Dangerous Grounds: Papua New Guinea Pictures

On the hunt for a rare blue mountain coffee known for its cocoa flavor in Papua New Guinea, Todd travels the infamous Highlands Highway, known for hijackings, murders and fatal potholes.

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Nearly 25 million farmers worldwide depend on coffee crops for their economic livelihood.  960 1280

Americans consume around 450 million cups of coffee a day, which adds up to more than 150 billion cups a year. 960 1280

Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world today, producing over 44 million bags of coffee each year. 960 1280

The global coffee industry earns an estimated $60 billion annually. 960 1280

All coffee in the world is grown in the “Bean Belt,” the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.  960 1280

Originally, coffee was eaten. African tribes would mix the berries with fat to form edible energy balls. 960 1280

After oil, coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries. 960 1280

The best coffee is grown in the shade. Coffee grown in the shade takes longer to ripen and is often thought to taste better because the long ripening times contribute to complex flavors. 960 1280

Coffee comes from a tree or bush that bears a cherry fruit. The coffee bean is the green seed that resides within the cherry. 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

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael takes notes before setting out on his journey. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael and handfuls of beans. 960 1280

  

In the Andes Mountains

In the Andes Mountains

Filming in the Yungas, a stretch of forest in the Andes Mountains. 960 1280

  

Bolivia's Death Road

Bolivia's Death Road

A memorial on Bolivia’s infamous Death Road. 960 1280

  

The Yungas area

The Yungas area

Locals walking down street in the Yungas. The Yungas area includes parts of Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd gets behind the wheel. 960 1280

  

A crumbling Yungas town

A crumbling Yungas town

Driving through a crumbling Yungas town. Yungas is Quechua -- a native South American language -- for "warm valley." 960 1280

  

Dinner on the road

Dinner on the road

Dinner on the road. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael sits with a Bolivian man

Todd Carmichael sits with a Bolivian man

Todd Carmichael sits with a Bolivian man and takes notes. 960 1280

  

A little girl in a hut

A little girl in a hut

A little girl in a hut watches as Todd and his crew pass by. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael

Todd Carmichael on the homemade zip line that traverses a 1,000-foot ravine. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael meets a monkey

Todd Carmichael meets a monkey

Todd Carmichael shakes hands with a monkey. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in the Yungas

Todd Carmichael in the Yungas

Todd Carmichael on a drawbridge in the Yungas. 960 1280

  

Tents in the Yungas

Tents in the Yungas

Tents in the Yungas. 960 1280

  

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