Patents by Inventor Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff

Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff 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).

  • 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
  • Patent number: 9980599
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: 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: 20170367524
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a coffee beverage. The apparatus comprises a holder for receiving a coffee container. The holder comprising at least one outlet opening having at least one orifice for generating a coffee beverage flow when coffee beverage is fed to the outlet opening. A liquid flow path extends between the orifice and at least one outflow opening for discharging coffee beverage from the apparatus, a coffee outlet chamber being included in the liquid flow path. The apparatus further comprises an air flow generator for during operation- generating a flow of air in the coffee outlet chamber for entraining in the flow of air an aroma of the coffee beverage; said coffee outlet chamber comprising at least one dispenser opening for dispensing coffee beverage aroma in a direction away from the apparatus, in particular into the direction of the user. The at least one dispenser opening is separate from the at least one outflow opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Johannes Cornelis Nieuwlaat
  • Patent number: 9706877
    Abstract: A system for dosing coffee beans, comprising a coffee bean package provided with walls enclosing an inner space for coffee beans, a coffee bean outlet for delivering coffee beans, and a coupling part for coupling and uncoupling the coffee bean package with an apparatus that is provided with a coffee bean grinder, and an at least partly movably arranged coffee bean receiving device for supplying coffee beans from the coffee bean package to the grinder, which coffee bean receiving device is provided with a dosing space for being capable of containing a predetermined dose of coffee beans, wherein the coffee bean package prior to use in itself is closed off such that exposure of the coffee beans to ambient air is prevented, and the coffee bean receiving device is arranged to be guided through the coffee bean outlet into the inner space of the coffee bean package for letting coffee beans from the coffee bean package into the dosing space, and to guide the dosing space through the coffee bean outlet out of the inne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Age Willem Tanja, Ivo van Os, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Patent number: 9603480
    Abstract: A system for dosing coffee beans, comprising a coffee bean package provided with at least one wall which at least partly encloses an inner space for multiple dosages of coffee beans, and a coffee bean outlet for delivering coffee beans, and an apparatus provided with a coffee bean grinder, a coffee bean inlet for supplying coffee beans from the coffee bean package to the grinder, a connecting device for connecting the coffee bean package to the apparatus, so that the coffee bean outlet can be connected to the coffee bean inlet, and a dosing device provided with a dosing space which is arranged for feeding-through one predetermined dose of coffee beans from the coffee bean outlet to the coffee bean inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ivo van Os, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Age Willem Tanja, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Publication number: 20160264347
    Abstract: Pad for use in a coffee machine for preparing at least one part of a single beverage serving which pad, for use in the coffee machine, is adapted to receive an aqueous fluid that is supplied under pressure so that the aqueous fluid is forced through the pad for obtaining the at least on part of the beverage serving that then exits the pad. The pad includes a covering defining an interior space that is filled with a beverage preparation product for preparing the beverage wherein the beverage preparation product includes a product soluble in an aqueous fluid. The covering comprises a flexible first sheet and a rigid shell, wherein the first sheet and the shell are connected to each other around their perimeter edges, and wherein the shell is equipped with at least one outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20160255987
    Abstract: Adapter for use in a coffee machine in combination with a pad, which pad comprises a covering of filtering sheet material enclosing a beverage preparation product. The coffee machine is equipped with a pad holder having a bowl-shaped interior for accommodating the adapter in combination with the pad, the coffee machine having a water inlet and is arranged for supplying a time controlled amount of water to the pad positioned in the pad holder, the pad holder having a beverage exit opening. The adapter comprises a rigid disc-shaped body having a beverage collecting structure on an upper surface and a perimeter arranged for sealing engagement with the pad holder of the beverage machine, and for positioning between the pad and the beverage exit opening, wherein the adapter has a restricted opening extending there through to reduce in volume a beverage leaving the pad and flowing to the beverage exit opening of the pad holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20160257487
    Abstract: Pad including a covering filled with a soluble beverage preparation product. The covering comprises a flexible first sheet and a rigid shell which are connected to each other. The shell has at least one outlet opening. The pad is further equipped with a flexible second sheet that is positioned on a bottom of the shell located between the product and the shell. The first sheet and the second sheet each form a filter that allows an aqueous fluid, including water, and the beverage to pass and that forms a barrier for the product. The at least one outlet opening preferably has a diameter of a sufficient size for passing beverage substantially unrestricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20160257488
    Abstract: Pad including a covering filled with an extractable beverage preparation product. The covering comprises a flexible first sheet and a rigid shell which are connected to each other. The shell has at least one outlet opening. The pad is further equipped with a flexible second sheet that is positioned on a bottom of the shell located between the product and the shell. The first sheet and the second sheet each form a filter that allows an aqueous fluid, including water, and the beverage to pass and that forms a barrier for the product. The at least one outlet opening preferably has a diameter of a sufficient size for passing the beverage substantially unrestricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20160251151
    Abstract: Pad for use in coffee machine for preparing at least one part of a single beverage serving. In use, in the coffee machine an aqueous fluid such as water is supplied under pressure to the pad so that the fluid is forced through the pad for obtaining a beverage that then exits the pad. The pad includes a covering with an interior space that is filled with a beverage preparation product for preparing the beverage, which beverage preparation product is a product such as ground coffee extractable with a fluid, such as water. The covering is formed by an optionally disc-shaped first sheet and a rigid shell, wherein the first sheet and the shell around their adjacent perimeter edges are connected to each other. The shell is equipped with at least one outlet, wherein on the interior space of the pad in a bottom of shell a fluid collecting structure is provided, advantageously embodied as channels in fluid connected with the at least one outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Patent number: 9414710
    Abstract: A coffee beverage system is described, including a coffee bean packaging cartridge and a coffee brewing apparatus comprising a grinder wherein the coffee bean packaging cartridge is removably connectable to the coffee grinder apparatus. The coffee bean packaging cartridge is arranged for holding and supplying of coffee beans and includes a transportation component adapted for enabling transportation of the coffee beans. The coffee brewing apparatus comprises a motor for driving the transportation component of the first coffee bean packaging cartridge. The system further comprises a ground coffee packaging cartridge, preferably having a transportation component for enabling transportation of ground coffee which transportation component is also removably connectable to the coffee grinder apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Koniklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Ivo Van Os, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Patent number: 9339141
    Abstract: A coffee beverage system is described including a coffee bean packaging cartridge and a coffee brewing apparatus. The packaging cartridge includes a container holding coffee beans and transportation component for transporting the coffee beans towards an exit opening of the cartridge. The coffee apparatus comprises a grinder for grinding the coffee beans from the cartridge and a brewing device for brewing coffee on the basis of ground coffee obtained by means of the grinder. The system is further provided with a metering chamber for receiving coffee beans which are transported with the aid of the transportation component into the metering chamber. In use, the metering chamber will hold a predetermined amount of coffee beans. The metering chamber comprises a bottom portion which forms a part of the grinder, said bottom portion being arranged in the coffee apparatus for rotating around an axis extending in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Publication number: 20160066742
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coffee brewing apparatus and a system, comprising an entrance opening for receiving coffee beans, a grinder for grinding coffee beans which have entered the coffee brewing apparatus via the entrance opening, comprising a ground coffee transportation path for transporting ground coffee from the grinder to a brewing device, a brewing device for brewing coffee on the basis of the delivered ground coffee, and an air ventilation system in fluid connection with the grinder for providing at least one air stream comprising a coffee grinding aroma to the outside of the coffee brewing apparatus and preferably in the direction of a user of the apparatus. The air ventilation system further comprises at least one fan and at least one air stream guiding element, which is at least partially providing a flow path for the air stream from the grinder to the fan. The invention also relates to a method for preparing a beverage by means of an apparatus as described before.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Patent number: 9277838
    Abstract: A coffee beverage system is described including a coffee bean packaging cartridge and a coffee brewing apparatus. The packaging cartridge includes a container holding coffee beans and transportation component for transporting coffee beans towards an exit opening of the cartridge. The coffee apparatus comprises a grinder for grinding the coffee beans from the cartridge and a brewing device for brewing coffee from ground coffee obtained by the grinder. A metering chamber holds a predetermined amount of coffee beans and comprises a bottom portion which forms a part of the grinder, said bottom portion rotates around an axis extending in a vertical direction. A second coffee bean packaging cartridge includes a second dosing device separate from the first dosing device for preparing and/or supplying a dose of coffee beans to the entrance opening of the coffee brewing apparatus independent of the coffee brewing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Ivo van Os, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Patent number: 9265377
    Abstract: Cartridge for holding and supplying coffee bean material. The cartridge includes a housing enclosing an interior volume. The housing has an outlet for releasing the coffee bean material from the interior volume and for supplying the coffee bean material to an external apparatus. The cartridge further includes a conveyor for transporting the coffee bean material towards the outlet. The conveyor include a moveable structure for contacting the coffee bean material. The moveable structure is, at least partly, present in the interior volume. The conveyor further include manually operable actuation component for manually actuating the moveable structure. The manually operable actuation component is, at least partly, provided outside of the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Ivo van Os, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Publication number: 20160007796
    Abstract: A system for preparing a coffee beverage, provided with a coffee making apparatus comprising a grinder for grinding coffee beans to obtain ground coffee, a coffee beverage preparation device arranged for, with supply of water to the ground coffee, preparing the coffee beverage, and a coffee outlet for dispensing the coffee beverage, a separate coffee bean package with an inner space which at least before use is filled with the coffee beans, wherein the coffee bean package before use is closed off in itself such that the exposure of the coffee beans to ambient air is prevented, a coffee bean inlet for supply of coffee beans from the coffee bean package to the grinder, and a connecting device for connecting the coffee bean package to the coffee making apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Ivo van Os
  • Patent number: 9161655
    Abstract: A system (1) for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (2, 102), and an apparatus (4) provided with a fluid dispensing device (6) which is detachably connected to the holder (2, 102) for dispensing at least one amount of at least a first fluid, such as water, under pressure to the exchangeable holder (2, 102), wherein the exchangeable holder (2, 102) is provided with at least one storage space (8, 108) which is filled with a second fluid, such as a concentrate, the holder (2, 102) further being provided with at least one first mixing chamber (10, 110), the exchangeable holder (2, 102) comprising a first holder part (198) and a second holder part (199), the first holder part (198) comprising a substantially flat contacting surface (166), and the at least one storage space (8, 108) and the first mixing chamber (10, 110) each comprising a wall (167, 168) offset relative to the contacting surface (166), which, each, form part of the first holde
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egbert B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20150157166
    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: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman