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 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

  

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
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A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma

A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma

A crowded outdoor cafe in Jimma, the biggest city in southwestern Ethiopia, where coffee is roasted very dark and typically served with sugar. 960 1280

  

Goats crowd the road out of Konso

Goats crowd the road out of Konso

Goats crowd the road out of Konso -- a common sight in rural Ethiopia where livestock outnumbers cars. 960 1280

  

The arid landscape near the Omo Valley

The arid landscape near the Omo Valley

Todd stops to take in the arid landscape near the Omo Valley, hoping he hasn't made a mistake in leaving Yirga Chefe. 960 1280

  

A group of children in Konso

A group of children in Konso

A group of children in Konso play with the crew's camera. 960 1280

  

Todd checks the map

Todd checks the map

Todd surveys his options for the coffee hunt in Ethiopia, ultimately deciding to look for a tribal coffee in the town of Konso. 960 1280

  

On the road to Konso

On the road to Konso

A handmade wooden wheelbarrow on the road to Konso. 960 1280

  

Todd visits an ECX warehouse

Todd visits an ECX warehouse

Todd stands before a mountain of coffee at an Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) warehouse. 960 1280

  

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony

In Ethiopia, coffee is often served alongside a snack, such as popcorn or peanuts. 960 1280

  

A flat tire in Ethiopia

A flat tire in Ethiopia

Todd hits a snag on the way to Jimma and stops to fix a flat. 960 1280

  

A crowded cafe in Jimma

A crowded cafe in Jimma

A crowded cafe in Jimma, where locals typically drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee per sitting. 960 1280

  

Todd tastes the tribal coffee

Todd tastes the tribal coffee

Local farmers snap cell phone pictures as they anxiously wait for Todd to taste their beans. 960 1280

  

Todd sets up his field roaster

Todd sets up his field roaster

Todd sets up his field roaster to taste the Konso bean on the concrete bed of his hotel. 960 1280

  

A woman roasts coffee in Jimma

A woman roasts coffee in Jimma

A woman puts a very dark roast on some beans at a cafe in Jimma. 960 1280

  

Todd in a coffee forest

Todd in a coffee forest

Todd with a coffee plant he finds in what he calls the "Garden of Eden" of coffee. 960 1280

  

The Dangerous Grounds crew

The Dangerous Grounds crew

The Dangerous Grounds crew with villagers from Konso. 960 1280

  

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