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 since its inception in 2000 with over five-thousand currently certified graders from around the world.
Joseph holds a degree in food chemistry and has over a decade of experience in researching all aspects of coffee science from "bean to cup". He's presented at dozens of international conferences and published numerous articles in the area of coffee science for the specialty coffee industry. He is also the creator of the first and only, Coffee Science Certificate (CSC) program which was launched in 2013 and conducted in over four continents.