Oil mill

 

At our oil mill, we only extract oil from sound olives, recently harvested from the trees, employing an extraction process that is carried out less than twelve hours after harvesting, which prevents fermentation that can directly affect oil quality.

 

This is why our oil is always distinguished by the very best quality, that of EXTRA Virgin Olive Oil.

 

The process for obtaining and producing extra virgin olive oil comprises the following stages:

 

- reception, cleaning and storage

 

- pressing and mixing the olives

 

- oil storage and packaging

 

 

 

At the time of harvesting, depending on the olive variety, soil, water, cultivation and degree of ripeness, the olive contains approximately the following:

 

 

 

Oil: 15-30% Water: 40-55% Stone and vegetable matter: 23-35%.

 

Reception

 

Reception, washing and storage of the olives 

 

When the olives are inside the oil mill they pass though a blower and a sieve that removes leaves, twigs and olives in poor conditions. Then, if necessary, they are washed by means of a fine spray to remove any dust and mud that may be present. When completely clean, they are weighed and transferred to the chute that feeds the mill. 

 

Blower - washing – weighing - chute 

 

Milling

   

Milling, mixing and extraction

 

A stainless steel hammer mill presses the olives (this is faster and more hygienic that the old granite millstones). Thus, we obtain a mass consisting of oil and water from the fruit, together with solids (stone, pulp and skin). This mass is mixed at a constant temperature of less than 27ºC (cold).

 

This mass is then taken to a centrifuge that separates the oil from everything else (stones, pulp, skin and water from the actual fruit). This stage is performed very quickly and at a low temperature and knowing that we will not extract all the oil this way, but the obtained quality makes it worthwhile. This oil can now be consumed.

 

However, separation is not complete and a further centrifuge operation is required to remove traces of pulp and water.

 

Storing 

 

Storage and packaging

 

Once the oil has been obtained, we store it in the cellar in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of between 18ºC and 20ºC under an inert nitrogen atmosphere, without any outside light or contact with air, while it awaits packaging.

  • Reception: tolva

  • Recepción: peso

  • Recepción: peso

  • Recepción: lavadora

  • Recepción: aventadora

  • Molienda: molino

  • Molienda: batidora

  • Molienda: centrifugadora horizontal

  • Molienda: centrifugadora vertical

  • Almacén: vista interior depósito

  • Almacén: envasadora