ID: coffee gaggia font or most similar

leugim's picture

Hi. Trying to restore an old coffee Gaggia espresso machine...
I'm trying to get as close to the original font of the "coffee" part as possible.

My machine is too worn on the outside (I can barely see where the big "GAGGIA" was)

Attached is the best photo I could find and a 400% blow up where I tried to make it more identifiable. (corrected perspective and high contrast) identyfont and whathefont where frustrating to use.

Thanks!

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leugim's picture

Forgot to attach the photo, sorry

hrant's picture

I think "coffee" is probably a font (something like Imago, although not the "e") but "GAGGIA" seems to be a one-off rendering... by somebody who doesn't know how letters work. It's made of pure geometry (look at the bad curve-to-line transitions, and the overly small aperture of the "A"); the good news is that makes it easy to reproduce.

hhp

defiantone's picture

i might go with something like Franklin Gothic.

leugim's picture

@hrant: You are right about the GAGGIA on all points :) I already reproduced the Gaggia but was struggling with the "coffee". Mainly because I don't have the original and the images I could find are low resolution.

@defiatone: I tried Franklin Gothic. Franklin Gothic Demi comes surprisingly close. That's one typeface I wouldn't have tried. Thanks! It's not quite right, though

I'm wondering about those cuts at the ends of the "c"... Could that be a part of the original font?

hrant's picture

What "cuts"?

hhp

leugim's picture


This cuts .. I thought the endings of the "e"s might have it, too. I'm not so sure anymore ... damn low picture resolution is driving me nuts.

Michel Boyer's picture

You can find "coffee" at a higher resolution in this Old Gaggia Manual

defiantone's picture

if it's really old, the pre-digital typeface may be slightly different than any you will find now anyhow.

leugim's picture

@Michael Boyer: nice find on the Manual! I think I'll have to superimpose the version from the picture with the one from the manual ... something usefull and at least resembling the original should come out of that. THANKS!

@defiatone: this model was built between 1983 and 1987 is that old enough for it to have used a "pre-digital typeface" ?

hrant's picture

Yes, it's probably a photofont. Many of those were made into digital though.

BTW, looking at the manual, I don't think those "cuts" are really there.

hhp

leugim's picture

yes, they are not there. I'll take the one from the manual. It has the best quality and leaves less room for guessing.
Thank you, everyone! This has been amazingly fast and productive! I hope to give something back here one day. Might have to learn a bit more until then, though.

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