I wrote a version of this post in 2014 after reading The Medici Effect a book that explores the idea that in the intersection of different fields, disciplines and cultures, there’s an abundance of extraordinary new ideas to be found. Drift that back a few centuries to the Italian Renaissance with the Medici of Florence, a dynasty that encouraged artisans and scientists to cross disciplines and exchange ideas and because of this the world experienced a cultural rebirth that changed the course of history.
I often find inspiration and creative change in diversity and the least expected places. Learn broadly, learn often and keep a curious attitude are my resolutions for every New Year. So as before my New Year’s resolution is to follow Medici thinking and the James T. Kirk Starship Enterprise style of discovery and boldly go cross-currenting into the New Year.
Espresso: the final frontier, to explore strange new methods of brewing, to seek out new machines and new designs, to boldly brew where no man has gone before.
William Shatner’s voice-over introduction during the opening credits of a Star Trek episode on an espresso-fueled mission aboard the starship Enterprise needs a design savy machine for infinity and beyond.
The Saeco Jules Espresso Machine by CB Industries might just be the right pressure powered engine to get you there. Designed by Swiss artist Carlo Borer the warp speed performance (15 bar pump) of this polished stainless steel orb is poised for takeoff on a slick steel tripod. When the brewing starts semi-transparent ABS inserts on the legs glow in a variety of colors depending on the operating state, an indication that you are about to embark on a futuristic voyage into the black hole of espresso. Now all you need is a high octave Italian espresso blend to get you there.