Meet Todd Carmichael
When coffee magnate and adventurer Todd Carmichael enters a room, people take notice. This is partially due to his 6-foot-3-inch frame, but mostly because he has the presence of someone who lives his life to the fullest. Carmichael is a successful entrepreneur, world-record holder, philanthropist and most importantly, adoptive father of four.
His coffee company, La Colombe Torrefaction, along with its chain of boutique cafés, Carmichael and his business partner provide coffee for some of the best restaurants in the country. Carmichael’s company follows one simple rule: taste always trumps novelty.
A thrill-seeker his entire life, Carmichael ran his first ultra-marathon at the age of 20 and soon after sailed solo across the Atlantic. In 2008, he set the still-standing world-record for the fastest unsupported trek to the South Pole.
In addition to his business endeavors, Carmichael is an extremely active humanitarian. His expedition to the South Pole raised money for Orangutan Foundation International, and he worked with the Clinton Global Initiative to raise funds and awareness toward a coffee university in Haiti. He also developed a coffee blend with Leonardo DiCaprio, Lyon, of which 100% of the profits go to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, funding wildlife protection, forest preservation, clean-water projects, disaster relief and climate-change research around the globe.
Unlike most CEO’s, Carmichael serves as both executive and sourcer. As La Colombe's main sourcer, he's challenged with finding the best coffee in the world, wherever it grows. That means regular trips to some of the most perilous places on Earth – Haiti, Bolivia and Borneo to name a few. It’s all just another day at the office for Carmichael, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
See behind-the-scenes photos from Dangerous Grounds, and watch exclusive video of Todd's constant hunt for the perfect coffee bean.
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