Tasteful design… 1degreeC’s founders, Richard Koh (above) and his wife, Ong Bee Yan, produce their own unique blend of cold-brew coffee and cold tea, selling them in glass bottles with minimalistic designs to appeal to millennials.
RICHARD Koh was a white-collar worker for most of his life until his circumstances changed in his 50s. He was retrenched from his job of 10 years and that was when he changed his perspective.
A former regional business manager in the IT industry, Richard longed to run his own business but he hesitated as he had a family to support. When he was retrenched in...
A sip of success at 57
“Our dream is for 1degreeC to be a household name and eventually, expand overseas. I’m not sure how we’ll get there. For now, I’ll let our coffee ☕️ do the talking and take things one step at a time" - Richard Koh
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Richard Koh is running 1◦C, which specialises in creating signature coffee tastes using natural ingredients
In 2016, Richard Koh, a business manager (Asia Pacific) of 10 years with a US-headquartered multi-national company, was retrenched after an organisational restructuring. A despondent Koh, who was 54 then, and with a family of three, spent a considerable time and efforts looking for job opportunities, but with little success. Most employers, as it is always the case, were only interested in hiring younger people.
“Obviously, my self-confidence hit rock bottom, and I was feeling really depressed,” he rewinds the story for e27. “It was a...