Liquid Is Aqueous Patents (Class 426/431)
  • Patent number: 8304007
    Abstract: Provided is a syrup extracted from red shiso and having a clear red color. The method of obtaining this involves: (1) draining water after blanching raw red shiso; (2) extracting, with water, the blanched red shiso while applying heat; and (3) adding an acid to the extract of the red shiso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mishima Foods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Baba, Takeshi Ishikawa, Tsuneo Takei
  • Patent number: 8304006
    Abstract: A method for producing a beverage from an ingredient-containing capsule by inserting a sealed capsule into a capsule enclosure space of a beverage production device, enclosing the capsule by a relative displacement of at least two enclosing members which define the capsule enclosure space, and opening an inlet face of the capsule and injecting a fluid under pressure into the capsule in order to open an outlet face of the capsule. The capsule is provided at its outer surface with sealing material which is exposed to the fluid pressure in the capsule enclosure space. After enclosing the capsule, the fluid pressure in the capsule at least partially acts on the sealing material, such that in turn the sealing material is pressed against one of the enclosing members thus constituting a flow resistance that is sufficient to guarantee a pressure build-up inside the capsule sufficient for the pressure-assisted opening of the outlet face of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Gilles Gavillet, Jean-Paul Denisart, Alexandre Kollep
  • Publication number: 20120263830
    Abstract: A system for preparing a beverage includes an exchangeable capsule, an apparatus including a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule includes a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The receptacle includes bottom piercing means for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating an entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule includes an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product therethrough. The filter is a multi-layer filter including at least a first layer and a second layer bonded together. The first layer has a higher tear strength than the second layer and the second layer has a higher stiffness than the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120263833
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage comprises an exchangeable capsule and a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of fluid to the exchangeable capsule, a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and an outlet arrangement for supplying the beverage to a container, such as a cup. The capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, a lid, an entrance area and a closed exit area. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid enclose an inner space that comprises an extractable product. The fluid dispensing device supplies fluid to the extractable product for preparing the beverage. In use, the outlet arrangement is in fluid communication with the exit area for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule. The capsule further comprises an opening element through the closed exit area for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120263829
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule is an open capsule with an exit filter adapted to drain prepared beverage from the system into a cup. The apparatus comprises exit filter piercing means that are provided in the receptacle opposite of the exit filter of the capsule. The exit filter piercing means cooperate with the exit filter to pierce the exit filter to create at least one additional opening, wherein the exit filter, when used in a prior art apparatus that has lid piercing means to pierce a lid of a closed capsule, is not pierced by the lid piercing means and stays intact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120258219
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises at least one disposable capsule; an apparatus comprising a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of fluid, such as water, to the at least one disposable capsule, a receptacle for accommodating the at least one disposable capsule, and an outlet arrangement for supplying the beverage to a container, such as a cup. The at least one disposable capsule comprises a chamber for enclosing an inner space comprising the extractable product. The capsule further comprises a displaceable body conceived to interact with an entrance area and an exit area of the capsule for discontinuing the entrance area and the exit area thereby enabling the chamber to pass fluidum there through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120258231
    Abstract: The problem to be solved of the present invention is to provide a method which can efficiently and economically produce a flavoring agent and can give the original flavor of a raw material to a food and drink. The objective of the present invention is also to provide a flavoring agent. The method for producing a flavoring agent according to the present invention is characterized in comprising the steps of mixing a flavor material with a solvent and extracting a flavor component contained in the fragrant material under pressure; wherein a solubility parameter of the solvent is not less than 8.0 and not more than 25.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Kaneka Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Kegasa, Hidenori Takenaka, Atsushi Takaragawa, Masayuki Abe
  • Publication number: 20120258221
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises: at least one disposable capsule; an apparatus comprising a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of fluid to the at least one capsule, a receptacle for accommodating the at least one capsule, and an outlet arrangement for supplying the beverage to a container, such as a cup. The at least one disposable capsule comprises a material barrier for enclosing an inner space comprising the extractable product. The disposable capsule further comprises a displaceable body conceived to interact with the material barrier for discontinuing at least an exit area thereof for enabling passage of the at least a portion of the beverage away from the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jocobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120251670
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage comprises a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, a perforate and/or porous third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall arranged for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule. The first, second and third wall enclose an inner space comprising an extractable product. The extractable product in the inner space has particles falling within a preselected distribution by weight. A 10th percentile of the particle size is 20-60 ?m, a 50th percentile of the particle size is 400-600 ?m and a 90th percentile of the particle size is 700-1000 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Cornelis van Bergen, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120251693
    Abstract: A method for preparing a beverage using an extractable product is disclosed. The method comprises providing an exchangeable capsule that comprises a circumferential first wall, a second wall and a third wall which together enclose an inner space comprising an extractable product. The second wall of the capsule is pierced by means of at least one blade. Via the pierced second wall there is supplied an amount of fluid under a pressure to the inner space of the capsule. The prepared beverage is drained through the third wall of the capsule. A length of the at least one blade is chosen such that during the said fluid supplying the shortest possible axial distance between the third wall and the at least one blade in the inner space is less than 80 percent of the overall axial capsule length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon
  • Publication number: 20120251668
    Abstract: A system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The bottom comprises an entrance layer for supplying an amount of a fluid by the fluid dispensing device through the entrance layer to the capsule. The lid comprises an exit layer for supplying a prepared beverage through the exit layer from the capsule to a container. The capsule comprises an additional wall element extending towards the inner space for providing additional stiffness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120251671
    Abstract: A system including a capsule is usable for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system includes a substantially rigid circumferential wall, a bottom closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and lid of a flexible sheet-shaped perforate and/or porous material closing the circumferential wall at a second, open, end opposite the bottom. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid enclose an inner space include the extractable product, and the lid includes an impermeable outer circumferential area and an exit area being enclosed by said impermeable outer circumferential area such that, in use, the prepared beverage is drained from the capsule through the exit area. The invention further relates to a method for preparing said beverage using the above system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120251677
    Abstract: A capsule system for preparing beverages by centrifugation of a capsule in a centrifuging brewing device comprising: a set of different capsules (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E), each of the capsules for selectively delivering a beverage, each capsule (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E) containing at least one beverage substance, each capsule of the set comprising a body (2) having an enclosure (6) containing the beverage substance, an upper wall (4) for closing the body (2) and optionally a flange-like rim (3), wherein the capsule is designed to form, alone or in cooperation with the centrifuging brewing device, a restriction or restriction valve of the centrifuged liquid, wherein the back pressure of the restriction or restriction valve differs for at least two capsules of the set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Alexandre Perentes, Christian Jarisch
  • Publication number: 20120251669
    Abstract: Capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product, for instance roast and ground coffee, comprising a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, a perforate and/or porous third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall arranged for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule, wherein the first, second and third wall enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product, wherein the extractable product in the inner space of the capsule has been, at least partly compacted. The invention further relates to a method for manufacturing such a capsule, a system comprising such a capsule for preparing a beverage and a method for preparing of a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Cornelis van Bergen, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120251692
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises a first exchangeable capsule, being a closed capsule, having a bottom; a second exchangeable capsule, being an open capsule, having a bottom comprising an entrance filter; a first apparatus comprising a receptacle with a support surface for holding a first capsule, the first apparatus having bottom piercing means intended for piercing the bottom of the first capsule, and having a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of a fluid, such as water, under pressure to the first capsule; a second apparatus comprising a receptacle with a support surface for holding a second capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of a fluid, such as water, under pressure to the second capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 8277864
    Abstract: Methods for stabilizing liquid coffee concentrates are provided that form a coffee beverage that has a substantially consistent acidity profile. In one aspect, the methods blend a liquid coffee concentrate base with an edible alkali source in an amount effective to artificially increase a pH of the liquid coffee concentrate base. The liquid coffee concentrate base is aseptically processed and thermally treated at elevated temperatures for a time sufficient to artificially drive acid generating reactions in the liquid coffee concentrate to completion to form a stabilized liquid coffee concentrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Henry Tonyes, Annesa Seemungal, David Bresnahan, Richard DeSanto
  • Publication number: 20120231123
    Abstract: A capsule for containing beverage ingredients may be designed for insertion in a beverage production device in which a liquid under pressure enters the capsule to drain a beverage from the capsule, wherein the capsule includes a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall, the first, second and third wall enclosing an inner space including the beverage ingredients, wherein the capsule includes a sealing member for achieving a sealing effect between the capsule and the beverage production device, wherein at least one of the first, second and third wall as such is configured to act as the sealing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120231133
    Abstract: A capsule, system and method for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The capsule comprises a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a flexible sheet-shaped perforate and/or porous third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall. The first, second and third wall enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The third wall forms an outermost boundary of the capsule in an axial direction thereof. The third wall comprises a woven or nonwoven filtering material, such as filtering paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon
  • Publication number: 20120231126
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dispensing of a substance from a container by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to (1) a container and (2) the automated method for opening such container and (3) the automated method of dispensing of the contents from such container into a customer receptacle or glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: La-Vit Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gian Matteo Lo Faro, John R. Laverack, Yuanli Shentu, Kurt R. Weseman, George E. Riehm, Greg G. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20120231124
    Abstract: A capsule for containing beverage ingredients may be designed for insertion in a beverage production device in which a liquid under pressure enters the capsule (in order to interact with the ingredients in the capsule) to drain a beverage from the capsule, wherein the capsule comprises a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall, the first, second and third wall enclosing an inner space comprising the beverage ingredients, wherein the capsule comprises a sealing member for achieving a sealing effect with a beverage production device, wherein at least an external surface of the sealing member comprises a fibrous and/or paperlike material to achieve the sealing effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120225168
    Abstract: A capsule, system and method are usable for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage using an extractable product. The system includes a capsule comprising a cup having a circumferential wall, a bottom at a first end, and a flange-like rim at a second end. The capsule further includes a lid, in use, connected to the flange-like rim. The wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The cup further includes a plurality of substantially concentric circumferential ridges extending outwardly of the cup, wherein the ridges are made of the same material as the cup. The system further includes a beverage brewing device comprising an enclosing member for enclosing the capsule. In use, at least one of the ridges abuts against at least a portion of the enclosing member, such that a sealing engagement between the capsule and the enclosing member is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120219686
    Abstract: In described embodiments, a hot liquid extraction system includes a vessel, a controllable steam and water source external from the vessel which heats the liquid of the corresponding vessel, a filter assembly disposed within the vessel operable to filter and remove a solid from the brewed beverage, and a valve to dispense the filtered beverage from the base of the brew vessel. Some embodiments include one or more valves operable to regulate water flow and steam into the brewing vessel, and a filter operable to separate a brewed liquid from a flavor base and to remove a spent flavor base from the system. Some embodiments include processor control of the system, allowing for operation tailored to individual user requirements that might be downloaded to the processor through various wired and non-wired interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Khristian Bombeck, Casey Dodge, Casey Smith
  • Publication number: 20120207893
    Abstract: The invention proposes a brewing apparatus for extracting a portion capsule, having an accommodation element, which has a cavity for the portion capsule, and a closure element, it being possible for the closure element to move between a loading position, which is at a distance from the accommodation element, and an extraction position, which closes the cavity, and the brewing apparatus having a holding element for holding the portion capsule in the loading position, and furthermore the holding element being designed in such a way that the portion capsule is aligned substantially in the direction of the accommodation element by the holding element by virtue of the movement of the closure element from the loading position to the extraction position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Kruger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marc Krüger
  • Publication number: 20120201940
    Abstract: A method of making a natural sweetening composition comprising the steps of (a) steam stripping a crude mixture of at least one plant based natural high intensity sweetening compound; and (b) at least one step of filtering the crude mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: STEVEN J. CATANI, Juan L. Navia
  • Patent number: 8236993
    Abstract: Hydroxytyrosol is extracted from olives and/or from the solid residues of olives after the extraction of olive oil, by carrying out acid hydrolysis at a temperature within the range of 110° C. to 140° C. and at a pH within the range of 1.0 to 6.0, and by purifying the obtained solution on a column containing acid activated anion exchange resins, and a column containing an adsorbent non-ionic resin; both columns being eluted with water to recover the hydroxytyrosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Probelte Pharma, S.A.
    Inventors: José A. López Más, Sergio A. Streitenberger, Marcos Peñalver Mellado, Pedro Martinez Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20120196025
    Abstract: A device to prepare an infusion, such as a brewed beverage, by moderating and manipulating the extraction rate of a particulate base during an infusion, a related method to prepare such an infusion, and a resultant product of such a method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: COFFEE CATCHER, LLC
    Inventors: John William Custer, Nathaniel Bert Jones, Sauro Dall'Aglio
  • Publication number: 20120189751
    Abstract: The invention is embodied in a low cost process for creating organoleptic meat analogs from unmodified potato starch and/or similar amylose/amylopectin containing tubers, roots and grains. The method involves thermo-irreversible gelatinization of starch, freeze-thawing, and incorporating extreme syneresis, to create starch gel nodules. Combining gel nodules with wheat gluten flour during the dough mixing formation of mass quantities of flavor absorbing, thin stranded, juicy, meat-like protein fibers. The product resulting from the method incorporates high quality plant protein, into a low carbohydrate, organoleptic juicy lean-meat analog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Charles R. Beinecke, Vicki L. McFarland
  • Publication number: 20120189753
    Abstract: A process for preparing a beverage comprises: providing a liquid carrier; supplying a flavouring ingredient to the liquid carrier; optionally heating the liquid carrier; and agitating the liquid carrier to promote dissolution and/or dispersion of the flavouring ingredient therein. The flavouring ingredient is supplied in the form of a self-sustaining body (2) to the liquid carrier, the self-sustaining body (2) having at least one surface (3) from which the flavouring ingredient is dissolved and/or dispersed into the liquid carrier. The liquid carrier is agitated in a controlled manner to circulate on this surface so as to achieve a controlled dissolution and/or dispersion of the flavouring ingredient into the liquid carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Fabien Ludovic Agon, Alexa Perrin, Alexandre Perentes
  • Publication number: 20120189750
    Abstract: A consumable comprising an ingredient or ingredients that cause an off-taste in the consumable, and a chlorogenic acid provided in a concentration sufficient to mask or modify the off-taste. The chlorogenic acid may be supplied as an extract from a botanical source obtained by extraction at 30-80° C. with water and/or a polar organic solvent. The method of making an off-taste by addition of a chlorogenic acid to a consumable is also claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Minjien Chien, Alex Hausler, Hans Leersum Van
  • 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: 20120177794
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage preparation machine comprising a brew head for receiving beverage cartridges of various heights and means for passing an aqueous medium through said beverage cartridges to form a beverage from one or more beverage ingredients contained in said cartridges. The brew head comprising a first part and a second part, the first and second parts being movable relative to one another from an open position in which said beverage cartridges can be received in the brew head and a closed position in which said beverage cartridge can be fixedly retained in a brew head space defined between the first and second parts. Wherein in use, beverage cartridges of various heights may be clamped in the brew head space between a distal end of a clamping member and the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Nick Hansen
  • Publication number: 20120171332
    Abstract: A beverage appliance includes a housing having a liquid reservoir and a receptacle in the housing dimensioned to receive a container containing at least one drink ingredient having particles of a first size. The receptacle is pivotable from a first position in which the receptacle is angled towards a front of the appliance and a second position in which the receptacle is aligned with a brew head and contacts the brew head. The beverage appliance further includes a mechanism for transforming the particles of the drink ingredient from the first size to a second size within the container, the second size being smaller than the first size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: KIN MAN LAI, KAM FAI FUNG, BARBARA LYNN SCHNABEL
  • Publication number: 20120171334
    Abstract: A capsule system for preparing beverages by centrifugation of a capsule in a centrifuging brewing device comprising: a set of different capsules (1A, 1B; 1C, 1D; 1E, 1F, 1G; 1H, 1I; 1J,1K, 1L); each one for selectively delivering a beverage having specific characteristics that differ from the other capsules of the set; each capsule of the set comprising a body (2) with a sidewall and a free rim (3), an upper wall (4) and an extractable or infusible ingredient; and an insertion diameter (D) of the body of the capsule for insertion in a rotary capsule holder (14) of the centrifuge brewing device (7) in a referential position, wherein the different capsules in the set having bodies (2) of different storage volumes obtained by a variable depth (d1, d2, d3) of the body in the set but the same insertion diameter (D) for all capsules of the set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Publication number: 20120164285
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for hot beverages is provided with means (4,5) to filter hot pressurised water through ground edible ingredients such as coffee, tea or herbal remedies in a chamber, has two or more pumps to feed water to said brewing chamber (2,82); the pumps are connected in series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: RHEA VENDORS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Major
  • Patent number: 8206767
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for removing acrylamide and/or melanoidin forming cellular ingredients from starchy plant material without enabling to remove a considerable amount of starch from the cells by washing, comprising the process steps of: providing the biological material, irreversible electroporation of the biological material, and obtaining plant material having a reduced amount of acrylamide and/or melanoidin forming cellular ingredients, the starch content of which is not enabled to be considerably reduced by washing as compared to the starting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Intersnack Knabbergeback GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Ulrich, Reiner Haferkamp, Martin Kern
  • Publication number: 20120156343
    Abstract: A system that generates brewed beverages may receive requests to produce specified brewed beverages. The system may include a scheduler that initiates and controls the performance of one or more chemical or mechanical processes to produce the beverages. While one chemical or mechanical process for producing a beverage is being performed, other processes may be performed for production of the beverage or another beverage. The scheduler may determine the time at which to perform each process, the time at which a beverage should be presented, the resources to be used to perform the processes, or the time at which to perform a cleaning process, dependent on an actual or expected demand for beverages, or dependent on a target time for beverage retrieval. Shared resources may be applied to the production of beverages for high priority orders, while partially completed beverages for lower priority orders are staged for subsequent advancement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Marwan M. Hassoun
  • Patent number: 8202560
    Abstract: A beverage forming system that includes a capsule for containing beverage ingredients and having an outer surface; a capsule-based beverage producing device provided with a member for injecting a liquid under pressure into the capsule, a member for draining a beverage from the capsule, and an enclosing member transferable from an opened state to a defined closed state, in which the enclosing member encloses the outer surface of the capsule; and a sealing member associated with the capsule and which is compressible when engaged by the enclosing member in the closed state, wherein the sealing member is effective to compensate for the clearance between the enclosing member and the capsule which would otherwise exist when the enclosing member is in its defined closed state. Also, a method for producing a beverage using such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Gilles Gavillet, Jean-Paul Denisart
  • Publication number: 20120148709
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The capsule comprises an exit area to allow draining from the prepared beverage from the capsule there through, wherein the exit area comprises a filter layer. The filter layer comprises a layer of non-woven and/or woven fibrous material with at least one first region where the non-woven and/or woven material has been sealed to prevent egress of liquid there through and at least one second region where the non-woven and/or woven material has not been sealed to allow egress of liquid there through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120148721
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, the cartridge comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients, wherein the one or more beverage ingredients is a liquid chocolate ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS R&D, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar, Geoff Rendle, Maria Gomez
  • Publication number: 20120128847
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lukasz D. Skalski, Timen T. Van Dillen
  • Publication number: 20120121765
    Abstract: A system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The bottom comprises an entrance area for supplying an amount of a fluid by the fluid dispensing device through the entrance area to the capsule. The lid comprises an exit area for supplying a prepared beverage through the exit area from the capsule to a container. The flow resistance of the entrance area of the capsule is lower than the flow resistance of the exit area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20120107455
    Abstract: A non-floating beverage infuser and rigid clamp and method thereof comprising, in general, a suspension bag of flexible liquid permeable material that contains preselected flavor and/or gassing additives, an elongated member having a first and second end, the first end is affixed to the suspension bag, and a rigid clamp affixed to the second end of the elongated member to affix to the rim of a glass, and, thus, functions to provide deep submersible infusion of preselected flavor and gassing additives while preventing the upward flotation of the additives in a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Gregory Briggs
  • Publication number: 20120082774
    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 disclosed is a machine using the piston and a method of limiting or avoiding leaks in a machine for infusion preparation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: EGRO COFFEE SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Christophe Staubli, Markus Landolt
  • Publication number: 20120076904
    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: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Nirmal K. Sinha, Meena Sinha
  • Publication number: 20120070551
    Abstract: The invention proposes a portion capsule for producing a beverage, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element comprising a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Publication number: 20120070543
    Abstract: A portion capsule for producing a beverage is proposed, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element having a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Publication number: 20120070544
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pad comprising an extractable product for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption. The pad is provided with a first covering, a second covering attached to the first covering, and an inner chamber formed between the first and second covering for accommodating the extractable product. The pad is received in an apparatus arranged for preparing the beverage for intercepting a flow of fluid having supra-atmospheric pressure. The first covering conducts the fluid into the inner chamber for interacting with the extractable product for preparing the beverage and the second covering is conceived to conduct the beverage away from the inner chamber. The first covering comprises a partially transparent material for enabling visual inspection of the extractable product. The invention further relates to an apparatus, a container, a method of preparing a beverage and a method of manufacturing a pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Jos Christiaan Van der Veen, Thomas Hoekstra, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20120058226
    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: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Keurig, Incorporated
    Inventors: Karl T. Winkler, Shih-Hao Lai, Richard Pasquini
  • Publication number: 20120052171
    Abstract: An unpressurized, relatively high powered beverage maker and related scoop for producing a single serving of brewed beverage, such as coffee, may include a showerhead with a preferential water outlet, a overflow port in the sidewall of the scoop, a secondary filter, and the like. The beverage maker is a drip (gravity) beverage maker with a relatively high water flow rate due to use of a relatively high powered water heater. The brewing happens at atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: William D Starr, Mark C. Steiner, Seth A. Lichtman, Paula L. Pennington, Atle Larsen, Michael H. Garman
  • Publication number: 20120052159
    Abstract: A capsule for the preparation of a nutritional product in a device adapted to supply liquid into the capsule. The capsule includes at least one compartment containing nutritional ingredients for the preparation of the nutritional product in combination with the supplied liquid, and a filter adapted for removing contaminants contained in the liquid. The capsule also has a selectively openable gas inlet which is placed on or in the capsule to allow gas introduction from outside the capsule into the compartment without passing through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Frédéric Doleac, Sophie Abraham, Yasmine Doudin, Yann Epars, Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Heinz Wyss, Nicolas Bezet, Lucio Scorrano, Nihan Dogan, Alain Meier