anna brones

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This Week’s Stories: Coffee, Gender and Mushroom Fabric

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As a freelance writer, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of your various work and projects. And sometimes, you write a piece and practically forget about it until it finally comes out, given all the time that goes into the editing process in between.

I often think about what drives me to continue to write, particularly given many of the difficulties of the industry. Whenever a story comes out that I worked hard on, it makes me happy to share it. Why? Not because I need people to tell me “nice work!” but because the articles that I choose to write are stories that I care about, stories that I want people to know about and stories that I hope lead to further discussions.

This week I had a few of those. Here they are along with some of my other writing published this week:

Gender & Coffee: Challenging the Status Quo

The gender disparity in coffee is similar to the gender disparity in many other professions. It’s a complex and difficult topic to write about, and fortunately I had a lot of help from some good people along the way.

From Fungus to Fiber: Developing and Using Mushroom Textiles

Fabric from mushrooms? Yes, all thanks to mycelium! Stories like this one with a nature/food/fashion crossover are some of my favorite to research.

5 Breakfast Lessons I Learned from Scandinavia

There are a lot of things that we can learn from the Scandinavians when it comes to breakfast. The most important? Make time to actually eat and enjoy breakfast.

How to Make Granola Bars with Peanut Butter

This is my latest recipe on Adventure Journal, where I develop outdoor-friendly recipes. This one also happens to be incredibly bike friendly, perfect to stash in your jersey pocket.

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Written by Anna Brones

April 15, 2016 at 09:37

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The Paris Coffeshop for Freelancers: Cafe Craft

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I am a big coffee drinker, and while in the first few weeks of the New Year I have made an effort to tone things down, normally I am a at-least-one-French-press-everyday kind of girl. It’s therefore totally normal to be thrilled about one of my new gigs for 2014: a contributor the coffee site Sprudge.

Yes. An entire website devoted to coffee.

My first piece was about a cool place in Paris that is set up for freelancers that need some desk space every once in awhile (hello: me!).

Drag your Macbook along with you to a cafe in Paris and you’ll probably end up being hard pressed to get any work done. While there are a handful of cafes that tolerate their space being used as a workspace, the hole-up-for-five-hours-and-get-a-coffee-buzz-that-only-a-freelancer-knows concept doesn’t really fly here. And yet…

As the French capital, Paris draws all kinds of people, from around France and from abroad, and amongst those people are plenty of creatives, students and entrepreneurial spirits that don’t always fit in the 9 to 5 category. This city is an iconic epicenter of art and culture, after all. While a more traditional work culture has been the dominant one, slowly but surely startup and freelance culture is starting to grow, and with it, the need for temporary workspaces.

Enter Cafe Craft, a cafe that calls itself the “premier café dédié aux créatifs indépendants.” If your French is rusty: “the first cafe devoted to independent creatives.” And that’s exactly what you get. Desk space, fast and free wifi (often an anomaly in this city) and most important, a plethora of outlets to charge your computer. You can literally sit here all day, and as long as you’re willing to pay for it, no one is going to hassle you or give you a nasty Parisian glare.

Read the full article on Sprudge

Written by Anna Brones

January 10, 2014 at 08:53