Preparation Of Ready To Use Beverage, I.e., Brewing Patents (Class 426/433)
  • Patent number: 11370648
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a beverage includes a housing, a first receptacle, a second receptacle, a cutting assembly, a water source, and at least one water outlet. The first receptacle is positioned in the housing for accepting a first beverage container containing a liquid. The second receptacle is positioned in the housing for accepting a second beverage container containing a liquid. The cutting assembly has a cutting blade that is movable relative to the first and second receptacles for opening the first and second containers substantially simultaneously so that liquid stored therein can be at least in part evacuated. The water source is coupled to the housing The at least one water outlet is associated with one or more of the first and second receptacles for adding water to the liquid from the first and second beverage containers from the water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Bibo Barmaid LLC
    Inventors: Douglas F. Melville, Jr., Gary M. Barch, Craig Bures, Debra L. Walker
  • Patent number: 11337539
    Abstract: An integrated brewing and drinking utensil comprises a first liquid receiver body, a second liquid receiver body, a connector, a sealing member and a filter. The first liquid receiver body includes a first end and a first open end. The second liquid receiver body includes a second end and a second open end. The connector includes a channel having a first connection end and a second connection end. The first connection end is detachably connected to the first open end, and the second connection end is detachably connected to the second open end. The first connection end is hermetically connected to the connector through the sealing member, and/or the second connection end is hermetically connected to the connector through the sealing member. The filter is provided with a filtering hole. The filter is connected to the connector and is located between the first connection end and the second connection end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Mung Yuen Li
  • Patent number: 11330930
    Abstract: A coffee or tea filtering device including a hollow cylinder, a basket, a cup, and a pump. The hollow cylinder may include a top end, a bottom end, and a curvate sidewall extending between the top end and bottom end. The top may be open. The bottom end may be at least partially open and include a first portion of a coupling mechanism and a retaining portion. The removable basket may be sized to be received within the top end of the hollow cylinder. The removable basket may be configured to support coffee grounds or tea leaves. The cup may releasably couple to the first portion of the coupling mechanism of the bottom end of the hollow cylinder. The pump may be configured to pump air from the cup out the opening so as to force a fluid from the hollow cylinder through the basket and into the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Joshua John Pranckun
  • Patent number: 11291329
    Abstract: A beverage making device for preparing a beverage suitable for human consumption with a fine-bubble top cream layer. The beverage making device includes a beverage unit for supplying the beverage, at least one nozzle in fluid communication with the beverage unit, a dispensing spout provided with a cavity with a bottom wall and side walls, a beverage collecting area in a bottom of the cavity, and a bubble-squeezing member provided between the beverage collecting area and a beverage dispensing aperture. The beverage flows from the beverage collecting area through the bubble squeezing member and towards the beverage dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marco Marchi, Cesare Lenzi
  • Patent number: 11184314
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for prompting a reading state of a message, and an electronic device. The method includes: displaying, when a message having a reading state to be identified is sent in a conversation window including a plurality of users, a reading state prompt pattern corresponding to the message in the conversation window; determining current reading states of respective ones of the plurality of users for the message; counting a current number of users who have read the message based on the reading states; and controlling the reading state prompt pattern to be displayed in a state that reflects the current number of users who have read the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: TIANJIN BYTEDANCE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11103103
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having a cold brewed coffee system positioned within a chilled chamber of the refrigerator appliance is provided. In one example aspect, the system includes a housing defining a water reservoir and a coffee reservoir. The water reservoir is in fluid communication with a water supply via an inlet supply conduit. An inlet valve is positioned along the inlet supply conduit and selectively allows water into the water reservoir. The water within the water reservoir drips into the coffee reservoir where the water mixes with coffee materials received therein. Cold brewed coffee is produced within the coffee reservoir and may slowly drip into a coffee container positioned or docked beneath the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Joseph Thomas
  • Patent number: 11026538
    Abstract: A method for operating a drinks preparation machine, for producing a total product amid the use of a portion package, and according to a preparation prescript. The method includes detecting a portion code of a portion package by way of a portion recognition unit; determining first preparation parameters of the preparation prescript that are assigned to the portion code and are stored in the drinks preparation machine, and determining second preparation parameters of the preparation prescript, wherein at least one of the first and/or the second preparation parameters is an adaptable preparation parameter, and at least one preparation parameters is not adaptable; detecting a user input for adapting at least one adaptable preparation parameter; and preparing the total product according to the preparation prescript with at least one adapted preparation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventors: Rafael Stasch, Rüdiger Ternitè, Robert Stein, Doreen Hartmann
  • Patent number: 11021358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser having a cartridge holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: FREEZIO AG
    Inventors: Marc Krüger, Günter Empl, Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 11013364
    Abstract: A brewing cartridge adapter includes a base, a passage wall, and an entry port. The base includes a floor. and a base wall extending from the floor and having an outer edge opposite the floor, defining an enclosed interior. The passage wall is arranged outside the wall and defines an enclosed extraction passage. The passage wall is closed at a bottom and extends to an outlet port proximal to the outer edge. The entry port is arranged between the extraction passage and the interior. The extraction passage is arranged in fluid communication with the interior through the entry port, and in fluid communication with an exterior of the base through the outlet port. At least a portion of the extraction passage is separated from the interior by the wall at the outer edge of the wall. The outlet port is arranged in a plane defined by the outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 11013361
    Abstract: The present disclosure, a smart measuring and dispensing apparatus, generally relates dosers that assist in measuring the amount of a given substance, liquid or solid. The present disclosure aims to reduce time, space, and effort required to measure the amount of a substance, and focuses on the measuring of foodstuffs, ingredients such as salt, pepper, herbs, spices, oils, vinegars, condiments, etc., with a handheld apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Sorrento Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ji Shen, Brandon Shen
  • Patent number: 10869493
    Abstract: A flavoring mixture, comprising (i) one or more sweet-tasting substances, selected from the group of naturally occurring sweet-tasting substances and the physiologically compatible salts thereof without phyllodulcin and the physiologically compatible salts thereof, and (ii) phyllodulcin and/or one or more of the physiologically compatible salts thereof, wherein the ratio of the sucrose equivalence of the concentration of the substance or substances of group (i) to the sucrose equivalence of the concentration of the substance or substances of group (i) is ?2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SYMRISE AG
    Inventors: Katharina Reichelt, Jakob Peter Ley, Petra Hoffmann-Lücke, Maria Blings, Susanne Paetz, Thomas Riess
  • Patent number: 10869571
    Abstract: An apparatus to prepare beverages comprises a brewing chamber 3 movable by driving means 5, 6 along a vertical path, a first piston 7 and a second piston 9 movable within the brewing chamber 3, a hopper 25 to feed coffee powder to the brewing chamber and a discharge device 21 to discharge a spent coffee cake; the hopper 25 is pivotally mounted in the apparatus to obtain a desired distribution of coffee powder in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: RHEAVENDORS SERVICES S.p.A
    Inventors: Carlo Doglioni Majer, Ezio Ceriani, Luca Doglioni Majer, Aldo Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 10849340
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose a method including processing and treating at least one water source supply for mixing with humic acid and fulvic acid, chopping and pulverizing at least one humate source, mixing the chopped and pulverized at least one humate source with the processed and treated at least one water source supply, processing the chopped and pulverized at least one humate source and the processed and treated at least one water source supply for separating, segregating, and suspending fulvic acid and humic acid molecules from the at least one humate source, storing the fulvic acid and humic acid molecules in a fresh quantity of the treated water source supply, adjusting the pH level of the stored fulvic acid and humic acid, and creating at least one or more beverage product for human consumption using the fulvic acid and humic acid molecule ingredients and other ingredients including vitamins, flavorings and additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Louise Wilkie, Jacqueline Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10843866
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating or otherwise dissolving gas in a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage are disclosed. A gas source, which is used to generate gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid, and/or a beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in a cartridge. The use of one or more cartridges for the gas source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making sparkling beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BEDFORD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Enrico Raffaele Cafaro, Ralph K. Maider, Jr., Michael Sack, Steven Raphaelson, J. Corey Michal, Kevin Sweeney, Brian B. Johnson, James Passemato, Peter Rae Peterson, Richard M. Estabrook, Thomas Fedorka, Scott Grubb, Wai Ting Chan, Christopher Covey, Gary Stacey, Raymond Carroll
  • Patent number: 10806291
    Abstract: An apparatus to prepare beverages comprises a brewing chamber 3 movable by driving device 5, 6 along a vertical path, a first piston 7 and a second piston 9 movable within the brewing chamber 3, a hopper 25 to feed coffee powder to the brewing chamber and a discharge device 21 to discharge a spent coffee cake; the hopper 25 is pivotally mounted in the apparatus to obtain a desired distribution of coffee powder in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: RHEAVENDORS SERVICES S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Doglioni Majer, Ezio Ceriani, Luca Doglioni Majer, Aldo Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 10806295
    Abstract: A descaling device includes a descaling-chemicals reservoir for descaling a hydraulic circuit of a hot-beverage producing machine. The descaling-chemicals reservoir has an outlet port arranged at or near the bottom portion of the descaling-chemicals reservoir. The descaling device further includes an inlet port and a water flow passage extending from the inlet port to the descaling-chemicals reservoir. The outlet port is provided with a closure member openable upon connection of the descaling device with a hydraulic circuit of a hot-beverage producing machine. The inlet and outlet ports can be placed in fluid communication, such that water is sucked through the inlet port for flow through the descaling-chemicals reservoir and discharge through the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marco Santini, Giovanni Berto
  • Patent number: 10750896
    Abstract: A beverage maker having a brew container with a base, a first cylindrical section having a first diameter attached to the base and a second section attached to the first cylindrical section having at least a portion with a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter; a liquid reservoir; a liquid delivery system configured to draw liquid from the liquid reservoir and deliver the liquid to the brew container; a plunger assembly having a filter portion configured to filter the substance to produce the beverage from the liquid and a gasket configured to form a seal between the plunger assembly and an inner wall of the brew container in the first cylindrical section As the plunger assembly is raised through the liquid from the base of the brew container a vacuum is formed between the plunger assembly and the bottom of the brew container and the filter traps and separates the substance to produce the beverage from the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CAFFEINE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Tyler Elias
  • Patent number: 10730691
    Abstract: A beverage producing system is provided comprising a capsule containing beverage ingredients and a beverage preparation machine. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body and a lid; the cup-shaped body having a base and a side wall and the lid being sealed to the cup-shaped body. The side wall is dimensioned to be contacted by an enclosing member of the beverage preparation machine on closure of the enclosing member to buckle the side wall to form a valley zone bridging the enclosing member. The side wall is adapted such that said valley zone forms at least one sealing interface between the enclosing member and the side wall. A capsule and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Esak Shabudin, Simon Jelley, Stuart Banister
  • Patent number: 10674860
    Abstract: A brew module for use with a refrigerator appliance is provided. The brew module includes a brewing body and a pivotally attached lid that together define a brew chamber configured to receive a brew pod. A lower needle is positioned at the bottom of the brew chamber and an upper needle is slidably received within the lid. Pivoting the lid to the closed position forces the lower needle to pierce the brew pod first, thereby relieving any built up pressure. Thereafter, a moving water supply tube drives the upper needle downward to pierce a top cover of the brew pod along a substantially vertical direction, thus minimizing the size of the pierced hole in the top cover. The brew module thus facilitates an improved seal with the brew pod, reduces the risk of clogging the upper needle, and prevents the ejection of brew pod contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Benjamin Miller, Christopher Francis Bird
  • Patent number: 10645944
    Abstract: A method for brewing coffee involves providing two separate quantities of coffee particles, wherein only a first quantity of coffee particles is used for an actual process of brewing coffee by causing this quantity to interact with an extracting medium, and wherein another, secondary quantity of coffee particles is heated for enhanced aroma release. The second quantity may be small compared to the first quantity. The two separate quantities of coffee particles may be obtained by first providing a single quantity of coffee particles, for example by grinding a number of coffee beans in a grinding module (20), and then dividing the single quantity into the two quantities. In a device (1) which is suitable for carrying out the method, a dividing arrangement (40) may be applied for realizing a suitable distribution of coffee particles over a brewing chamber (10) and a heating module (30) of the device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jun Shi, Lucia Lu
  • Patent number: 10478011
    Abstract: An energy-saving method for preparing a fresh brewed cold coffee beverage comprises the steps of: a. filling a brewing means with a predetermined quantity of coffee powder; b. brewing a hot coffee beverage by pushing hot water and/or hot steam through said predetermined quantity of coffee powder in said brewing means; c. cooling down said hot coffee beverage by exclusively bringing it in thermal contact with a stream of cold water; and d. dispensing said cooled-down coffee beverage at a coffee outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Rudi Truninger, Steven Eckenhausen
  • Patent number: 10463189
    Abstract: An extraction appliance with a brewing module for forming a brewing chamber for a portion capsule, with a water feed comprising a pump and a water heater for feeding water under pressure to the brewing chamber. The extraction appliance includes a control for the pump that can be integrated into the pump or be present at least partly externally of the pump, as well as a device for measuring the fluid flow into the brewing chamber. The control is configured such that a pump power of the pump is dependent on the fluid flow, and specifically such that given a lower fluid flow, the pump power is reduced in comparison to a greater fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Conrady, Claudio Foscan
  • Patent number: 10405691
    Abstract: A brewing system includes a brewing apparatus and a capsule containing a substance for brewing. The capsule has an opening on one side and a base on an opposite side. The base includes a light input surface, a light-output surface and a light conductor to conduct light from the light input surface to the light output surface. The apparatus includes: a brewing chamber including an inlet for heated water, an outlet for the brewed beverage, and an opening in communication with the opening of the capsule. A light source on the brewing apparatus emits light into the base via the light inlet surface of the capsule. The light conductor conducts the light to the light-output surface. A light detector of the brewing apparatus detects light emitted by light-output surface on the base of the capsule. A method of operating the brewing system and a capsule system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MELITTA SINGLE PORTIONS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Katrin Hesselbrock, Sven Neuhaus, Jan Pahnke, Gerold Schandl, Andreas Ebbecke, Fabian Laasch, Thomas Weber
  • Patent number: 10368694
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing a material, such as coffee beans, that may be used with a grinding apparatus. The apparatus may have a directing component to guide a controlled dose of material toward the grinding apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus has a container with a base portion that engages a grinding apparatus. The container, when engaged with the grinding apparatus, can direct coffee beans toward the grinding apparatus and has a door that releases a controlled dose of beans. The grinding apparatus may have a movable tongue to cause excess grounds caught on interior components of the grinding apparatus to exit the grinding apparatus. The apparatus, systems, and methods reduce labor associated with grinding the material and allow a user, such as a barista, to more efficiently prepare brewed beverages, such as single-cup portions of coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 10362894
    Abstract: The techniques described herein provide a globally networked on-demand coffee blending and brewing system. In particular, the system herein can hold coffee beans of distinctly different origins and taste profiles in sealed environmentally controlled “smart hoppers”, and can dynamically grind and blend any combination of available beans based on “flavor profiling” to create a user's desired cup of coffee. Additionally, the network connectivity of the system herein provides advanced collaboration within the coffee community, such as for sharing coffee blends, providing feedback to all levels of the supply chain, and indicating fair trade authenticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Gerald S. Fain
  • Patent number: 10292524
    Abstract: A beverage extraction device includes a cylinder having a bottomed cylindrical shape; a piston member configured to move close to and away from a bottom portion of the cylinder, the beverage extraction device being configured to extract a beverage from a beverage raw material and hot water that are fed through an upper surface opening of the cylinder by a movement of the piston member and discharge the extracted beverage through a discharge passage connected to the bottom portion; and a cover member configured to move between a fully opened position and a fully closed position. The cover member includes a scraper portion configured to remove an extraction residue placed on the piston member closing the upper surface opening when the cover member moves from one to another of the fully opened position and the fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Erikawa, Yohei Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10273076
    Abstract: A beverage producing system is provided comprising a capsule containing beverage ingredients and a beverage preparation machine. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body and a lid; the cup-shaped body having a base and a side wall and the lid being sealed to the cup-shaped body. Prior to insertion, the side wall comprises: — an annular trough being dimensioned to receive an enclosing member of the beverage preparation machine on movement of the enclosing member, into a closed position; — a first side wall section extending between the base and the annular trough; and — a second side wall section extending between the annular trough and a rim of the capsule. A capsule and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Chapman, Stuart Banister, Simon Jelley, Esak Shabudin, Andrew Halliday
  • Patent number: 10264912
    Abstract: Systems for controlled heating and/or agitation for liquid food or beverage product creation are disclosed. A dispenser for producing a food or beverage liquid product from a frozen contents in a receptacle includes a chamber configured to hold a receptacle containing the contents and a dilution liquid inlet configured to supply a dilution liquid to the interior of the receptacle. The dispenser also includes a perforator configured to perforate the receptacle and form a product outlet from the receptacle for the liquid product and an agitator configured to impart motion to the receptacle and/or the contents in the receptacle that increases a flow path from the liquid inlet to the product outlet taken by at least a portion of dilution liquid, when supplied, relative to a flow path from the liquid inlet to the product outlet taken by the portion of dilution liquid without the imparted motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Meltz, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Roberts, Paul Kalenian, Douglas M. Hoon, Karl Winkler
  • Patent number: 10231569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule system for preparing beverages by centrifugation of a capsule (1) in a centrifuging brewing device comprising: —a centrifuging brewing device comprising control means (25) capable of operating the device in centrifugation by controlling the beverage flow rate and/or the volume of the beverage, and —a capsule to be inserted in the brewing device wherein the capsule is designed to form, alone or in cooperation with the centrifuging brewing device, a flow restriction or flow restriction valve which provides a backpressure for the centrifuged liquid, wherein the control means (25) of the device selectively adjusts the rotational centrifugation speeds of the inserted capsule (1) and/or the volume of injected liquid in the capsule as a function of the exerted backpressure by the restriction or restriction valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10207200
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for extraction compounds from raw materials. The control and manipulation of heat formed 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 solvent entering the apparatus to extract the raw materials may be heated to a specified temperature range with the aid of energy already formed within the extraction column. The apparatus to extract the raw materials may include a body comprising a pressure vessel capable of withstanding high temperatures and pressures. Additionally, a flow of pressurized solvent may enter the base of the extraction column, where the flow of pressurized solvent has a select temperature such that the temperature may be manipulated to obtain a distinct flavor profile of the effluent extracted from the raw materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: California Extraction Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Corey
  • Patent number: 10196201
    Abstract: A capsule for preparation of a beverage from a brewing device, and a system including the capsule and brewing device. The capsule includes a lateral wall, a water inlet wall and an outlet wall forming a hollow body where a brewing product is contained. The hollow body has a central axis passing through the inlet and outlet walls. At least one portion of the inlet wall extends along an ellipse curve as defined by a circumference, having a diameter substantially equal to the maximum diameter of the lateral wall of the capsule lying on a plane inclined at an angle with respect to a first plane perpendicular with respect to the central axis of the capsule, the planes intersecting at an axis, the circumference being projected on a plane perpendicular to the first plane containing an axis selected from the intersection axis or an axis parallel to the intersection axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TUTTOESPRESSO S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 10188238
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine for preparing single servings can include a lid assembly that can move between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The machine can also include a basket assembly having a chamber for receiving a cartridge containing a beverage precursor. Additionally, the machine can include a tamping assembly that can move between a latched state and a tamped state. The tamping assembly can include a tamping surface, a tamp spring element, a lid cam connected to the lid assembly, and a collar. The lid cam can include a cam path disposed along a sidewall of the lid cam, and the collar can have one or more cam teeth that can engage the cam path. In the tamped state, the tamping surface can be closer to the basket assembly than in the latched state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Philip Dammermann, Adam Mekeel Mack, Matthew Thomas James, Philipe Roget Manoux
  • Patent number: 10156468
    Abstract: A beverage brewing apparatus is provided including a reservoir, a brew basket configured to container a flavorant for preparing a brewed beverage, and a heating mechanism fluidly coupled to the reservoir and the brew basket. A flow meter is configured to measure a volume of fluid supplied from the reservoir to the brew bask. The flow meter is configured to calibrate dynamically in response to at least one operating parameter of the beverage brewing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventor: Justin Garrett Riley
  • Patent number: 10150610
    Abstract: A capsule includes a deformable and/or compressible casing provided with a base wall and a side wall defining a cavity suitable for containing an initial product to be combined with a fluid to make a final product. The deformable base wall is provided with an outlet passage for the outflow and dispensing of the final product, and when the casing is compressed and/or crushed, it changes from an initial configuration to a final configuration. The capsule further includes a closing device inside the cavity, substantially facing and adjacent to the base wall and provided with a closing portion arranged inside the cavity for engaging and closing the outlet passage in the initial configuration of the base wall, and for disengaging and opening the outlet passage, so as to dispense the final product through the outlet passage in the final configuration of the base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sarong Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Flavio Traldi, Alberto Bartoli
  • Patent number: 10123551
    Abstract: A novel system, machines and consumables, and method for preparation of cooled edible products from their ingredients, e.g. in a portioned amount constituting a defined number of servings which may be 1, 2, 3, etc. are provided. One example of such an edible product is ice cream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SOLO GELATO LTD.
    Inventor: Barak Beth Halachmi
  • Patent number: 10080462
    Abstract: A sprayhead for a pour over coffee brewing machine for delivering hot water to coffee grounds held in a brew basket therebelow, has a housing with a water inlet at one end thereof, which is connectable to an intermittent source of hot water. A holding chamber for accumulating a quantity of hot water therein is located within the housing and is connected to the water inlet. A dispensing chamber is located within the housing and below the holding chamber, in use. A bell siphon located in the holding chamber delivers the accumulated quantity of water from the holding chamber to the dispensing chamber, and then to the coffee grounds, once the water level in the holding chamber rises above an open end of a siphon tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Sean Martin Moran, Paul Drewry Pearson, Paul Francis Stack
  • Patent number: 10028615
    Abstract: Shown herein are methods and systems for brewing coffee. In one example, a method of brewing coffee includes delivering a predetermined amount of water from a reservoir to a heater, heating the predetermined amount of water with the heater to form heated water, delivering the predetermined amount of the heated water from the heater to a brew basket containing ground coffee, and soaking the ground coffee with the predetermined amount of the heated water for a predetermined period of time to enable the heated water delivered to the brew basket to presoak the ground coffee contained in brew basket prior delivering a remaining amount of water from to the quantity of water to the brew basket to complete the brewing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Anthony, Justin Riley, Darwin Keith-Lucas
  • Patent number: 9969546
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single serve capsule for preparing a beverage, comprising a side wall and a bottom, which together define a space, a filter element being sealed to the bottom within said space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: K-Fee System GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Kruger
  • Patent number: 9968218
    Abstract: A brewer for brewing beverages in a brew basket, such as loose coffee or tea, is provided, where the flow of water to the brew basket alternates between water brewing phases and steam brewing phases during a single brew cycle, resulting in comparatively higher temperatures of water in the brew basket than conventional brewers. The frequency and duration of the water brewing phases and steam brewing phases during a brew cycle can be electronically controlled according to one or more predetermined programs. A reinforcing band is also provided for the lighted brew basket interior to strengthen the brewer head bowl in this area, and a single cup insert is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: COFFEE SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce D. Burrows
  • Patent number: 9951393
    Abstract: A method of producing a sugar liquid includes filtering a cellulose-derived sugar liquid through one or more separation membranes selected from the group consisting of an ultrafiltration membrane, a nanofiltration membrane and a reverse osmosis membrane and washing the separation membrane(s) after filtration with washing water containing an alkaline substance and an aromatic compound at 10° C. or more and less than 50° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jumpei Kishimoto, Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 9867492
    Abstract: A water dispenser having beverage-making function is provided. The water dispenser can include a body defining a beverage making cavity with an open side therein; a beverage making assembly disposed in the beverage making cavity and including a beverage container for accommodating a beverage capsule, the beverage container having a first penetration member for penetrating a bottom of the beverage capsule; and a water injection mechanism for supplying water to the beverage capsule and having a second penetration member for penetrating a top of the beverage capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., GUANGDONG MIDEA WATER DISPENSER MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bingfeng Deng, Yong Gao, Long Ma
  • Patent number: 9834372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule for preparing a drink, for example coffee, including a hollow element (1) for containing a metered amount (2) of e.g. ground coffee, said hollow element including a side wall, an upper surface, and a lower surface with at least one membrane (4), said membrane being rupturable under the pressure of a liquid placed into the capsule to enable the flow of liquid through the metered amount, said capsule also including a cover (5) with at least one hole, said hole enabling the membrane (4) to rupture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ETHICAL COFFEE COMPANY SA
    Inventor: Alain Mariller
  • Patent number: 9788681
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the preparation of a beverage by centrifugation of a capsule, by: Recognizing the type of the capsule inserted in the centrifuging brewing device, and/or its ingredients; Selecting accordingly a recipe comprising at least two sets of target values for parameters of the centrifuging brewing device, each set being associated to a specific condition; Controlling the parameters of the centrifuging brewing device so as to reach the target values of the set associated to the specific condition that is currently met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Peter Siegrist
  • Patent number: 9745121
    Abstract: A beverage filtering cartridge for obtaining beverages, such as coffee, tea or the like, is provided. The beverage filtering cartridge includes an impermeable cup-shaped container, a filtering element, an impermeable cover and a removable instrument. The container has a first opening and a second opening which is smaller than the first opening. The first opening is sealed with the impermeable cover and the second opening is blocked by the removable instrument. The filtering element is located in the container so as to divide the container into two chambers. The tea or coffee will be located between the filtering element and the impermeable cover. When the consumer uses the cartridge by a machine, the consumer must remove the removable instrument and then put the cartridge into the machine. The machine injects water into the cartridge so as to quickly brew the drink, i.e. tea or coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Shuo-Chi Chia
  • Patent number: 9737081
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ALPHA DOMINCHE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Khristian Bombeck, Casey Dodge, Casey Smith
  • Patent number: 9694969
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule (1) designed for insertion in a beverage production device (23) for preparing a beverage from a substance contained in the capsule by introducing liquid in the capsule and passing liquid through the substance using centrifugal forces, the capsule comprising: —a body (2) comprising a bottom end and an open end; —an upper wall (3) for covering the body at its open end; —an enclosure (14) between the body and upper wall containing a predetermined amount of beverage substance; the capsule comprising a flange-like rim (4) extending outwardly from the body (2), wherein the flange-like rim comprises an annular force ring (8) designed for being engaged by an enclosing member (49) of a dedicated beverage production device (23), wherein the force ring comprises at least one curved, folded part (16) forming of at least one ply of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Abegglen, Alexandre Perentes, Carlo Magri, Arnaud Gerbaulet
  • Patent number: 9694957
    Abstract: A method provides a rubber-elastic sealing member onto a capsule intended for producing a beverage in a beverage production device. The capsule has a body portion having a side wall and a flange-like rim portion. The rim portion extends from the side wall of the body portion. The method includes the steps of applying an uncured sealing composition in a liquid or viscous state onto the rim portion of the capsule, heating said applied sealing composition such that the sealing composition at least partially migrates towards the side wall until the sealing composition reaches the side wall, and curing the sealing composition after the migration towards the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Kaeser, Daniel Abegglen, Alp Sarioglu, Alexandre Kollep, Marco Bacchi
  • Patent number: 9676546
    Abstract: A method includes the steps of: providing an electric coffee brewing machine; providing a single-use, disposable brew basket, inserting the disposable brew basket into the electric coffee brewing machine; brewing a single cup of coffee with the electric coffee brewing machine; and discarding the disposable brew basket after the single cup of coffee has been brewed. The electric coffee brewing machine has a cold water reservoir, an electric heating element for heating the water, and a basket receiving recess. The disposable brew basket has a bottom wall and at least one side wall extending generally upwardly from the bottom wall to define a brewing reservoir for receiving heated water from the electric coffee brewing machine. The bottom wall of the basket has at least one port located in a central portion thereof to permit brewed coffee to flow from the disposable brew basket. The disposable brew basket is inserted into the basket receiving recess of the electric coffee brewing machine before brewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9663289
    Abstract: The disposable capsule for the production of an aromatic beverage comprises a container having a closed base which can be perforated for the inlet of water, and an open base closed by at least a filter through which the beverage can exit, said filter having a peripheral edge applied to a peripheral profile of said open base of the container, the peripheral profile of the open base to which the peripheral edge of said filter conforms having a peripheral development at a variable height with respect to the axis of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AZIONARIA CONSTRUZIONI MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE A.C.M.A. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Scrivani
  • Patent number: 9622613
    Abstract: A beverage forming system and method in which a wall member mounted to a frame of the system defines a first portion of a chamber, and a cartridge holder movably mounted relative to the frame and the wall member defines a second portion of the chamber. The cartridge holder may have an opening to receive a cartridge and be arranged to hold and move a cartridge between an open position and a closed position. A cover, which may be moveable relative to the wall member and/or the cartridge holder, may be arranged to cover the opening of the cartridge holder with the cartridge holder in the closed position. Thus, with the cartridge holder in the closed position and the cover covering the opening, the cartridge holder, the wall member and the cover define the chamber in a closed state in which a cartridge held by the cartridge holder is enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Sullivan, Ian Tinkler, James E. Shepard