Mary Banks is a native of Texas, and lived in Rome before working at the International Coffee Organization in London. She has been trained in all aspects of coffee processing, roasting, grinding, blending and brewing. This training has led to work for TV and radio and lecturing on the subject of coffee. Christine McFadden has many years experience as a food writer and editor, contributing to a variety of magazines and publications such as BBC Good Food, House and Garden and Healthy Eating. Catherine Atkinson is a trained Cordon Bleu Cook and has worked in various hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers patisserie. She currently works as a freelance writer and a consultant for various food and wine magazines as well as books.