Coffee importer Todd Carmichael will do just about anything to find the rarest coffee beans — and that includes dodging third-world thugs armed with machine guns and machetes. In the new Travel Channel series“Dangerous Grounds,” we follow him as he ventures into some of the world’s deadliest places in search coffee that can sell for more than $30 a pound.

For the kick-off episode, he heads to Haiti, where he hopes to buy coffee beans directly from farmers…and he’s undeterred when a coffee-world insider tells him that he’d better buy a bullet-proof vest before heading into the mountains.

Photo Credit: The Doka coffee plantation located on the slopes of the Alajuela Poas Volcano in Costa Rica. Sandra Cohen-Rose / Flickr.com