Patents Assigned to Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
  • Patent number: 10524608
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for preparing a brewed beverage including utilizing a predetermined amount of brewed substance and a predetermined amount of water. The process comprises dispensing a first amount of water into a receiving apparatus, wherein the first amount is less than the predetermined amount of water of the brewed beverage. The process further comprises dispensing the predetermined amount of brewed substance into the receiving apparatus. The process further comprises dispensing a second amount of water into the receiving apparatus, wherein the second amount of water is less than the predetermined amount of water of the brewed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Melissa Nichols
  • Patent number: 10517420
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a brewing system includes a water delivery system, a cover, and a funnel. The water delivery system supplies water through a spray head of the cover to the funnel. The funnel holds brewing substance to be combined with the water to form a brewed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Rahn, David Trojahn, Brent Friedrich, William Krause
  • Patent number: 10376090
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus used for controllably grinding coffee beans for use in an espresso machine. The system includes a grinder mechanism and an adjustment mechanism to adjust the grind of food product, such as coffee, produced by the grinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Suresh Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10368682
    Abstract: An extraction assembly for use in an automatic brewer. The extraction assembly controllably extracts espresso beverage from a quantity of brewing substance. A brew chamber of the extraction assembly is removable for exchange with another brew chamber of different brew volume, having enhanced structures, or for replacement and repair. A heating element may be in close proximity to the brew chamber. Heat from the heating element can be brought directly to the area in which the coffee is brewed to help maintain a more consistent, tighter tolerance temperature and faster recovery between brew cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Jason Ray Lieving, Daniel Hansen, Rex Allen Rogers, John Bodjack
  • Patent number: 10357128
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a beverage making device including a heated water tank and a reservoir for controllably dispensing water over a beverage making substance to create a beverage. The beverage making device includes a vent valve coupled to the reservoir and heated water tank, a pump coupled to the reservoir for moving water from the reservoir to the heated water tank, a flow meter associated with the heated water tank for determining the water dispensed into the heated water tank, a spray head coupled to the heated water tank for distributing water over a beverage making substance. A controller coupled to the relevant portions of the system for controllably operating the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Charles H. Clark, Ming Lung Huang, Frederick Phillip Cable
  • Patent number: 10307012
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a spray head assembly for a beverage making machine comprising a mounting for connection to a flow of liquid from a reservoir or other water source and a surface for joining to a spray head. A face portion of the spray head has an interior surface with relative rises and depressions or hills and valleys. Orifices are located generally at the peak of a hill with valleys being defined between neighboring hills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Burton L. Hart, Randy D. Pope, William H. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10278533
    Abstract: A cold beverage brewing system includes a container and a supply of water. The container holds a brewing substance which forms a brewed beverage when combined with the water. The water supplied to the container for brewing can be at a variety of temperatures, including ambient or below ambient temperatures. The system is controllably pressurized with a gas, preferably nitrogen, and controllably dispensed to provide a brewed beverage with selected characteristics in a relatively short period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Russell Angell, John Douglas Bishop, Chairil McClain, Karalynn M. McDermott, Charles H. Clark, Kenneth John Benson, Matthew Christopher Humphrey
  • Patent number: 9993105
    Abstract: The present application relates to apparatus, systems, and methods of use for producing beverages. The apparatus includes components and methods for facilitating beverage production applying water or other liquid in combination with a brewing substance and controlled aeration and pressurization of a mixing vessel or column. The aeration of the water and brewing substance can be accomplished with a vacuum system, a positive pressurization system, and a combination of such systems. The apparatus, systems, and methods can be used with a variety of beverage making devices such as a device which might be used to controllably produce volumes of beverage to a reservoir. The methods include controllable aeration and pressurization of the vessel for brewing which may include controlling extraction time, steep time, active controllable agitation of the brewing substance, as well as other brewing characteristics, features, and actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Bishop, Charles H. Clark, William E. Midden, Randy D. Pope, Suresh Radhakrishnan, Rex Allen Rogers
  • Patent number: 9861226
    Abstract: A brewer, system and method for heating water and dispensing heated water for producing a brewed beverage The brewer includes a water reservoir with a heating element associated with the reservoir for heating water retained in the reservoir A brewing substance holder is associated with the reservoir for receiving heated water from the reservoir A temperature sensitive control valve is provided in communication with the reservoir for controllably dispensing heated water from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder The temperature sensitive control valve may be in the form of a passive control valve which uses a bimetallic, magnetic or other material which is responsive to heat The water is placed in the reservoir and heated The elevated temperature of the water will result in operating the heat sensitive control valve to open the control valve and allow water to pass from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Charles H. Clark, Kent Morman, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 9854933
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an extraction assembly for use in an automatic espresso brewer. The extraction assembly includes components and methods for controllably extracting espresso beverage from a quantity of brewing substance. The components, assemblies, and methods facilitate improved control and operation of the extraction assembly and improve the reliability of the extraction assembly. The brewing substance is compacted between a pair of opposing pistons. Compacting force is monitored through at least one sensor carried on the extraction assembly to provide a signal to a controller. A predetermined compacting force may be programmed into the system for all brewing cycles or dependent upon the brewing substance used. The pair of pistons operates relative to a brew chamber for use in the espresso extraction process. The pistons provide compacting force and boundaries within the chamber and facilitate removal of a spent brewing substance puck at the end of the brewing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Jason Ray Lieving, Daniel Hansen
  • Patent number: 9820604
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a funnel liquid shield and sensor for use in brewing funnels of a beverage making apparatus. The liquid shield is moveably attached to the funnel. The sensor detects at least one of a presence and absence of liquid in the funnel and is used to provide a signal to at least one of lock or unlock the funnel from the beverage making apparatus or provide a signal corresponding to the condition of liquid in the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Banning, Jamie D. Ratterman
  • Patent number: 9771193
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lid for a beverage container configured to retain a beverage from a brewer or other source of beverage. The lid is configured to substantially cover or enclose an opening of the beverage container for receiving a beverage into a vessel of the container. The lid further includes a base and a door, the door being slidable with respect to the base from a first closed position that prevents access to the opening to a second opened position that permits access to the opening. The door further including a first and second panel that are connected together each other along a pivot axis. The second panel is pivotable with respect to the first panel when the door is slid from the first closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Banning, Evan Sharp, Jamie Ratterman
  • Patent number: 9766112
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a beverage apparatus such as a beverage maker and/or dispenser before shipment. The beverage apparatus includes at least one component that can produce monitorable and/or measurable characteristic. The measurable characteristic may be compared against a threshold value and may include an acceptable tolerance range. In response to an out-of tolerance condition, a fail condition is displayed, otherwise a pass condition is displayed. Also disclosed is a system for storing the measurable characteristic so that the beverage apparatus can be analyzed by comparing its current state versus the baseline state measured before the beverage apparatus was shipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Knepler, Kurt Powell, Dean Muller, Timothy P. Kaeding, Robert J. Kobylarz
  • Patent number: 9718663
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus including a cabinet for retaining a beverage product and from which the beverage product is controllably dispensed. The cabinet includes structures and systems to make cooling more efficient and maintain more constant product temperatures. The structures and systems function to reduce heat transfer between beverage product stored in containers in the cabinet and the ambient environment. The apparatus maintains a minimal equipment footprint, maintains ease of installing and removing the beverage containers, and accommodates a variety of types of products and types of product containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery W. Kadyk, Sheryl L. Dyer
  • Patent number: 9718035
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water dispensing machine and a carbonated beverage dispensing system which facilitates a combination of carbon dioxide with water in a configuration which provides a smaller footprint and reduces or eliminates dependency on remotely located carbon dioxide tanks and flavoring systems. The system may be configured to produce only carbonated water or to allow the user to select carbonated water or chilled water, and, alternatively, ambient, unchilled water. A carbonator of the system introduces carbon dioxide to a chilled water stream using an injector with slots. This inline, on demand carbonation system provides benefits over carbonator tank systems which carbonate large volumes of carbonated water in bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Bandixen, Sheryl Dyer, Donald E. Wiley
  • Patent number: 9624086
    Abstract: A faucet assembly for dispensing liquids from a container. The faucet assembly includes a handle assembly that is connectable to a liquid dispenser of a container for use with a variety of liquids. The faucet assembly is configured to be compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) Guidelines requiring certain features of equipment to be located to allow access to a person who might have a temporary or permanent disability and require a faucet assembly connected to a liquid or beverage container to be lower than a certain height and depth or set back dimension when the container is placed on a surface for dispensing the liquid from the container. A faucet assembly with a handle assembly that extends downwardly and outwardly from the top of the faucet assembly to ensure the faucet can be actuated by a person within the ADA Guidelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Banning, Crescent Burke, Jane Harris
  • Patent number: 9554667
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system which includes a server, a sensing system coupled to the server for detecting a quantity of beverage retained in the server, a display coupled to the sensing system, and a count-up timer coupled to the system. The display may provide indicia as to the time and/or freshness of the beverage in the server. A method for sensing and displaying a quantity of beverage in a beverage server which can also include a freshness indicator. A resettable timer is incorporated which cannot be reset until at least the sensing system has been physically or operatively uncoupled from the server. The resetting may also require the sensing system to detect an empty server upon recoupling the sensing system with the server. Further, the resetting may also require monitoring a refill function for refill occurring within a predetermined rate parameter or time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel A. Giordano, Burton L. Hart, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 9486107
    Abstract: A brewing system which uses an air pump to evacuate a dispensing line and a method of brewing in which a brewer includes an air pump to provide pressurized air at least at the end of a brew cycle to help evacuate moisture from a dispensing line. The brewing system includes a heated water reservoir which retains heated water for dispensing and a dispense line through which the water is dispensed. A vent is coupled to the reservoir. A controllable air pump communicates with the reservoir to controllably add air to the reservoir to drive water out of the reservoir. The vent is closed when the pump is used to add air to the system to allow for a build-up of air pressure in the reservoir and out through the dispense line. The controllable air pump controllably dispenses air into the upper portion. Both the air vent valve and air pump are controllably coupled to a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Kobylarz
  • Patent number: D777498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Bandixen, Donald E. Wiley
  • Patent number: D807097
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Teitelbaum