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
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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Todd Carmichael in India
Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael is on a treasure hunt in southern India. He’s staked a half a million dollars on a new rum-making venture, and he needs Indian Monsoon Malabar coffee beans to finish his moonshine. 960 1280

  

A cow in India

A cow in India

A beautifully adorned cow roams the streets of India. In Hinduism, cows are considered sacred because of their gentle nature. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd searches the streets of Mumbai for a possible coffee connection. 960 1280

  

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

An expansive view of the humid Mumbai cityscape. In this country of 1.2 billion people, can Todd find the one coffee farmer he needs? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd makes a business deal for a new set of wheels. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd prepares his motorcycle for its journey across the river. 960 1280

  

India's Underground Coffee Society

India's Underground Coffee Society

Sitting among members of the Underground Coffee Society -- a café in Mumbai -- Todd explains his need for Monsoon Malabar coffee. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

The German, the only coffee farmer in India who might have the coffee Todd needs, explains the difficulties of sourcing a large amount of Monsoon Malabar in such a short period of time. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd and The German weigh some rare Monsoon Malabar beans. 960 1280

  

Todd distilling rum

Todd distilling rum

Todd is fully engrossed in the rum distilling process. 960 1280

  

Todd distilling rum

Todd distilling rum

Todd examines his Monsoon Malabar-infused rum. 960 1280

  

Todd and Hollywood enjoy the rum

Todd and Hollywood enjoy the rum

Todd offers Hollywood a hard-earned glass of rum after their trek through India! 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico
Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael inspects a crop of red fruit as it dries at a farm in the remote hills of Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd grinds a farmer's wine-like beans to sample what could be his next big coffee buy. 960 1280

  

Finca de Filamon

Finca de Filamon

A crop of berries are laid out to dry at the Finca de Filamon, a farm in the state of Guerrero, one of the most dangerous regions in Mexico. 960 1280

  

Finca Gustavo

Finca Gustavo

A farmer shows off some berries on the bush at Finca Gustavo, another farm in a remote area of Mexico. 960 1280

  

Atoyac, Mexico

Atoyac, Mexico

A dried up canal runs through Atoyac, a city in Mexico whose name means “place near the river.” 960 1280

  

Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe

Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe

Todd talks to the staff of Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe hoping to find the contact he was told would help him track down the best coffee farmers in Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd checks out a drying station in Atoyac's buying center under the supervision of a member of the Maquila de Cafe. 960 1280

  

Cafe Passmar

Cafe Passmar

The Cafe Passmar in Mexico City has an array of the best coffees from across Mexico. The café is known for employing world champion baristas. 960 1280

  

Cafe Passmar

Cafe Passmar

Todd samples coffees from around Mexico with barista champion Salvador Benitez. Todd hopes to find out which coffee would be perfect for his high-profile restaurateur client, Jean-Georges. 960 1280

  

Atoyac, Mexico

Atoyac, Mexico

Todd finds coffee seedlings at a farm in Atoyac, Mexico, but are they what he’s been searching for? 960 1280

  

Photos

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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Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael is on a treasure hunt in southern India. He’s staked a half a million dollars on a new rum-making venture, and he needs Indian Monsoon Malabar coffee beans to finish his moonshine. 960 1280

  

A cow in India

A cow in India

A beautifully adorned cow roams the streets of India. In Hinduism, cows are considered sacred because of their gentle nature. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd searches the streets of Mumbai for a possible coffee connection. 960 1280

  

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

An expansive view of the humid Mumbai cityscape. In this country of 1.2 billion people, can Todd find the one coffee farmer he needs? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd makes a business deal for a new set of wheels. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd Carmichael in India

Todd prepares his motorcycle for its journey across the river. 960 1280

  

India's Underground Coffee Society

India's Underground Coffee Society

Sitting among members of the Underground Coffee Society -- a café in Mumbai -- Todd explains his need for Monsoon Malabar coffee. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

The German, the only coffee farmer in India who might have the coffee Todd needs, explains the difficulties of sourcing a large amount of Monsoon Malabar in such a short period of time. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd Carmichael in India with the German

Todd and The German weigh some rare Monsoon Malabar beans. 960 1280

  

Todd distilling rum

Todd distilling rum

Todd is fully engrossed in the rum distilling process. 960 1280

  

Todd distilling rum

Todd distilling rum

Todd examines his Monsoon Malabar-infused rum. 960 1280

  

Todd and Hollywood enjoy the rum

Todd and Hollywood enjoy the rum

Todd offers Hollywood a hard-earned glass of rum after their trek through India! 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael inspects a crop of red fruit as it dries at a farm in the remote hills of Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd grinds a farmer's wine-like beans to sample what could be his next big coffee buy. 960 1280

  

Finca de Filamon

Finca de Filamon

A crop of berries are laid out to dry at the Finca de Filamon, a farm in the state of Guerrero, one of the most dangerous regions in Mexico. 960 1280

  

Finca Gustavo

Finca Gustavo

A farmer shows off some berries on the bush at Finca Gustavo, another farm in a remote area of Mexico. 960 1280

  

Atoyac, Mexico

Atoyac, Mexico

A dried up canal runs through Atoyac, a city in Mexico whose name means “place near the river.” 960 1280

  

Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe

Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe

Todd talks to the staff of Atoyac's Maquila de Cafe hoping to find the contact he was told would help him track down the best coffee farmers in Mexico. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd Carmichael in Mexico

Todd checks out a drying station in Atoyac's buying center under the supervision of a member of the Maquila de Cafe. 960 1280

  

Cafe Passmar

Cafe Passmar

The Cafe Passmar in Mexico City has an array of the best coffees from across Mexico. The café is known for employing world champion baristas. 960 1280

  

Cafe Passmar

Cafe Passmar

Todd samples coffees from around Mexico with barista champion Salvador Benitez. Todd hopes to find out which coffee would be perfect for his high-profile restaurateur client, Jean-Georges. 960 1280

  

Atoyac, Mexico

Atoyac, Mexico

Todd finds coffee seedlings at a farm in Atoyac, Mexico, but are they what he’s been searching for? 960 1280

  

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