Soon there may be a new brand and blend of coffee that some feel will totally revolutionize the coffee industry, and it’s happening here in Ol’ Kentucky. To the bold, brave, and undiscerning coffee lovers, this may be the long-awaited breakthrough in taste, aroma, and chewiness you have awaited. Following years of research and development and repeated failures, it is finally here! Admittedly, this coffee is not for everyone; but, it will be well worth the wait! For those who seek excitement and adventure, we are pleased to announce 🎺🎺🎺:
Kentucky Burgoo Stew Brew Coffee!
As you may know, Burgoo is created from left-overs dumped into a large kettle and slowly cooked down to a divine mixture of colors, tastes, and sounds. It requires four or more meats, six or more vegetables, plus herbs, spices, and perhaps a splash of Pap’s home brew.
In like manner, Burgoo coffee is a mixture of left-over, stale, abandoned beans from throughout the world. But, when combined they create a unique taste sensation--kinda. The beans represent Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica, Kenya—well over 20 or more great forests—creating a true, one-of-a-kind blend. But as wonderful as this sounds, this is only the beginning.
Next, the sweet essence of Burgoo stew is filtered through pure burlap to a gurgling, savory broth. The perfect combination of cabbage, okra, wild onions/ramps, and asparagus, coupled with potatoes, carrots, and peas, create a taste impossible to describe. Added to this delectable mixture is a medley of extraordinary meats from the wild as well as the barnyard: deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, possum, and groundhog together with pig, cow, mule, and turkey—assembled especially for everyone’s taste. The Burgoo coffee beans are bathed in the rich Burgoo stew, then roasted, ground, and bagged. WOW!
No doubt you are anxiously wondering how and when you can be the first to experience such joy. We have had one exploratory discussion with a coffee company; but, to our chagrin, they left confused and babbling. Abraham Lincoln once said: "If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Much like President Lincoln, it may take coffee makers a while to fully appreciate the enormity of this culinary breakthrough. But just imagine, though, what this will do for the economy of Kentucky.
If you would enjoy following the future of this venture and perhaps sample one of the first cups, then you will want to stay tuned to the Stormcells blog. It will be here first! Note: There is also a health benefit to the Burgoo coffee, as the concoction appears to kill a case of worms. (Or cause it--we are doing more testing.)
--Dr. Soggy Bottoms – Mule Laboratories
This blog was written by fictional guest blogger, Soggy Bottoms, from the fictional Mule Laboratories, concerning the obvious fictional Burgoo Brew Stew Coffee.
What EXACTLY is Stormcells? While the name suggests otherwise, Stormcells does not have anything to do with the weather. (Yes, the Stormcells name has given us some issues as people Google it.) Stormcells is, however, a nonprofit organization that uses brainstorming, creativity, and problem-solving to help other charities. The company focuses on service, innovation, and collaboration, while always seeking to give more than we receive. We break the rules, we have fun, and we try to solve the problems that hinder charities from doing their important work. Even the Dalai Lama said you have to “know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” So, while we don’t actually chase storms, we do use our brain cells to help others navigate uncharted waters and stand against the winds of conventional thought. (Was that last line a little too hokey? Yeah, I thought so too, but decided to leave it in for imagery.)
How does Stormcells go about doing these things, you might ask? We have a few tried and true ways and sometimes we just think them up as we go along. We take Dr. Seuss very seriously, and he very poignantly claimed, “Think left and think right and think low and thing high. Oh! The thinks you can think up if only you try!” We work charities to find strategies that are as unique as they are. For example, a charity might have a challenge that involves fundraising, marketing, or advocacy. Stormcells helps them determine what might be a good fit and then we work alongside them to implement the plan. Oh, and did I mention that all the services we offer charities are free? Yep—if Stormcells works with your charity, you don’t pay us a dime.
One of the largest initiatives through Stormcells is the Women’s Think Tank. That’s right, a think tank made up only of women! We feel that women provide unique perspectives that can help charities and small businesses with the problems they face. You see, studies suggest that there is still gender bias relating to performance, innovation, and creativity.* WHAT? Even in the twenty-first century, people buy into the idea that men are more innovative, intellectual, and creative. As odd as it seems, women are part of those people that still believe it. At Stormcells, our goal is to break those stereotypes and help women recognize the creative potential within them. The Women’s Think Tank provides personal/ professional development for the members, as well as assistance to charities. Through a year-long curriculum plan, ongoing real-world challenges, and networking with other women, the members learn about idea generation, creativity, problem-solving, and PLAY! Wait, “play”? Absolutely—play is essential to creative thinking; so, Stormcells incorporates laughter, imagination, and “play” into our regular routine.
The last blog post that we published on “thinking outside the box”, (which had maybe ten views) provided information about another service that Stormcells offers--Diaminds® Challenges. Well, you think, it is probably because you spelled diamonds wrong and are dimwitted. No—we actually spell it that way. Diaminds® is a registered game of creativity under pressure, involving a prize-backed challenge. A real-world problem is issued to a group of individuals or teams and they battle to determine the best potential solution. “Battle” might not be the best word, but they definitely compete for a really cool prize. Every idea submitted is given to the charity to help them with the challenges they face; thus, providing them with the gems of our minds. (See what we did there?)
Now you know a little more about Stormcells and the work that we do, you can stay involved by following us on facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn. Check out the rest of our website, or shoot us an email to learn more. And, in case you want to read more about a couple of topics covered here:
Gender gap and creativity:
Play and creativity: