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 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

  

Haiti Pictures  12 Photos

Todd Carmichael in Thailand
Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael sits on his bags of coffee on Thailand’s Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway. The railway was built using forced labor and directly resulted in the death of many workers, earning it its nickname. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple whose name means “Temple of Dawn,” as seen from Todd's boat on the Chao Phraya River. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd treks through what was once an opium field on the road to Doi Chaang, a village in the northeastern hills of Thailand. 960 1280

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The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River sits on a boat at what is called Sop Ruak, widely considered the center of the Golden Triangle. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd walks through Bangkok looking for unique and delicious street food for dinner. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Workers from Doi Chaang, a village known for its coffee, load up a truck with coffee. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael with Jim Brett

Todd Carmichael with Jim Brett

Todd seals the deal with Jim Brett to stock his West Elm Market stores with Thai coffee ... if he can get it back to the United States in record time. 960 1280

  

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is vibrant with bustling nightlife, markets and canals, but hidden high in Thailand’s mountains are coffee farms waiting to be discovered. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

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 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

  

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael sits on his bags of coffee on Thailand’s Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway. The railway was built using forced labor and directly resulted in the death of many workers, earning it its nickname. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple whose name means “Temple of Dawn,” as seen from Todd's boat on the Chao Phraya River. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd treks through what was once an opium field on the road to Doi Chaang, a village in the northeastern hills of Thailand. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River sits on a boat at what is called Sop Ruak, widely considered the center of the Golden Triangle. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd walks through Bangkok looking for unique and delicious street food for dinner. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Todd Carmichael in Thailand

Workers from Doi Chaang, a village known for its coffee, load up a truck with coffee. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

Todd Carmichael with Jim Brett

Todd Carmichael with Jim Brett

Todd seals the deal with Jim Brett to stock his West Elm Market stores with Thai coffee ... if he can get it back to the United States in record time. 960 1280

  

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is vibrant with bustling nightlife, markets and canals, but hidden high in Thailand’s mountains are coffee farms waiting to be discovered. 960 1280

Nathanial Harper  

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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