Ethiopia

Todd Carmichael seeks a new discovery in the birthplace of coffee: Ethiopia. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around 1000 AD, and has since grown to be a big business. Todd will need to avoid interference from the government, which controls most of Ethiopia’s coffee. He must brave fatal roads, evade wild predators and avoid confrontations with gun-toting sentries.

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A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma
A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma

A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma

A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma, the biggest city in southwestern Ethiopia, where coffee is roasted very dark and typically served with sugar. 960 1280

  

Goats crowd the road out of Konso

Goats crowd the road out of Konso

Goats crowd the road out of Konso -- a common sight in rural Ethiopia where livestock outnumbers cars. 960 1280

  

The arid landscape near the Omo Valley

The arid landscape near the Omo Valley

Todd stops to take in the arid landscape near the Omo Valley, hoping he hasn't made a mistake in leaving Yirga Chefe. 960 1280

  

A group of children in Konso

A group of children in Konso

A group of children in Konso play with the crew's camera. 960 1280

  

Todd checks the map

Todd checks the map

Todd surveys his options for the coffee hunt in Ethiopia, ultimately deciding to look for a tribal coffee in the town of Konso. 960 1280

  

On the road to Konso

On the road to Konso

A handmade wooden wheelbarrow on the road to Konso. 960 1280

  

Todd visits an ECX warehouse

Todd visits an ECX warehouse

Todd stands before a mountain of coffee at an Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) warehouse. 960 1280

  

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony

In Ethiopia, coffee is often served alongside a snack, such as popcorn or peanuts. 960 1280

  

A flat tire in Ethiopia

A flat tire in Ethiopia

Todd hits a snag on the way to Jimma and stops to fix a flat. 960 1280

  

A crowded cafe in Jimma

A crowded cafe in Jimma

A crowded cafe in Jimma, where locals typically drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee per sitting. 960 1280

  

Todd tastes the tribal coffee

Todd tastes the tribal coffee

Local farmers snap cell phone pictures as they anxiously wait for Todd to taste their beans. 960 1280

  

Todd sets up his field roaster

Todd sets up his field roaster

Todd sets up his field roaster to taste the Konso bean on the concrete bed of his hotel. 960 1280

  

A woman roasts coffee in Jimma

A woman roasts coffee in Jimma

A woman puts a very dark roast on some beans at a cafe in Jimma. 960 1280

  

Todd in a coffee forest

Todd in a coffee forest

Todd with a coffee plant he finds in what he calls the "Garden of Eden" of coffee. 960 1280

  

The Dangerous Grounds crew

The Dangerous Grounds crew

The Dangerous Grounds crew with villagers from Konso. 960 1280

  

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