Dangerous Grounds: Season 2 Sneak Peek

From the mountains of Nepal to the ganglands of Mexico, Todd Carmichael risks it all to find some of the best coffee in the world for his high-profile clients. Season 2 premieres Jan. 28 at 9|8c!

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Todd Carmichael in Uganda
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

  

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Todd Carmichael in Mexico
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

  

Todd Carmichael in Nepal
Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael crosses a suspension bridge in Nepal after promising celebrity chef, Stephen Starr, that he could find the perfect coffee beans for his restaurants. 960 1280

  

Pokhara Airstrip

Pokhara Airstrip

Todd turns to an ex-Soviet pilot and a rickety, ultralight aircraft for a birds-eye-view coffee hunt. 960 1280

  

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Before setting out on his journey, Todd walks through a courtyard in Kathmandu, Nepal’s urban center. 960 1280

  

Todd talks with a Nepali roaster

Todd talks with a Nepali roaster

Todd talks to the owner of a Nepali roaster about processing coffee in such high humidity. Every bag of Nepalese coffee that's made it to the states has been covered in mold, so if Todd can find the right beans, he’ll have to get them from the farm to the processor in 24 hours or they will spoil. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd stands in front of the bus that will take him farther into the Nepali highlands. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

To catch a ride to a remote town with possible coffee farmers, Todd hops on top of a bus winding its way through the mountains of Nepal. 960 1280

  

Kusma, Nepal

Kusma, Nepal

Todd walks the trails of Kusma, a remote town in the Nepali hills. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd inspects the operation of a local grower in Nepal as the grower’s son pulps the coffee berries. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd Carmichael in Nepal

Todd has to rely on the help of an entire village to get the coffee beans he needs. 960 1280

  

Todd in the Himalayas

Todd in the Himalayas

Todd treks high up into the Himalayas to find a bean good enough for Stephen Starr’s Buddakan restaurants. 960 1280

  

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