Having Diverse Soluble Or Dispersible Material Patents (Class 426/78)
  • Patent number: 10111553
    Abstract: A compact and lightweight personal pod making system is provided. The pod making system has a base for receiving a pod packaging material and a sealing tool pivotably connected to the base. The system can be used at home, in the office and even outdoors. A pod package assembly that can be used in conjunction with the personal pod making system is also provided. The pod package assembly can include a cup-like holder that is hingedly connected to a cover so that it is relatively easy for users to align the cover when sealing the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 9999864
    Abstract: Presently, there exists a need for a method of mixing (stirring) the ingredients of a liquid preparation within a container without the introduction of any device or manual implement to agitate the contents mechanically. The purpose of the present invention is to provide a method a convenient, economical and effective method of mixing utilizing a chemical reaction to facilitate liquid motion in a container without the use of a stirring implement or external mechanical intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: THE ADDITIVE ADVANTAGE, LLC
    Inventor: Salvatore Albert Celeste
  • Patent number: 9592953
    Abstract: Pod for the preparation of a beverage in a centrifugal brewing device by feeding liquid through said pod and rotating the pod along a rotating axis “I” in the device to produce centrifugal forces on the liquid traversing the pod thereby forcing a beverage out of the pod by such centrifugal forces, wherein the pod comprises containment walls containing beverage ingredients; said containment walls being essentially made of porous filtering material and comprising a top wall from which a central funnel (10) comprising liquid inlet openings extends inwardly in the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Gerbaulet, Daniel Abegglen, Alexandre Perentes, Jean-Francois Tinembart
  • Patent number: 9549634
    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 sieve 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. An alternative embodiment may be employed whereby coffee is substituted for tea to make a sweetened coffee solution that may be brewed hot or over ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Alan Stewart, Adam Paul Stewart
  • Patent number: 9481506
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption. To that end, the assembly is provided with at least a first covering and a first ingredient included in the at least first covering, the first ingredient having a substance such as milk powder/creamer, sugar and like additives soluble or extractable in a liquid such as water. The assembly is further provided with a second ingredient, the second ingredient having a soluble or extractable substance such as ground coffee or tea while the second ingredient forms part of a substantially rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Patent number: 9380799
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a coffee extract rich in variety and in which the features of coffee are enhanced. A roasted product prepared by following a step for mixing and roasting coffee beans with at least one material selected from among oolong tea, pu'erh tea, red tea, roses, jasmine, hops, hibiscus, lemon grass, the berries of Japanese pepper, rosemary, vanilla, sugar beets, Kombu, Azuki beans, kidney beans, peas, soy beans, almonds, cashew nuts, chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, sweet chestnuts, walnuts, sesame, sunflower seeds, hazel nuts, pecan nuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, peanuts, rice, barley, malt, buckwheat grains, Job's tears, mandarin orange peels, orange peels, Kabosu peels, grapefruit peels, Sudachi peels, Yuzu peels, lime peels, lemon peels, blueberries, prunes, cherries, Japanese persimmons, pineapple, bananas, grapes, mangoes, peaches, apples, black peppers, chili peppers, sugar cane, ginger, garlic, onions, carrots, burdock roots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and corn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: TAKASAGO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonobu Furusho, Tadahiro Hiramoto
  • Patent number: 9174794
    Abstract: A spherical container comprising an upper shell, a lower shell, a filter net and a connector. The connector, the upper shell and the lower shell form an airtight spherical cavity. The filter net is fixed within cavities of the connector. The upper surfaces and the lower surfaces of the connector are inwardly recessed to form upper locking slots and lower locking slots. The upper shell and the lower shell are formed respectively with upper locking portions and lower locking portions. Outer walls of the upper locking portions and of the lower locking portions are inwardly recessed to form upper grooves and lower grooves respectively. The connector is formed with upper hooks and lower hooks. Inner wall of the connector extends upwardly and downwardly to form buffer plates tightly fitted with inner walls of the upper shell and of the lower shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Xiuxing Chen
  • Patent number: 9155331
    Abstract: A device for adding a flavoring product to a liquid includes a tubular body having openings extending through a sidewall of the body to an interior cavity. A flavoring product is loaded into the interior cavity. At least one fin is coupled to the tubular body and extends outwardly from the sidewall. The device, with the flavoring product loaded therein, is inserted into a container and a liquid is added to the container. The openings in the tubular body are sized to admit the liquid into and out of the interior cavity to enable infusion of the flavoring product into the liquid and to discharge the flavored liquid. The fin is configured such that following insertion into the container, the fin is positioned to largely prevent the tubular body of the device from blocking the opening into the container and inhibiting discharge of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Grand Canyon Brewing Company, LLC
    Inventors: John Peasley, Andrew Carricato
  • Publication number: 20150050389
    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 sieve 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. An alternative embodiment may be employed whereby coffee is substituted for tea to make a sweetened coffee solution that may be brewed hot or over ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Alan Stewart, Adam Paul Stewart
  • Patent number: 8916220
    Abstract: A portion capsule for producing a beverage is proposed, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element having a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: K-Fee System GmbH
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Patent number: 8906436
    Abstract: Beverage additive cartridges, beverage brewing systems and methods of brewing a beverage whereby a beverage additive cartridge containing an ingredient is used in combination with a beverage brewing cartridge to add the ingredient of the additive cartridge to the brewed fluid flow of the brewing cartridge. The resultant brew is an ingredient-brewed fluid mixture that outflows a brewing machine via an outlet probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: PTC-Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly M. Nowak
  • Publication number: 20140314913
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Alan Stewart, Adam Paul Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140314912
    Abstract: A sweet tea brewing product and system for brewing and sweetening tea in a brewing basket of a tea making machine is disclosed comprising at least one water permeable mesh pouch for placement in the brewing basket during brewing. The tea particles and sugar granules are contained in the mesh pouch. The mesh pouch has mesh openings being generally smaller than the size of said sugar granules and said tea particles for retention of said granules and particles. The tea particles and sugar granules are brewed and dissolved in the brewing basket during steeping of the tea particles and sugar granules in hot water to produce a concentrated sweet tea solution delivered from said basket for accurate and consistent brewing of sweat tea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Alan Stewart, Adam Paul Stewart
  • Patent number: 8808777
    Abstract: A capsule, system and method for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is shown. The capsule includes a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a flexible sheet-shaped perforate and/or porous third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall. The first, second and third wall enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The third wall forms an outermost boundary of the capsule in an axial direction thereof. The third wall comprises a woven or nonwoven filtering material, such as filtering paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon
  • Patent number: 8771768
    Abstract: A cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium and an outlet for the beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients, the cartridge incorporating within a beverage flow path between the inlet and the outlet an eductor for entraining air into the beverage, the eductor comprising an aperture for producing a low pressure jet of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey York, Andrew Charles Bentley
  • Publication number: 20140178532
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage mixing apparatus. Specifically, the present invention relates to a filter containing coffee, tea, or another additive to be mixed with a liquid. The filter is formed into a ball and attached to a rigid stick for stirring and mixing the contents of the present invention into a liquid. The filter may keep solid beverage additives separate from the liquid while still allowing the two to mix. Soluble additives may pass freely through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Brett I. Walker, Maria A. Walker
  • Publication number: 20140157993
    Abstract: A tea pad is provided for preparing tea. More particularly, the tea pad provides at least one consumption unit of tea with the aid of a coffee maker. The coffee maker is provided with a holder for receiving at least one pad filled with a product to be extracted, and means for pressing hot water under pressure through the pad for obtaining an extract of the product while, preferably, the applied pressure of the water is 1-2 bar. The pad is provided with a covering, such as filtering paper which is at least partly transmissive to a liquid such as water and, which is at least virtually non-transmissive to tea. The covering comprises at least one space which is at least partly filled with tea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Maria Constantina Johanna Perton, Joost Jan de Vries
  • Patent number: 8747932
    Abstract: An apparatus for brewing a beverage, which includes an elongated member having a plurality of disks stacked along an axis of the elongated member; a filter having at least one slot and adapted to fit over the plurality of disks; and an elongated housing member having first and second slots on opposite sides of the elongated housing member, wherein the elongated housing member is adapted to fit over the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Fedor
  • 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: 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: 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: 8685478
    Abstract: A flavor pouch includes a porous covering that encloses a carrier having a flavorant. The carrier may be solid or particulate. Flavorants may be one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, ginger, pepper extract, exotic flavors, ethnic flavors and the like. Where the carrier comprises a plurality of beads, the beads may have randomly dissolvable encapsulation to extend the time duration of flavor release. To use the flavor pouch, it is placed in the mouth and masticated or exposed to saliva to thereby release the flavorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Neidle, Kenneth Newman, William R. Sweeney, Cynthia S. Hayes, Robert T. Mitten, Danielle R. Crawford
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140030385
    Abstract: A brewing device, particularly for brewing tea or coffee. In one embodiment, the steeping portion (11) is formed with the handle (10) and the squeezing means includes an actuator element (13) arranged to extend through the handle. Such a device is thus arranged to compress the steeping portion by means of a pulling action on the actuator element. In an alternative embodiment, the squeezing means is formed with the handle (51) and the steeping portion is formed with an actuator element (54) arranged to extend through the handle. By such an arrangement, the device is arranged to compress the steeping portion by means of a pushing or pressing action on the actuator element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: MARTINFIELD LIMITED
    Inventor: John Pape
  • Publication number: 20140017359
    Abstract: A beverage substance for producing a tea beverage is proposed, wherein the beverage substance is intended to be stored in a portion capsule and to be infused in the portion capsule by means of hot water introduced under pressure into the portion capsule, wherein the beverage substance is substantially particulate and at least in part comprises tea, and wherein the beverage substance has a mean particle size of between 500 micrometres and 1,500 micrometres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Marc KRÜGER, Günter EMPL, Wolfgang EPPLER
  • Patent number: 8623436
    Abstract: An improved coffee brewing apparatus and method is shown. The method can include setting a permeable disk over coffee grounds in the filter of a conventional drip coffee maker, placing water on the permeable disk, and compressing the coffee grounds with a weight of the water on the permeable disk. The method can include percolating the coffee grounds with the water distributed uniformly with the permeable disk for brewing a coffee beverage. The method can also include passing the coffee beverage to an outlet. The method, in one embodiment, can include mixing contents within a booster pack to the coffee beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Legner
  • Patent number: 8617627
    Abstract: A form-retaining pad for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption includes a first covering and a form-providing stiffening body, and a substance which is soluble in a liquid. The covering includes a top sheet and a bottom sheet that are manufactured from a material non-transmissive to the soluble substance, but transmissive to the substance dissolved in a liquid. The form-providing stiffening body is between the top sheet and the bottom sheet. The stiffening body has a compartmenting wall configuration having a grid structure which is transmissive to liquid from the top side to the bottom side. At least a part of the soluble substance is accommodated in the grid structure, and each compartment is surrounded by the wall configuration, the top sheet and the bottom sheet. At least the bottom side of the stiffening body includes a bulging part extending away from the top sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Bernardus Henricus Kok, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Patent number: 8563058
    Abstract: A capsule for use in a beverage production device, the capsule containing ingredients to produce a nutritional or food liquid when a liquid is fed into the capsule at an inlet face thereof, with the capsule being provided with a filter having a plurality of filtering orifices and a flow collection member placed downstream of the filter to collect the filtered liquid from the filtering orifices. The collection member includes at least one restriction orifice to focus the flow of liquid in at least one jet of liquid at high velocity in the compartment containing the ingredients. The invention is particularly advantageous for producing a nutritional liquid (e.g., infant formula) or a food from powdered ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Anne Roulin, Yann Epars, Sophie Abraham, Frédéric Doleac, Vincent Martin, Heinz Wyss, HansPeter Pleisch, Nicolas Bezet, Bruno Bizet, Nihan Dogan
  • Patent number: 8535552
    Abstract: A method for evaluating center segregation of a continuous cast slab is provided. The method of the present invention includes (A) creating a center segregation image of a slab using an etching solution comprising a picric acid (C6H3N3O7), a cupric chloride (CuCl2), sodium laurylbenzenesulfonate (C18H29SO3Na) and the remainder of distilled water; and (B) evaluating the center segregation of a slab by scanning the image and applying the following Formula. The method creates an image of center segregation even for low-carbon steel having carbon (C) in an amount of 0.04 wt % or less as well as ultra low-sulfur steel having sulfur (S) in an amount of 50 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Steel Company
    Inventors: Sukhyun Yoo, Wonjae Cho, Jutae Choi, Kaeyoung Lee, Kyoungho So
  • Publication number: 20130236605
    Abstract: Provided is a tobacco-free oral flavor delivery pouch product that provides and engaging and flavorful experience to a user. The pouch product includes a porous pouch wrapper and an inner filling material. The inner filling material can include a non-tobacco, botanical component, at least one functional ingredient and a solid flavor component dispersed throughout the inner filling material. The pouch product delivers multiple textures to the user's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford, Karen Brooks, Kenneth A. Newman, William R. Sweeney, Fernando L. Chappell, SR.
  • Patent number: 8522669
    Abstract: A pod holder for brewing a single cup beverage with infused heated water consist of a holder body having an open top and a base with an egress hole. A body inner cup, to with a keyhole shaped opening in the bottom, is placed within the holder body. A pod ejector pin extend through both the inner cup keyhole shaped opening and the holder body egress hole and protrudes beneath. A single cup pod is manually compressed into the inner cup, and a lid is attached to the body. The lid has an integral water inlet hollow duct with a pod cushion, permitting the cushion to press against the pod without piercing the pod cover, such that when hot water is introduced into the pod the water seeps through the pod's contents and a beverage is brewed. The brewed liquid drains through the inner cup and body and is discharged into a cup beneath, with the spent pod expelled when the lid is removed and the ejector pin is manually depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Patrick J. Rolfes, John Guy Cazort, II
  • Publication number: 20130224339
    Abstract: Fruit skin drink, fruit skin bag, and dried fruit skin (porous bag containing fruit skin fragments for consumption) provides consumers with a healthy food option. Fruit skin drink, fruit skin bag, and dried fruit skin includes at least one porous paper bag having perforations in an exterior surface and an inner volume. The inner volume contains at least one shredded particle of said fruit skin fragments peeled from at least one fruit and dried; and at least one seasoning. The porous bag contains the fruit skin fragments, and the at least one seasoning in combination. The fruit skin fragments provide a user-consumer with vitamins and antioxidants. The fruit is peeled to a depth of about ½ to 1½ mm and then washed to remove dirt and pesticides and dried to form the fruit skin fragments. The fruit skin fragments are sun-dried after removal from the fruit(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Alice Chang
  • Patent number: 8505440
    Abstract: A coffee pod with varying intensity. The coffee pod includes a substantially rigid sidewall, a substantially rigid base, and coffee grinds positioned therein. More than about seventy percent (70%) of the coffee grinds may include a particle size distribution of between about 200 to about 300 microns. The coffee grinds may have a weight of the about five (5) to about eight (8) grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirschner, Louis Joseph Heinsz
  • Publication number: 20130196032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a woven mesh. The woven mesh comprises polyester such as poly(ethylene terephthalate). The present invention also relates to associated uses and systems of the woven mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald Hartley Ford, Stephen James Bright
  • Patent number: 8425957
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption. To that end, the assembly (1) is provided with at least a first covering (2) and a first ingredient (4) included in the at least first covering, the first ingredient including a substance such as milk powder/creamer, sugar and like additives soluble or extractable in a liquid such as water. The assembly is further provided with a second ingredient (14), the second ingredient including a soluble or extractable substance such as ground coffee or tea while the second ingredient forms part of a substantially rigid body (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Publication number: 20130078337
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved device used for storing, dispensing, and stirring beverage additives. The improved tubular shaped dispenser greatly reduces the chance for additive spillage and eliminates the need for additional utensils for transferring and stirring the additive in a beverage. The invention comprises a tubular shaped dispenser body with an internal longitudinal aperture for storing the additive, a dispenser cap, an end cap, a longitudinal top half and bottom half for the dispenser body, and a plurality of perforations on not more than one of said top half and said bottom half of said dispenser body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Erik Elfstrum, John Dimond
  • Patent number: 8399035
    Abstract: A pod for mixing an amount of a dispersible material with water. The pod may include a pod body having a lower aperture and a poppet positioned within the aperture. The poppet may be sized so as to seal the lower aperture until a predetermined pressure is reached within the pod body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirschner, Carter Crittenden Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130052305
    Abstract: A pad of the optionally flexible, disc-shaped/flat type filled with a product to be extracted and/or a product to be dissolved, provided with an optionally flexible bottom sheet and an optionally flexible top sheet manufactured from, the top sheet and the bottom sheet being interconnected at their longitudinal edges so that a covering with a circumferential sealing seam is formed, with the product situated between the top sheet and the bottom sheet, the bottom sheet and the top sheet each forming a filter which is at least virtually impermeable to the product and which is at least permeable to water, while an area of the covering is designed to be at least virtually impermeable to water, the area comprising, preferably, at least one annular sub-area covering at least a part of the sealing seam, and that the area extends outside the sealing seam at predetermined positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer
  • Publication number: 20120263831
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: LUKASZ D. SKALSKI, TIEMEN T. VAN DILLEN
  • Publication number: 20120258205
    Abstract: A form-retaining pad for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption includes a first covering and a form-providing stiffening body, and a substance which is soluble in a liquid. The covering includes a top sheet and a bottom sheet that are manufactured from a material non-transmissive to the soluble substance, but transmissive to the substance dissolved in a liquid. The form-providing stiffening body is between the top sheet and the bottom sheet. The stiffening body has a compartmenting wall configuration having a grid structure which is transmissive to liquid from the top side to the bottom side. At least a part of the soluble substance is accommodated in the grid structure, and each compartment is surrounded by the wall configuration, the top sheet and the bottom sheet. At least the bottom side of the stiffening body includes a bulging part extending away from the top sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Bernardus Henricus Kok, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Publication number: 20120251672
    Abstract: An exchangeable capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption is disclosed. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and a lid closing the circumferential wall at a second end opposite the bottom. The wall, the bottom and the lid enclose an inner space comprising beverage ingredient for preparing the beverage. The bottom comprises an entrance area for supplying fluid to the ingredient, wherein the lid comprises an exit area for draining beverage from the capsule. The beverage ingredient comprises at least a soluble substance. The exit area comprises an exit filter that is adapted to substantially prevent non-dissolved soluble substance from leaving the capsule. A system for preparing a beverage comprising such a capsule and a method for preparing a beverage is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Cornelis van Bergen, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon
  • Patent number: 8225710
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption, provided with an exchangeable holder (102), and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for dispensing a first fluid under pressure to a first mixing chamber (110) of the exchangeable holder. The exchangeable holder is provided with a storage space (108) which is filled with a second fluid and a fluid communication (114) between the storage space and the first mixing chamber for dispensing the second fluid to the first mixing chamber. The holder further comprises a fluid communication seal (138) for bringing the fluid communication into operation through removal of the sealing action of the fluid communication. The fluid communication is a channel having a first curvature (171) in longitudinal direction of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Publication number: 20120171332
    Abstract: A beverage appliance includes a housing having a liquid reservoir and a receptacle in the housing dimensioned to receive a container containing at least one drink ingredient having particles of a first size. The receptacle is pivotable from a first position in which the receptacle is angled towards a front of the appliance and a second position in which the receptacle is aligned with a brew head and contacts the brew head. The beverage appliance further includes a mechanism for transforming the particles of the drink ingredient from the first size to a second size within the container, the second size being smaller than the first size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: KIN MAN LAI, KAM FAI FUNG, BARBARA LYNN SCHNABEL
  • Patent number: 8202589
    Abstract: Provided is an oral pouch product having a coated seam, having a porous pouch wrapper; an inner filling material enclosed within first and second opposed layers of the porous pouch wrapper; at least one seam holding a portion of said first and second opposed layers of said porous pouch wrapper together; and a first coating comprising a releasable ingredient applied to an outer surface of said seam. Also provided is a method for making the oral pouch product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili, Paolo Catasti, Danielle R. Crawford, William R. Sweeney, Munmaya K. Mishra, Shengsheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8178088
    Abstract: A composition, and method of use, for controlling, reducing or preventing the growth of protozoal bacteria in the rumen of a ruminant comprising cell bodies of a facultative anaerobe selected from the group consisting of Corynebacterium cell bodies and Brevibacterium cell bodies or a mixture of Corynebacterium cell bodies and Brevibacterium cell bodies, glutamic acid fermentation solubles, corn fermentation solubles, glutamic acid fermentation solubles and corn fermentation solubles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Julien
  • Patent number: 8178139
    Abstract: Disclosed is a capsule designed to be used in an automatic beverage preparation and dispensing machine. The capsule includes a compacted aggregate of a substance to be infused; and a packaging envelope impermeable to air and water. The packaging envelope is configured to hold the compacted aggregate of the substance in the interior of the capsule so that infusion is carried out in the interior of the capsule. Also disclosed is a method comprising piercing the packaging envelope of the capsule, using a piercing device of an automatic beverage preparation and dispensing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Rolland Versini
  • Publication number: 20120107455
    Abstract: A non-floating beverage infuser and rigid clamp and method thereof comprising, in general, a suspension bag of flexible liquid permeable material that contains preselected flavor and/or gassing additives, an elongated member having a first and second end, the first end is affixed to the suspension bag, and a rigid clamp affixed to the second end of the elongated member to affix to the rim of a glass, and, thus, functions to provide deep submersible infusion of preselected flavor and gassing additives while preventing the upward flotation of the additives in a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Gregory Briggs
  • Publication number: 20120088014
    Abstract: An improved coffee brewing apparatus and method is disclosed. The method can include setting a permeable disk over coffee grounds in the filter of a conventional drip coffee maker, placing water on the permeable disk, and compressing the coffee grounds with a weight of the water on the permeable disk. The method can include percolating the coffee grounds with the water distributed uniformly with the permeable disk for brewing a coffee beverage. The method can also include passing the coffee beverage to an outlet. The method, in one embodiment, can include mixing contents within a booster pack to the coffee beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Gary Legner
  • Patent number: 8147887
    Abstract: A capsule (1) containing ingredients for producing a beverage, wherein the ingredients are housed in a compartment (3), wherein the capsule (1) comprises a contoured opening plate (5) designed for opening a face of the compartment (3) when the pressure inside the ingredient compartment (3) presses the face against the opening plate (5) of the capsule (1), or an insert and wherein the opening plate (5) or insert is provided with one or several capillary through holes (100, 101, 102, 103) connecting two opposing sides of the opening plate (5) or insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Olivier Villain, Frederic Doleac, Eckhard Seid, Jean-Francois Combart
  • Patent number: RE44759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a form-retaining pad, an assembly and a method for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption. For this purpose, the pad is provided with a covering, in which a water-soluble substance, such as milk powder/creamer and sugar, is included. The covering includes a top sheet and a bottom sheet. The pad is further provided with a form-providing stiffening body, placed between the top sheet and the bottom sheet, with the top sheet and the bottom sheet extending at least partly substantially parallel to each other and to a surface. The stiffening body has a top side adjacent to the top sheet and a bottom side adjacent to the bottom sheet, and, by providing a compartmenting wall configuration therein, has a grid structure transmissive to liquid, in which structure at least a part of the soluble substance is accommodated and each compartment formed by the wall configuration is surrounded by that wall configuration, the top sheet and the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Bernardus Henricus Kok, Joseph Theodoor Knitel