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Contributed by Stefan Hoppe on Sep 27th, 2015. Artwork published in
June 2015
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The Bavarian Roasting Company is a small manufacturer of premium coffee. They started with just three coffees because they think it’s better to create less, but do it perfectly. They not only offer an exceptional coffee experience to other businesses, but also to customers at their local café, located in the very center of their medieval hometown Amberg, where they are known as Café Baroco.

We wanted to capture their philosophy but also play with their catchy nickname. We developed a dual system consisting of a long and a short version of their nickname. The two versions are connected by the same typeface but also, and more importantly, by three dots, one for each of the three coffees they started with. In the long version, the dots abbreviate the full company name, making the origin of the nickname obvious. In the short version, they transform into ellipses, stating: we started small, but there is a lot more to come.

Another design element (and further connection) is made by the ‘ESTd’ lettering, which is set at a 90 degree angle and graphically acts as a counterweight in order to balance the main logos. Conceptually, the logos and the ‘ESTd’ lettering span a rectangle in which content can be laid out arbitrarily. We decided to go with a simple 2-column layout for the most part and extend the layout only if necessary. In rare instances, where it is not possible to display both parts of the logo, we show only one of the main logos (see coffee cups). This system is easy to understand and easy to apply, yet flexible enough for years to come.

Klim’s Tiempos (Headline and Text) is the one and only typeface we use. It is wonderful: modern and elegant with a timeless touch to it. It works equally well for headlines and for copy text and builds the visual foundation of the whole identity.

Our main color is Pantone 11 U (dark gray). It is timeless and elegant. The secondary colors are Pantone 021 U (orange) and Pantone 072 U (blue). The orange emits freshness and has a strong association with food. The blue feels chic but is unobtrusive. 2
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