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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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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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

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

  

25 million farmers worldwide

25 million farmers worldwide

Nearly 25 million farmers worldwide depend on coffee crops for their economic livelihood. 960 1280
450 million cups of coffee a day

450 million cups of coffee a day

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

Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world

Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world today, producing over 44 million bags of coffee each year. 960 1280
The global industry earns $60 billion

The global industry earns $60 billion

The global coffee industry earns an estimated $60 billion annually. 960 1280
All coffee is grown in the “Bean Belt”

All coffee is grown in the “Bean Belt”

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

Originally, coffee was eaten

Originally, coffee was eaten. African tribes would mix the berries with fat to form edible energy balls. 960 1280
Coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity

Coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity

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

Best coffee is grown in the shade

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

Coffee comes from a tree

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