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 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

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Todd Carmichael in Uganda
Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd Carmichael has tried many times to get coffee out of Uganda, but he has never been successful. A violent and bloody past has left the people paranoid and distrustful of outsiders, frequently ripping them off or even outright robbing them. 960 1280

  

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

Todd’s journey starts in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, where he meets up with Romans, a long-time friend. Romans runs the Trinity School, a place for children to get a free education. Tragically, arsonists have recently burned down the boy’s dormitory. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd makes his way through a crowded market in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. 960 1280

  

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

A glimpse of the market in Kampala where grains are displayed in sacks for sale. 960 1280

  

Nile River

Nile River

Todd takes in the view at the source of the Nile River. 960 1280

  

A coffee processing plant in Uganda

A coffee processing plant in Uganda

A coffee processing plant in Uganda sorts and cleans robusta coffee beans, which produce a bold-tasting coffee. Robusta coffee grows in the wild in the Kibale area, full of lush evergreen rainforest. 960 1280

  

Uganda's Trinity School

Uganda's Trinity School

Todd meets with the kids at the Trinity School. Many of the students there are orphans, so they also live at the school. 960 1280

  

Uganda's Trinity School

Uganda's Trinity School

Todd hopes that he can seal a deal with Dean & DeLuca stores to help fund the rebuilding of the boy’s dormitory at the Trinity Children's Center in Kampala. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd Carmichael in Uganda

Todd takes a time out from his coffee search to get some good fortune from this little guy's lucky branch. 960 1280

  

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

Once outside these streets of Kampala, Todd goes to extreme lengths to get the coffee he needs to help the Trinity School, from drinking homemade liquor known as “war gin,” to sealing an ancient blood pact in a country known for its high rate of HIV. 960 1280

  

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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

  

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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 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  

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