KUSA – Coffee is a 60-billion-dollar a year industry and Travel Channels Dangerous Grounds follows coffee aficionado, and co-founder of his own coffee company, Todd Carmichael on his travels looking for the perfect cup.
Carmichael treks the globe to find the best beans which he sells to his clients. These dangerous and exotic journeys have taken him from the Maoist rebel hideouts of Nepal to the active volcanoes of Guatemala.
"Those whose coffees perform the best, meaning the super high altitude, high mountains among the equator, are isolated places," Carmichael said.
"It's often places where para-military, narco [narcotics] groups and insurgencies tend to hide. It's just trying to get in and out without losing something more than just a couple of days."
Dangerous Grounds follows Carmichael and his cameraman, Hollywood, as they travel through exotic locations trying to strike a deal with the local bean farmers to bring their coffee back to Carmichael's various clients.
"This year we really hit the throttle on it. You'll see the most isolated parts of the isolated countries that grow coffee."
"My camera guy and I get arrested or held five times, so you're going to experience a little bit of that."
Dangerous Grounds airs Tuesdays on Travel Channel.