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Todd Carmichael in Guatemala
Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael talks with the owners of a coffee plantation in Guatemala. Will they let Todd in on the secret of how to get Guatemala’s best coffee beans out of the country? 960 1280

  

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

This Steampunk coffee-brewing machine will revolutionize the way coffee is served in cafes. Todd has been tasked with finding the perfect coffee that will be used when this machine is demonstrated in Boston at the country’s biggest coffee convention, the Specialty Coffee Expo. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd talks with a local street hustler who says he can help Todd get safe passage through Guatemala by arranging a meeting with the chief and town elders of Chichicastenango. 960 1280

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Guatemalan coffee

Guatemalan coffee

Guatemala -- one of the world’s happiest countries -- has coffee beans that are famous for their orange-like smell and caramel flavor. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd gets his "protection," so he can safely travel through Guatemala, though it isn't the kind of protection he thought it would be. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd and his "good protection chicken” -- a gift from the tribe -- check the map. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd ditches the chicken, that he named Roberta, and gets a ride up towards La Perle's entrance, but the driver won't take him all of the way, in fear of the guards. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

Workers inspect coffee beans before they are roasted at La Perle coffee plantation. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle is by far one of the biggest coffee plantations in the world, and encompasses a number of towns. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd tastes the coffee he found in Guatemala. Will it have the sweet, caramel taste he’s looking for? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Back in Boston, Todd demonstrates the Steampunk machine with the coffee he has found in Guatemala. But will it impress discerning coffee connoisseurs from around the country? 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 in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael talks with the owners of a coffee plantation in Guatemala. Will they let Todd in on the secret of how to get Guatemala’s best coffee beans out of the country? 960 1280

  

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

The Steampunk coffee-brewing machine

This Steampunk coffee-brewing machine will revolutionize the way coffee is served in cafes. Todd has been tasked with finding the perfect coffee that will be used when this machine is demonstrated in Boston at the country’s biggest coffee convention, the Specialty Coffee Expo. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd talks with a local street hustler who says he can help Todd get safe passage through Guatemala by arranging a meeting with the chief and town elders of Chichicastenango. 960 1280

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Guatemalan coffee

Guatemalan coffee

Guatemala -- one of the world’s happiest countries -- has coffee beans that are famous for their orange-like smell and caramel flavor. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd gets his "protection," so he can safely travel through Guatemala, though it isn't the kind of protection he thought it would be. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd and his "good protection chicken” -- a gift from the tribe -- check the map. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd ditches the chicken, that he named Roberta, and gets a ride up towards La Perle's entrance, but the driver won't take him all of the way, in fear of the guards. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

Workers inspect coffee beans before they are roasted at La Perle coffee plantation. 960 1280

  

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle coffee plantation

La Perle is by far one of the biggest coffee plantations in the world, and encompasses a number of towns. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd Carmichael in Guatemala

Todd tastes the coffee he found in Guatemala. Will it have the sweet, caramel taste he’s looking for? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Todd Carmichael at the Specialty Coffee Expo

Back in Boston, Todd demonstrates the Steampunk machine with the coffee he has found in Guatemala. But will it impress discerning coffee connoisseurs from around the country? 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael and Hollywood drive their jeep through the Serengeti while an elephant and her kin keep a cautious eye out. 960 1280

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Todd Carmichael at Four Seasons Philadelphia

Todd Carmichael at Four Seasons Philadelphia

Todd talks coffee with Four Seasons Philadelphia’s new food and beverage director. But before renewing Todd’s contract, the youthful new manager asks Todd to find a mythical bean only bloggers and dreamers talk about. 960 1280

  

Cape buffalo in the Serengeti

Cape buffalo in the Serengeti

This herd of African buffalo doesn’t seem to like Hollywood's camera lens. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd Carmichael in the Serengeti

Todd stands in the middle of the vast Serengeti to get a feel for which direction he should head next. 960 1280

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Hollywood in the savanna

Hollywood in the savanna

Todd's cameraman, Hollywood, gets a rare break from the action to shoot a scenic shot of the beautiful Tanzanian savanna. 960 1280

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Todd and his Tanzania contact

Todd and his Tanzania contact

Todd and his Tanzania contact, Peter, take a break from the heat with a cold drink. 960 1280

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Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania

Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania

Todd boards a plane to South Tanzania to continue his search for a AAA coffee bean. A coffee bean with a AAA rating is as large as a coffee bean can get -- making it a very rare find. 960 1280

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A view of the Serengeti

A view of the Serengeti

A view of the Serengeti from the plane. Extending from northern Tanzania into Kenya, the Serengeti is known for its large lion population. 960 1280

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Todd refuels the Land Rover

Todd refuels the Land Rover

After many miles of driving, Todd stops at a gas station to refuel his Land Rover. 960 1280

  

Todd and Hollywood in Tanzania

Todd and Hollywood in Tanzania

Todd explains to Hollywood the importance -- and near impossibility -- of finding a AAA coffee in Tanzania. 960 1280

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Coffee bean grading scale

Coffee bean grading scale

The coffee is sorted on a scale by grade depending on the size of the beans. 960 1280

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Hollywood in the coffee plant

Hollywood in the coffee plant

Hollywood shoots the coffee plant's giant mountains of coffee, but it’s not even close to enough of the rare coffee that Todd needs. 960 1280

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