Originally from a family of Culinarians (before that job description obtained the name), she was already looking at “food as art and art as food”. Her first artistic medium was photography, and her travels around the world allowed her to capture images that would later be the foundation for her artistic career. Her career in education began in secondary and post-secondary Culinary Arts. On faculty at Johnson & Wales University, she taught Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry. Plate presentation was upmost in the finished product and was considered a masterpiece is completed correctly. The statement that “people eat with their eyes” gave her another element in her foundation. During her time at Johnson & Wales and Clemson University, she perfected her skills in cake decorating and completed a 50th Anniversary Cake for Pennsylvania DECA (2001) and entered the Grove Park Inn Annual Gingerbread House Contest from 2000 to 2002, placing in the top 10 and 3rd place in 2001. Dr. Coffee continued her education at Clemson obtaining a PhD in Food Science and Technology. Her photography came back into the picture in 2008, when she developed and taught Summer Study Abroad courses (Culinology) in Belgium and Spain, with a focus in Food, Flowers, and Foreign locations. Upon retiring, Dr. Coffee has devoted her time revisiting the learned skills and techniques and enhancing them with workshops and online classes. She has displayed and sold her artwork at area festivals and has taught a workshop in Fluid Painting at The Art Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC.