"My passion about my family’s olive trees is something atavistic, tangible, which connects the old generations with the present ones. In fact, the name carpeum comes from the union of the initial letters of my children’s names."
To our knowledge, the olive trees belonged to the Saez family, who started growing olive trees towards the end of the 18th century, beginning of the 19th.
Ángel Sáenz, my great-great-grandfather, inherited part of the olive grove from his father. The latter then passed it on to his son Segundo (my great-grandfather), him to his daughter Josefina (my grandmother), her to her son José Antonio (my father), and him to his son Rodolfo (myself).
Towards the end of the last century (1998), I started, with great enthusiasm, the adventure of creating our own organic olive oil brand, a task to which all the family has contributed with something, my parents, my siblings, my sister-in-law and, above all, my wife, who has always given me support so I could make this dream come true.
My passion about my family olive trees is something atavic, tangible, which connects the older generations with the present ones. carpeum comes from the union of the initial letters of my children’s names.
Along these years we have worked hard to obtain an organic extra virgin olive oil of the best quality, as well as to disseminate it, thus turning carpeum into a prosperous business.
Currently, we export to several countries, among which, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France or Norway.
We are optimistic about our future, looking forward to turning carpeum into a brand that is even better-known and valued for its high-quality oil.
In the 18th century, olive trees and oil were essential for Quel’s family’s household economy, not so much as oil traders but as an essential part of their diet. Those were very hard times. A poor olive harvest meant a great loss in oil, since it was mainly for self-consumption.
This need to guarantee, as far as posible, a certain harvest volume, lead the family to plant several olive tree varieties in the same property: empeltre, machona, negral, redondilla and royuela. Thus, it was far more likely that at least one of them would produce a great amount of harvest.
This is the reason why carpeum oil has all those varieties, which confer to it a special composition, aroma and flavor.
In Quel, the oldest oil press (sadly, in ruins nowadays) used to move the enormous grinding stones with the energy of a Cidacos river waterfall, where, in the absence of modern scales, people calculated in bushels (volume unit) the olives needed to grind. Olives were stored in the barn (building to store crops) until they were taken to the oil press in sacks.
Nowadays the procedure to obtain olive oil aims at obtaining the optimal quality, using only healthy olives, with mechanical means and low temperature.
We might not reach such a large production that our ancestors used to get (26-28%) out of pure necessity but, in return, the quality we offer nowadays is the best of all times.
It is important to highlight that our oil comes from certified organic crops. Thanks to this, besides obtaining a product extremely rich in flavor, we offer a product that means a bonus in our healthcare when we consume it, so we get to the top of its healthy side.
We should not overlook our firm commitment for the conservation of our centuries-old olive trees and their environment. Our idea is for the future generations to be able to enjoy them as our ancestors did or we ourselves do nowadays
At present, besides selling our oil in Spain, we export it to many countries, among which, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France or Norway.