The Mou Coffee, named for the owner’s father, opened in February on Street 360 in BKK1.
According to Kok Khay Phou, it was when he was a senior at The Royal University of Law and Economics that he decided to he wanted to have his own business.
“I saw coffee businesses starting to prosper,” he said.
The youngest and only son of a Khmer-Chinese family, his parents own a company called Capitol Tour and Transportation.
“I established my own business because I want to inspire younger generation to be entrepreneurs and to become independent from their own parents.” Kok Khay Pou said.
He said he also wanted to give thanks and gratitude for the start-up capital provided by his parents.
“Mou” in Hainan Chinese stands for his father name Phou Si Mou.
Kok Khay Pou received inspiration from his father’s example of how to be a good entrepreneur.
“You got to learn the whole process of the business regardless if it is a big or small, especially in restaurant business,” Therefore.
As a result, he learned how to make the coffee and cook all the food, along with his fiancé.
The Mou sells the Italian coffee brand names including Carraro, Globo Oro and Cacao Olandesino.
His strategy is to hire people without prior experience in food and beverage and then he sends them for two days of training and provides coaching thereafter.
The Mou Coffee is currently selling bakery products from Comma a La Maison.
Kok Khay Phou is currently using a facebook page to promote his brand.
Those who post referrals can become winners of the week every Sunday at 5 pm and can have two free drinks and two free meals.
He says a new food menu is now under construction.
The Mou Coffee uses all 16 ounce glasses without distinguishing between regular and large sizes.
Hot Coffee, Espresso, Café Latte and Mocha are sold at $1.50 and Iced Cappuccino is $2.20.
The most popular picked drink is Cookie and Cream for $2.80.
Kok Khay Phou says there’s a lot of competition in coffee in BKK1, but where he’s located on Street 360, he has an advantage of being the first one as well as being situated in front of Beltei International University.
“Starting up a business, you first need to start small and strong.”
Once his business starts to turn in strong performance, he wants to open another.
The business opens at 7:30 am and closes at 8:30 pm.