Extra Virgin Olive Oil on tap is illegal in the UK...
A few months ago, we added olive oil to our refill offering. It's actually illegal to offer extra virgin olive oil on tap in the UK however the extra voil we sell contains a teeny bit of garlic oil which is completely odourless and tasteless but it means that the olive oil we have is completely legal to sell as a refill.
Our oil supplier is a small producer called Aeithalis which means ‘evergreen’. The family olive groves are based in a village in Greece. The grove is a diverse ecosystem where no growth hormones are used. A grove that is alive with nature makes for the best quality olive oil. Most commercial oils are a mixture of olives especially old ones which keep the cost of the oil down for the producer.
How the oil is produced...
Aeithalis only use Koroneiki olives. There is only one harvest per year so when it's gone, that’s it! The olives are harvested traditionally by hand and are cold-pressed in a cooperative local to the grove. The oil is bottled there are then. Aeithalis oil is of rare quality and was awarded a Great Taste award in 2019.
Aeithalis love working with shops like ours because we all share their ethos of sustainability. We buy our oil from them in 20-litre containers that we return for refilling when empty (We actually do the same for our Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil too - that's also Extra Virgin)
We don’t sell Aeithalis olive oil ready bottled so make sure you bring along an empty bottle or even better, your old empty olive oil bottle!
Buying your oil from us supports Aeithalis, the cooperative that presses the olives and the surrounding village. You also support our little business, keeps our staff employed, keeps us spending in the local economy too. Our oil is not cheap but I am sure you can appreciate why!
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