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Our Goal: bring you supremely healthy, antioxidant-packed olive oil quickly and directly from our October harvest on Hvar Island.
Our Goal: bring you supremely healthy, antioxidant-packed olive oil quickly and directly from our October harvest on Hvar Island.
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Fresh, Antioxidant-packed Olive Oil from Hvar Island

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We are small batch farmers and our goal is to bring you the healthiest olive oil possible. This means olive oil that is packed with antioxidants and delivered to you fresh so it still has its life giving qualities. 

 

 Olive oil that has had everything done to maximize its antioxidant content, freshness, and healthiness. This means olives that have been hand picked (to minimize oxidation), an earlier harvest to maximize antioxidants (which research has shown leads to higher levels of health promoting antioxidants), a cold-press to keep acidity as low as possible (and we mean low), and a beautiful stoneware bottle to protect the nutrients of this carefully crafted liquid from harmful UV rays and heat. 

We don't buy our olives from other farmers (unlike many of our competitors, even here on Kickstarter), we use 100% certified organic methods, and we OWN our own olive mill, giving us complete quality control over our oil pressing (also ensuring that it is not mixed with any inferior grade oil). 

Firstly, great tasting olive oil. We have several backer categories, but all of our olive oil has exceptionally crisp taste. We have had several people in the US tell us that only after drinking and eating our oil did they realize they had been consuming premium RANCID olive oil for years.

Secondly, your olive oil will have a mild peppery taste and sensation. Those are the bountiful polyphenols (healthy antioxidants) at work and a slight peppery sensation in your throat is a sign of healthy olive oil at work. 

Lastly, with your backing you will receive a one year membership card to Hvar Gourmet. This will entitle you to first pick at next years limited harvest in case you just must have this olive oil again. 

 

We are a small family business that makes delicious olive oil on the island of Hvar, Croatia. 

We have a GREAT product (even used by Hvar's #1 restaurant!) and we have shipped our oil all around the world. However, we are still a family run, small-batch producer. Because of this, we are able to directly deliver a very high quality oil that is naturally spicy and antioxidant-packed. Chances are you've never had an authentic extra-virgin olive oil (if it was store bought the chances aren't in your favor) and we hope we will change the way you think and feel about olive oil! 

Why Spicy?

Our oil is NATURALLY spicy for two reasons:

Firstly, we use only special regional Dalmatian Oblica olives, characterized by experts as having a natural "spicy flavor of black pepper, mint, thyme, and sage".

Secondly, we believe in an early harvest of olives. Early harvest oil typically yields 4 to 6 times the number of polyphenols (antioxidants) as conventionally harvested oil. These polyphenols lead to a lingering tingling, spicy, and bitter sensation in your throat that you can actually taste. This is the mark of exceptionally healthy olive oil.

Why Antioxidants?

Polyphenols are indicated as both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. They fight against oxidative stress and pre-mature aging and have been indicated against aging-related diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and certain types of cancer. Depending on the oil, it is thought that roughly two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day is enough to provide these anti-inflammatory benefits.

Maximization of Antioxidants: Our #1 Goal. 

What is that tingling, even coughing feeling going down your throat? The taste that accompanies high-quality, early harvest, extra virgin olive.

Actually, it’s not strange to feel a very pleasant and lingering tingling in your throat after tasting an extra virgin olive oil. It’s quite common and the spicy bitter flavor that lingers in your throat is actually the mark of high-quality, healthy oil (those are the polyphenols talking).

Why Direct?

We believe that with all the non-sense going on in the olive oil industry these days, the only way to truly guarantee a quality product is to ship it directly from source. What's more, our entire production process up until shipping is controlled by our family in-house (even the pressing, which is very uncommon for small batch production).

Why Hvar?

Hvar, located off of the southern Croatian coast, is the sunniest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its agreeable year-round climate make it an ideal location for growing olives and it's easy to see why the first Greek settlers 2,500 years ago stayed. Its agreeable climate is also one of the reasons that Hvar is Croatia's third most visited tourist destination. Additionally, Hvar is the only island in the world to be covered by four different UNSECO cultural heritage designations, including one for Hvar's mediterranean diet.

Our family: The Milicic family, originally from the town of Brusje in Hvar, has, like many, been making oil for generations. However, Barba Jura ("Uncle Jura" as he's known locally), the family patriarch, does things a little differently. Ten years ago and tired of sub-standard olive oil, he bought his own olive press and began testing. He scientifically tested oil quality with regard to harvest time, olive preparation, and pressing methods. His conclusion, which has been backed up by a plethora of independent research, is that early-harvest, cold-pressed olive oil yields a vastly superior product despite the process's primary disadvantage: less oil per kilo of olives.

We strongly feel that less oil per kilo is a small price to pay for a 4 to 6 times the level of antioxidants and a vastly superior taste. We look forward to sharing our family secret with you and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

OTHER FEATURES:

1. 100% certified organic -- our oil is HR-EKO-02 certified

2. 100% family made (from the branch to the bottle)

3. 100% family pressed

4. 100% first, cold press

5. 100% unfiltered

6. 100% hand-bottled

The view from one of our younger fields. Those are the islands of "Vis" and "Sveti Andrija" in the distant background! The view from one of our younger fields. Those are the islands of "Vis" and "Sveti Andrija" in the distant background!
The view from one of our younger fields. Those are the islands of "Vis" and "Sveti Andrija" in the distant background! The view from one of our younger fields. Those are the islands of "Vis" and "Sveti Andrija" in the distant background!

 

The Mighty Oblica Olive
The Mighty Oblica Olive

 

                         
Our 200ml UV-proof Stoneware Bottle in its natural habitat
Our 200ml UV-proof Stoneware Bottle in its natural habitat

 

Our Beautifully Crafted 1l UV-proof Stoneware Bottle -- The Finishing Touch Your Kitchen Has Been Waiting For
Our Beautifully Crafted 1l UV-proof Stoneware Bottle -- The Finishing Touch Your Kitchen Has Been Waiting For

 

Patak's Place Hvar. This is the stunning view you will have from your apartment on top of our house when you're not busy exploring during your October harvest vacation!
Patak's Place Hvar. This is the stunning view you will have from your apartment on top of our house when you're not busy exploring during your October harvest vacation!

 

                         
Hvar Gourmet: Olive Oil as it Should Be
Hvar Gourmet: Olive Oil as it Should Be

 

 

Our Plans for the Future: We want to change up the olive oil game. We are foodies at heart and we believe authentic, healthy olive oil should not be a rarity. Our goal is to do this full time!

Lijepi pozdravi sa Hvara! 

Tom & Danica

 

Risks and challenges

All of our production (from the olive to the bottle) is controlled in house by our family. The only real risk is that you become addicted to our oil and supply is not enough to meet demand for your second order :)

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    Pledge €13 or more About US$ 15

    Your own little starter bottle! Jawwwww!

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    Finish-line double-bottle special!

    To help keep our campaign on track, we are throwing in a 200ml Stoneware table bottle FOR FREE and at no additional shipping cost for anyone who backs for two 1l UV-proof stoneware bottles of our finest, antioxidant-packed oil during the last 12 days of our campaign. Includes a separate pourer. Each is an awesome piece that looks great in any kitchen and they also make great gifts!

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    Xmas Super Special "Welcome to Hvar"

    Treat yourself and a loved one to five nights with our family during harvest season October 2017 on Hvar Island. A few details on your accommodation: stunning balcony sea-view, private apartment, ensuite living room, and ensuite kitchen. Come join our family for the harvest at your leisure and enjoy local food that we will cook for you (at least one meal per day during your stay). Transportation costs to and from the island not included.

    Stay valid during harvest season of October 2016 or 2017.

    Also includes two large UV-proof stoneware bottles of our finest, antioxidant-packed oil for yourself and twelve small stoneware bottles for your friends and family. In addition to treating your loved one to this inspiring trip, these bottles make the perfect gift and are something you really won't find anywhere else!

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    Xmas Super Special XL "Welcome to Hvar"

    Treat yourself and a loved one to seven nights with our family during harvest season October 2017 on Hvar Island. A few details on your accommodation: stunning balcony sea-view, private apartment, ensuite living room, and ensuite kitchen. Come join our family for the harvest at your leisure and enjoy local food that we will cook for you (at least one meal per day during your stay). Transportation costs to and from the island not included.

    Stay valid during harvest season of October 2016 or 2017.

    Also includes two large UV-proof stoneware bottles of our finest, antioxidant-packed oil for yourself and twelve small stoneware bottles for your friends and family. In addition to treating your loved one to this inspiring trip, these bottles make the perfect gift and are something you really won't find anywhere else!

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    The Xmas Special XL

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    Oil Junkie

    10 liters of our best, flavorful oil. Intended for either the oil fanatic or the dedicated restaurateur: this oil will add new and original spice to your life.

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    The "Escape to Hvar" pack

    Spoil yourself with 7 days on Hvar Island for two at our family residence with a stunning balcony sea-view, private apartment, ensuite living room, and ensuite kitchen. Come join our family for the harvest at your leisure and enjoy local food that we will cook for you (at least one meal per day during your stay). Transportation costs to and from the island not included.

    Stay valid during harvest season of October 2016 or 2017.

    Also includes two 1l UV-proof stoneware bottles of our finest, antioxidant-packed oil. Includes a separate pourer. An awesome piece that looks great in any kitchen! Much greater value for the shipping. As a special thank you, we'll throw it some fresh, wild island herbs to your order!

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