As the co-founder of the Philly-based coffee roaster, La Colombe, and the company’s main sourcer, Todd Carmichael spends much of his time traveling the world in search of the highest quality, ethically traded coffee available, and soon you’ll be to able to follow his adventures through his upcoming Travel Channel Show, Coffee Hunters. But running a booming coffee company that does over $25 million in business a year is just a narrow facet of Carmichael’s story.

Todd is also an incredibly accomplished endurance athlete and holds the world record as the first American explorer to cross Antarctica to the South Pole alone, on foot and with no assistance — which he completed in 2008 in a total travel time of 39 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes. Besides assuring his place in the pantheon of American explorers, he also used the opportunity to raise $250,000 for Orangutan Foundation International — just one of many charities Todd is involved with.

In our brief time with Todd, we peppered him with questions on everything from the story behind La Colombe, to his thoughts on Philly, the state of endurance sports, and America’s role as a place of opportunity. What we learned is that Carpe Diem isn’t a motto for Carmichael; it’s a personal blueprint for living and one of many reasons why his list of accomplishments reads like something out of American folklore. We also discovered that achieving the extraordinary while doing good by the planet is a familiar pattern when it comes to his work.

See what he had to say by watching the video above and make sure to learn about some of Todd’s favorite spots in Philly on gearpatrol.com

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