Did you know that 50 percent of new customers are drawn in by signage? That alone is reason enough to give coffee shop fonts careful thought if you want your venture to be successful.

Yup, running a cafe entails much more than serving delicious pour-overs and cold brews. In this day and age, when drinking coffee has evolved into a culture all on its own, the quality of drinks you serve is just as important as how you package your business – from interiors and music to coffee shop fonts and logos.

Here at Penji, for instance, we get a lot of graphic design requests from coffee shop ventures who are stepping up their game at marketing. After all, they know that visual appeal is crucial in building a brand that coffee lovers would want to support.  

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If you’re on the hunt for coffee shop fonts to use for your business, don’t look any further because we’ve rounded up the best ones online.

1. Special Elite Font

coffee shop font - Special Elite Font

If you’re looking for a rustic font for your coffee shop, check out this font by Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute. It gives off a certain character without being overwhelming, like other typewriter fonts. That said, this font on the logo would make a joint feel like a place where Ernest Hemingway would enjoy a cafe noir from. 

2. ShoCard Caps NF Font

coffee shop font - ShoCard Caps NF Font

This font by Nick Curtis looks fun, retro, and reminiscent of the 90s. The black shadow creates a stark contrast on the visual, thereby creating a 3D look. Using this font on your branding assets would make the venture look exciting and far from the run-of-the-mill cafe.

3. Rochester Font

coffee shop font - Rochester Font

If you’re looking for coffee shop fonts that look elegant without being overly feminine, check out this option by Font Diner. While some script fonts tend to be too stylized to the point of being visually noisy, this one looks simple enough with just the right flair. 

4. Grenadier NF Font

coffee shop font - Grenadier NF Font

Not all sans-serif fonts look dull and boring. Just take a look at this font created by Nick Curtis. The art deco style looks vintage and glamorous at the same time. That said, it would be an awesome font to use if you’re trying to channel that kind of sophisticated but sleek vibe.

5. Alba Font Regular

coffee shop font - Alba Font Regular

Here’s another sans-serif font that catches attention! This style by Font-a-licious is one of those coffee shop fonts that make you think of a diner. And just like your favorite retro diner, it looks easy and uncomplicated but comfortably familiar all at the same time.

6. KG Summer Sunshine Regular

coffee shop font - KG Summer Sunshine Regular

Here’s a great font created by Kimberly Geswein. The cute text looks like a doodle from someone’s notebook. That said, using this font on your logo or menu design will certainly give your cafe a playful appeal. In the same vein, it might be a good way to relate with a younger audience segment.

7. Fredericka the Great Font

coffee shop font - Fredericka the Great Font

Here’s another hand-drawn style by Font Diner. If you’re drawn to using the popular blue mountain espresso font on your menu, Fredericka the Great will be a great one to use for the headings. Since both look hand-drawn, your menu will look bespoke and handcrafted – just like how many coffee lovers like their cup of joe.

8. Saucer BB Font

coffee shop font - Saucer BB Font

This font by Blambot Comic Fonts doesn’t look like anything you’d get from a coffee font generator. In fact, it looks like a manual illustration that an artist might have spent hours working on. And when it comes to a marketing visual, that’s always a good thing!

9. Gisellano Font

coffee shop font - Gisellano Font

If you’re looking for a font that gives off a warm and cozy feel, consider this work created by Yan Studio. Out of all the different fonts for cafe ventures, curvy script styles like this gives the impression of a friendly neighborhood cafe. A coffee shop with this font on the logo looks like a place where you’d sit down with a cappuccino and a cupcake while reading a good book.

10. Homerun Font

coffee shop font - Homerun Font

This font by madeDeduk is a good choice if you’re looking for a script font that doesn’t look too uptight. If you’re drawn to coffee calligraphy fonts like the cafe script font, then you’ll surely appreciate this one. Because the strokes look spontaneous, it gives the feel of a barista writing the name on the shop window early in the morning just before brewing a fresh pot.

The Lowdown

Here are a few quick pointers to remember when choosing a brand font:

  •  The typeface should be legible and clear enough to read.
  • There’s a lot of beautiful fonts out there, that’s for sure. But limit your fonts to two to three per material.
  • When combining fonts, make sure that there’s a level of contrast. For example, combine a serif with sans serif font.

When it comes to coffee shop fonts, you’d want something that will look good when applied to your shop name. But more importantly, the style itself should jive with the brand identity you’re trying to project. Otherwise, your visuals and brand messaging will be incongruent – this can sour your entire marketing strategy faster than a cup of acidic brew could. 

If you’re still not quite sure about what font to use and how to apply it to your brand visuals, leave the job to us at Penji. 

We have the top 2 percent of designers who all have excellent typography intuition. That said, they can suggest the best ones to suit your brand (trust me when I say they know fonts – we had a font-guessing game at our last year-end party and they killed it).

We offer unlimited graphic design at a flat monthly rate. That means you can have all the designs you need without breaking the bank. From book illustrations to coffee shop websites, we’ve got you covered!

Here are some of the designs we’ve done in the past using fonts that perfectly project each brand’s unique identity:

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Note: All font samples were compiled from 1001 fonts