP) basket for best results. The RCP basket is our custom-made portafilter basket that we specifically designed to work with red espresso. It delivers a perfect red espresso 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 red espresso more consistently.
However, you can also make red espresso 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
✓ 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 red espresso.
Step 2: Dose
Scoop 14g red espresso (1 red scoop) into the RCP basket.
Step 3: Level
Ensure red espresso is at an even level in the basket. Do not tamp.
Step 4: Bless
Using your palm, wipe away any excess red espresso from the rim of the filter basket.
Step 5: Extract
Pull a double shot (60ml). Wipe basket with a damp cloth afterwards if necessary.
How much does delivery cost?
We offer FREE delivery on orders over R1 000 to all areas except outlying areas.
If your order is below R1 000, our delivery fees are between R65 and R95. The cost of delivery is determined by your delivery address.
If you are in an outlying area there is a delivery fee of R150 for all orders, regardless of weight. Free delivery is not applicable to your area.
Collections welcome: Feel free to collect your goods from red espresso Head Quarters in Paarl and enjoy a free red cappuccino while you wait. View map
How long will it take for my order to be delivered?
Please note that these timings are calculated from the time of dispatch, NOT from the time when the order was placed.
Red espresso strives to fulfil orders as soon as possible. Subject to availability and receipt of payment, the time it takes from when an order is placed to when it is dispatched for delivery is at most 3 working days.
For Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) no dispatch occurs until the money is cleared in our account. If you have paid via EFT, please make sure to email us your proof of payment preferably directly from your bank account on transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
No fulfilment or deliveries will take place on Saturday or Sunday or any public holidays.