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. 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.
The Warehouse and Production Team!
We give our best effort in providing you the highest quality product. We respect the story of early America and the teas, toddies and coffee the founders enjoyed and want to share it with you authentically. History and the beverages we produce, are meant to be shared. We hope you enjoy Oliver Pluff products as much as we enjoy making them for you!
Darren Hartford, Owner and Tea Blender
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 8 years and has resided in Charleston for over 15. 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.
Lydia McKee, Office Manager
Favorite Product: Masala Chai to make a Chai Tea Latte
Originally from Columbus Georgia, Lydia and her husband have lived in Charleston for over 20 years.
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.
Brett Nash, Production Supervisor and Lead Guitarist
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 listening to music, especially jazz. He plays drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards - sometimes in a band with Oliver Pluff warehouse manager, Jim Faust.
Victoria Jenkins, Food Safety and Inventory Specialist
Favorite Product: Masala Chai
Victoria J stared working for Oliver Pluff in the fall of 2021. She has lived in the Charleston area for a little over 18 months moving here from central Arkansas.
David Banks, Production Supervisor
Favorite Product: Passionfruit Peach
David Banks comes from Joliet, Illinois. He started working for Oliver Pluff in the fall of 2021. He has lived in Charleston since 2020.
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."
Michelle Strager, Sales Representative – New England and New York
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.
Andrea Thraikill, Sales Representative - Atlanta
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