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: 20120070546
    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: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Age Willem Tanja, Ivo van Os, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Publication number: 20120024160
    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: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Publication number: 20110305807
    Abstract: A system (1) for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (2) and an apparatus (4) provided with a fluid dispensing device (6) which is detachably connected to the holder (2) for dispensing at least an amount of at least a first fluid, such as water, under pressure to the exchangeable holder (2), wherein the exchangeable holder (2) is provided with at least one storage space (8) which is filled with a second fluid, such as a concentrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer
  • Publication number: 20110256273
    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 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Ivo van Os
  • Publication number: 20100239728
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, which system is provided with an exchangeable holder (102) and an apparatus with a fluid dispensing element, with which the holder is detachably connected for dispensing under pressure a first fluid to a first mixing chamber (110) of the exchangeable holder. The holder is provided with a storage space (108) which is filled with a second fluid and a fluid communication (114) between the storage space and the first mixing chamber for dispensing the second fluid to the first mixing chamber. The system is designed for positioning the holder (102) in a first position and for then removing a removable seal (138) in the fluid communication (114) prior to bringing the holder (102) into the second position and thereupon dispensing the second fluid to the at least one mixing chamber (110).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff
  • Publication number: 20100147154
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for supplying a first fluid under pressure to a first mixing chamber of the exchangeable holder. The exchangeable holder is provided with a storage space which is filled with a second fluid, and a fluid communication between the storage space and the first mixing chamber for dispensing the second fluid to the first mixing chamber. The holder comprises a blister pack. The fluid communication is formed by a blister chamber and is a channel having, in longitudinal direction of the channel, a first curvature in a plane parallel to a covering of the blister pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090314167
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (102), and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for dispensing a first fluid under pressure to a first mixing chamber (110) of the exchangeable holder. The exchangeable holder is provided with a storage space (108) which is filled with a second fluid and a fluid communication (114) between the storage space and the first mixing chamber for dispensing the second fluid to the first mixing chamber. The holder further comprises a fluid communication seal (138) for bringing the fluid communication into operation through removal of the sealing action of the fluid communication. The fluid communication is a channel having a first curvature (171) in longitudinal direction of the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Sara Lee/DE N.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Comelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090272275
    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: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: SARA LEE/DE N.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090272274
    Abstract: A system (1) for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (2) and an apparatus (4) provided with a fluid dispensing device (6) which is detachably connected to the holder (2) for dispensing at least one amount of at least a first fluid such as water under pressure to the exchangeable holder (2), while the exchangeable holder (2) is provided with at least one storage space (8) which is filled with a second fluid such as a concentrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer
  • Publication number: 20090235825
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder, and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for dispensing, under pressure, by means of the restriction, a jet of a first fluid, such as water, to the exchangeable holder, the exchangeable holder being provided with at least one storage space which is filled with a second fluid, such as a concentrate, and a first mixing chamber for mixing the first and the second fluid therein, the system further being provided with a narrow passage which is included in the fluid flow path between the restriction and the first mixing chamber for, on the one side, allowing the jet of the first fluid to pass from the restriction to the first mixing chamber, and, on the other side, for substantially preventing the first fluid, the second fluid and/or the beverage from proceeding from the first mixing chamber through the narrow passage in the direction o
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090217823
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device with an outlet opening which in use is detachably connected with an inlet opening of the holder for dispensing a first fluid under pressure to a first mixing chamber of the exchangeable holder. The exchangeable holder is provided with a stop against which a fluid supply element of the fluid dispensing device forming at least a part of the outlet opening abuts in use, such that in use the first fluid is supplied through the inlet opening of the holder into the first mixing chamber and then, along a certain path within the first mixing chamber, does not hit any inner walls of the first mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090211456
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchange-able holder and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for dispensing at least one amount of at least a first fluid such as water under pressure to the exchangeable holder, while the exchangeable holder is provided with at least one storage space which is filled with a second fluid such as a concentrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20090133584
    Abstract: A system (1) for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (2) and an apparatus (4) provided with a fluid dispensing device (6) which is detachably connected to the holder (2) for dispensing at least an amount of at least a base fluid such as water under pressure to the exchangeable holder (2), wherein the exchangeable holder (2) is provided with at least a first (8?) and a second storage space (8?) which are filled with a first and second fluid, respectively, and a mixing chamber (10) for mixing the base fluid and the first and/or second fluid therein, while the mixing chamber (10) is situated at a position between the first storage space (8?) and the second storage space (8?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek