Dangerous Grounds: Mexican Motherlode Pictures

Go behind the scenes as Todd dodges Mexican cartels in search of a legendary coffee for a famous chef.

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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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