Patents Assigned to Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
  • Patent number: 10273076
    Abstract: A beverage producing system is provided comprising a capsule containing beverage ingredients and a beverage preparation machine. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body and a lid; the cup-shaped body having a base and a side wall and the lid being sealed to the cup-shaped body. Prior to insertion, the side wall comprises: — an annular trough being dimensioned to receive an enclosing member of the beverage preparation machine on movement of the enclosing member, into a closed position; — a first side wall section extending between the base and the annular trough; and — a second side wall section extending between the annular trough and a rim of the capsule. A capsule and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Chapman, Stuart Banister, Simon Jelley, Esak Shabudin, Andrew Halliday
  • Patent number: 10258059
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel instant coffee comprising aromatized soluble particles and a method of aromatizing soluble coffee particles. The soluble coffee particles are mixed with roast whole beans, and the mixture is held for at least two days. The result is aromatized soluble coffee particles, as evidenced by the presence of relatively high amounts of 2-methylpyrazine in instant coffee comprising said particles. The instant coffee has a favorable content in aroma components, yet with a low oil content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Maria Theresia De Kok, Alexander Oosterveld, Gertjan Heijman
  • Publication number: 20190106272
    Abstract: A pad with a covering filled with product to be extracted and/or to be dissolved, wherein, in use, a fluid such as water is supplied under pressure to the pad, so that the fluid is pressed through the pad for obtaining a beverage which, thereupon, leaves the pad. The pad is provided with a spout opening for generating, with the spout opening, a jet of the beverage which leaves the pad for obtaining the fine bubble froth layer on the beverage wit the aid of the beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 10231571
    Abstract: A capsule for holding an extractable product for dispensing a beverage is disclosed. The capsule comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom, a lid, and an entrance opening portion and an exit opening portion for letting fluid in the capsule and draining prepared beverage from the capsule, respectively, of which at least one opening portion is closed to prevent fluid from passing. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid of the capsule enclose an inner space that comprises an extractable product, and the capsule further comprises at least one moveable portion of the capsule that extends at a distance from a respective opening portion, and that is arranged to open the respective opening portion by being moved with respect to the respective opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20190077588
    Abstract: Capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which is provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member comprises a separate crushable element made of aluminum provided on the capsule body at a side thereof, which side is—when seen from the outwardly extending flange—opposite the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Rebecca BARTEL, David Stewart Mackie CHRISTENSEN, Jeffrey Alexander HUGHES, Ivo VAN OS, Edwin Petrus Elisabeth VAN OPSTAL
  • Publication number: 20190069713
    Abstract: An assembly for frothing a fluid having an air channel with a controllable air valve and having a fluid channel with an air inlet emanation point in which the air channel emanates, a pump, a fluid restriction, a heater, and a valve assembly having a first state in which fluid is channeled to a fluid outlet of the fluid channel and a second state in which the fluid is diverted from the fluid channel to a second fluid outlet. A water supply channel is connected to the fluid channel. The assembly also includes a cleaning reservoir and a return channel that is connected to the second fluid outlet of the valve assembly and that emanates in the cleaning reservoir. An electronic controller assembly is configured to control at least the pump, the heater, and the valve assembly, and to operate the assembly in a production mode and a cleaning mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Johan DEES, Abram Christiaan KNIP, Jacobus Petrus Maria DESSING
  • Publication number: 20190059638
    Abstract: An assembly for frothing a fluid is disclosed. The assembly includes an air channel that includes an air inlet, a downstream end and a controllable air supply assembly. The assembly also comprises a fluid channel extending from a fluid inlet to a fluid outlet. The fluid channel subsequently includes a first temperature sensor that is positioned near the fluid inlet, an air inlet emanation point that is connected to the downstream end of the air channel, a frothing unit, a heater and an electronic controller assembly. The electronic controller assembly is configured for receiving the temperature input from the first temperature sensor and regulating the amount of air that is channeled to the fluid channel based on a temperature input received from the first temperature sensor. Also disclosed are a refrigerator including the assembly and a method for frothing the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik Johan DEES
  • Patent number: 10206534
    Abstract: A system, device and method for the brewing of a capsule. The device comprises a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion movable with respect to each other to be moved between an open position and a closed position. The device further comprises a capsule handler arranged to enable insertion therein of the capsule and to position said capsule in a brewing position, wherein the capsule handler retains the capsule in the brewing position when the capsule handler is in a ready position. When the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion are moved with respect to each other from the closed position to the open position, the capsule can fall freely from the brewing position under the influence of gravity when the capsule handler is in an ejection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Favero, Guiseppe Fin, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Publication number: 20190045970
    Abstract: A selection valve for a beverage preparation machine comprises a valve body with a hot water inlet, an air inlet, and at least a first outlet. A selector member is movably mounted relative to the valve body for movement between a first position in which the hot water inlet is in fluid communication with the at least first outlet, and a second position in which both the hot water inlet and the air inlet are in fluid communication with the at least first outlet. A satellite element has a predefined limited amount of free relative movement relative to the selector member for allowing the satellite element to be independently positioned between the first and second positions of the selector member. A beverage ingredient mixing unit comprises the selection valve, a beverage preparation machine including the selection valve, and/or the beverage ingredient mixing unit. A beverage preparation system comprises the beverage preparation machine and an exchangeable beverage ingredient supply cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Johannes Spijker, Bram Klabbers, Hendrik Johan Dees, Koen Standaar, Leonardus Cornelis van der Velden, Mathias Antonius Fransiscus Rutten
  • Publication number: 20190000263
    Abstract: An assembly for frothing milk, including an air supply assembly including an air channel having an air inlet and a downstream end. The assembly also includes a fluid channel extending from a fluid inlet to a fluid outlet. The fluid channel subsequently includes an air inlet emanation point to which the downstream end of the air channel is connected, a frothing unit including a pump and a flow-through heating unit. The flow-through heating unit bounds a heating unit fluid channel that is a part of the fluid channel and has a small thermal mass and a steep temperature profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Abram Christiaan KNIP, Eduard PATER
  • Publication number: 20180325301
    Abstract: A container contains a beverage base material in a beverage base material chamber defined by a chamber bottom and a chamber wall. The container furthermore comprises an elongated handle extending in a direction having a radial component outward from the chamber. The handle is provided with an outlet channel extending from the chamber to a channel outlet provided at the free end of the handle. A beverage preparation system for preparing a beverage includes an automatic beverage preparation apparatus and such a container and is arranged for removably connecting the container to the apparatus such that the handle is positioned vertically with the channel outlet pointing downwards. A method of preparing a beverage using such a beverage preparation system in which the container is connected to the apparatus such that the handle is positioned vertically with the channel outlet pointing downwards for dispensing a beverage from the beverage base material chamber substantially vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Roy Gilsing, Richard Stephens, Jo Fleming, Brad Phillips
  • Publication number: 20180317696
    Abstract: A coffee bean packaging cartridge for holding and supplying multiple servings of coffee beans can be connected to a coffee beverage system. The cartridge includes a container having an outer wall defining an interior volume and an opening at one end thereof. A permanent, preferably non-removable closure member is fitted to the one end of the container and substantially covers the opening. An exit passage in the closure member, defines a coffee bean outlet, for transferring coffee beans from the interior volume. The closure member further has relatively movable closing means for selectively closing the exit passage to reduce exposure of the coffee bean contents to surrounding air. The cartridge further includes connecting means for connecting the cartridge to a coffee beverage system. There is also provided a coffee beverage system that includes the coffee bean packaging cartridge as defined above and at least a dosing device and a grinding mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20180310754
    Abstract: A method of preparing a beverage, wherein the method comprises the step of heating a beverage in a cup by means of injecting steam into the beverage through a wand and the step of measuring the temperature of the beverage in the cup, wherein the step of measuring the temperature of the beverage comprises during the step of heating the step of continuously recording an audio signal from the beverage and the step of deriving the temperature of the beverage from the recorded audio signal. A device for preparing a beverage, said device being provided with a beverage temperature sensor comprising at least one microphone and a controller which is loaded with a computer program for performing the inventive method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Trevor Michael Wood, William Roger Mainwaring-Burton
  • Publication number: 20180310753
    Abstract: A froth wand comprises a tubular wall having a steam inlet end comprising a steam inlet, a steam outlet end comprising a steam outlet separate from the steam inlet and a steam channel extending between the steam inlet and the steam outlet. The froth wand is a disposable froth wand. The froth wand can comprise a container for containing a beverage base material, such as roasted ground coffee. The tubular wall of the froth wand can comprise an air opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Christinus Maria Wessels, Hendrik Johan Dees
  • Publication number: 20180310752
    Abstract: A system for heating and frothing a beverage comprises a device for heating and frothing a beverage and a froth wand. The device for heating and frothing a beverage includes a steamer, a steam conduit connecting the steamer to a steam nozzle and a froth wand holder for removably holding a froth wand. The froth wand is a disposable froth wand and comprises a tubular wall having a steam inlet end comprising a steam inlet, a steam outlet end comprising a steam outlet separate from the steam inlet and a steam channel extending between the steam inlet and the steam outlet. The froth wand holder is arranged for holding the disposable froth wand at least in an operational position in the device for heating and frothing a beverage in which operational position the steam nozzle is in communication with the steam inlet of the disposable froth wand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Christinus Maria Wessels, Hendrik Johan Dees
  • Patent number: 10111555
    Abstract: A chocolate beverage composition is provided having a white, non-discolored foam on its surface. The chocolate beverage composition includes a foaming creamer and discrete, substantially non-powdered cocoa solids. The composition may be suitable for forming a beverage on the addition of a hot or cold liquid. The composition may also include a sweetening agent, a flavoring agent, a thickener, or a whitener. A beverage dispensing container of the beverage composition is also provided and may be in the form of a cartridge, sachet, pod or capsule and may be used with a beverage dispensing machine. Methods of forming the beverage composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Claire Elizabeth Macaulay, Sandra Heraud
  • Publication number: 20180305117
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage with a beverage brewing device is disclosed. The beverage brewing device comprises a receptacle for receiving the capsule. The capsule comprises a cup comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and a lid in use connected to the cup at a second end of the circumferential wall opposite the bottom. The wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. At least a portion of a surface of the capsule conceived to, in use, interact with the receptacle is provided with at least one projection for forming a sealing engagement with the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20180297776
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which is provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member comprises a separate crushable element provided on the surface of the outwardly extending flange opposite the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180297775
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which is provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The capsule comprises a bearing for the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device if the capsule is positioned in the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device and the enclosing member is closed by means of a closing member of the beverage preparation device, said bearing enclosing at least a portion of the free contact end of the annular element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180289201
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which may be provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member is integral with the outwardly extending flange and comprises at least one projection projecting from the outwardly extending flange. The projection comprising a projection top and is configured such that its projection top exerts a radial force on the free contact end of the annular element if the capsule is positioned in the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device and the enclosing member is closed by means of a closing member of the beverage preparation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND, Andrew Michael HALLIDAY, Nicholas Andrew HANSEN