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 the Serengeti
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 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

  

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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 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

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael talks with the owners of a coffee plantation in Guatemala. Will they let Todd in on the secret of how to get Guatemala’s best coffee beans out of the country? 960 1280

  

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

This Steampunk coffee-brewing machine will revolutionize the way coffee is served in cafes. Todd has been tasked with finding the perfect coffee that will be used when this machine is demonstrated in Boston at the country’s biggest coffee convention, the Specialty Coffee Expo. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd talks with a local street hustler who says he can help Todd get safe passage through Guatemala by arranging a meeting with the chief and town elders of Chichicastenango. 960 1280

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Guatemalan coffee

Guatemalan coffee

Guatemala -- one of the world’s happiest countries -- has coffee beans that are famous for their orange-like smell and caramel flavor. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd gets his "protection," so he can safely travel through Guatemala, though it isn't the kind of protection he thought it would be. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd and his "good protection chicken” -- a gift from the tribe -- check the map. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd ditches the chicken, that he named Roberta, and gets a ride up towards La Perle's entrance, but the driver won't take him all of the way, in fear of the guards. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

Workers inspect coffee beans before they are roasted at La Perle coffee plantation. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle is by far one of the biggest coffee plantations in the world, and encompasses a number of towns. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd tastes the coffee he found in Guatemala. Will it have the sweet, caramel taste he’s looking for? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Back in Boston, Todd demonstrates the Steampunk machine with the coffee he has found in Guatemala. But will it impress discerning coffee connoisseurs from around the country? 960 1280

  


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