Dangerous Grounds: Himalayan Outpost Pictures

Go behind the scenes as Todd Carmichael attempts a seemingly impossible task -- finding unspoiled coffee beans in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha.

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Todd Carmichael in Brazil

Todd Carmichael in Brazil

Todd Carmichael shows a group of kids some pictures on his phone at an MST camp in Brazil. MST, also known as the Landless Workers’ Movement, is a group that is fighting for land reform in Brazil so the poor in rural areas can have access to land that will provide them with a self-sustaining way of life. 960 1280

  

Piranha in Brazil

Piranha in Brazil

Todd’s American friend in Brazil, Joe, shows him a bucket of piranha that they'll eat for lunch. 960 1280

  

Borracharia Cacal

Borracharia Cacal

Todd stops at Borracharia Cacal, a tire shop, to ask the owner for directions. 960 1280

  

A caiman in Brazil

A caiman in Brazil

Todd holds a light as the coffee farmer's wife inspects a freshly killed caiman they've hunted for dinner. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Hollywood shoots Todd's pitch to world-famous chef Mario Batali for a new espresso blend. Todd wants Mario to put his name on a new espresso roast that Todd’s company, La Colombe, is creating. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario drive through the streets of Rome on mopeds while Hollywood follows in a van. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario taste some of chef Fulvio Pierangelini's cuisine in Rome. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario walk the streets of Rome looking for the best espresso Italy has to offer. Even if Todd manages to find the perfect bean, the bigger question is whether the American icon of all things Italian will agree that it’s the best espresso he’s ever had. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael with Mario Batali

Mario and Todd taste the espresso blend Todd has brought back from Brazil. Is it good enough to earn chef Batali’s seal of approval? 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

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael catches a ride to Kusma on top of a bus winding its way through the mountains of Nepal, where he promised Steven Starr he would find a revolutionary coffee. 960 1280

  

Todd in Nepal

Todd in Nepal

Todd treks up a road winding up a mountain in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha. 960 1280

  

Todd in Nepal

Todd in Nepal

A mold problem ruins all attempts to import coffee from Nepal, so Todd must head to the home of Everest, where communist rebels block the roads. 960 1280

  

Todd in Nepal

Todd in Nepal

Todd shares a cup of coffee with a Nepali grower. 960 1280

  

Cafe Passmar in Mexico City

Cafe Passmar in Mexico City

Cafe Passmar in Mexico City has an array of the best coffees from across Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd in Mexico

Todd in Mexico

With $20,000 in cash, Todd heads to Guerrero in the hopes of getting his hands on some of the country’s best coffee. Guerrero is the most dangerous region of Mexico, and is ruled by a ruthless drug syndicate known as Los Zetas. 960 1280

  

A coffee farm in Atoyec, Mexico

A coffee farm in Atoyec, Mexico

Todd handles a coffee seedling at a farm in Atoyec, Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd with barista champion Salvator Benitez

Todd with barista champion Salvator Benitez

Todd samples coffees from around Mexico with barista champion Salvator Benitez. 960 1280

  

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

A K'iche shaman spits alcohol on Todd as part of a blessing ceremony in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. 960 1280

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Finca La Perla coffee farm

Finca La Perla coffee farm

Freshly picked red berries are poured into a hopper to be hulled at the Finca La Perla coffee farm in Guatemala. 960 1280

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Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

“Hollywood,” Todd’s cameraman, shoots Todd getting a little too close to the volcano Pacaya in Guatemala. 960 1280

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Todd in Guatemala

Todd in Guatemala

Todd stops for a snack of ribs on the side of the road in Guatemala. 960 1280

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