Sterling Coffee Roasters
Pu'er Yunnan

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Portland, Oregon


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: China
Bean Source Region: Yunnan



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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1134 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    5.00 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    4.50 - Quality

    My wife and I both liked this coffee a lot. We tried it more as a novelty since neither one of us have had Chinese coffee (or if we did in Hong Kong or China when we went, we didnt know). But China or not, this is a really great light roast pourover. My research trying to find the best coffees has led me multiple times to Sterling, so I ordered this Yunnan as well as their Blendo Stupendo.

    First thing both out of the bag and extraction is that this has a tropical aroma, I got a lot of pineapple. Sterlings description said grape, and I do get a Raisin/Raisinet. This is a very drinkable coffee that is very smooth with balanced acidity and mouthfeel. Theres a touch of umami, ever so slight, in the front of the palate, with a very nice black tea and mango mid-palate. Very clean finish fruity, white peach and stone fruit, until almost a second later, just a pop of that black tea hitting again. A lot going on here, changes with temperature.

    I did a little bit of research. Did you know Yunnan is the largest coffee-producing region in China, accounting for over 98% of the country's total coffee production (I saw 95% in another place), most of it Arabica. According to the International Coffee Organization, China produced a total of 2.67 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee in the 2020-2021 coffee year, with Yunnan accounting for 2.62 million bags. The remaining coffee production in China is mainly from Hainan province, which produces a small amount of Robusta coffee.

    Cupping Method:Chemex Pourover

  • Scott Greenaway

    143 roasts rated, avg score of 4.26

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Consistent flavor profile with classic qualities of a lighter roast: flavorful, bright, lightly tart, with a nice acidity. Very enjoyable for sipping!

    Cupping Method:Vietnamese drip

    1 year ago · See more from Scott
  • Emily Schadler

    93 roasts rated, avg score of 4.24

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    This was my first Chinese coffee, and I really enjoyed it. Super complex, flavors changing on my tongue throughout a drink and even as the temperature cooled. It was bright, fruity, acidity, and fun. I would drink this one again.

    Cupping Method:Pour over with cream

    1 year ago · See more from Emily

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: China
Bean Source Region: Yunnan
Yunnan's unique microclimates, high elevations, and fertile soil provide an ideal environment for cultivating high-quality coffee beans. Yunnan's coffee is distinguished by its floral, fruity, and complex flavors, highly sought after by specialty coffee enthusiasts worldwide.

Best Rated Roasts of Sterling Coffee Roasters

Sterling Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster from Portland, OR United States. We have 10 cataloged roasts with 6 total reviews with a score of 4.25.

International Rank: #210 out of 831
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