Liquid Is Aqueous Patents (Class 426/431)
  • Patent number: 8481099
    Abstract: Processes for converting by-products of citrus, such as peels and juice from juice sacs attached to the peel after hand or mechanical peeling into high quality dietary fiber, naringin, juice, and oil. The processes involve pressing peels to release juice from vesicles and then grinding peels in water to create a slurry. Peel color and oil is removed by a flotation technique. Decolorized citrus peel particles—or pulp—are debittered with water in steps of boiling and washing. Dietary fiber obtained after debittering is dried and packaged for commercial use. The process promotes environmental responsibility by reducing standard citrus waste—a high BOD waste product, by overcoming discharging problems with industrial waste, by converting an environmentally undesirable product—peels, juice, and oils—into a value-added ingredient, by drastically reducing discharge and penalty cost of waste, and by eliminating the use of solvents that generate pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz, Claudine Pepper Victoria
  • Publication number: 20130171311
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and methods of use for combining at least one beverage ingredient with a diluting ingredient to form a beverage. In one embodiment, the beverage ingredient is coffee or tea and the diluting ingredient is water. The beverage ingredient is retained in a container which is positioned in the beverage dispenser. The ingredient is mixed with water at least in part in the container for dispensing into a receptacle positioned relative to the dispenser. In one embodiment, the beverage ingredient is a liquid form of beverage concentrate packaged in a disposable container. The beverage dispenser includes mechanisms and assemblies which form a single opening in the container to allow water to enter and exit the container through the single opening in the container to release and mix the beverage ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
  • Patent number: 8475860
    Abstract: A method for preparing a liquid comestible from a cell by passing liquid through the substance using centrifugal forces, wherein gas contained in the cell is controllably purged from the cell as liquid fills the cell. In one embodiment, the method includes prewetting the substance in the cell by filling liquid in the cell and rotating the cell at a first rotational speed; and then extracting the liquid comestible from the cell in an extraction phase which comprises continuing to fill liquid into the cell and rotating the cell at a second rotational speed that is higher than the first rotational speed. The invention also discloses a cell for use in these methods which cell includes a filter for preventing solids from being carried by gas during the gas purge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Colantonio, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Paul Denisart, Alfred Yoakim, Antoine Ryser
  • Patent number: 8470385
    Abstract: A novel canola protein isolate including predominantly 2S canola protein and having equal to better solubility properties and improved clarity properties, has an increased proportion of 2S canola protein and a decreased proportion of 7S canola protein. The novel canola protein isolate is formed by heat treatment or isoelectric precipitation of aqueous supernatant from canola protein micelle formation and precipitation, to effect precipitation of 7S protein which is sedimented and removed. Alternatively, the novel canola protein isolate may be derived from a selective membrane procedure in which an aqueous canola protein solution containing 12S, 7S and 2S canola proteins is subjected to a first selective membrane technique to retain 12S and 7S canola proteins in a retentate, which is dried to provide a canola protein isolate including predominantly 7S canola protein, and to permit 2S canola protein to pass through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Burcon Nutrascience (MB) Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Schweizer, Brent E. Green, Kevin I. Segall, Randy Willardsen
  • Publication number: 20130156898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in the preparation of beverages and, in particular, to an improved cartridge for preparing beverages in brewing machines. The cartridges can also be used for preparing liquid food products. The cartridge comprises a continuous elongate tubular chamber containing the at least one ingredient providing a fluid flow path linking an inlet for the introduction of the liquid at one end of the chamber to an outlet for discharge of the beverage or food product at an opposite end of the chamber. The chamber has an internal width to length ratio in the range of 1:4 to 1:200.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Denis Fisk, Ayse Tulay Massey, Nick Andrew Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130158133
    Abstract: The production of starch containing products such as rice for use in a low glycemic diet as a carbohydrate substitute in diet preparations is disclosed. The preparation may be readily adjusted in form and taste with respect to aroma, texture, consistency, and flavor for utilization in a number of food preparation techniques including baking and frying. The method provides digestible starches from native and commercial starches by controlled heating and/or enzymatic processing and filtration of carbohydrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Bashir A. Zirkia
  • Publication number: 20130156899
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for brewing a beverage in a brewing apparatus, wherein a cartridge containing infusible material is connected to a brew chamber and will form the bottom of the brew chamber. By the introduction of air through the filter of the cartridge, water and infusible material are mixed, and an effective brewing process is conducted. After brewing the beverage is discharged into a receptacle through the filter of the cartridge, leaving infusible material behind in the cartridge. The invention also provides a cartridge for use in the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Anthony Edward Quinn, Osvaldo Maffei, Robert Wim Bronwasser, Raffaele Zandona
  • Publication number: 20130149424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brewing device for extracting portion capsules, comprising first and second brewing chamber elements, wherein the first brewing chamber element can move between a loading position, in which the first and second brewing chamber elements are spaced apart from one another, and an extraction position, in which the first and second brewing chamber elements are brought closer together in order to form a closed brewing chamber, and wherein during movement the first brewing chamber element carries out a linear displacement along an axial direction when the first and second brewing chamber elements are spaced apart from one another, and additionally carries out a pivoting movement about a pivot axis perpendicular to the axial direction when the first and second brewing chamber elements are brought together at least to some extent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: EUGSTER/FRISMAG AG ELECTROHAUSHALTGERATE
    Inventor: Eugster/Frismag AG Electrohaushaltgerate
  • Publication number: 20130142930
    Abstract: A container that enables a food product with one or more pieces of solid food, such as soup, to be made utilizing a brewing machine. The container can be configured to hermetically contain a soup extract and dried pieces of solid food. The container can be pierceable to accommodate an injection of water into the container for combination with the soup extract to produce a broth, and an outflow of the broth from the bottom of the container. The container can also contain one or more inner chambers holding solid food pieces in an isolated location that can be kept separate and dry from both the water that flows into the container as well from the broth that is produced when the soup extract is infused with the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Michael David Rabin
  • Publication number: 20130142929
    Abstract: A capsule-based beverage production machine that comprises a module designed for producing a beverage on the basis of ingredients which are contained in a capsule. The module comprises: means for retaining the capsule in a fixed position, and means for perforation of the capsule, wherein the perforation means are controlled to perforate the capsule after the capsule is retained in the fixed position by the retaining means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Nestec S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130142918
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage substance cartridge, a tea filtering apparatus, a beverage producing equipment, a beverage producing system and a beverage producing method to solve the problem in the present technology that people eat tea leaf powder when drinking tea from present tea brewing equipment and it is troublesome to clear away tea leaf powder in the equipment. The invention could efficiently filter tea leaves and get rid of the trouble of clearing away used tea leaves manually. The beverage substance cartridge is used in conjunction with the tea filtering apparatus, the piercing point of the triangular pyramid structure could pierce the sealing cover of the beverage substance cartridge and then form matrix-shaped filtering holes in the sealing cover, brewed tea water could flow out, and used tea leaf is left in the extracting cartridge, so the filtering process is simple and convenient without clearing away tea leaves manually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: TEATEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangsheng Ye, Yusheng Shi
  • Publication number: 20130142915
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge being formed from substantially water-impermeable materials and comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the aqueous medium and one or more beverage ingredients contained in the cartridge, wherein the one or more beverage ingredients includes one or more discrete edible components which are substantially insoluble in the aqueous medium and which, in use, are dispensed from the cartridge with the beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Tulay Massey, Ian Denis Fisk, Sian Henson
  • Publication number: 20130139282
    Abstract: According to the invention, the object is achieved by providing all necessary conditions at optimum level to produce plant and plant parts having higher nutrients and secondary metabolites, when compared to normal plants or grown in tap water. Formulated solution containing balanced nutrients, higher levels of targeted nutrient, required pH, single or multiple eliciting factors, required concentrations of natural preservatives and maintained at required temperature and light facilitated to achieve the above object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Anuradha Maniyam, Balasubramanya Subbanarashiman
  • Publication number: 20130136833
    Abstract: A liquid infusion and/or brewing process is described. The process includes the steps of placing a desired amount of an infusion material into a chamber at atmospheric pressure, placing a desired amount of liquid into said chamber, sealing said chamber from the surrounding atmosphere, and applying at least one reduced pressure cycle within said chamber, wherein said at least one cycle comprises reducing pressure within said chamber to form at least a partial vacuum within said chamber and subsequently returning said chamber to about atmospheric pressure. Methods for separating the brewing media from the liquid after completion of the brewing process are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Dean J. Vastardis, Lou Vastardis
  • Publication number: 20130129884
    Abstract: An apparatus for brewing a beverage, which includes an elongated member having a plurality of disks stacked along an axis of the elongated member; a filter having at least one slot and adapted to fit over the plurality of disks; and an elongated housing member having first and second slots on opposite sides of the elongated housing member, wherein the elongated housing member is adapted to fit over the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: John A. Fedor
  • Publication number: 20130129871
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage substance cartridge, a tea filtering apparatus, a beverage producing equipment, a beverage producing system and a beverage producing method to efficiently solve the problem that a tea brewing equipment of the present technology has problems like slow tea leaf extraction, long tea drinker waiting time, low tea water temperature, bad tea water taste, etc. The water filling apparatus of the beverage producing equipment fills hot water into the bottom of the beverage substance cartridge near the side wall of the cartridge body, and forms vortex in the beverage substance cartridge which speeds up extraction efficiently. Furthermore, inside convex edges are set at the side wall of the beverage cartridge and hot water temperature is high enough to strengthen extraction effects and then realize rapid brewing effects in the tea brewing equipment. The beverage producing equipment adopting the invention could be widely applied in offices and homes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: TEATEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangsheng Ye, Yusheng Shi
  • Publication number: 20130129885
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing machine includes: a first hydraulic circuit including a water source, a pump, a water heater, a brewing device selected from a brewing chamber and a capsule, the brewing device including an inlet and outlet, a beverage collector collecting brewed beverage leaving the brewing device and for dispensing the beverage to a container; and a second hydraulic circuit that includes a second pump and second water heater, the outlet of the second water heater being connected to the first circuit at a location that is downstream to the brewing device with respect to the water flow in the first circuit. The first circuit can maintain in the brewing device a pressure substantially constant for a pre-set time, the pressure being less that an opening pressure for the brewing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: TUTTOESPRESSO S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20130129886
    Abstract: The present invention has as an objective to provide an apparatus for brewing a beverage that provides an attractive brewing experience for the consumer, which can perform an effective and efficient brewing process, and which also can be easily rinsed to remove any spent infusible material. These objectives have been met by a beverage brewing machine comprising an at least one water inlet port that is arranged at an angle of less than 4 degrees relative to the wall of the brew chamber to direct water around the wall of the brew chamber. The apparatus also provides for improved agitation of infusible material. Moreover a method is provided to brew a beverage using the brewing machine of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Anthony Edward Quinn, Marco Karreman, Tjeerd Jan Pieter Gerbranda, Edwin Jeroen Muller
  • Patent number: 8445047
    Abstract: A method for preparing a beverage through a capsule inserted in a beverage machine; the capsule comprising an enclosure containing one or more beverage ingredients, wherein a brewing fluid is introduced in the enclosure to brew the said one or more beverage ingredients, wherein a brewed liquid is filtered by a filtering wall and delivered from the capsule, wherein the filtering wall extends from substantially the bottom of the enclosure and said filtering wall is associated to an overflow wall that forces the brewed liquid to traverse at least one overflow aperture. The method is particularly suitable for brewing a tea containing capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Matthieu Ozanne
  • Publication number: 20130122167
    Abstract: A method, system and cartridge for forming a beverage includes a cartridge having a container defining an interior space, a lid, a filter, and a beverage medium contained in the interior space. The filter may be attached to the lid only, and extend into the interior space to separate first and second chambers of the cartridge. The filter may hold the beverage medium and be arranged so that, when the lid is removed from the container, e.g., by peeling the lid from the container, the filter and beverage medium are removed together with the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Keurig, Incorporated
    Inventor: Keurig, Incorporated
  • Publication number: 20130122156
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in the preparation of beverage and food products and, in particular, to an improved composition for preparing beverage and food products in machines. The composition is 10 prepared by the addition of a liquid to said composition and comprises one or more beverage or food ingredients and at least one preparation aid. The preparation aid comprises a plurality of bodies formed from a substantially insoluble material and the preparation aid is selected to have a 15 predetermined effect on the interaction between the liquid and the composition. The bodies have a diameter in the range of 0.1 mm to 200 mm, and preferably in the range of 1 to 20 mm or in the range of 100 to 200 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Denis Fisk, Ayse Tulay Massey
  • Publication number: 20130115350
    Abstract: A process of preparing a beverage from a beverage preparation chamber includes feeding water to the preparation chamber until a first pressure is reached, interrupting the flow of water to the preparation chamber, holding the preparation chamber in a closed condition for a first time interval, opening the outlet of the preparation chamber and delivering the thus prepared beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: TUTTOESPRESSO S.p.A.
    Inventor: TUTTOESPRESSO S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130108756
    Abstract: Method for the preparation of a foamy or creamy instant drink, wherein at least two capsules are sequentially injected with cold water to produce an instant milk-based drink, the first capsule to be injected comprising milk powder, a creamer component and sugar, the second capsule comprising milk powder, a soluble main flavour component and sugar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: NESTEC S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130108754
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for infusing a substance to be infused having an infusion chamber for receiving the substance to be infused and for passing a pressurised water flow through the substance to be infused, the infusion chamber having an inlet portion (4) for feeding water into the infusion chamber and an outlet portion (2) for the infused beverage, the injection channel in fluid communication via an injection end with the inlet portion (4) and adapted for connection via an intake end (39) to a pressurised water circuit, characterised in that it comprises adjustable means for varying the water pressure in the injection channel, adapted for generating a water pressure difference between the intake end (39) and the injection end (40) and controlled by control means outside the infusion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Blanc, Alain Goering
  • Patent number: 8431175
    Abstract: A capsule, device, system and method for preparing a liquid food or beverage. The capsule comprises an enclosure containing one or more extractable or infusible ingredients and configured and dimensioned to have a perimeter and be radially symmetrical about a central axis to facilitate rotation; and an opening arrangement that allows liquid food to leave the capsule after passing through the ingredient(s), wherein the opening arrangement is configured and positioned near or upon the perimeter of the enclosure to allow the liquid food to leave the capsule radially due to the application of the centrifugal forces. The method and device introduce liquid into the capsule to form the liquid food while applying centrifugal forces to the capsule to urge the liquid to pass through the ingredient(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Publication number: 20130101713
    Abstract: A soy protein product having a protein content of at least about 60 wt % (N×6.25) d.b., preferably a soy protein isolate having a protein content of at least about 90 wt % (N×6.25) d.b., is prepared from a soy protein source material by extraction of the soy protein source material with an aqueous calcium salt solution, preferably calcium chloride solution, to cause solubilization of soy protein from the protein source and to form an aqueous soy protein solution, separating the aqueous soy protein solution from residual soy protein source, concentrating the aqueous soy protein solution while maintaining the ionic strength substantially constant by using a selective membrane technique, optionally diafiltering the concentrated soy protein solution, and drying the concentrated and optionally diafiltered soy protein solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin I. Segall, Martin Schweizer, Brent E. Green, Sarah Medina, Brandy Gosnell
  • Publication number: 20130101716
    Abstract: A cartridge for forming a beverage includes a container defining an interior space, a filter, a beverage medium contained in the interior space, and a filter guard. The filter may be arranged so that liquid that interacts with the beverage medium flows through the filter to exit the interior space. The container may include a surface arranged to be pierced by a piercing member to permit beverage to exit the container. The filter guard may be arranged to contact the piercing member to resist damage to the filter when the container surface is pierced. In one embodiment, the filter guard and filter may be in contact with the container surface that is pierced, yet damage to the filter that might be caused by the piercing element may be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Keurig, Incorporated
    Inventor: Keurig, Incorporated
  • Publication number: 20130101715
    Abstract: Apparatus and related methods for brewing or making individual servings of a brewed beverage with a manual pump brewer. The manual pump brewer can include a pump assembly and a brew chamber assembly, whereby user manipulation of the pump assembly directs a heated liquid through a brewing media to form a serving of a freshly brewed beverage. The manual pump brewer can include a filter assembly for directly brewing a beverage from a brewing media provided by a user. Alternatively, the manual pump brewer can receive individual pods having a single serving of a brewing media such that the pump assembly directs the heated liquid through the individual pod to brew each serving of the brewed beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: National Presto Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: National Presto Industries, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8425964
    Abstract: A single serve capsule (1) for the preparation of hot beverages such as coffee, cappuccino, tea or the like from soluble or ground preparations, having an outlet lid portion (1 b) located on a dispensing wall (F) in order to form a dispensing opening (11) after a liquid has been introduced into the capsule, as well as means for changing the area of said dispensing opening during the dispensing step of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Tuttoespresso S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8425963
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for extracting a cap (16) having a first part (2), a second part (3) which is movable with respect to the second part (2) which is provided with a space for the cap and defines the cap extracting position in a closed position thereof, an introduction and positioning part having the cap guiding elements (6, 7) which are arranged in such a way that it is possible to insert the cap by gravity force and position it in an intermediate position and a beverage pouring system (19) in which the second movable part (3) displaces the cap from the intermediate position to the extraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Ryser, Christophe Boussemart, Jean-Luc Denisart, Antoine Cahen
  • Patent number: 8420139
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule and a device for preparing an infusion beverage, such as coffee, tea, or milk beverages. The capsule comprises two parallel extending wall sections, which are connected to each other by a sealing connection. A pressurized liquid or gaseous medium can be conducted through an access to the sealing connection of the capsule with the aid of a supply line in a holder of the device such that the sealing connection is partially undone. As a result, an opening is produced in the capsule. An infusion fluid can be conducted through the opening, wherein the fluid can then become mixed with a powder or granules present in the capsule into an infusion beverage. The infusion beverage can be discharged through a further opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventor: Jacques Richiger
  • Patent number: 8414944
    Abstract: A brewing piston for infusion preparation, including a head associated with a filtering element, and a lateral surface having a first gasket in proximity to the head and a second gasket at a distance from the first gasket. The brewing piston includes a first conduit connected to the head and arranged to inject a liquid for infusion preparation, and a second conduit connected to the lateral surface between the gaskets and arranged to inject the liquid between the first gasket and the second gasket during infusion preparation. The piston is arranged to limit or avoid leaks in a machine for infusion preparation. Also included is a machine using the piston and a method of limiting or avoiding leaks in a machine for infusion preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Egro Coffee Systems AG
    Inventors: Christophe Staubli, Markus Landolt
  • Publication number: 20130078363
    Abstract: Disclosed are: a fat-reduced soymilk having a reduced fat content, which is produced by separating a fat from a fat-containing soybean efficiently without relying on an organic solvent; and a novel fat-rich soybean material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiko Samoto, Jiro Kanamori, Masayuki Shibata
  • Publication number: 20130078341
    Abstract: A cartridge contains a beverage ingredient which comprises liquid beverage ingredient and elongate particles of beverage ingredient. The cartridge comprises an inlet (45) for the introduction of an aqueous medium, an outlet (44) for a beverage produced from the beverage ingredient, and a flow path linking the inlet to the outlet. The cartridge further comprises a filter (400) located in the flow path and an aperture (128) located in the flow path downstream of the filter, the aperture arranged, in use, to generate a jet of beverage. The filter has a plurality of openings (401) sized to retain a substantial portion of the elongate particles on the upstream side of the filter to prevent blockage of the aperture. The maximum area of each opening on the upstream face of the filter is no more than ten times the area of the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Geoffrey York
  • Patent number: 8404294
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable brewing device including at least one inner compartment formed by a liquid-permeable material and containing aroma material, at least one outer compartment forming a brewing container where the brewing container is formed by a liquid-impermeable material, the at least one liquid-permeable inner compartment being integrated within the brewing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Columbus E. APS
    Inventors: Ulrik Skovgaard Rasmussen, Werner Schulz
  • Patent number: 8404293
    Abstract: A method for physical separation and purification of bioactive phenolics from fruits, berries and vegetables by subjecting a fruit, berry or vegetable extract solution having a Brix of from about 1 to about 4 to ultrafiltration using an about 2,000-6,000 Dalton cutoff ultrafiltration membrane under a pressure of about 30-120 psi, and a temperature of about 80-110° F. This is followed by subjecting the resulting retentate to diafiltration-ultrafiltration with the addition of water, using an about 2,000-6,000 Dalton cutoff ultrafiltration membrane under a pressure of about 30-120 psi, and a temperature of about 80-110° F., and recovering the diafiltered retentate or the bioactive phenolic containing solids thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Graceland Fruit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nirmal K. Sinha, Meena Sinha
  • Publication number: 20130071532
    Abstract: There is provided a single serve beverage dispensing system that includes a single serve beverage capsule and a dispenser. The capsule includes a housing, an inlet, a mixing chamber, and an outlet. The beverage media is disposed within the mixing chamber. The dispenser includes a water reservoir sized and configured to retain reservoir water, an ionizer sized and configured produce alkaline water and acidic water from the reservoir water from the water reservoir, a pump for pumping reservoir water from the water reservoir to the ionizer, an alkaline water reservoir in fluid communication with the ionizer sized and configured to retain alkaline water, a mixing fixture sized and configured to receive the capsule, and a valve sized and configured to release a single serve amount of alkaline water from the alkaline water reservoir to the mixing fixture and through the capsule. A method of dispensing is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher C. Pribus, John J. Fong, Brett D. Freeman
  • Patent number: 8399035
    Abstract: A pod for mixing an amount of a dispersible material with water. The pod may include a pod body having a lower aperture and a poppet positioned within the aperture. The poppet may be sized so as to seal the lower aperture until a predetermined pressure is reached within the pod body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirschner, Carter Crittenden Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130064947
    Abstract: Processes for converting by-products of citrus, such as peels and juice from juice sacs attached to the peel after hand or mechanical peeling into high quality dietary fiber, naringin, juice, and oil. The processes involve pressing peels to release juice from vesicles and then grinding peels in water to create a slurry. Peel color and oil is removed by a flotation technique. Decolorized citrus peel particles—or pulp—are debittered with water in steps of boiling and washing. Dietary fiber obtained after debittering is dried and packaged for commercial use. The process promotes environmental responsibility by reducing standard citrus waste—a high BOD waste product, by overcoming discharging problems with industrial waste, by converting an environmentally undesirable product—peels, juice, and oils—into a value-added ingredient, by drastically reducing discharge and penalty cost of waste, and by eliminating the use of solvents that generate pollution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz, Claudine Pepper Victoria
  • Patent number: 8383180
    Abstract: The desired amount of coffee grounds, tea leaves, herbs or other beverage making material is placed in a chamber of glass vessel located on a moveable table top in its lowered position. The table top is then elevated until the upper edge of the vessel seals against a top seal. With the top sealed, the desired amount of water of about 185°-212° F. is introduced into the chamber through a port in the top. Thereafter, a vacuum is drawn in the chamber and is held within the range of about ?5 to ?20 Hg in. Using an external heat source, the brewing liquid is maintained at about 185°-212° F. Alternatively, the vacuum can be pulsed by turning it on and off several times during the brewing cycle. After the beverage has brewed for the desired amount of time, the heat and vacuum are removed, the chamber is returned to atmospheric pressure and the table top is lowered to release the vessel. The contents of the chamber are then strained to remove solids from the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Dean J. Vastardis
  • Publication number: 20130045934
    Abstract: The present invention provides an extraction method that either does not use emulsifiers, organic solvents, and the like or can reduce the amount used of emulsifiers, organic solvents, and the like. In addition, the extraction method of present invention can also efficiently extract various components from various materials to be extracted, and can highly maintain potency and the like of the extracted components, in particular if the components are active agents. Furthermore, the extraction method of present invention has excellent safety. The extraction method of present invention is achieved by bringing materials to be extracted into contact with liquid containing ultra fine bubbles for extraction treatment. The ultra fine bubbles utilized during the extraction process preferably have a mode diameter of 500 nm or smaller and a concentration of 1,000,000 or more per 1 ml of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicants: Sunstar Engineering Inc., Ligaric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyasu Tsuji, Yasuhiro Tsuji, Toru Oka, Haruka Miyao, Denny Liauw
  • Publication number: 20130040024
    Abstract: A method for producing fruit products. The method includes presenting a fruit comprising at least one water insoluble component and at least one water soluble component. Removing at least a portion of the at least one water soluble component from the fruit, the removing comprising leaving at least a portion of the at least one water insoluble component. Providing at least one polyol in the at least a portion of the at least one water insoluble component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Leroy W. Fletcher, Tamis L. Root
  • Publication number: 20130040021
    Abstract: A capsule for making a drink comprises a cup-shaped main body (6) forming a housing chamber (7) containing a powdered or liquid substance (2). The main body (6) comprises a bottom wall (8) and a lateral wall (9) which has a lower portion (10) connected to the bottom wall (8) and an upper portion (11) delimiting an opening which is closed by a cover element (17). The capsule also comprises lengthening means (18) which, following an increase in the capsule (1) internal pressure, allow a movement away from the cover element (17) by the lower portion (10) of the lateral wall (9) and the bottom wall (8) connected to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: COFFEE STAR S.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Digiuni
  • Patent number: 8367136
    Abstract: A process of preparing a beverage from a beverage preparation chamber includes the steps of feeding water to the preparation chamber (2) until a first pressure (P1) of at least 3 bar is reached, interrupting the flow of water to the preparation chamber, holding said preparation chamber (2) in a closed condition for a first time interval (t1), opening said outlet (3) of the preparation chamber (2) and delivering the thus prepared beverage whereas the pressure is decreased at least once during said time interval (t1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: TUTTOESPRESSO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20130022716
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for hot beverages is provided with a device (4,5) to filter hot, pressurized water through ground edible ingredients such as coffee, tea or herbal remedies in a chamber, a controlling unit (16) storing data, and two pistons operated independently by two motors to control the volume and/or the position of the brewing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: RHEA VENDORS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8357419
    Abstract: A process for enhancing polyphenolics content of beverages brewed from polyphenolic containing, processed beverage substrate by pre-soaking substrate (coffee beans, for example) before roasting and then quenching the substrate after processing with the liquid in which the substrate was first “pre-soaked.” Beverages produced from the treated substrate exhibit substantially increased polyphenolics content, when compared to conventionally processed beverage substrate of the same nature and processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Loretta Zapp, Thomas J. Slaga, Jifu Zhao, Mark Lange
  • Patent number: 8337930
    Abstract: Provided is a packaged Oolong-tea beverage which contains an Oolong tea extract having a tannin/Brix ratio of from 200 to 265 (mg/100 mL/wt. %) and has a non-polymer catechin content of from 0.06 to 0.5 wt. %. The packaged Oolong-tea beverage of the present invention contains a high concentration of catechins and at the same time, tastes good without losing the original taste of Oolong tea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Sachiko Niwa
  • Publication number: 20120321755
    Abstract: A chocolate beverage composition is provided having a white, non-discolored foam on its surface. The chocolate beverage composition includes a foaming creamer and discrete, substantially non-powdered cocoa solids. The composition may be suitable for forming a beverage on the addition of a hot or cold liquid. The composition may also include a sweetening agent, a flavouring agent, a thickener, or a whitener. A beverage dispensing container of the beverage composition is also provided and may be in the form of a cartridge, sachet, pod or capsule and may be used with a beverage dispensing machine. Methods of forming the beverage composition are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Claire Elizabeth Macaulay, Sandra Heraud
  • Publication number: 20120301550
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and apparatus of extraction with the use of vacuum and can be used to extract the bioactive agents from raw materials. The method of extraction of materials, includes the heating the extractant, the preliminary extraction of raw materials with the heated rollers by means of extractant, the impregnation of raw material with extractant and extraction of raw materials in vacuum-impulsive mode by cycles, which include the heating with hot coolant gas not exceeding 39° C. and a creation of vacuum in the chamber in the regime of quick vacuum-impulsive exposure with stepwise multiple pressure drop from the atmospheric pressure to the pressure not more 0.0001 MPa, followed by keeping under vacuum to stabilize the temperature of the mixture and the vacuum relief at the end of the cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Yakov Kuzmich Abramov, Vladimir Mihailovich Veselov, Viktor Mihailovich Zalevsky, Vitaly Grigorevich Tamurka, Olga Borisovna Smirnova, Natalja Vladimirovna Veselova, Veniamin Sergeevich Volodin, Larisa Sergeevna Ermakova, Anatoly Fedorovich Khanin
  • Patent number: 8318228
    Abstract: The present invention provides refined roasted coffee beans having a Hunter L value of 10 to 30 and a hydroxyhydroquinone content of not higher than 30 mg/kg by contacting an aqueous solvent with raw material roasted coffee beans. The invention also provides a process for producing refined roasted coffee beans, which includes contacting raw material roasted coffee beans having a Hunter L value of 12 to 35, with coffee bean-derived extract-containing water selected from water containing an extract derived from roasted coffee beans having a Hunter L value of 40 or more and water containing an extract derived from raw coffee beans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Chitoshi Shigeno, Yasushi Shioya, Tatsuya Kusaura, Yoshikazu Ogura, Yoshinobu Hayakawa