Oliver Pluff & Company
(Client of SCORE Charleston)
Darren Hartford, owner of Oliver Pluff & Company, 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. As Darren's love for tea and coffee grew, he purchased a small coffee and tea importer, blender, and distribution company in January 2018 after retiring from the Air Force. Since, Darren has expanded his product line, increased distribution mediums, and continues to successfully move his business forward by leaps and bounds.
Proud to have earned the Southern Living Foods Award, Oliver Pluff & Company's teas, toddies, waissails, coffees, and cacao are hand packaged with great care in artisan tins and are reminiscent of historical products.
Darren explains, "We connect people around the country to the Colonial American experience through historic beverages. We started by trying to answer two key questions, 'What tea was thrown in the harbor during the Boston Tea Party?' and 'What did they drink when they finished?"
Serving up a bit of our nation's history, Darren explains, "Oliver Pluff & Company seeks out the same tea gardens that supplied the British East India Company in the markets at Canton, China in the 17th and 18th centuries. We bring delightful beverages from America's heritage including Colonial Bohea Tea, Lapsang Souchong Tea, Cacao Shell Tea, Hyson Tea, Bourbon Vanilla Coffee, Colonial Blend Coffee, southern iced teas and other fine beverages. In fact, our name is derived from 'Oliver', which is meant to remind people of an English Tea Merchant and 'Pluff' which is a tip of the cap to the Lowcountry", referring to the Charleston's many scenic marshlands.
"We recreate the blends and tell the stories of these historic American beverages for National Parks, historical sites, gourmet markets, and direct to consumers through our online store. We connect people to the early American experience while they enjoy great cups of tea, coffee, and other fine beverages!"