As college students who go through many sleep-deprived nights, we often indulge ourselves in a cup of coffee to help us stay awake during our first morning class. Of course, we attribute this miracle property of coffee to caffeine, one of the most well-known and widely-accessible stimulants known. However, as coffee aficionados may tell you, coffee is more than just caffeine...
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While with some high school friends this past summer, I visited a trendy, zen-themed ice cream parlor in downtown Bangkok. Looking at the menu, I was instantly drawn to their featured item—a cone of pitch-black soft serve. As I wondered what kind of awesome flavor this could be, the waitress standing behind me pleasantly chirped, "We recommend our charcoal ice cream, it's tasty and very healthy too!"