Patents by Inventor Alfred Yoakim

Alfred Yoakim has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10405689
    Abstract: Beverage production device for preparing a liquid extract by interaction between a liquid and food ingredients to form the liquid extract by effect of centrifugation of the liquid passing through the ingredients comprising: a brewing unit (2) for receiving the food ingredients, a collecting unit (18) for collecting the liquid extract centrifuged outside the centrifugal unit, driving means connected to the centrifugal unit for driving the centrifugal unit in rotation, liquid supply means being connected to the centrifugal unit to supply liquid in the centrifugal unit, wherein the collecting unit (18) comprises a heater (10) for heating the liquid supplied in the centrifugal unit, said heater (10) being further arranged to heat the liquid extract after it leaves the brewing unit (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Luc Colantonio, Andreas Staub
  • Patent number: 10375973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for preparing a cooled food product, comprising: —a receiving seat (1), for accommodating an essentially cup-shaped container, comprising a heat exchange element (1a) having a heat exchange contact surface (21) arranged to be in contact with an outer surface of a side wall (8d) of the container when the container is placed in the machine, —a cooling unit (4) arranged for cooling the heat exchange element (1a) and, —a stirring unit (5) connectable to a stirring member (9) and arranged for driving the stirring member (9) in at least one rotational movement; wherein it comprises —means for measuring the temperature of the product while being prepared, —a control unit for automatically setting output parameters according to input parameters received by the control unit and compared to threshold values stored in the unit; —wherein the output parameters comprises: at least one rotational velocity of the stirring member and the cooling power of the cooling unit, and —wherein the in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Alfred Yoakim, Charles-Austin Sunderland
  • Publication number: 20190231146
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coffee bean container (10, 10?) comprising green and/or partially roasted coffee beans, the container comprising: an inner volume (14) where beans are stored; roasting means allowing beans roasting in a certain required degree depending on the original roasting level of the stored beans; at least part or complete grinding means allowing grinding of the beans, once roasted, to a certain grinding size. The roasting means preferably comprise a roasting hollow tube (11) through which hot air at pressure circulates such that coffee beans circulate within the internal container volume and inside the tube (11), creating a fountain effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Flavien Dubief, Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim, Christianne Bournival
  • Patent number: 10285533
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a food preparation machine (1) for preparing a food product by mixing a fluid with an ingredient, said machine comprising: i. a base (2) having a fluid reservoir (3) and a pump able to withdraw said fluid through fluid-conducting pipes, said base optionally comprising an element suitable for heating and/or chilling said fluid, ii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Christian Talon, Jean-Luc Denisart, Damien Neurohr
  • Patent number: 10279973
    Abstract: The invention concerns pack (1) with an inner volume (2) in which a food or beverage ingredient (7) is stored and in which a beverage is produced when water is introduced inside, —said inner volume (2) being defined by two sheets of material (10) joined to one another at their edges and said inner volume (2) presenting a generally plane shape defining a plane (P) vertically oriented during beverage production, —said pack comprising at least one inlet (3) for introducing water in the inner volume and at least one outlet (4) for delivering the beverage from said inner volume, the water inlet (3) and the beverage outlet (4) being included in one single insert (5), said single insert (5) being positioned at the bottom of the pack and being partially positioned between two joined edges of the sheets of material (10), —said water inlet (3) being closed by one sheet of material (10) defining the inner volume (2), —wherein the single insert (5) comprises a centering hole (53) extending essentially perpendicularly to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Silvio Butscher, Thomas Kaeser, Alfred Yoakim, Cynthia Scherz, Jean-Luc Denisart
  • Patent number: 10258190
    Abstract: The invention concerns a food or beverage preparation machine (1) for preparing a flowable food product or a beverage by mixing a fluid with a precursor ingredient, said machine comprising: a base (2) having a fluid source, a pump means suitable for conducting said fluid from the source through fluid-conducting pipes to a fluid delivery port (9), and a functional element (3) detachable from the base (2), comprising connecting means (6, 7, 8) for connecting fluidly to the delivery port (9) of the base, characterized in that said base (2) and said detachable functional element (3) both have cooperating magnetic attachment means such that the detachable element and the base can be removably connected with an attracting magnetic effect, and then disconnected by rotating said detachable element relative to said base with a repelling magnetic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Youcef Ait Bouziad, Fabien Ludovic Agon, Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim, Philippe Dumur
  • Patent number: 10244884
    Abstract: A method and device for producing a beverage from a capsule containing at least one beverage ingredient are disclosed. The device is configured to carry out the method by feeding a first volume of water into the capsule for prewetting the at least one beverage ingredient, interrupting the flow of water into the capsule for a predetermined waiting time, feeding a second volume of water into the capsule for extracting the at least one beverage ingredient, and dispensing the produced beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sestec S.A.
    Inventors: Minh Quan Phan, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10231569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule system for preparing beverages by centrifugation of a capsule (1) in a centrifuging brewing device comprising: —a centrifuging brewing device comprising control means (25) capable of operating the device in centrifugation by controlling the beverage flow rate and/or the volume of the beverage, and —a capsule to be inserted in the brewing device wherein the capsule is designed to form, alone or in cooperation with the centrifuging brewing device, a flow restriction or flow restriction valve which provides a backpressure for the centrifuged liquid, wherein the control means (25) of the device selectively adjusts the rotational centrifugation speeds of the inserted capsule (1) and/or the volume of injected liquid in the capsule as a function of the exerted backpressure by the restriction or restriction valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10229401
    Abstract: A method for preventing shortage at a customer location of consumable ingredient capsules for use in a machine for preparing a beverage, the beverage preparation machine at the customer location being distant from a capsule supplier and in data-exchange connection with a server of the capsule supplier to form a network. The method can comprise: supplying from the capsule supplier a stock of consumable ingredient capsules to the customer location; automatically monitoring via the network consumption of the consumable ingredient capsules in the beverage preparation machine; and whenever the automatic monitoring detects a reaching of a shortage of consumable ingredient capsules at the customer location, the supplier server generating automatically an instruction: a) to invite the customer to make an order for a shipment of a new stock of capsules, or b) to prepare a shipment of a new stock of capsules for supply to said customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Alfred Yoakim
  • Publication number: 20180365924
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for remotely providing service functionalities for a beverage preparation machine. The beverage preparation machine is adapted for preparing a beverage by receiving a capsule in a capsule extraction unit, circulating a carrier liquid, such as water in particular heated water, through said capsule in the extraction unit and by dispensing a resulting beverage. The machine is in data communication with a remote server via a communication network. The machine monitors parameters related to the machine and submits the monitored parameters to the server. The server initiates a service functionality depending on the submitted parameters. The present invention further relates to a beverage preparation machine adapted to support such a method and to a system for remotely providing service functionalities for a beverage preparation machine at a customer location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventor: Alfred Yoakim
  • Publication number: 20180317518
    Abstract: A machine for preparing frozen confectionery has the ability or characteristic of forming a seat used for accommodating an essentially cup-shaped container. The machine has a heat exchange element having a heat exchange contact surface arranged to be in contact with a heat exchange portion of the container when the container is placed in the machine. The heat exchange element has an inverted conical or curved shape or a number of inverted conical sections, or a combination of curved and inverted conical sections. The confectionery produced can be a frozen product, such as soft ice, or a chilled dessert, such as mousse or whipped yogurt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10111447
    Abstract: A machine for preparing a cooled food product includes a receiving seat, for accommodating an essentially cup-shaped container, including a heat exchange element having a heat exchange contact surface arranged to be in contact with an outer surface of a side wall of the container when the container is placed in the machine, and a stirring unit connectable to a stirring member and arranged for driving the stirring member according to a combination of movements, wherein at least one of the combination of movements has a component directed towards the interior of the container when placed in the receiving seat. Also disclosed is a system including the machine, a container, and a method of preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim
  • Publication number: 20180303279
    Abstract: A device for producing milk foam uses Couette flow and a high shear stress that is accordingly applied to a milk-air mixture between two concentrically arranged cylinders. The cylinders are rotated relatively to another. The high shear stress leads to an emulsion of the milk and the air, which is the basis for a foaming effect, once the emulsion flows out of a gap between the two cylinders and expands. The parameters of the device that mainly influence the foaming effect are the width of the gap and the relative rotation speed of the cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim, Alexa Perrin
  • Patent number: 10078934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for remotely providing service functionalities for a beverage preparation machine (1). The beverage preparation machine (1) is adapted for preparing a beverage by receiving a capsule in a capsule extraction unit, circulating a carrier liquid, such as water in particular heated water, through said capsule in the extraction unit and by dispensing a resulting beverage. The machine is in data communication with a remote server (50) via a communication network (511, 501, 502). The machine (1) monitors (S1, S2, S3, S4) parameters related to the machine and submits (S5) the monitored parameters to the server (5). The server (5) initiates (S8, S9) a service functionality depending on the submitted parameters. The present invention further relates to a beverage preparation machine (1) adapted to support such a method and to a system (100) for remotely providing service functionalities for a beverage preparation machine (1) at a customer location (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10039298
    Abstract: The invention relates to machine for preparing frozen confectionery comprising receiving means (1) forming a seat for accommodating an essentially cup-shaped container (8), said receiving means comprising an heat exchange element (1a) having a heat exchange contact surface arranged to be in contact with an heat exchange portion (12) of the container (8) when the container is placed in the machine; wherein said heat exchange element(1a) has an inverted conical or curved shape or a plurality of inverted conical sections, or a combination of curved and inverted conical sections. The confectionery produced can be a frozen product such as soft ice or a chilled dessert such as mousse or whipped yogurt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10028614
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device 1 for producing milk foam, which makes use of Couette flow and a high shear stress that is accordingly applied to a milk-air mixture in a gap between a housing, in particular an outer cylinder, and a rotating element rotating arranged therein. The device further comprises a milk supply circuit supplying the fluid inlet with milk and an air supply circuit supplying the fluid inlet with air, both supply circuits being independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim, Alexa Perrin
  • Patent number: 10028613
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device 1 for producing milk foam, which makes use of Couette flow and a high shear stress that is accordingly applied to a milk-air mixture between two concentrically arranged cylinders 2, 3. The cylinders are rotated relatively to another. The high shear stress leads to an emulsion of the milk and the air, which is the basis for a foaming effect, once the emulsion flows out of a gap 6 between the two cylinders 2, 3 and expands. The parameters of the device 1 that mainly influence the foaming effect are the width of the gap 6 and the relative rotation speed of the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim, Alexa Perrin
  • Patent number: 9968111
    Abstract: A single-use capsule for preparing a food liquid from a food substance contained therein. The capsule has an upper wall, a lower wall, and a side wall connecting the upper and lower walls, wherein the walls form an enclosure that contains the food substance. The capsule also has a sealed interface connecting the upper and lower walls and a liquid collecting cavity located between the side wall and sealed interface. The sealed interface is configured to open under a predetermined fluid pressure in the capsule to allow the food liquid to leave the capsule. Also, a method for preparing a food liquid from the capsule by passing water through the food substance using centrifugal forces for producing the food liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 9936836
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a beverage preparation machine (1) comprising: a reservoir (2) for a fluid, a brewing head (3) adapted to receive at least one ingredient capsule (100) comprising at least one beverage preparation ingredient (104), a pump (6) for pumping a predetermined volume of said fluid from said reservoir (2) to said brewing head (3), such that said fluid can be injected into said capsule (100), when said capsule (100) is received by said brewing head (3), to mix with said ingredient (104) under pressure and produce a predetermined volume of beverage, wherein the reservoir (2), the pump (6), and an inserted ingredient capsule (100) in use are in fluidic communication and form a fluid system (800), and wherein the beverage preparation machine (1) further comprises a pressure sensor (301; 302; 303; 304) adapted to measure internal pressure (P) within an ingredient capsule (100) inserted inside said brewing head (3), and a locking mechanism (401) adapted to prevent disconnection of the inserte
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Talon, Nihan Dogan, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 9907429
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a beverage preparation machine (1) for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (12) by injection of a fluid into said capsule (12), said machine comprising: —a capsule holder (8) for holding a capsule, said holder (8) having a cup-shaped body (27), a handle portion (28), and a dispensing opening (29) through the bottom portion (30) of said body (27); —a fluid conduction system comprising a fluid reservoir (2), a fluid pump, optionally a fluid heater, said reservoir, pump and heater being connected by fluid pipes; —a brewing head (3) having an aperture for receiving said capsule holder (8), and an injection support (17) connected to the fluid conduction system; —an injection plate (18) supported by said support (17), said injection plate (18) comprising an upper surface (23) with a fluid coupling (32) connected to the fluid conduction system through said support, said injection plate (18) further comprising a fluid conducting channel (24) connecting the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Talon, Alfred Yoakim