Less about the coffee, however, and more about the place / people / culture / market.
I need to formulate my thoughts and then will write something up.
I will - however - say this much (as a teaser)...
Apex is one of my favorite beer bars in the world.
The Pork Belly Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich at Bunk Bar is sick.
To understand why coffee in Portland is what it is, you need to understand the weird mix of DiY/indy and taste/flavor and passion/craziness that drives people who create places like Apex and Bunk Bar (and Pok Pok and Le Pigeon and and and). And you need to understand the people in Portland and why the support these lovely lunatics.
Let me ponder and expect something odd soon.