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Beryl raises a (coffee) cup to 80 years of Nescafé

Pensioner bard is named Nescafé’s Poet Laureate after ode to Nescafé Original on brand’s 80th Birthday
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A Basingstoke pensioner has composed an ode to her favourite coffee brand to celebrate its 80th birthday. Beryl Chaplin is an avid Nescafé Original fan and grew up with the iconic instant coffee in her household. She decided to pen her poem to the makers of Nescafé Original after hearing it was celebrating its 80th birthday.

Beryl 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.”

Born one year before Nescafé Original was launched, Beryl Chaplin’s poem highlights the role the coffee brand has played in her life and pinpointing special moments in history.

Her first memory is the coffee aroma in her family home during the Second World War before remembering the freezing winter of 1947, Queen’s Coronation, the World Cup win of 1966 to more up to date of first British woman in space in the 1990s and the summer floods in 2007.

In addition to moments in history, Beryl’s poem lists the everyday events that have been made more pleasant by a mug of Nescafé Original such as coffee mornings, business meetings and chatting with friends.

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 came 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 left feeling like coffee connoisseurs after. Beryl enthused after that the topic at her next coffee morning meeting would be coffee!


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Beryl’s Poem in full

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A poem by Beryl Chaplin from Basingstoke: click to expand (pdf, 205Kb)

Nescafé was introduced in nineteen thirty eight and comforted the nation through six years of world hate

It warmed us in the freeze up of nineteen forty seven and in the summer floods of two thousand and seven

Nineteen fifty three was the coronation of our Queen and Nescafé helped us celebrate with the new television screen

In nineteen sixty six England were world cup heroes and in nineteen eighty two we raised the Mary Rose

We’ve had nail biting elections and some dubious sport team selections

In nineteen ninety one we launched Helen into space and for seventy five years the Queen has led us with grace

Two thousand bought a brand new age and now its technology that’s all the rage

Coffee mornings and business meetings from Scotland to Torbay

Have been made more pleasant with a mug of Nescafé

Since its birth in thirty eight it’s always been a pleasure

To meet with friends, drink Nescafé and enjoy our leisure

Suffering and celebrating all along the way, we’ve enjoyed every cup – so Happy Birthday Nescafé