Olive Harvesting in Spain - Mechanical vs Hand Picked

Olive Harvesting in Spain - Mechanical vs Hand Picked
A very curious statement is printed on every bottle of certified extra virgin olive oil in Spain. The statement is: "Superior category of Olive Oil obtained directly from olives and solely by mechanical means." When I moved to Spain and began learning about extra virgin olive oil, I found this...

What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

What was I thinking?  Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle?  What was I smoking?!
Six years ago in 2012, I was frantically preparing to open a “Holiday Store” in the largest mall in the Northwest US – in Tukwila, Washington (a suburb of Seattle, sort of near the airport).  I had run some numbers and was convinced that the margins allowed for factory direct purchase, importation into the US, … Continue reading What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China
This is a real problem.  There is a large population of artisans in Spain that produce beautiful, top quality ceramics.  There are no regulations in the Spain that require a product to carry a label on where it is made.  For example, in the U.S., you can pick up a piece of tableware, turn it … Continue reading “Spanish Ceramics” made in China

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain
The 2017 summer was hot and dry here in southern Spain.  Not much precipitation at all……   which bodes well for fans of flavorful Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Just like any other fruit, when there is an abundance of moisture during the growing season, the fruit becomes fat and juicy and the olive oil extracted … Continue reading The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla

Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla
On a short afternoon run through the olive orchard behind the house, I ran by a crew picking olives.  After the run, I went back with my camera.    I found Lucas who is the supervisor of the crew and asked if I could take some pictures.  He said sure, no problem. Lucas runs a … Continue reading Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla

Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?

Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?
Over the decades, Grandma’s remedies such as a spoonful of codfish oil each morning  has been replaced with supplements and visits to the doctor for drugs to improve symptoms of illness.  Now, I am beginning to think many people are finding their way back to Grandma’s remedies. Since GringoCool launched “Cold Pressed Elixir“,  an organic … Continue reading Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?

Do you stomp olives to make olive oil?

Do you stomp olives to make olive oil?
After talking with people about their impressions of extra virgin olive oil, I believe many have the wrong idea about what constitutes quality.  Many people associate high quality extra virgin olive oil with small farmers crushing their own olives using machinery and processes passed down over generations.  While it is fun to think of grandpa … Continue reading Do you stomp olives to make olive oil?

Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool

Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool
We are happy to introduce our new, Spanish, organic extra virgin olive oil called Cold Pressed Elixir by GringoCool.  Our goal is to serve our customers by staying true to three pillars. Provide the Real Thing Many US consumers have not had the chance to experience or taste real extra virgin olive oil.  In the … Continue reading Introducing “Cold Pressed Elixir” from GringoCool

How to scam Amazon

How to scam Amazon
I have to speak out.  I have been an amazon.com seller since 2013,  and it has been an up and down business relationship.  After my experiences of 3 years, I would say to to newbie online sellers “skedaddle!” if you see a well groomed, sexy amazon coming down the street towards you, …just go find another market … Continue reading How to scam Amazon