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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Plaza Botero in Medellin
Plaza Botero in Medellin

Plaza Botero in Medellin

In the city of Medellin, Plaza Botero is a must-see and is filled with sculptures by the artist Fernando Botero. Todd stops here to ponder where to begin his coffee hunt. 960 1280

  

Todd rides a mule through Nabusimake

Todd rides a mule through Nabusimake

Todd rides a mule through Nabusimake, the spiritual center for the Arhuac people. 960 1280

  

Todd looks out over the city of Medellin

Todd looks out over the city of Medellin

Todd looks out over the city of Medellin as he thinks about his next move. 960 1280

  

Todd visits coffee farmers in Medellin

Todd visits coffee farmers in Medellin

Todd visits with displaced coffee farmers in Medellin, many of whom abandoned their land to escape fighting. 960 1280

  

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Todd eyes the hazardous terrain on his way up the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. 960 1280

  

Todd's car flips in Colombia

Todd's car flips in Colombia

On the way down from Nabusimake, the road washed out beneath Todd's truck and sent it rolling down an embankment where it hung up on a tree, stopping just short of a deep ravine. 960 1280

  

Todd talks coffee with a farmer

Todd talks coffee with a farmer

Todd discusses the quality of this bean with the farmer who produced it. 960 1280

  

A roadside stand in Colombia

A roadside stand in Colombia

A roadside stand sells breads, chorizo and other snacks. 960 1280

  

Todd talks with an Arhuaco man

Todd talks with an Arhuaco man

Todd talks with an Arhuaco man about the coffee his people grow. The Arhuaco are an indigenous people of Colombia and guardians of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. 960 1280

  

Todd plans his next move in Colombia

Todd plans his next move in Colombia

Todd tries to decide whether he should stay in southern Colombia or venture up north toward Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. 960 1280

  

Todd in Nabusimake

Todd in Nabusimake

Todd among the thatched-roof huts of Nabusimake. 960 1280

  

A group of Arhuaco people in Colombia

A group of Arhuaco people in Colombia

A group of Arhuaco watch as Todd and Hollywood travel though Nabusimake. 960 1280

  

Todd wanders through a burned-out building

Todd wanders through a burned-out building

Hollywood gets a shot of Todd wandering through a burned-out building on an abandoned coffee farm. 960 1280

  

Todd tries sancocho

Todd tries sancocho

Todd tries sancocho, a traditional stew of meat, root vegetables and whole corn on the cob. 960 1280

  

Todd in Colombia

Todd in Colombia

With the Arhuaco’s blessing, Todd could be allowed to bring home some of the finest and most unique Colombian coffee available. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael visits a market in Haiti
Todd Carmichael visits a market in Haiti

Todd Carmichael visits a market in Haiti

Todd Carmichael visits a market in Haiti frequented by locals in an effort to get a lead on where to find the coffee he's looking for. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael surrounded by coffee beans. 960 1280

  

Mountains of Haiti

Mountains of Haiti

The crew passes through a run-down village as they drive through the mountains of Haiti. 960 1280

  

Haitian children

Haitian children

Haitian children watch the crew pass through their village. 960 1280

  

Todd and the crew

Todd and the crew

Todd and the crew made more than a few friends at a Haitian school. 960 1280

  

Todd and crew members

Todd and crew members

Todd and crew members Brian, Chris and Rob stop to pose in front of the mountains. 960 1280

  

The crew’s Wrangler

The crew’s Wrangler

A shot of the crew’s Wrangler in the mountains. 960 1280

  

Todd inspects the coffee beans

Todd inspects the coffee beans

Todd inspects the coffee beans as a local man looks on. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd takes the wheel. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd gets an close-up look at local cuisine. 960 1280

  

Todd negotiates

Todd negotiates

Todd negotiates with a local farmer. 960 1280

  

A local bus

A local bus

As the crew drives through the mountains, they pass locals catching a bus into town. 960 1280

  

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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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