Preparation Of Ready To Use Beverage, I.e., Brewing Patents (Class 426/433)
  • 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
    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: 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
    Inventors: Marco Santini, Giovanni Berto
  • 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
    Inventors: Carlo Doglioni Majer, Ezio Ceriani, Luca Doglioni Majer, Aldo Doglioni Majer
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Inventors: Khristian Bombeck, Casey Dodge, Casey Smith
  • 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: 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: 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
    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
  • Patent number: 9578986
    Abstract: Super-automatic coffee maker for the preparation of espresso coffee continuously and with the possibility of selecting the quantity and type of espresso coffee desired, thus obtaining an espresso coffee of high quality and flavor. Machine comprising a vertical piston (2) adapted to press the coffee, ground in a grinder, into collection and brewing means (3), applicable in a removable way in the lower part of the coffee maker, in an underlying position and coinciding with said piston (2), to determine the espresso coffee which is then supplied through said means. At the end of each brewing, said collection and brewing means (3) are removed and the used pod contained in them is then ejected, and they are cleaned manually, with subsequent application of said means in the lower part of the machine, to perform a subsequent operating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CMA Macchine Per Caffe' S.R.L.
    Inventors: Beppino Ceotto, Giovanni Rossetto
  • Patent number: 9572450
    Abstract: Beverage production device for producing a beverage from a single-use capsule containing a beverage ingredient, comprising: a brewing unit that receives the capsule in a cavity defined by first and second engaging members that enclose the capsule and press it at a flange-like rim in a liquid seal-tight manner. At least one of the first and second engaging members comprises a substantially annular pressing portion for applying a sealing pressure on the flange-like rim of the capsule, the first and second engaging members being configured in relative closure at the nip to leak to a liquid injected in the cavity when a capsule is not present. One of at least the first or second engaging members comprises, at its annular pressing portion, at least one passage arranged for controlling liquid leakage only within a limited angular radial direction when the first and second engaging members are closed at the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Kollep, Blaise Rithener, Stefan Etter, Rudolf Schenk
  • Patent number: 9516974
    Abstract: Components are disclosed as part of a set which may be used to form containers. Components of the set may be interchangeably substituted for one another so that various different possible containers may be made from a set. A set may include an outer vessel having a first cavity, an inner vessel receivable in the first cavity and having a second cavity, a lid assembly removably attachable to the outer vessel, an accessory, a releasable attachment mechanism to removably attach the accessory to the lid assembly so the accessory is received in the first cavity when the lid assembly is attached to the outer vessel, and at least one variant component interchangeable with one of the inner vessel, the lid assembly and the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Precidio Design Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Herling, Marc Heinke
  • Patent number: 9514595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage preparation machine with ambience emulation functionality. A providing arrangement (11, 21, 17) provides data with visible 5 content for generating a predefined ambience when reproduced, wherein the provided data are linked to context information, said context information being indicative of a situation. An acquisition arrangement (11, 37, 60, 62, 63) acquires at least one actual context 10 information indicating an actual situation, and a display (10) reproduces data being associated to the acquired actual context information for generating an ambience related to the actual situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Fabien Ludovic Agon, Marc Delbreil
  • Patent number: 9481507
    Abstract: Capsule designed in particular for the preparation of a beverage in a centrifugal brewing device by feeding liquid in the capsule and rotating the capsule along a central axis to produce centrifugal forces on the liquid traversing the capsule thereby forcing the beverage out of the capsule by such centrifugal forces, wherein the capsule comprises:—a body comprising containment walls, a main cavity of central axis,—a lid connected or connectable to said body and arranged for covering said cavity;—an annular flange peripherally bordering and protruding outwards beyond the said cavity, wherein the flange is configured to ensure one passage or a plurality of passages for providing flow of the centrifuged beverage in multiple radial directions from the cavity and through the flange or above the flange as a result of the centrifugation forces exerted when the capsule is rotated along said central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Abegglen, Arnaud Gerbaulet, Jean-Francois Tinembart, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 9468330
    Abstract: A sweet tea brewing product and system for brewing sweet tea is disclosed including making a concentrated sweet tea solution before mixing with water which comprises at least one water permeable mesh pouch wherein tea particles and sugar granules are contained. The tea particles and sugar granules are brewed and dissolved during steeping in hot water to produce a hot concentrated sweet tea solution. The concentrated tea solution is then mixed with a proportioned amount of water to make consistent sweet tea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Paul Alan Stewart, Adam Paul Stewart
  • Patent number: 9456712
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a rotatable filter element (30) having a closed bottomed with a grating disc (34). The filter element has an outer perimeter and a conical perforated wall (33) that extends from the outer perimeter to an upper edge defining an open upper part of the filter element. The kitchen appliance includes a drive motor for driving the filter element and a feeding tube (10) having a tubular wall extending from a first open distal end for receiving foodstuff to a second open distal end that opens near the grating disc. A cover member (60) extends from the upper edge of the perforated wall up to the tubular wall of the feeding tube (10). The cover member (60), the filter element (30) and the tubular wall define a substantially closed ring-shaped space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Claudio Brenna, Laura Klancnik, Juergen Holzbauer
  • Patent number: 9433316
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (2800) for operating a hot beverage brewer. The methods include receiving a brew basket of a plurality of interchangeable brew baskets (900, 1400, 1800) within a basket chamber (402) of the hot beverage brewer. At least two of the plurality of interchangeable brew baskets are of different brew basket types and designed to hold different amounts of a beverage substance. Thereafter, the hot beverage brewer: automatically detects the brew basket type associated with the brew basket residing within the basket chamber; selects first operations from a plurality of operations that should be performed by the hot beverage brewer based on the brew basket type which was previously detected; and performs the first operations by the hot beverage brewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Augusto A. Picozza, Aaron Abroff, Gary McGonagle, Dov Glucksman, Laura Nickerson
  • Patent number: 9433318
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards regulating flow rate in an espresso machine, during a multi-phase brewing process which includes a pre-brew and an extraction phase. During the pre-brew phase, coffee grounds are slowly pre-wetted and/or out-gassed with a first volume of water delivered at a first flow rate. During the extraction phase, a second volume of water is delivered, at a second flow rate, to extract espresso, where the second volume is delivered at a generally greater pressure than the first volume. The second flow rate is greater than the first flow rate. The flow rates, volumes, and pressures are regulated by the espresso machine, which includes a flow rate regulation assembly that comprises first and second flow paths and first and second valves. Baristas may vary the flow rate, volume, and pressure of water throughout the brewing process by opening, closing, or otherwise adjusting at least one of the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Camille Prefontaine, Devin Walker
  • Patent number: 9427104
    Abstract: A method of brewing a coffee beverage by combining a dose of granulated coffee and water and maintaining the granulated coffee in the water for a brew time. The volume of water employed in practicing the method is a function of the dose of granulated coffee and the brew time is a function of the percent extraction of coffee from the dose of granulated coffee and a function of the percent of total dissolved solids derived from the dose of granulated coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher Tacklind, R Brooke Hanson
  • Patent number: 9402501
    Abstract: A coffee brewer that includes a brewing chamber, and a brewing cup filled with coffee that is removably received in the brewing chamber. The cup includes a bottom that acts as a tamping member, and this bottom is movable to vary the size of the cup reservoir. Once the cup is positioned in the brewer, the closing of the cup forces engagement of the tamping member and an engagement member positioner in the brewing chamber, resulting in the tamping member being moved to compress the coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: SOLOFILL, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Vu
  • Patent number: 9382063
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule 102 containing dry infusible matter 101 for preparing infused beverages, and comprising: a front face 103 comprising a filter wall 114; a rim 105 surrounding said front face 103 and presenting a tapered outer edge 108; a back face 104, substantially opposed to said front face 103, and comprising a frangible region 116 for the injection of infusing liquid; and a solid envelope 106 between said rim 105 and said back face 104.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Luc Van Belleghem, Jacco Van Stenis, Quintijn Innikel
  • Patent number: 9357874
    Abstract: A beverage maker to selectively brew hot or cold beverages employs both a heating unit and a cooling unit. The heating unit heats a liquid, typically water, and uses the heated liquid to hot brew a beverage. Using any of a number of touch sensitive buttons, a coolant can enter a cold brewing unit which subjects the hot brewed beverage to cooling via a helical structure. Further, there may be a resting plate for the container to receive the beverage that can be selectively cooled or heated. The end result is a quick and efficient way to brew either a hot or cold beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew Licare