Patents Assigned to Starbucks Corporation
  • Patent number: 11317759
    Abstract: A cooking management system is described that identifies a customer and orders a product for the customer based at least on current temporal data. The cooking management system identifies customers associated with previous product requests that occurred during a predetermined range of time based at least on a comparison of current temporal data with temporal data associated with the previous product requests. The cooking management system causes presentation of identifiers of the identified customers on a display. Responsive to determining that the identifier for a particular customer has been selected, the cooking management system automatically causes a cooking device to prepare a product for the particular customer based at least on customer data associated with the particular customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 11259665
    Abstract: A system for brewing a desired portion of a beverage, such as a single-cup portion of coffee, is provided. The system may have more than one brew module. The system allows a user to quickly and easily brew a variety of types of single-cup portions of a beverage. In some embodiments, the system may brew a single-cup portion of coffee in a relatively short period of time based on a combination of certain parameters. The system may include an automatic cleaning mechanism such that a user does not need to manually clean components of a brewing machine between brew cycles. The system may also include apparatus configured to substantially prevent steam from reaching grinder components of the system. The system may also include apparatus configured to provide a precise dose of material based on, for example, volume of the material. Methods and apparatus for brewing a beverage are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, David Doucette, Izaak Matthew Koller, Brian Shay, Harold A Brown, Jared Drinkwater, Levi Makaio Miller, Jeff Allison, Peter Bristol
  • Patent number: 11248198
    Abstract: Several embodiments of the present disclosure relate to distilled coffee spirits, and techniques and methods for preparing the same. In some embodiments, a distilled coffee spirit is prepared by diluting cold brew coffee grounds into a fermentation mixture, fermenting the fermentation mixture with a fermentation agent, and distilling the entire fermentation mixture to produce a distilled coffee beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventor: Denisley Gentil Bassoli
  • Patent number: 11160291
    Abstract: The present embodiments generally relate to beverages with enhanced flavors and aromas and method of making same. Some embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to soluble coffee and methods of making soluble coffee with improvements in such qualities as taste and aroma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Urano A. Robinson, J. Marcio Da Cruz
  • Patent number: 11154157
    Abstract: An upward flow extraction method, apparatus, and extract are disclosed. The upward flow extraction method can comprise loading extraction material into an extraction cell having a bottom portion and a top portion; introducing a first aliquot of extraction medium through the bottom portion of the extraction cell; expelling gas from the extraction cell through the top portion of the extraction cell; closing the top portion of the extraction cell and increasing the pressure in the extraction cell as extraction medium flows into the bottom portion of the extraction cell; stopping the flow of extraction medium into the extraction cell; steeping the extraction material in the extraction medium under pressure to produce an extract; and introducing a second aliquot of extraction medium through the bottom portion of the extraction cell to push extract through top portion of the extraction cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Kieran A Murphy, Chelsea L Rosenkrance
  • Patent number: 11147294
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques and methods for dispersing a volume of gas in a beverage contained in an unpressurized container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Schacht, Michael Cummer
  • Patent number: 11089901
    Abstract: Various beverage preparation systems and methods are disclosed. The beverage preparation system can include a dispensing unit configured to receive beverage, such as a shot of espresso, from a beverage preparation machine. The dispensing unit can include a dispensing unit with a first end and a second end. The dispensing unit can be rotatable between an upright position and an inverted position. The dispensing unit can be configured to receive the beverage through the second end when the dispensing unit is in the upright position, and can be configured to receive cleansing fluid through the second end when the dispensing unit is in the inverted position. In some embodiments, when the dispensing unit is in an intermediate position between the upright and inverted positions, the dispensing unit is configured to dispense the beverage out of the first end and into a cup or other vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Apone, Izaak Koller, Michael Cummer, Richard B. Riday, William George Crossland
  • Patent number: 11083328
    Abstract: Various beverage preparation systems and methods are disclosed. The beverage preparation system can include a container assembly configured to receive beverage, such as a milk. The container assembly can be removably engaged with a base. The container assembly can be temporarily removed from the base to facilitate transport of the beverage residing therein. The container assembly can be configured to receive a flow of steam, air, or additional gasses and vapors when the container assembly is mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Cummer, Izaak Koller
  • Patent number: 11058250
    Abstract: Various automated and semi-automated beverage preparation systems and methods are shown. The beverage preparation system can include a container assembly configured to receive beverage, such as a milk. The container assembly can be configured to receive a flow of steam, air, or additional gasses and vapors to heat and/or aerate the beverage residing therein. The container assembly can include a temperature sensor configured to monitor the rate of heating, and automatically adjust the heating and aeration parameters accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Izaak Koller, Joshua Kruger, Timothy Hurd
  • Patent number: 11051650
    Abstract: Various beverage preparation systems and methods are disclosed. The beverage preparation system can include a dispensing unit configured to receive beverage, such as a shot of espresso, from a beverage preparation machine. The dispensing unit can include a dispensing unit with a first end and a second end. The dispensing unit can be rotatable between an upright position and an inverted position. The dispensing unit can be configured to receive the beverage through the second end when the dispensing unit is in the upright position, and can be configured to receive cleansing fluid through the second end when the dispensing unit is in the inverted position. In some embodiments, when the dispensing unit is in an intermediate position between the upright and inverted positions, the dispensing unit is configured to dispense the beverage out of the first end and into a cup or other vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Apone, Izaak Koller, Michael Cummer, William George Crossland
  • Patent number: 11013362
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for brewing a desired portion of a beverage, such as a single-cup portion of coffee, are provided. The system can include one or more hopper assemblies configured to provide a controlled dose of beverage material to a brew chamber. The system can also include a water input system configured to wet the ground beverage material as the grinds enter the brew chamber and substantially prevent steam from reaching grinder components of the system. Further, the system can include an automatic cleaning mechanism such that a user does not need to manually clean components of a brewing machine between brew cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, David Doucette, Dan Apone, Izaak Koller, Amanda L. Juris, Jeff Allison, Brian Shay, John Andrew Johnson, Roland Horth, Steve Frankovich, Glenn Klecker, Stephen Hoyt Hancock, Marc Singer
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    Patent number: D901218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Kiernan Moriarty, Matias Sagaria
  • Patent number: D903975
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Raoul de Thouars, Kiernan Moriarty, Alessia Bucci
  • Patent number: D906549
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Raoul de Thouars, Alessia Bucci
  • Patent number: D909704
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Nelson, Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller
  • Patent number: D910965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller, Franciscus Johannes Paulus
  • Patent number: D911590
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller, Franciscus Johannes Paulus
  • Patent number: D911591
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller, Franciscus Johannes Paulus
  • Patent number: D912849
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller, Franciscus Johannes Paulus
  • Patent number: D953683
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Elisabeth G. M. Coolen Muller, John Francis Nelson, III