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Todd Carmichael travels the globe, hunting for the highest-grade coffee in the world. Why? Because nearly a billion people drink coffee each morning, making it the number 2 commodity in the world, second only to oil. Todd focuses on the very best coffee out there. Beans so rare, they are sought after by the world's top chefs and restaurants. Todd has to go to some of the most exotic, fascinating and dangerous places on earth to find it: from the cities, villages and mountains of Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar, Borneo, Cuba and Vietnam. Buying the coffee beans direct from the farmers means Todd must encounter treacherous terrain, danger and sometimes, even opposition from entrenched middlemen. There's an amazing story behind every cup.
Two centuries ago, Haiti was the number 2 coffee producer in the world and home to some of the most savored coffee on the planet. After averting a brewing riot in an urban marketplace, Todd travels deep into the mountains where he navigates treacherous roads, dodges gun-toting middlemen, and sleeps under his truck for protection at night.
Todd Carmichael begins his Bolivian journey short of breath at 12,000 feet in the world's highest capital, La Paz. The Andes Mountains have every ingredient necessary to produce incredible coffee, but coffee plants are hard to find because of a much more profitable cash crop, coca -- the plant used to make cocaine.
Todd travels to Madagascar, an island 200 miles off the coast of Africa with impassable roads and ancient modes of transportation. Todd must trek by foot through dense rainforest, bat-infested tunnels and into isolated villages to find his rare and delicious treasure.
Todd ventures deep into the jungles of Borneo in search of "Liberica," one of the world's rarest coffee beans. He's never seen this unique plant, but it's rumored to produce beans much larger than other types of coffee. Forging through the lush terrain, humidity, snakes and parasites, he crosses ancient bamboo bridges, eats slimy grub and sleeps in the wild.
Todd Carmichael seeks a new discovery in the birthplace of coffee: Ethiopia. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around 1000 AD, and has since grown to be a big business. Todd will need to avoid interference from the government, which controls most of Ethiopia's coffee. He must brave fatal roads, evade wild predators and avoid confrontations with gun-toting sentries.
Todd Carmichael travels to Cambodia where there are reports that high-end Japanese and Korean roasters are buying a Cambodian bean. So begins the journey to find the truth behind the rumors that Cambodia may be a major player in the exotic coffee market. But the difficult search takes the coffee adventurer on a brutal motorcycle trek through dense jungles ravaged by monsoons.
Todd is on the hunt for a rare blue mountain coffee known for its cocoa flavor in Papua New Guinea. Todd travels the infamous Highlands Highway, a road known for hijackings, murders and potholes larger than his truck. Will he find a village that is organized enough, high enough, remote enough and talented enough to be growing one of the best specialty coffees in the world?
Once known for drug cartels and violence, Colombia is in the process of reclaiming its legacy as one of the greatest coffee producers in the world -- and Todd wants to be on
Todd Carmichael(Todd Carmichael)
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