Removal of leaves and washing
In a continuous cycle in our modern oil mill (Latteria Turnaria) any remaining leaves are removed and the olives are washed in water; then after being drained to dry them, they are sieved and sent to the olive press.
The pressing of the olives
With the pressing the olives are broken by tearing the skin and pulp and crushing the olive stones by means of fixed hammers placed inside a perforated grill which regulates the sizes of the broken pieces.
This delicate process alters the emulsion between water and oil to separate them; it is done in a steel tank where the olive paste
is stirred slowly at low temperatures (max 25 °C) in order not to alter the properties of the oil.