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.
- imDb Rating: 8.0 (110 Votes)
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Would you risk your life for the perfect cup of coffee? Todd Carmichael would. As owner of La Colombe Torrefaction, a premium coffee company based in Philadelphia, he travels the globe, ...
- Rated: TV-PG
- Released: 05 Nov 2012
- Runtime: 60 min
- Genre: Reality-TV
- Director: N/A
- Writer: N/A
- Actors: Todd Carmichael
- Language: English
- Country: USA
- Awards: N/A
- Total Seasons: 3
A Man, a Plan... Panama
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3x8: A Man, a Plan... Panama
3x7: Jamaica Me Coffee
3x6: Iceland's Strange Brew
3x5: Turkish Delight
3x4: Dr. Carmichael, I Presume?
3x3: American in Paris
3x2: Havana Nights
3x1: Big in Japan
2x8: Monsoon Moonshine
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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.
|7||7||Papua New Guinea||2013-01-08||60||
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
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On the verge of losing an important deal with a celebrity chef, Todd heads to Mexico's deadliest state in search of a legendary coffee. When his contact ends up murdered, Todd must adapt to get home alive and save the deal.
An impossible promise sends Todd to Nepal, where Maoist rebels threaten his every move. An ex-Soviet pilot drops him deep in the mountains where Todd enlists locals and their animals to help get the coffee out of the country, so he can close the deal with his high-profile client.
|3||11||When in Rome With Batali||2014-02-11||60||
An encounter with Mario Batali in Rome sends Todd Carmichael deep into the Amazon. While in Brazil, he dodges gunmen and enlists the help of the local resistance to find a key ingredient that will convince Mario to put his name on a killer espresso.
To expand his cafes to West Elm stores across America, Todd Carmichael must get coffee out of Thailand fast. But when the route leads him into Myanmar, he must
A school that Todd Carmichael helped build is burned down by militants, so Todd heads to Uganda to fight back after securing a deal with Dean & DeLuca that could help rebuild the school. But when a series of cultural obstacles confound all efforts, he must enter a blood contract to sustain the school.
Todd Carmichael heads to Guatemala to source just the right coffee for a revolutionary brewing machine. But when he finds himself in the crosshairs of a mafia-like kingpin, he must meet the man face-to-face in order to return with the goods.
|7||15||Guns and Lions||2014-03-11||60||
Winds of change hit the Four Seasons Hotel when the new manager asks Todd Carmichael to find a mythical Tanzanian AAA coffee. But when Todd comes face-to-face
On the brink of releasing a coffee-infused rum to the public, Todd's half-million-dollar investment hangs on finding a rare aged coffee in India. The hunt leads him to a secret society and a shadowy figure called The German.
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|1||17||Big in Japan||2015-09-14||60||
Todd invents a revolutionary new brewing device but to keep up with demand he must head to Japan, a notoriously eccentric place to do business. In Tokyo and Osaka, Todd has his work cut out for him closing his cross-cultural deal.
|3||19||American in Paris||2015-09-28||60|
|4||20||Dr. Carmichael, I Presume?||2015-10-05||60||
Todd marks the 20th anniversary of his company, La Colombe, and 10 years of marriage to singer Lauren Hart. Heading to Zambia to find the perfect anniversary roast, he ends up on an adventure that's not for the faint of heart.
Todd meets up with his friend Hamdi to explore the catacombs of Cappadocia and the delights of Istanbul, but as the regional struggle against ISIS spills into the streets, they find themselves en route to the Syrian border.
|6||22||Iceland's Strange Brew||2015-10-19||60||
Sugarcubes drummer Siggi Baldursson introduces Todd to local oddities as he explores the land of fire and ice. On a quest for a unique coffee beer, Todd goes fishing on the Arctic circle and gets too close to an erupting volcano.
|7||23||Jamaica Me Coffee||2015-10-26||60|
|8||24||A Man, a Plan... Panama||2015-11-02||60|
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