Buzzworthy Facts About Coffee

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Todd in an open-air market in Serian
Todd in an open-air market in Serian

Todd in an open-air market in Serian

Todd at a large open-air market in the busy town of Serian, known for having the best durian fruit. 960 1280

  

Todd on the Lemanak River

Todd on the Lemanak River

Todd takes a nap while floating on the Lemanak River. 960 1280

  

Todd eats at a market in Borneo

Todd eats at a market in Borneo

Todd washes down fried chicken liver with a fruity tapioca tea. 960 1280

  

Todd and his crew at the Lemanak River

Todd and his crew at the Lemanak River

Todd and his boat crew take a lunch break on the banks of the Lemanak. 960 1280

  

After his search for Liberica leaves Todd empty-handed, he takes a moment at the Bidayuh village in Sarawak to contemplate his next move. 960 1280

  

Todd in the Lemanak River

Todd in the Lemanak River

Todd disregards the potential parasites in the Lemanak River and takes a dip to escape the stifling heat. 960 1280

  

An Iban woman in Borneo

An Iban woman in Borneo

An Iban woman prepares a meal of fish and rice along the Lemanak River. 960 1280

  

Todd’s dinner at the market in Kuching

Todd’s dinner at the market in Kuching

Todd’s dinner at the large market in Kuching includes bamboo clams, filet of red snapper, fish head curry, beef satay and stir-fried noodles. 960 1280

  

Liberica can grow to over 25 feet tall

Liberica can grow to over 25 feet tall

Todd realizes that the Liberica he's been looking for is over 25 feet tall. 960 1280

  

Todd and the Iban chief

Todd and the Iban chief

Todd and the Iban chief meet along the Lemanak River. 960 1280

  

Todd shares a meal with the Iban chief

Todd shares a meal with the Iban chief

Todd shares a meal of noodles, snake, turtle meat and steamed vegetables with the Iban chief and his son-in-law. 960 1280

  

Todd examines a bin of live sago worms

Todd examines a bin of live sago worms

Todd ponders eating from a bin of live sago worms, a species of grub that are considered a Malaysian delicacy. 960 1280

  

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Todd weighs his options in Cambodia
Todd weighs his options in Cambodia

Todd weighs his options in Cambodia

Todd travels to Cambodia to find the truth behind the rumors that the country may be a major player in the exotic coffee market. Having struck out at 2 farms, he takes a moment during lunch to weigh his options. 960 1280

  

Todd's bike gets bogged down

Todd's bike gets bogged down

Todd's bike gets bogged down in the mud between Sen Monoram and Ban Lung. 960 1280

  

Todd surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants

Todd surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants

Surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants, Todd takes a moment to plan his next move. 960 1280

  

A street cafe in Phnom Penh

A street cafe in Phnom Penh

Todd watches as coffee is roasted at a street cafe in Phnom Penh. The green bottle is anise liquor that is added to the beans along with sugar, salt and butter -- a method unique to Cambodian coffee. 960 1280

  

Fried tarantulas

Fried tarantulas

Tarantulas, a Cambodian delicacy, are fried whole in vegetable oil. 960 1280

  

Todd tastes a tarantula

Todd tastes a tarantula

Todd takes a bite of deep-fried tarantula. 960 1280

  

A plate of stir-fried pork

A plate of stir-fried pork

Another Cambodian dish: stir-fried pork and rice with fresh pickles. 960 1280

  

Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee, without the usual sweetened condensed milk. 960 1280

  

Todd with a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh

Todd with a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh

Todd quizzes a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh on the coffee-growing regions of Cambodia, in the hopes of getting a lead. 960 1280

  

Todd takes a look at a rubber tree

Todd takes a look at a rubber tree

Todd takes a closer look at a rubber tree in Mondulkiri province. 960 1280

  

Todd leaves a pepper farm

Todd leaves a pepper farm

Todd moves on from a pepper farm, unhappy that he's yet to find any worthwhile coffee beans. 960 1280

  

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood"

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood"

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood,” shoot at a coffee farm in Mondulkiri province. 960 1280

  

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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

  

Todd weighs his options in Cambodia

Todd weighs his options in Cambodia

Todd travels to Cambodia to find the truth behind the rumors that the country may be a major player in the exotic coffee market. Having struck out at 2 farms, he takes a moment during lunch to weigh his options. 960 1280

  

Todd's bike gets bogged down

Todd's bike gets bogged down

Todd's bike gets bogged down in the mud between Sen Monoram and Ban Lung. 960 1280

  

Todd surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants

Todd surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants

Surrounded by inferior robusta coffee plants, Todd takes a moment to plan his next move. 960 1280

  

A street cafe in Phnom Penh

A street cafe in Phnom Penh

Todd watches as coffee is roasted at a street cafe in Phnom Penh. The green bottle is anise liquor that is added to the beans along with sugar, salt and butter -- a method unique to Cambodian coffee. 960 1280

  

Fried tarantulas

Fried tarantulas

Tarantulas, a Cambodian delicacy, are fried whole in vegetable oil. 960 1280

  

Todd tastes a tarantula

Todd tastes a tarantula

Todd takes a bite of deep-fried tarantula. 960 1280

  

A plate of stir-fried pork

A plate of stir-fried pork

Another Cambodian dish: stir-fried pork and rice with fresh pickles. 960 1280

  

Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee, without the usual sweetened condensed milk. 960 1280

  

Todd with a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh

Todd with a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh

Todd quizzes a coffee roaster in Phnom Penh on the coffee-growing regions of Cambodia, in the hopes of getting a lead. 960 1280

  

Todd takes a look at a rubber tree

Todd takes a look at a rubber tree

Todd takes a closer look at a rubber tree in Mondulkiri province. 960 1280

  

Todd leaves a pepper farm

Todd leaves a pepper farm

Todd moves on from a pepper farm, unhappy that he's yet to find any worthwhile coffee beans. 960 1280

  

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood"

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood"

Todd and his cameraman, “Hollywood,” shoot at a coffee farm in Mondulkiri province. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd tries a local brew in a Malagasy village. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

A crowd gathers as Todd has an impromptu coffee tasting. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd waits by the train that will take him in the direction of Madagascar’s coffee country. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd rides to the Manampatrana Train Station. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd holds the flag of Madagascar. 960 1280

  

Malagasy village

Malagasy village

A woman makes muffins in a Malagasy village. 960 1280

  

Malagasy village

Malagasy village

A view of a Malagasy village. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd checks the map to make sure he’s on the right track. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd drives the truck into a marketplace. 960 1280

  

Pousse-pousse in Madagascar

Pousse-pousse in Madagascar

Drivers of “pousse-pousse,” or rickshaws, offer rides to visitors. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd tastes the coffee while local kids gather around to watch. 960 1280

  

Malagasy village

Malagasy village

The train stops at local village, and Todd’s cameraman, “Hollywood,” catches a shot. 960 1280

  

Coffee in a Malagasy village

Coffee in a Malagasy village

Coffee beans are often dried in the sun. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd Carmichael in Madagascar

Todd orders a dish he’s always wanted to try: Malagasy fruit bat. 960 1280