Patents Examined by Anthony J Weier
  • Patent number: 11889942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifugal coffee brewing device, including: a spinning assembly which is rotatable about a main axis, the spinning assembly including: a chamber element including a bottom wall, a cylinder element including a filter, wherein the chamber element and the cylinder element form a brewing chamber, a main drive for rotating the spinning assembly about the main axis for centrifuging the coffee, wherein the cylinder element including the filter is movable between a first, lower position in which the filter forms the circumference of the brewing chamber and in which the spinning assembly has a brewing configuration, and a second, upper position in which the circumference of the brewing chamber is open, and in which second position coffee residue can be ejected by spinning the chamber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SPINN HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Serge Alfred Johan De Warrimont, Andreas Jacobus Louis Nijsen, Sybren Yme Leijenaar, Hedzer Michiel Adriaan Van Der Kamp, Hans Constant Dikhoff, Roderick de Rode, Frank Jacob Paul De Vries, Willem Otto De Jong, Willem Verburg, Daniel Constantijn Van Der Prijt
  • Patent number: 11864683
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to systems and methods for producing liquid extracts from a solid raw material, as well as related equipment. Certain aspects are related to the production of multiple liquid extract products using a single system by adjusting one or more displaceable fluidic pathway segments within the system to switch between first and second (or more) extraction configurations. In certain embodiments, a first liquid extract can be produced when the displaceable fluidic pathway segment is in a first configuration, and a second liquid extract (different from the first liquid extract) can be produced when the displaceable fluidic pathway segment in in a second configuration (different from the first configuration).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Kalenian Coffee Consulting LLC
    Inventor: Paul A. Kalenian
  • Patent number: 11859088
    Abstract: A color material aqueous solution having excellent thermal stability under acidic conditions, a method for manufacturing such a color material aqueous solution, and a blue-colored beverage are provided. Provided are: an acidic color material aqueous solution containing phycocyanin (A), a polyvalent carboxylic acid (B) containing one or more hydroxy groups, and at least one kind of nonionic emulsifier (C) selected from the group consisting of sucrose esters and polyglycerol esters, the at least one kind of nonionic emulsifier (C) having an HLB of 15 or more; a method for manufacturing an acidic color material aqueous solution including a step of dissolution in water (D); a method for manufacturing a color material aqueous solution in which the raw materials are dissolved in water; and a blue-colored beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromasa Nakamura, Hisayoshi Arai
  • Patent number: 11856975
    Abstract: Shown herein are small molecule compounds that can be used to increase the overall quality of a coffee beverage. The flavor enhancing compounds can be combined with coffee at any stage of its processing to increase the cup score of a coffee beverage. In some embodiments, the flavor enhancing compounds include one or more caffeic ester compounds, for instance caffeic acid esterified with a cyclitol or related compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Devin Peterson, Sichaya Sittipod, Eric Schwartz, Laurianne Paravisini
  • Patent number: 11849879
    Abstract: Automated replenishment of consumables is a growing area of interest for customers and businesses alike, in that it has the potential to both improve customer satisfaction and create a steady stream of orders for a consumable service or product. As recognized herein, kitchen appliances, including those for dispensing beverages, present specific challenges to integration with a replenishment service, especially where multiple packages or formats of consumables may be utilized by a single kitchen appliance. Aspects provided herein include methods, systems, and devices for tracking consumption of foodstuffs prepared by a kitchen appliance, including either counting discrete quantities of foodstuffs or estimating non-discrete quantities. A signal requesting replenishment of at least one foodstuff may be transmitted to a replenishment server based on the counting and/or estimating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Hanes, Patrick T Mulvaney
  • Patent number: 11849736
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an aromatizing material having excellent floral aroma. The tea aroma composition including linalool, geraniol, and 2-methylbutanal, and has a weight ratio of 2-methylbutanal content to total linalool and geraniol content which is adjusted to be in the range of from 0.010 to 0.215.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisaku Yonezawa, Makoto Otsuka, Takashi Mukai, Takeshi Nakajima, Keita Kikuchi, Yuji Hirayama, Taisuke Osanai, Taishu Hamaba
  • Patent number: 11845045
    Abstract: A beverage carbonator includes a carbonation chamber having a carbonation source inlet, a fluid inlet, a gas outlet, and a carbonation source carrier. The carbonation source carrier is positioned to receive carbonation source deposited into the carbonation chamber through the carbonation source inlet. The carbonation source carrier and fluid inlet arranged to isolate carbonation source carried on the carbonation source carrier from liquid collected in the carbonation chamber through the fluid inlet until a predetermined volume of liquid is admitted into the carbonation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: BONNE O INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Roy Sawyer, Eleu Thereus Tai Sung Um, Lukas Jeroen ten Kortenaar, Michael James Norman Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11832758
    Abstract: A weigh scale unit may be used in conjunction with a beverage preparation machine to prepare beverages efficiently. The weigh scale unit may provide the status of ingredient addition to a beverage receptacle. The weigh scale unit may send instructions and/or data to the beverage preparation machine. In some embodiments, the beverage preparation machine sends instructions and/or data to the weigh scale unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Herbert, Bryan Hotaling, John Macneill, Scott Leclerc, Matthew Naples, Patrick Devine
  • Patent number: 11825858
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for producing a tea aroma composition wherein the excellent aroma of tea leaves is enhanced. In the method for producing a tea aroma composition, tea leaves are treated by steam distillation to collect a distillate and then the obtained distillate is subjected to distillative concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisaku Yonezawa, Makoto Otsuka, Takashi Mukai, Takeshi Nakajima, Keita Kikuchi, Yuji Hirayama, Taisuke Osanai, Taishu Hamaba
  • Patent number: 11825982
    Abstract: Devices and methods for infusing liquids and/or brewing beverages are described. The present invention relates to an apparatus for brewing beverages having a vessel, said vessel having a sealable chamber for holding a brewing material and a liquid, and a filter assembly connected to the sealable chamber; a liquid supply and conduit for introducing at least a portion of said liquid supply into said sealable chamber; and a vacuum source and conduit for reducing pressure in said sealable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: BKON LLC
    Inventors: Dean J. Vastardis, Lou Vastardis
  • Patent number: 11825859
    Abstract: A coffee extract with increased coffee-specific aroma and reduced off-flavors is provided. The ratio of (A) the peak area ratio of 2,3-butanedione to (B) the sum of the peak area ratio of guaiacol and the peak area ratio of 4-ethylguaiacol [(A)/(B)] in the coffee extract is adjusted to a specific range. Alternatively, the ratio of (a) the concentration (ppb) of 2,3-butanedione to (b) the total concentration (ppb) of guaiacol and 4-ethylguaiacol [(a)/(b)] in the coffee extract is adjusted to a specific range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nishiumi, Nao Kamezawa, Atsushi Mukai, Takashi Mukai
  • Patent number: 11819043
    Abstract: A beverage product includes a mixture having a dissolved oxygen content of less than 500 parts per billion, the mixture including tea flavor, hops flavor, and water. The beverage product further includes a container holding the mixture, the container being sealed to prevent the introduction of dissolved oxygen, a headspace of the container including inert gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hoplark LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Markley, Dean Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 11812768
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an avian-free egg white composition including 45-63% Ovalbumin, 9-15% Ovotransferrin, 0-15% Ovomucoid, 3-5% Ovoglobulin G2, 3-5% Ovoglobulin G3, 2.5-5% Ovomucin, 3-5% Lysozyme, 1-2% Ovoinhibitor, 0.8-1.5% Ovoglycoprotein, 0.6-1.0% Flavoprotein, 0.3-0.8% Ovomacroglobulin, 0.02-0.1% Avidin, and 0.02-0.1% Cystatin. In some embodiments, the composition comprises an edible yeast and one or more of the preceding proteins. In some embodiments, the avian-free egg white further includes one or more of: flavor enhancers, calcium supplements, added vitamins, and a gelling agent. In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a non-allergenic egg-white composition for human consumption. In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of making the avian-free egg-white composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Kedarnath Krishnamurthy Challakere
  • Patent number: 11812761
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a soluble beverage powder of dried coffee extract. In particular to a soluble coffee powder having a gold appearance. Further aspects of the invention are a powder mix for preparing a beverage and a process for making a soluble beverage powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Federico Mora, Daniel Cotter, Aleksander Robaszkiewicz, Xiaoping Fu, Julien Dupas
  • Patent number: 11812762
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing processed cocoa nibs are provided. The methods involve coarse grinding cocoa nibs to form a slurry and subjecting less than all of the cocoa slurry to refining. The refined and unrefined volumes or portions of cocoa slurry are then recombined to provide a recombined cocoa product. The cocoa nibs produced by the method may be further processed to provide cocoa liquor or chocolate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Aditya Josyula, Dale Slesser, John Kaiser, Rogaite Shafi, Matthew Kelley, Jose Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11812886
    Abstract: The technology relates to drip filter coffee machines. In one form, the coffee machine has a body extending from a base, a platform having a platform, an upward facing surface and a coupling portion, and a filter basket a downward facing bottom surface supported on the upward facing surface, a recess located in the bottom surface of the filter basket to receive the coupling portion of the platform; a downward locating feature cooperating with the platform to aid alignment of the filter basket with the platform; and wherein the upward facing surface of the platform includes an upward locating feature engaging the downward location feature to aid in locating the filter basket in an engaged position with the coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Harrod, Alex Ming Duk Leung
  • Patent number: 11805786
    Abstract: A method for producing a coffee extract with increased coffee-specific aroma and reduced off-flavors is provided. A coffee extract prepared by extraction at low temperature (70 to 120° C.) in the first extraction step is mixed with a coffee extract prepared by an evaporative concentration treatment after the second extraction step, in which roasted and ground coffee beans used in the first extraction step is used for extraction at high temperature (125 to 150° C.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nishiumi, Nao Kamezawa, Atsushi Mukai, Takashi Mukai
  • Patent number: 11800886
    Abstract: Polyesters, such as those formed using polyols and di- or tri-carboxylic acids or anhydrides or salts thereof, are used as foam control agents in foodstuff processing. The polyesters are biodegradable and biocompatible while still providing excellent foam control capacity. In addition, polyesters foam control agents of the disclosure can be used with various apparatus while avoiding forming films that otherwise affect apparatus function. The polyesters can be used at various stages during industrial processing of vegetables (e.g., potatoes and beets) and fruits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignees: Dow Global Technologies LLC, Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Wei Gao, Tianlan Zhang, Xue Chen
  • Patent number: 11793347
    Abstract: A coffee brewing system includes a brew vessel adapted to receive water and ground coffee to produce and store a brewed beverage. The brew vessel includes a filter and a magnet stirrer in the lower portion of the brew vessel. The magnet stirrer creates a water vortex for brewing the coffee. The used coffee grounds are allowed to settle on the filter creating a bed of used coffee grounds and the coffee is then filtered through both the bed of used coffee grounds and the filter and collected in a coffee storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: HAVANA SAVANNAH, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce D. Burrows
  • Patent number: 11785970
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to compositions including rice bran extract, method of making rice bran extract and method of using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Florida Food Products, LLC
    Inventors: Pavan Kumar Soma, Peter VanAlstyne