Good-bye is not forever; farewell is not the end…We remember those we have lost, and celebrate their memories.

This page is dedicated to all those that we have had the honour to know in our industry, both in New Zealand and the world stage.

Shane York

Suddenly on 1 July 2023.

Shane sat on the board as the Allied representative from 2022/2023. Shane was a lovely person who enjoyed the AGM and loved looking after his coffee friends. We will miss him terribly. Read more>





Nigel John Windelburn

23 July 1956 to 14 January 2023

As one of the pioneers of our fledgling coffee industry, he rode the wave of its burgeoning popularity. Nigel started with Robert Harris in 1986 and left when they were sold to Cerebos Greggs in 1990. Read more>





Sanjay Ponnapa

January 10, 1964 – November 26, 2021

Sanjay Ponnapa, who died aged 56 in Hong Kong, was one of the founders of Wellington’s coffee industry, going on to build a highly successful coffee empire in Wellington and Asia. Read more>