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 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 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

  


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