I'm rendering fonts using Cairo to surfaces, convert those surfaces to RGBA textures and then display them on GL_QUADS using orthotogonal projection and alpha blending. When I use Cairo to render directly to the window (i.e., without hardware acceleration), fonts look perfect. When I show them through OpenGL, they look "thinned". Example: https://imgur.com/a/J7IvG
My texture sizes are powers of two and I do not currently use any scaling (i.e., use the texture coordinates to only show the portion of the texture that actually contains data). I've also tried using the full texture and scaling in the Cairo drawing matrix (i.e., upscaling by Cairo, downloading by OpenGL) which looks even worse.
I believe this has something to do with GL's interpolation, but cannot seem to figure out why it is. When I disable the bilinear GL_LINEAR texture interpolation to GL_NEAREST, they look even worse (and blocky, as if it'd ignore the alpha channel). What can I do to make my font textures look more true to their original?