Patents by Inventor Izaak Koller

Izaak Koller 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: 8944354
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing a material, such as coffee beans, that may be used with a grinding apparatus. The apparatus may have a directing component to guide a controlled dose of material toward the grinding apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a container with a base portion that engages a grinding apparatus. The container, when engaged with the grinding apparatus, can direct coffee beans toward the grinding apparatus and has a door that releases a controlled dose of beans. A grinding apparatus is also disclosed that may have a movable tongue to cause excess grounds caught on interior components of the grinding apparatus to exit the grinding apparatus. The apparatus, systems, and methods reduce labor associated with grinding the material and allow a user, such as a barista, to more efficiently prepare brewed beverages, such as single-cup portions of coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 8910563
    Abstract: Shown is an apparatus for brewing a beverage, such as coffee, as well as associated methods for brewing a beverage. Apparatuses and methods are included to reduce labor involved in pour-over brewing techniques, while providing greater consistency in the results. Manual and/or automatic movements are provided to a filter (e.g., rotation) and/or a nozzle dispensing liquid over the filter. Water dosage and timing therefore can be automated to the filter. The nozzle can be positioned off-center with respect to the filter to ensure wetting thereof. The nozzle can be made movable for constrained changes to the path of liquid flow relative to the rotating filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Brian Shay, Izaak Koller
  • Publication number: 20140272018
    Abstract: Present embodiments generally relate to a single-serve beverage cartridge for use with a single-serve coffee brewer. In some embodiments, the cartridge has a body portion, a first filter element, and a second filter element. The cartridge can include a single serving of coffee or another beverage component or precursor. The cartridge can be formed of a biodegradable and/or compostable material. In some embodiments, at least one of the filters is configured to stretch when pressed by a tamping head, thereby allowing the tamping head to be received in the cartridge to facilitate tamping of the beverage component or precursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Izaak Koller, Amanda Juris, Kathleen L. Ireland, Jeffrey Jack Fleming, Farid Sadeghi, Philipe Roget Manoux, Adam Mekeel Mack, Kurt Philip Dammermann, Alan Scott Crarer
  • Patent number: 8794127
    Abstract: An embodiment of a machine for brewing a beverage such as coffee includes a chamber and a piston assembly disposed in the chamber. The chamber is operable to receive a liquid such as water and a flavor base such as ground coffee, and to allow the beverage to brew from a mixture of the liquid and the base. The piston assembly is operable to filter a solid such as spent coffee grounds from the brewed beverage by moving in a first direction, and to force the filtered beverage out of the chamber by moving in a second direction. By modifying or automating some or all steps of the French press brewing technique, such a machine may control one or more of the brewing parameters with a level of precision that yields brewed coffee having a uniform taste from cup to cup. Furthermore, such a machine may brew the coffee with a speed that renders the machine suitable for use by establishments that serve significant amounts of coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Zander Nosler, Randy Hulett, Mike Baum, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Publication number: 20130082130
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing a material, such as coffee beans, that may be used with a grinding apparatus. The apparatus may have a directing component to guide a controlled dose of material toward the grinding apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a container with a base portion that engages a grinding apparatus. The container, when engaged with the grinding apparatus, can direct coffee beans toward the grinding apparatus and has a door that releases a controlled dose of beans. A grinding apparatus is also disclosed that may have a movable tongue to cause excess grounds caught on interior components of the grinding apparatus to exit the grinding apparatus. The apparatus, systems, and methods reduce labor associated with grinding the material and allow a user, such as a barista, to more efficiently prepare brewed beverages, such as single-cup portions of coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Publication number: 20120183659
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for brewing a beverage, such as coffee, as well as associated methods for brewing a beverage. Apparatuses and methods are disclosed to reduce labor involved in pour-over brewing techniques, while providing greater consistency in the results. Manual and/or automatic movements are provided to a filter (e.g., rotation) and/or a nozzle dispensing liquid over the filter. Water dosage and timing therefore can be automated to the filter. The nozzle can be positioned off-center with respect to the filter to ensure wetting thereof. The nozzle can be made movable for constrained changes to the path of liquid flow relative to the rotating filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Starbucks Corporation d/b/a Starbucks Coffee Company
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Brian Shay, Izaak Koller
  • Publication number: 20100154645
    Abstract: An embodiment of a machine for brewing a beverage such as coffee includes a chamber and a piston assembly disposed in the chamber. The chamber is operable to receive a liquid such as water and a flavor base such as ground coffee, and to allow the beverage to brew from a mixture of the liquid and the base. The piston assembly is operable to filter a solid such as spent coffee grounds from the brewed beverage by moving in a first direction, and to force the filtered beverage out of the chamber by moving in a second direction. By modifying or automating some or all steps of the French press brewing technique, such a machine may control one or more of the brewing parameters with a level of precision that yields brewed coffee having a uniform taste from cup to cup. Furthermore, such a machine may brew the coffee with a speed that renders the machine suitable for use by establishments that serve significant amounts of coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Zander Nosler, Randy Hulett, Mike Baum, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 7673555
    Abstract: An embodiment of a machine for brewing a beverage such as coffee includes a chamber and a piston assembly disposed in the chamber. The chamber is operable to receive a liquid such as water and a flavor base such as ground coffee, and to allow the beverage to brew from a mixture of the liquid and the base. The piston assembly is operable to filter a solid such as spent coffee grounds from the brewed beverage by moving in a first direction, and to force the filtered beverage out of the chamber by moving in a second direction. By modifying or automating some or all steps of the French press brewing technique, such a machine may control one or more of the brewing parameters with a level of precision that yields brewed coffee having a uniform taste from cup to cup. Furthermore, such a machine may brew the coffee with a speed that renders the machine suitable for use by establishments that serve significant amounts of coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Zander Nosler, Randy Hulett, Mike Baum, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Publication number: 20070068393
    Abstract: An embodiment of a machine for brewing a beverage such as coffee includes a chamber and a piston assembly disposed in the chamber. The chamber is operable to receive a liquid such as water and a flavor base such as ground coffee, and to allow the beverage to brew from a mixture of the liquid and the base. The piston assembly is operable to filter a solid such as spent coffee grounds from the brewed beverage by moving in a first direction, and to force the filtered beverage out of the chamber by moving in a second direction. By modifying or automating some or all steps of the French press brewing technique, such a machine may control one or more of the brewing parameters with a level of precision that yields brewed coffee having a uniform taste from cup to cup. Furthermore, such a machine may brew the coffee with a speed that renders the machine suitable for use by establishments that serve significant amounts of coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventors: Zander Nosler, Randy Hulett, Mike Baum, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: D551901
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Coffee Equipment Company
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Zander Nosler, Josh Maruska, Izaak Koller
  • Patent number: D562051
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Coffee Equipment Company
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Zander Nosler, Josh Maruska, Izaak Koller