About Us

coffeechemistry.com was launched in 2004 as the coffee industry’s leading information portal on all aspects on coffee science, chemistry and technology.

Joseph A. Rivera, founder and creator of coffeechemistry.com, served as the former Director of Science & Technology for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) from 1999 to 2009. He's the co-creator of the internationally recognized Q-Certification program in 2002. The Q-Grader program was one of the very first technical education programs within the coffee industry and which has over 5,000 certified graders around the world. 

Joseph has a background in chemical engineering and holds a degree in food chemistry with over a decade of experience in researching all aspects of coffee science from "bean to cup". He's been a frequent presenter at dozens of international conferences and has published numerous articles in the area of coffee science for the industry. He is also the creator of the first and only, Coffee Science Certificate (CSC) program which was launched in 2014 and conducted in over four continents. 

coffeechemistry.com serves was created to share our love and passion for the chemistry coffee around the world. 

Disclaimer: Joseph Rivera currently works as the Director of Coffee for the Kerry Group. The views and opinions expressed on this website are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his employer.

Last updated: November 1, 2020

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