Who We Are
I'm Leon and I have a passion for coffee. I was born, grew up, and lived in China until I was thirty-two. Coffee has always been interesting to me, and eventually it became a hobby of mine. Gradually "just a hobby" wasn't enough for me. I had been working at a bank for nine years before I decided to open up a coffee shop in China. I worked extremely hard on trying to create a business like so many young adults dream of. Unfortunately, it didn't go as planned, and I went back to the drawing board. It was time to know everything about coffee. I read tons of books and studied my heart out. I experimented with it and as time passed, I became even more fascinated, and now my team at the coffee shop is too.
Why We Do
My daughter is a big part of my life, shaping what it has become. I decided that showing her it's okay to chase your dreams is very important. She was going to grow up with a dad who was always busy dealing with clients at the bank, instead of learning more about passion and what it means to truly care about the work you're doing in life. When she was born, I started to go through the immigration process, and when she turned two years old, I finally made the decision to come to the United States and start my coffee business. I wanted to give her a life full of sunshine and happiness. A life full of life.
What We Do
At Regent Coffee, we prepare coffee with a purpose. Coffee is more than just a drink to us, it's our life. Scientifically, coffee contains up to over 1,000 chemical compounds and four different flavors. These are Acidity, Sweetness, Bitterness, and Saltiness. When you are really enjoying a cup of coffee, it means you are tasting a perfect combination of each of these flavors; That's our goal: to make sure you have the perfect cup.
Where We Are Going
The philosophy behind Regent Coffee is "Furinkazan" which means "Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain. This is a Japanese popularized version of the battle standard used by the Sengoku period daimyo Takeda. This is a phrase that quotes four phrases from Sun Tzu's The Art of War. The whole phrase is "as swift as wind, as gentle as forest, as fierce as fire, as unshakable as mountain." This is how I see Regent Coffee. Especially as a mountain that is unshakable. We want to build and grow with honor and to spread our name. We want others to learn more about coffee, understand it, and to bring happiness with every sip.