Dangerous Grounds: Ethiopia Pictures

Todd Carmichael seeks a new discovery in the birthplace of coffee, where he’ll need to avoid interference from the government, which controls most of the country's coffee. Easier said than done!

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25 million farmers worldwide

25 million farmers worldwide

Nearly 25 million farmers worldwide depend on coffee crops for their economic livelihood. 960 1280
450 million cups of coffee a day

450 million cups of coffee a day

Americans consume around 450 million cups of coffee a day, which adds up to more than 150 billion cups a year. 960 1280
Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world

Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world

Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world today, producing over 44 million bags of coffee each year. 960 1280
The global industry earns $60 billion

The global industry earns $60 billion

The global coffee industry earns an estimated $60 billion annually. 960 1280
All coffee is grown in the “Bean Belt”

All coffee is grown in the “Bean Belt”

All coffee in the world is grown in the “Bean Belt,” the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. 960 1280
Originally, coffee was eaten

Originally, coffee was eaten

Originally, coffee was eaten. African tribes would mix the berries with fat to form edible energy balls. 960 1280
Coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity

Coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity

After oil, coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries. 960 1280
Best coffee is grown in the shade

Best coffee is grown in the shade

The best coffee is grown in the shade. Coffee grown in the shade takes longer to ripen and is often thought to taste better because the long ripening times contribute to complex flavors. 960 1280
Coffee comes from a tree

Coffee comes from a tree

Coffee comes from a tree or bush that bears a cherry fruit. The coffee bean is the green seed that resides within the cherry. 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

  

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