Coffee Patents (Class 426/432)
  • Patent number: 10349665
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process for production of an instant coffee product in a high yield, comprising the steps of extracting roast and ground coffee beans with water having a temperature of 80° C. or less, to produce a first extract and spent coffee grounds, adding water to the spent coffee grounds to produce an aqueous suspension, hydrolysing the aqueous suspension using a hydrolysing enzyme to produce a second extract and spent remains, adding the first extract to the second extract, optionally after concentration and/or drying of the second extract, to obtain a combined extract, and drying the combined extract to obtain an instant coffee product. The high yield is obtained due to the reduction of enzyme inhibiting substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GEA PROESS ENGINEERING A/S
    Inventors: Anders Holmen Pedersen, Jakob Kryger Sørensen, Henrik Haraldsted
  • Patent number: 10335712
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for extracting compounds from raw materials with an extraction column is provided. The control and manipulation of pressure exerted and contained within the extraction vessel or column may be vital in obtaining a certain flavor profile or intensity of the effluent extracted from the raw materials. As such, the method may include directing a flow of pressurized solvent into a base of the extraction column and utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent to create a pressure gradient applied to the raw materials. The method may further include compressing the raw materials with hydraulic compression. As the raw materials become further compressed, frictional heating may result allowing most, if not all, of the volatile aromatic heat sensitive compounds and constituencies to be extracted depending on the pressure strength applied to the raw materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Corey
  • Patent number: 10213047
    Abstract: A coffee preparation machine can include at least one sealed pod containing unroasted green coffee beans, a roasting system that accepts the at least one sealed pod, a grinding system, and a brewing system, where the brewing system, the roasting system, and the grinding system can be housed within a single self-contained unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seva Coffee Corporation
    Inventor: Deepak Boggavarapu
  • Patent number: 10130898
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for extracting compounds from raw materials packed into an extraction column. The system may include a flowing solvent source connected to an extraction column to provide a flow of solvent for extracting the raw materials. The system may also include an electrodeionizer to separate positive ions and negative ions within the flowing solvent to create an imbalance of ions and transform the solvent to a deionized solvent. In further embodiments, the extraction column includes a solvent surface layer in contact with a bed of raw materials, such that the hydraulic pressure applied within the extraction column results in the formation of catalyzing energy to generate a self-perpetuating energy cycle to extract the raw materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Corey
  • Patent number: 9801405
    Abstract: A method to prepare and dispense a N2 or N2/CO2 gas infused chilled beverage is provided. The gas infused beverage is obtained by mixing a beverage concentrate with N2 or N2/CO2 gas infused water under positive pressure and dispensing the prepared beverage through a slow pour faucet. The beverage may be any non-carbonated liquid and in one embodiment the beverage is coffee. The dispensed N2 or N2/CO2 gas infused chilled coffee has a unique appearance and enhanced flavor and aroma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AC DISTRIBUTING, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Kleinrichert
  • Patent number: 9718606
    Abstract: A method for preparing a short coffee extract from a capsule containing coffee powder. The method includes providing a capsule containing contains between 5.0 and 8.5 gram of ground coffee powder, injecting liquid into the capsule to interact with the coffee powder, and centrifuging the capsule in a beverage producing device to force, by the effect of centrifugal forces, the liquid coffee extract out of the capsule so that it can be collected and dispensed. The extraction of the liquid coffee extract is preferably obtained by rotating the capsule within a speed range of 2500 to 7500 rpm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Diego Jimenez Alvarez, Delphine Ricoux, Pierre Monnier, Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 9713794
    Abstract: According to example embodiments, a separation membrane includes a graphene on at least one surface of a polymer support. The graphene may include a plurality of grains defined by grain boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-young Choi, Ho-bum Park
  • Patent number: 9706784
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing roasted coffee beans, which are useful as a starting material for a coffee beverage having a suppressed unpleasant taste and have a roast degree within a predetermined level or less. The process for producing roasted coffee beans of the present invention comprises placing starting material roasted coffee beans having an L value of from 21 to 50 in an airtight container and subjecting the roasted coffee beans to a heat treatment at from 100 to 160° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kusaura
  • Patent number: 9585509
    Abstract: A cooking appliance has a pivotable pot having a pot pivot axle and a pivotable lid having a lid pivot axle, and includes a common drive for pivoting the pot and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: FRIMA-T SAS, FRIMA INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Wassmus, Markus Lingenheil, Pascal Gluck, Kevin Spahlholz, Jean Vorady, Manuel Baehl
  • Patent number: 9545169
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention relates to apparatus (10) for roasting coffee beans, the apparatus comprising: a chamber (12) in which a supply of coffee beans can be received for roasting; means (15) for heating air; and means (20) for driving heated air into the chamber (12) for roasting coffee beans received therein; wherein the air driving means (20) and chamber (12) are configured and arranged so that coffee beans located in the chamber (12) circulate generally horizontally about the periphery of the chamber (12) when the air driving means (20) drives heated air into the chamber (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: IKAWA LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Stordy, Rombout Frieling
  • Patent number: 9277758
    Abstract: Liquid brewed beverage concentrates and methods of making the concentrates are provided herein. The concentrates are liquid and flowable at room temperature and can be diluted in an aqueous liquid to provide a beverage having the general appearance, flavor, and aroma of a freshly brewed beverage. The concentrates include a low water content, high non-aqueous liquid content, particularly non-volatile non-aqueous liquid content, and high flavor solids content, the amounts of which are balanced to provide concentrates with a desired flavor profile with little or no flavor degradation after storage at room temperature in a sealed container for at least about three months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bary Lyn Zeller, John B. Topinka, Dale Anthony Kyser
  • Patent number: 8999420
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to improvements in beverage/food product preparation systems and in particular to beverage/food product preparation systems having machines of the type which use pre-packaged cartridges containing beverage or food ingredients. The cartridge (30) contains one or more beverage or food ingredients for use in a machine for preparing a beverage or food product from said ingredients. The cartridge (30) includes a base (34), an outlet aperture (37) in the base (34), and a collar (38) extending from the cartridge base (34) around the outlet aperture (37). The cartridge (30) is inserted into a holding receptacle (14) of a machine the collar (38) interacts with an element (65) of the machine and the collar (38) is configured to determine the pressure in the cartridge (30) during the preparation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nick Andrew Hansen
  • Patent number: 8936819
    Abstract: A receptacle holding unit (1) for a device for preparing a beverage from an ingredient contained in a receptacle (2) having: —a first part (10); —a second part (20) that is movable towards the first part, in particular along a longitudinal axis (1?), into a closed position for holding the receptacle in such unit and relatively apart from the first part into an open position for inserting the receptacle into such unit and/or for removal therefrom; —a fastening device (11, 21) having a fastened configuration for fastening together the first and second parts (10, 20) in the closed position and an unfastened configuration such to enable movement of the first and second parts out of the closed configuration; and —an actuator (30) movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration to drive the first part and the second part between the open and the closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Enzo Bonacci, Patrick Caprotti, Andrew Gunstone
  • Patent number: 8906435
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 8889207
    Abstract: A method for preparing hot beverages in a hot beverage machine by possibly repeatedly pumping a specific quantity of water from a water tank into a heating device, heating the quantity of water, pumping the heated quantity of water out of the heating device into a brewing chamber and possibly at the same time pumping a further quantity of water out of the water tank into the heating device, brewing a brewing substance contained in the brewing chamber to produce a hot beverage, and finally converting the quantity of water last pumped into the heating device completely into steam in a controlled manner for forcing liquid out of the entire line system downstream of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Aigner, Josef Daburger, Josef Gius, Johann Magg, Stefan Stadler
  • Publication number: 20140271988
    Abstract: Generally described are extracts and beverages with enhanced nutrients, flavors and textures and methods of making the same. Some embodiments relate to extracts and beverages produced through filtration techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: STARBUCKS CORPORATION D/B/A STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
    Inventors: Urano A. Robinson, J. Marcio Da Cruz, Dien Van Vu, Joseph Kuo
  • Patent number: 8833235
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an injection-molded capsule for use in a food preparation machine, said capsule for use in a food preparation machine comprising: (i) a structure (1) with a lower side (2), at least three pillars (3) extending from the lower side and linked to a circular upper frame (4) which defines the surroundings of the capsule top side, the pillars (3) having cross-sections S1, S2 and S3, the lower side (2) being a solid wall that comprises a dispensing opening (5) and is centered across the vertical symmetry axis VSA of said capsule, and (ii) a label (6) attached to the outer surface of the lower side (2), pillars (3) and upper circular frame (4), thus forming an envelope that defines capsule side walls, characterized in that the injection point IP of the capsule is off-centered in the vicinity of said dispensing opening (5), opposed the pillar (3) having a cross-section S3 relatively to the axis VSA, and in that S1=S2 and S3>S1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Stephane Hentzel
  • Publication number: 20140255563
    Abstract: The method comprises a first step during which with a capsule inserted into a percolation element and of the type presenting different chambers each of which containing a corresponding infuse, a water flow coming from a tank is caused to reach a predetermined temperature and a second step during which the water flow is directed towards a plurality of channels each of which is defined by a respective chamber and by a respective outlet area of said capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: MACCHIAVELLI S.r.l.
    Inventor: Raffaele Rondelli
  • Patent number: 8808778
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the described technology, a multi-chamber cup is used to brew coffee or other (hot) drink in a brewing machine. Such a device allows one to add any coffee, but use all the features of an automated single-cup or multi-cup brewing machine. The multi-chamber cup has an inner cup, an intermediate cup, and an outer cup each having sides with circular cross-sections between a top side and bottom side, defining an inner cavity there-between, each with a lip at a top side of the respective cup, extending outwards from a respective inner cavity of each cup. This allows water to enter and flow through multiple cups (at least three) before exiting the multi-chamber cup, such that the liquid becomes homogenized with dissolved particulate solid matter to produce a flavorful, high-quality drink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Dakis
  • Patent number: 8784914
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing an extract of green coffee wherein green coffee beans are subjected to a heat treatment and extracted without being roasted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Valerie Martine Jeanine Leloup, Yves Allenbach, Johanna Hendrika Schoonman
  • Patent number: 8784925
    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: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Chitoshi Shigeno, Yasushi Shioya, Tatsuya Kusaura, Yoshikazu Ogura, Yoshinobu Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 8778551
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack and a flow control device that controls a supply of a first phase fluid flowing through the fuel cell stack. A controller monitors at least one parameter of the fuel cell stack and controls the supply to generate pulses of reactant when the at least one parameter crosses a threshold to flush a second phase fluid from said fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Daryl Chapman, Charles Mackintosh, Pinkhas A. Rapaport
  • Patent number: 8778432
    Abstract: A method for brewing and chilling a brewed beverage such as tea includes brewing the beverage within a first container; pouring the brewed beverage from the first container into a second container containing a chilling medium; and covering the second container with an air-tight lid assembly that provides an air tight seal with the second container. The second container may then be agitated. The airtight seal traps vapor generated from the beverage during the chilling, thereby causing the vapor to re-enter the beverage to maintain optimum flavor. The first container includes a brewing pitcher containing an infuser, and the second container includes a chilling pitcher having a removably-attachable air-tight lid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Takeya USA Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Lown
  • Publication number: 20140193541
    Abstract: A method for reducing the acrylamide content in a roasted coffee comprises reducing the asparagine content and reducing the aspartic acid content in a unroasted coffee, said roasted coffee being obtained from said unroasted coffee after said reducing the asparagine content and said reducing the aspartic acid content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Navarini, Lorenzo Del Terra, Silvia Colomban, Valentina Lonzarich, Furio Suggi Liverani
  • Patent number: 8765206
    Abstract: A coffee composition based on instant freeze-dried coffee with the taste and aroma characteristics of a regular roasted coffee is provided. A method for obtaining the composition by processing regular roasted fine ground coffee through concentrated liquid coffee extract. This processing combined with freeze drying produces uniformly structured freeze-dried granules with uniform content of regular roasted fine ground coffee inside the granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Khikmat Vadi Shakhin
  • Publication number: 20140178559
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to instant coffee and methods of preparing the same, wherein the methods include adding water having a temperature of less than 117° F. to ground coffee beans to result in a slurry with liquid and solid components, maintaining the slurry at a temperature below 117° F. for at least one hour, separating the liquid component of the slurry from the solid component, to yield a liquid coffee extract, and subjecting the liquid coffee extract to a drying process to remove water from the liquid coffee extract, to yield a solid coffee extract which can be used as an instant coffee. Embodiments of the invention are also directed to blended instant coffees and methods of preparing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Bean Logic LLC
    Inventor: Robert Neace, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140147562
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process for the production of a liquid coffee concentrate that has an improved storage stability at ambient temperature. The process comprises separating coffee extract resulting in a high aromatic coffee extract and a low aromatic coffee extract and subjecting the low aromatic coffee extract to a heat treatment and, optionally, a pH rising step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gertjan Heijman, Wilhelmus Johannes de Bruin, Maarten Juriaan Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 8734881
    Abstract: A capsule for the production of a beverage from a beverage production machine that provides a capsule holder with relief and recessed elements. The capsule includes an inverted cup-shaped body forming a chamber containing a beverage forming ingredient, a bottom injection wall, a sidewall and a flange-like rim; and a delivery wall which is sealed to the body and comprises a relatively flat outer surface extending from the central axis of the capsule to the flange-like rim of the body and at least one portion of porous material capable of providing a backpressure that is greater than the backpressure of the beverage forming ingredient in the chamber. Also, a system and method for the production of a beverage from the previously described capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Alexandre Perentes, Arnaud Gerbaulet
  • Patent number: 8734874
    Abstract: A beverage cup lid and a system and method incorporating such a lid is provided. The lid holds an individual serving dose of a beverage to be brewed. Hot water is poured into a chamber of the lid to brew the beverage. The brewed beverage is fed into an underlying cup through an outlet in the lid. The beverage can be consumed through an opening in the lid without removing the spent grounds contained in the lid, from which the beverage was brewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: UCAI Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Alfonso Ernesto Paolone
  • Patent number: 8695485
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a pressed coffee maker is provided. The coffee maker can comprise a tank for storing coffee solution; a screen disposed in the tank for pressing coffee grounds in the tank; and a squeegee to clean the tank. A removable bottom can be used to both add new coffee grounds and remove used coffee grounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Julie D. Spitzley, David M. Dreffer, Carole A. Dreffer
  • Patent number: 8696899
    Abstract: A dispenser for a nutritional composition comprises a water reservoir, water heating means, water discharge means, a bacterial filter between the water heating means and the water discharge means such that heated water passes though the filter prior to discharge from the dispenser, and means to heat surfaces of the dispenser which come into contact with filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Anne Roulin, Yann Epars, Vincent Martin, Matthew Steven
  • Patent number: 8677887
    Abstract: A coffee-holding funnel for moka-type coffee machines and a moka-type coffee machine utilizing such funnel are described. The funnel and the moka are adapted to be used with single-use capsules containing ground coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Massimo Crescenzi
  • Publication number: 20140079855
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a coffee extract is provided which method enables flavor ingredients of coffee to be extracted separately from bitter ingredients. A coffee extract is obtained by a method including a) a step of placing coffee granules in a granule container part substantially sealed by a restraining member, b) a step of guiding an extraction solvent from a first direction into the granule container part for extraction, and c) a step of retrieving, from the first direction, a coffee extract stored in the granule container part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Yokoo, Yoshihiro Nakao, Hiroki Furuta, Makoto Nakajima, Hiroaki Shimizu, Morio Mitsuhashi, Kitaro Oka, Chiseko Sakuma
  • Patent number: 8658232
    Abstract: A capsule system for preparing beverages by centrifugation of a capsule in a centrifuging brewing device. The system includes a set of different capsules each one for selectively delivering a beverage having specific characteristics that differ from the other capsules of the set. The capsules have a body with a sidewall and a free rim, an upper wall and an extractable or infusible ingredient therein. The capsules are configured with an insertion diameter of the body of the capsule designed for insertion in a rotary capsule holder of the centrifuge brewing device in a referential position, wherein the different capsules in the set having bodies of different storage volumes obtained by a variable depths of the body in the set but the same insertion diameter for all capsules of the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Jean-Paul Denisart, Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 8658231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for improving the flavor of roasted Robusta and Arabica quality coffee and is characterized by modifying roasted coffee flavor precursors in aqueous extracts of green coffee beans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Peter Penson, Scott D. Brooks, Anthony Wragg, David Ikenberry, Allan Bradbury, Kazuto Ozaki, Fumio Ito
  • Patent number: 8651012
    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: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Gilles Gavillet, Jean-Paul Denisart
  • Patent number: 8647691
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eugster Frismag AG Elektrohushaltgeraete
    Inventor: Marc Krüger
  • Patent number: 8628813
    Abstract: A method for making fresh brewed coffee includes the steps of providing a folded free standing stand, manually unfolding the stand into a free standing configuration, mounted a coffee filter in the stand, placing coffee grounds in the stand, placing a cup on the stand beneath the coffee filter, and pouring water through the coffee grounds and filter into the cup. The stand includes four pivotally connected articulating members of similar shape and dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Samantha M Stafford
  • Patent number: 8609170
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a beverage using a beverage formation device. Opening of a brew chamber may automatically enable the provision of beverage precursor liquid from a reservoir to a heating tank that is used (heated or not) to form a beverage. For example, opening of the brew chamber may cause a valve to be opened or otherwise permit flow of beverage precursor liquid from the reservoir to the heating tank. The valve may open simultaneously and automatically with a brew chamber lid, and may close when the brew chamber lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Keurig, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ian Tinkler, Mary Carter, William Sawyer, Richard Pasquini
  • Patent number: 8603564
    Abstract: A coffee cherry is harvested, preferably in a sub-ripe state, and quick-dried to provide a basis for numerous nutritional products. Such coffee cherries and portions thereof may be particularly characterized by their extremely low concentration of mycotoxins, including various aflatoxins, fumonisins, ochratoxins, and/or vomitoxin (DON, deoxynivalenol).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: VDF Futureceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Dusan Miljkovic, Brad Duell, Vukosava Miljkovic
  • Patent number: 8603563
    Abstract: Methods are provided for isolating a nutrient from coffee cherries or for producing a food product that comprises a coffee cherry or portion thereof. It is particularly preferred that coffee cherries will have an extremely low concentration of mycotoxins, including various aflatoxins, fumonisins, ochratoxins, and/or vomitoxin (DON, deoxynivalenol).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: VDF Futureceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Dusan Miljkovic, Brad Duell, Vukosava Miljkovic
  • Patent number: 8597710
    Abstract: A coffee cherry is harvested, preferably in a sub-ripe state, and quick-dried to provide a basis for numerous nutritional products. Such coffee cherries and portions thereof may be particularly characterized by their extremely low concentration of mycotoxins, including various aflatoxins, fumonisins, ochratoxins, and/or vomitoxin (DON, deoxynivalenol).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: VDF Futureceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Dusan Miljkovic, Brad Duell, Vukosava Miljkovic
  • Patent number: 8586117
    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 includes 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: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Bkon LLC
    Inventors: Dean J. Vastardis, Lou Vastardis
  • Publication number: 20130216685
    Abstract: Provided is a concentrated coffee composition containing chlorogenic acids at a high concentration and having good taste or flavor. The concentrated coffee composition of the present invention contains the following components (A) and (B): 100 to 300 mg/g of chlorogenic acids (A) in dry solids content; and not more than 0.33 mg/g of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (B) in dry solids content, wherein the dry solids content is 10 to 100 mass %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Kataoka, Yasushi Shioya, Yoshikazu Ogura, Hiroshi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20130177672
    Abstract: Generally described are extracts and beverages with enhanced nutrients, flavors and textures and methods of making the same. Some embodiments relate to extracts and beverages produced through high pressure extraction techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: STARBUCKS CORPORATION D/B/A STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
    Inventors: Urano A. Robinson, J. Marcio Da Cruz, Dien Van Vu, Joseph Kuo
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130142925
    Abstract: A method of producing an extract enriched with trigonelline (TRIG) and/or chlorogenic acids (CQA) from a TRIG and/or CQA containing organic plant material like Rubiacea plants, mate plants or the like, the method comprises the steps of: providing an amount of the TRIG and/or CQA containing organic plant material in a container, treating said amount of TRIG and/or CQA containing organic plant material with steam for a defined vaporisation period, exposing the TRIG and/or CQA containing organic plant material steamed in the above step to hot water for least two times for extraction, and removing said extract enriched with trigonelline (TRIG) and/or chlorogenic acid (CQA) from the residue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: PLANTEXTRAKT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Plantextrakt GmbH & Co. KG
  • 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: 20130101705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coffee extract with improved foaming properties, which comprises a multivalent ion ant to methods of producing a coffee extract of the invention and uses thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Alexander A. Sher, Deepak Sahai, Paul Lietke
  • 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