EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE COUPAGE FROM MURCIA
VARIETY COUPAGE “the art of mixing oils”
The olive oil “coupage” is the oil obtained from different varieties of olives in different proportions. It should be made clear that the mixture of different varieties of olives in the grinding process does not worsen its quality. On the contrary can enhance it.
The goal is to achieve similar organoleptic characteristics in all the production. The advantages of the Coupage is to guarantee a "specific flavor" based on the quantities and the varieties selected at the tasting table.
IS THER EXTRA VIRGEN “COUPAGE” OLIVE OIL?
As we explained earlier, in an olive oil “coupage” the mixture of olive varieties is made in the grinding process. Therefore, the determining factor whether the extracted oil will be extra virgin is the degree of acidity of the resulting olive juice.
This means that in no case the mixture of olive varieties will determine the quality of the oil. The determining factor is the degree of acidity and the tasting table.
Extra virgin oil is of the highest quality and should never exceed 0.8º acidity. Its qualified tasting note should also be equal or higher than 6.5. (10 is highest)
METHODS OF MANUFACTURE COUPAGE
The most traditional method is the extraction by pressure, where the olive is placed in a press and by mechanical force the oil is extracted. It is the best way to do it. Although some parts of the industry use this method, it is rather complex and gives a low performance. Therefore, it is almost not used.
This variety is quite stable for storage, although it is always advisable to keep it stored in a cool place without direct exposure to sunlight.