Product Review: The Village Press Extra Virgin New Zealand Barnea Olive Oil

15th February 2013

Made in Hawke’s Bay on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, The Village Press produces extra virgin olive oil made of 100% New Zealand olives. It is vegan, cold press, unfiltered, additive-free, gluten-free, gmo-free, and kosher & halal certified. The neat part about The Village Press is the 1L bag ‘n box, which is practical and easy to store, also great for traveling as no risk of breakage. You can also adjust the flow rate by twisting the handle, making it ideal for cooking techniques requiring the addition of slow oil.




“The Village Press Olive Oils are grown in Hawke’s Bay, on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, founded by Wayne and Maureen Startup with the help of industry specialists. The Village Press Olive Oil is produced from quality olive pressed in its own traditional or centrifugal olive press. The Olive Pressing process is gentle to ensure smoothness of texture and depth and purity of taste. The Village Press Olive Oils are cold-pressed, extra virgin, unfiltered, free of additives, colors, preservative and allergens.” (The Village Press biography)

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The extra virgin olive oil is sold in 250ml, 500ml bottles and 1 2 & 4 Litre Bag n Box designed for bulk sales and the restaurant trade.

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I received the 1-Litre The Village Press Extra Virgin New Zealand Barnea Olive Oil bag ‘n box. I was amazed with the packaging box: sleek, black with white fonts, simple and beautiful without looking busy or colorful. It is packaged in a lightweight block box and the olive oil is securely fitted within a food-grade bag with a convenient anti-oxygen tap, ensuring a fresh oil every time you need it.

I am particularly fond of New Zealand and for its beautiful regions of vineyards and their vegan-friendly grocery products. As for opening the packaging, it was slightly difficult to open where I had to break and lift up perforated flap, but the last step was very simple.

Here is the instruction on how to open the olive oil bag n’ box properly:

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The color of the olive oil has a mildly green color. Most olive oil products I have tried vary considerably in color range, from light green to a light golden color, and even brown.

Produced from Barnea olives, this oil indeed provides a “soft buttery palate followed with a smooth peppery hit that is more pronounced just after pressing.” This cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil tasted like a good vegan and gluten-free melted butter.

I personally prefer the olive oil to be eaten on its own with a decent local bread loaf rather than using it in my recipes unless for garnishing. I wouldn’t use it for baking or frying, in my opinion, because this is a very flavorful olive oil that you do not want to waste. You can use it as a butter alternative or anywhere you might use melted butter. This is especially great for those trying to cut back on saturated fats or reduce cholesterol in their diets.

Most of the time, I used a little dish of The Village Press olive oil and some crushed Maldon Sea Salt Flakes to dip my bread in, which was a fantastic snack and an everyday favorite in the household.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan): Non-GMO, non-organic olives.




Disclosure: Samples were kindly provided to us for review. All reviews are our own personal opinions, we have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise.

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