A PENSIONER has penned a poem for her favourite coffee brand to celebrate its 80th birthday - and she has now got a new role too.

Beryl Chaplin, 81, from Kempshott, is an avid Nescafé Original fan and grew up with the iconic instant coffee in her household.

After hearing that the brand is celebrating eight decades, Beryl decided to pen a poem to her favourite coffee makers.

Her poem highlights the role the coffee brand has played in her life and pinpointing special moments in history.

She said: “Nescafé Original has been around me all my life – it’s the smell of it as a child and drinking it all my adult-life – it is a long-time friend that has always been there for me.

“I didn’t think I would hear anything back so it was a big surprise to get a box of gifts and asking if they could share it to other Nescafé fans.”

Beryl’s first memory is the coffee aroma in her family home during the Second World War. Her poem then cites the coffee in the freezing winter of 1947, the Queen’s Coronation, the World Cup win of 1966 to more up-to-date landmarks.

Because of her heartfelt message, Nescafé has also given Beryl the title of the company’s Poet Laureate.

Aline Dezileau, Nescafé Original brand manager said: “The team were bowled over when we received the letter from Beryl – it was such a beautiful and kind gesture which summed up perfectly how Nescafé Original has been there throughout her life.

“She’ll forever be known as the Nescafé Original Poet Laureate around here.”

As well as being fondly known as the Nescafé Poet Laureate, Beryl and her friend Linda went to visit the Nescafé team at their offices near Gatwick Airport.

While there they enjoyed coffee tasting and discovered more about what makes a great cup of coffee. The pair said they left feeling like coffee connoisseurs.