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Espesso the edible coffee

Espesso, the edible coffee.

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DERBY DAZE: New York-bred horse Funny Cide may have won the Kentucky Derby, but most of the bold-faced names attending Churchill Downs over the weekend were of the Hollywood variety, since the social set, including Aerin Lauder, Jennifer Creel, Tory Burch, Fernanda Niven, Rena Sindi, Samantha and Serena Boardman, Hilary Dick and Lillian von Stauffenberg, all swarmed Palm Beach for Marjorie Gubelmann’s wedding to Reza Raein. Sipping mint juleps from their top-floor boxes at the track were Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Janet Jackson, Sigourney Weaver, Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. Power couple Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer, who threw a post-Derby party, hosted Blaine and Robert Trump for the weekend, while Marylou Whitney and husband John Hendrickson entertained fellow New Yorkers Ivana Trump and Susan Lucci during the races, celebrating the victory of Bird Town, Whitney’s filly who won the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.

WHEN IN FOAM: Nobody takes their coffee more seriously than the Italians. But when it came time for a fresh twist on their beloved espresso, they turned to a Spaniard — famed chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli. The result: èspesso, an edible coffee with a name playing off the Italian word for dense.

Adrià, credited with developing and popularizing foams and gels in cooking, has put his high tech culinary knowledge to use. Served cold, the mousse-like substance is a fused concoction of espresso, sugar and gelatin. Milky macchiato and creamy cappuccino are also available. "It seemed like it would be fun to create an edible coffee," said Adrià. "Life is already too serious to live it without a little bit of irony."

Lavazza is rolling out a collection of holed spoons made expressly for dolloping the spongy stuff. For around $1, èspesso will be available in select European coffee bars — including Milan’s Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel — starting this month, and Lavazza said the product could make it to the U.S. market as early as 2004.