Honest Toil Olive Oil
£9.50 – £35.00
A wonderful cold-pressed, completely unblended and unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. Smooth and full-bodied, with light peppery spice and fresh grass flavours.
Green, thick and delicious, it really is just raw squashed Koroneiki olives – perfect for drizzling over your pizzas before and after cooking!
Choose from a 500ml glass bottle with a stopper, or a 3ltr refill “bag in a box” for extra value.
This tiny Greek producer is determined to keep it simple, and makes just this one type of oil. Read more about their story below!
Let's hear it from the horses mouth:
"Honest Toil is a small project run by Tom & Juli. We're based just south of Kyparissia, on the west coast of the Peloponnese, Greece and bring extra virgin olive oil from our village here to the UK, Budapest, and Berlin. More than just a business, Honest Toil is also the history of our wanderings and a way to connect our homes & families. For this reason, we take it especially seriously.
While harvesting in our own small groves, we also work together with other smallholders and the local press, supporting the local economy and making sure that the high quality extra virgin olive oil from our area doesn't end up blended into commercial oils by big companies.
As the two of us have a uniquely direct control over the whole process, from picking to pressing and packing, we always have the fresh oil available by January each year.
The fact that we’re so hands-on also enables us to have sustainability at the core of the project. The olives used for our oil come exclusively from small family farms, and are hand-harvested using traditional methods, without unnecessary strain on the tree or the disruption of wildlife. The olives are pressed in the family-owned village press and the oil is packed locally. We prefer to sell the oil in bulk or refillable containers, and in Budapest & Berlin, we deliver everything by cargobike.
We’re determined to share an olive oil that’s exactly how it comes here in the village, fresh from the press; it’s completely unfiltered, so once pressed, it isn’t put through any additional processes. Everything is pressed the same day it’s picked and the oil has an acidity of between 0.2-0.3%, which is pretty impressively low. It’s also completely unblended: unlike most “extra virgin olive oil” found on supermarket shelves, it really is small-batch production, and isn’t mixed with inferior oils or oil from previous harvests… consequently it tastes ridiculously good. As it's unfiltered, the oil contains the sediment from olive skins and pips, giving it a great green opaqueness with a thick texture, and the raw, grassy result is pretty much the same thing the ancient Greeks would have consumed!"
Enough said, we think!