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 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 the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael and Hollywood drive their jeep through the Serengeti while an elephant and her kin keep a cautious eye out. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael at Four Seasons Philadelphia

Todd Carmichael at Four Seasons Philadelphia

Todd talks coffee with Four Seasons Philadelphia’s new food and beverage director. But before renewing Todd’s contract, the youthful new manager asks Todd to find a mythical bean only bloggers and dreamers talk about. 960 1280

  

Cape buffalo in the Serengeti

Cape buffalo in the Serengeti

This herd of African buffalo doesn’t seem to like Hollywood's camera lens. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd stands in the middle of the vast Serengeti to get a feel for which direction he should head next. 960 1280

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Hollywood in the savanna

Hollywood in the savanna

Todd's cameraman, Hollywood, gets a rare break from the action to shoot a scenic shot of the beautiful Tanzanian savanna. 960 1280

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Todd and his Tanzania contact

Todd and his Tanzania contact

Todd and his Tanzania contact, Peter, take a break from the heat with a cold drink. 960 1280

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Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania

Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania

Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania to continue his search for a AAA coffee bean. A coffee bean with a AAA rating is as large as a coffee bean can get -- making it a very rare find. 960 1280

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A view of the Serengeti

A view of the Serengeti

A view of the Serengeti from the plane. Extending from northern Tanzania into Kenya, the Serengeti is known for its large lion population. 960 1280

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Todd refuels the Land Rover

Todd refuels the Land Rover

After many miles of driving, Todd stops at a gas station to refuel his Land Rover. 960 1280

  

Todd and Hollywood in Tanzania

Todd and Hollywood in Tanzania

Todd explains to Hollywood the importance -- and near impossibility -- of finding a AAA coffee in Tanzania. 960 1280

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Coffee bean grading scale

Coffee bean grading scale

The coffee is sorted on a scale by grade depending on the size of the beans. 960 1280

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Hollywood in the coffee plant

Hollywood in the coffee plant

Hollywood shoots the coffee plant's giant mountains of coffee, but it’s not even close to enough of the rare coffee that Todd needs. 960 1280

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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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