Anne’s up! Who wants a bag of royal-roasted beans? Auction to raise money for the victims of Gabrielle

by | Feb 22, 2023 | News

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is known for her love of horses, sailing, blood sports and coffee, and recently she indulged the latter on a visit to New Zealand during which she toured the Havana Coffee Works roastery in Wellington.

Havana Coffee Works’ General Manager, Stefan Gray said Princess Anne’s knowledge for coffee became apparent right away.

“We hosted Her Royal Highness on a tour of the Wellington roastery, and it became obvious she knew how to make an excellent cup of coffee. But more than that, she had an extensive knowledge of coffee. After a brief demonstration by our Master Roaster Joe Stoddart, she personally roasted her own unique blend to take home with her to England.

This new barista’s a bit of diva, eh?

Gray and the royals were conversing about the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle. “The Royals expressed their wish to help, and The Princess Royal Cyclone Relief Blend was born.” said Gray.

One of two 500-gram bags of coffee roasted by Princess Anne is being auctioned off to raise funds. The auction winner will also receive a  roastery tour and Havana goodie bag. Her blend is available online and through our roasteries with the profits going to the Red Cross.“

The Princess Royal Cyclone Relief Blend

  • The auction for a 500g-bag of coffee personally roasted by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is now open on Trademe
  • The auction includes a royal worthy Havana tour* with the Head Roaster and a Havana goodie bag (Havana t-shirt, Havana Frank Green reusable cup).
  • Using her Royal Highness’ recipe, the Havana team have replicated this blend and it is available for a limited time to purchase at Havana Coffee Works in Wellington, Auckland and online at, with profits being donated to The Red Cross.
  • It is a sophisticated blend – bold, rich, with deep caramel & European chocolate after-tones.

* Any travel or accommodation costs at winner’s own expense

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