Founder & Director of Bean Reserve
An adventurer, a thrill seeker and an amateur golf champion with boyish good looks, Jeremy Chan developed a fine taste for artisanal coffee from his time in the most celebrated coffee capital of the world, Melbourne. Following his first taste of the rich texture and flavour, Jeremy progressed from frequenting the cafes to buying the equipment for home brewing, to finally opening his own coffeehouse back home, becoming a master barista himself.
In his latest undertaking as founder and managing director of Bean Reserve, Jeremy sources the finest coffees from around the world and develops them into the company’s signature products, with the aim of making specialty coffee a daily ritual accessible to everyone. His current product line-up includes coffee beans, on-the-go drip coffee bags and mess-free, read-to-enjoy cold brew coffee pods, available on Bean Reserve’s website. In addition, Jeremy also supplies to restaurants, coffee shops, offices and organisations of all sorts.
We speak to him about his passion for fitness, travelling and coffee, as well as what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in this 2018 interview.
What are some of the things that you are passionate about?
I’m passionate about fitness, I think that’s quite important in our day-to-day life, as well as running a business. I love travelling to different parts of the world, so that I can embrace their culture. Also, I love adventure, as it’s often unpredictable. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I guess it’s the same as being an entrepreneur, where you’re not entirely certain on where your journey is headed, and hopefully there’s a reward at the end. It’s a calculated risk I guess [laughs].
How do you balance the fine line between career and lifestyle?
Right now I’m a bit busy, but I still make time. But I think it’s important, because it keeps your mind focussed on the things that you want to achieve. No matter how busy you are at work, you got to have time for yourself as well to be happy. Like right now I’m a little busy, but I still find time to go to the gym.
How would you describe success?
Success can really be anything. But for me, it could be a huge goal, or a small one. As long as you achieve that goal, that’s success. It also keeps the fire burning, and it carries on.
What does it mean to be a gentleman?
I think having the right attitude in place is the most important thing. And also being humble about it, that’s the main thing.
What is the ultimate experience for you?
For me, I’m a thrill seeker and an adventurer. I like something that’s unpredictable. For instance, I’d plan a trip to say Mount Everest, or something along those lines. It’s about doing something where you don’t know what’s going to happen. That keeps your mind off work.