About Oliver Pluff

Sip a Cup of History

Oliver Pluff is an all-American company preserving the tradition of time-honored teas and early American coffee blends. A fundamental characteristic of our past, the tradition of tea and coffee spans American history in its entirety. Our teas and coffees honor this history through flavors, ingredients, and more. 

A cup of Oliver Pluff tea or coffee is a toast to superior quality of ingredients, and a tribute to the American story. We would love to share a cup of history with you!

Oliver Pluff & Company is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

Oliver's Team


Darren Hartford, Owner

Favorite Product:  Colonial Bohea Tea

Darren was born and raised in Smithfield, Maine. Darren spent over 28 years in the Air Force where he had the opportunity to travel the world and experience many different tea and coffee cultures. He and his family settled in Charleston and he is enjoying sharing the story of Early American Beverages! . 



Carol Rice, Sales Manager


Favorite Product:  Cacao Shell Tea

Carol is a native of Charleston and currently lives on the Isle of Palms. She is the self-proclaimed "Tea Lady" and has been involved in the tea trade for the past 8 years. Carol is currently serving on the Isle of Palms City Council and takes huge pride in her community. Carol enjoys live music, camping with her family and taking her dear dog Hudson to the bark park. Carol loves to talk tea and looks forward to creating lasting relationships with new tea friends.



Jen Thayer, Online Retail Fulfillment Manager


Favorite Product: Hibiscus Mint

Jen has been with OP&Co. for over 5 years and has resided in Charleston for 13 years.  Originally from The Mountain State, she gravitated to The Holy City for its historical significance and laid back vibe.  When Jen is not taking care of online retail orders or moonlighting as a bartender at a local taco joint, she enjoys running, playing with her two cats and collecting natural curiosities.  Her favorite tea is Hibiscus Mint.  She sometimes adds a dash of loose peppermint to give an extra burst of healthy flavor.


Lydia McKee, Office Manager


Favorite Product:  Masala Chai

Originally from Columbus Georgia, Lydia and her husband have lived in Charleston for over 15 years.  What once was to be a temporary move quickly turned into happily settling down in the Lowcountry. Lydia loves living near the water and going boating with friends and family.  When she's not on the water or at the beach, Lydia is spending time cheering on her Auburn Tiger football team or watching golf.  Lydia's Oliver Pluff & Company favorite tea is Chai with just a little sugar.



Jim Faust, Warehouse and Production Manager


Favorite Product:  Congou Loose Tea

Jim is a native Charlestonian who is proud to call Charleston home.  He is an avid bowler and belongs to a bowling club that meets every week.  He is also musically inclined and collects musical instruments!  Jim plays mostly strings, however he is able to play almost anything he attempts.  His favorite instruments include guitar, ukulele, drums and piano. Jim also spends time drawing cartoon figures and making crossword puzzles for friends to solve.



Mary Hanckel, Bookkeeper


Favorite Product:  Southern Style Iced Tea

Mary is native to Charleston and can't imagine living anywhere else.  Mary has always enjoyed living on the coast and has taken advantage of the seas by spending many years boating!  She has two sons, one daughter, and a granddaughter who she enjoys spending time with and who light up her life.  Mary likes her Southern Style Iced Tea sweet- "the way it was meant to be."



Brett Nash, Teamaker

Favorite Product:  Colonial Blend Coffee

Brett blends and packages teas by hand for our custom-packaging clients.  Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, he has been enjoying his home in Charleston for 9 years. On top of drinking his weight in coffee, Brett loves playing, writing, and listenting to music, especially jazz. He plays drums, bass guitar, and keyboards - sometimes in a band with Oliver Pluff warehouse manager, Jim Faust.   




Michelle Strager, Sales Representative – New England

mstrager@hotmail.com, 781-581-9394

Favorite Product:  Colonial Blend Coffee

Michelle is a coffee lover and enjoys traveling historic New England for her job. A native of Massachusetts, she spends her free time knee deep in some sort of home improvement initiative, painting, or spending time with friends and family. Michelle has also served as an adjunct professor at Marion Court College for the past 5 years for a course on “Principles of Buying”.  She lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.