Having Defined Support Or Handle Means Patents (Class 426/82)
  • Patent number: 9085410
    Abstract: Disclosed is a single brew beverage cartridge for use in a brewing apparatus. The cartridge includes a lid and a cup shaped filter suspended below the lid and in which a beverage brewing ingredient is held. The lid includes an annular collar to prevent the lid from deforming when a needle of the brewing apparatus pierces it during the brewing process. Preferably the cartridge is formed of materials so that it is compostable and biodegradable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Publication number: 20150056331
    Abstract: A single serving brewing cartridge adapter fits into known single serving horizontal coffee makers and allows use of a common single serving cartridge made for a vertical coffee maker. The cartridge adapter includes a fixed extraction needle in the base of cartridge adapter and defines walls rising from the base to guide a cartridge into position. The extraction needle pierces a single use cartridge to release brewed beverage into the cartridge adapter. An injection needle in the horizontal coffee maker lid punctures a foil cover of single use cartridges and passes through a permanent opening in a lid of the cartridge adapter and an extraction needle in the horizontal coffee maker cooperates with the cartridge adapter to carry brewed drink from the cartridge adapter. Reusable cartridges including permanent openings to receive the injection needle and to release brewed beverage may also be used with the cartridge adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 8900648
    Abstract: Processes for controlling strength of an extracted beverage including providing a pseudo packed bed of an extractable beverage material and contacting at least one liquid extraction stream with the pseudo packed bed of beverage material at a selected depth to obtain at least one zone of minimum extraction and at least one zone of maximum extraction. As the depth at which the liquid extraction stream is introduced into the packed bed increases, the zone of minimum extraction increases and the zone of maximum extraction decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Folger Coffee Company
    Inventors: Paul Ralph Bunke, Alisa Anne Bolinger, Jianjun Justin Li, Athula Ekanayake
  • Patent number: 8820216
    Abstract: The invention proposes a system comprising a beverage preparation device (10) and a capsule (1) for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a compartment (2) of the capsule by injection of a liquid into the capsule, the beverage preparation device (10) having opening means (3) which are designed to interact with a wall member (4) provided at an outlet face (6b) of the capsule (1), wherein the opening means (3) comprise an opening member (7) having a hook-like shape designed to shear and move away at least a portion of a cover (11) sealed to the outlet face (6b) of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Didier Vuagniaux, Matthieu Ozanne, Gilles Gerber, Remo Dunki
  • Publication number: 20140212546
    Abstract: A beverage brewing package includes a cup and a filter bag. The filter bag is supported in an interior region formed in the cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Darin C. Koestring, Ryan Dewig, Milan C. Maravich
  • Patent number: 8784922
    Abstract: A method including 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: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20140186496
    Abstract: A collapsible bag or compressible bottle container for accepting, holding, and filtering fluid. Fluid is filtered upon entry to the container or filtered upon egress. The filter media resides either in a removable cap, or in a second fluid-tight compartment attached to, and in fluid communication with, the container body. A one-way valve with unique one-time connection to a fluid source mitigates potential contamination from container overuse. A second collapsible layer is used in conjunction with the collapsible bag to accept compressed air that provides rigidity for the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: KX TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: KX Technologies, LLC
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8758844
    Abstract: A method for the production of drinks, particularly coffee, even more particularly “American type coffee” or filter coffee by means of a machine and a capsule containing a proportion of preparation for drink is disclosed. The method includes the phases of heating a liquid for the preparation of drinks, putting under pressure the liquid within a boiler, feeding the liquid to the capsule with crossing of the capsule, taking the liquid after this phase of crossing of the capsule. The method also includes an infusion and remixing phase of the liquid with the preparation for drink within the capsule, which occurs within a housing partially filled up with the preparation for drink according to a filling factor in the range from 35 to 90%, preferably in the range from 40 to 85%, even more preferably in the range from 45 to 75%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: La San Marco S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Nocera
  • 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: 8685479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule for delivering a food product by injection of a fluid under pressure into the capsule, said capsule having a chamber defined by capsule side walls, a flexible bottom wall and a top wall, said chamber containing at least one ingredient to be dissolved and/or extracted by said injection fluid, and a beverage dispensing structure having at least one dispensing opening disposed through the bottom wall, wherein said beverage dispensing structure includes a pressure retaining element adapted to retain a certain predetermined dissolution and/or extraction pressure in the chamber, disposed in the vicinity of the bottom wall, which includes a protrusion in correspondence to the dispensing opening so that said protrusion is disposed into the corresponding opening and restricts its diameter at the time injection fluid inside the capsule chamber moves said membrane towards said pressure retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Frederic Doleac, Stephane Hentzel, HansPeter Pleisch, Marc Raederer
  • Patent number: 8667890
    Abstract: A cartridge (1) for coffee or soluble products for producing a beverage, includes a container (2) able to contain the coffee or soluble product, a lid (6) disposed over the container so as to define a top wall for entry into the container (2) of the hot water under pressure for formation of the beverage, a filter (4) suitable for being positioned inside the container (2) above a bottom wall (20) of the container through which the beverage exits, wherein the bottom wall (20) of the container has a less thick central area (22), at the center of which are disposed thickening ribs (27) along the edge of which there are etchings (26) able to break when the liquid inside the cartridge reaches a pre-set pressure value, so as to form flexible tongues (28) which give rise to apertures (50) through which the beverage is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitaca S.r.l.
    Inventor: Edoardo Macchi
  • 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: 8495951
    Abstract: A disposable packaging form is provided for brewed, hot drinks. The invention allows a user to brew the hot drink, squeeze out the brewed contents, and stir the contents of the hot drink. Each action can be performed multiple times before disposal. In some embodiments, the device of the present invention dispenses sweeteners, creamers, flavorings and condiments. The present invention frees the user of the inconvenience of having to collect, wash, or dispose of the stirrers, squeezers and bags of the hot drink individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Pamela Saha
  • Patent number: 8434402
    Abstract: An infusion container (30) for use with a brewer (20). The infusion container (30) includes a body portion defining at least a portion of a cavity therein. At least a portion of the body being liquid permeable. The infusion container liquid permeable portion facilitates brewing a beverage by allowing water to pass through the infusion container. The infusion container may be an individual structure which can be placed in and removed from the holder (30). Additional components or group of components for use with the beverage holder (30). The infusion container provides structures and methods facilitating convenient use of a brewer which allows the user to use the type of substance and quantity of substance of their choice and efficiently clean the substance holder (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Rahn, Arthur Bunn, John D. Bishop, Randy D. Pope
  • Patent number: 8425963
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for extracting a cap (16) having a first part (2), a second part (3) which is movable with respect to the second part (2) which is provided with a space for the cap and defines the cap extracting position in a closed position thereof, an introduction and positioning part having the cap guiding elements (6, 7) which are arranged in such a way that it is possible to insert the cap by gravity force and position it in an intermediate position and a beverage pouring system (19) in which the second movable part (3) displaces the cap from the intermediate position to the extraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Ryser, Christophe Boussemart, Jean-Luc Denisart, Antoine Cahen
  • Publication number: 20130087051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule having a body in the form of a cup and a membrane lid, together defining a chamber containing a substance for the preparation of a drink. The body includes an outer substantially frusto conical side wall and a base integral with the outer side wall and closing said outer side wall at a rear end of the body. The membrane lid closes the other end of the outer side wall. The base is formed by a peripheral region defining the rear end of the body and by a central region extending into the capsule in relation to the rear end, defining a recess outside the body. The central region includes at least one weakened area which is intended to break at least partially under the pressure of a pressurized liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Alain Frydman
  • Publication number: 20130059039
    Abstract: A beverage capsule has a body, a filter disposed in the body, ingredients disposed in the filter and a cover. The body includes a side wall that extends from an end wall to an opening that is covered by the cover. A boss extends into the interior space from the end wall inwardly of an extraction region. In one embodiment, the boss defines an engagement surface having a plurality of arms for engaging a bottom portion of the filter during use. In another embodiment, the boss engages the filter to define a tented filter zone wherein an inner portion of the filter is spaced a further distance from the end wall than an outer portion of the filter. In another embodiment, a diffusing surface is disposed in the body downstream of where a fluid is intended to enter the opening of the capsule during use with a beverage preparing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Liberatore A. Trombetta, Christopher Douglas Meffen, Scott Hanneson, Daud Ahmed Khan, YuCheng Fu, Dennis Dwight Paynter
  • 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: 20120328740
    Abstract: Machine, capsule, method for the preparation of drinks, particularly coffee, even more particularly “Americano type coffee” or filter coffee or filtered coffee in which the capsule is shaped with an essentially cylindrical form with a mouth, this capsule containing a predefined proportion of preparation for drink according to a filling factor in the range from 35 to 90%, preferably in the range from 40 to 85%, even more preferably in the range from 45 to 75%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Roberto Nocera
  • Patent number: 8337918
    Abstract: A filter envelope which is filled with ground coffee or other drinkable dry granular substance by a user and sealed for use comprises two (2) round filter media sections crimped together about a perimeter and an extended opening along one (1) edge. The user would fill the interior space of the filter with a desired amount of chosen dry granular substance through the opening. A preferred embodiment comprises the dry granular substance to comprise ground coffee for subsequent brewing within a conventional coffee machine including those such as percolators that require the filter to have a central hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Sara E. Fair
  • Publication number: 20120269933
    Abstract: Filtering and permeable container for substances (6) suitable for the preparation of beverages, the container being made by means of thermoforming starting from a flat strip (1) of permeable, filtering and thermoformable material, wherein the body (2) of the container comprises longitudinal stiffening ribs (4) wherein the length of the ribs (4) is variable along the surface of the body (2). The container can be adapted to contain water-soluble products or coffee, tea, herbal tea, or similar substances adapted to obtain hot or cold beverages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Gino Rapparini
  • Publication number: 20120213891
    Abstract: An apparatus for making and stirring a liquid mixture includes a spoon with a handle and a bowl portion, a mixture component, and a covering across the top of the bowl portion of the spoon. The covering confines the mixture component, and is formed of a material permitting the liquid to contact the component. Immersion of the bowl portion of the spoon in the liquid causes the liquid to contact the mixture component, thereby producing a mixture of the liquid and the component external to the spoon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony Simone, Mario Elcuri
  • Publication number: 20120201933
    Abstract: A beverage capsule is provided for use in a beverage preparing machine. The beverage capsule includes a body having a sidewall and a base defining an interior space. A first opening is defined at one end of the body and a second opening is defined at an opposing end of the body. A first cover covers the first opening and a second cover covers the second opening. A filter is disposed in the interior space a pre-determined distance away from the second opening. Ingredients, such as ground coffee beans, are disposed in the interior space between the first opening and the filter for preparing a desired beverage, wherein the ingredients have a statistical arithmetic mean particle size that is greater than 600 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: 2266170 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Timothy Dran, Scott Hanneson, Daud Ahmed Khan, Liberatore A. Trombetta
  • Publication number: 20120189742
    Abstract: A single-cup pod beverage production container is presented using a pod containing coffee grounds, tea leaves or other soluble or partially-soluble substances, surrounded by filter paper and supported for easy handling by stiffening the periphery of the pod and adding a finger grip area. The pod periphery may also be provided with indicia in various forms to indicate various information relating to the pod container and its contents such as the composition of its contents, the coffee making machine(s) with which the pod container is compatible, or information relating to the production of the pod container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas J. Sparacino
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8168247
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, the cartridge comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients, wherein the one or more beverage ingredients is a liquid chocolate ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar, Geoff Rendle, Maria Gomez
  • Patent number: 8168243
    Abstract: A coffee press grounds removal apparatus for removing coffee grounds or tea leaves from a coffee press machine is provided. The coffee press machine has a plunger apparatus for pressing the coffee grounds or tea leaves within a carafe. The apparatus comprises a basket receivable within the carafe with the basket having an open top, a bottom wall, and a side wall extending in a generally upward direction from the bottom wall toward the open top. A handle is pivotally connected to the basket wherein the basket is completely receivable within the carafe. The basket comprises a configuration substantially mirroring the interior circumference and shape of the carafe in which the basket is seatable wherein as the basket is inserted into the carafe, the basket slidably engages the interior circumference of the carafe such that an outer surface of the side wall of the basket contacts the interior circumference of the carafe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Phyllis Eaton
  • Patent number: 8147886
    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 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sara Lee/ DE N.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Jan Steenhof, Bernardus Henricus Kok, Joseph Theodoor Knitel
  • Patent number: 8003146
    Abstract: A method including 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: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20110200713
    Abstract: A perforated stirrer contains a drink product requiring mixing upon use; examples of such products include tea, instant coffee, powdered lemonade, etc. The stirrer may also contain additional mixing ingredients (e.g. sugar or powdered milk). A stirrer according to the disclosure thus provides both the ingredients for making the beverage and an implement for stirring the beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony Simone, Mario Elcuri
  • Publication number: 20110189350
    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: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: TCONCEPT COMPANY S.P.R.L.
    Inventors: Luc Van Belleghem, Jacco Van Stenis, Quintijn Innikel
  • Publication number: 20110183043
    Abstract: A pre-charged ground coffee capsule is described. The capsule has a container body made of a metal foil material combined with a film of thermoplastic material. The container body is open at one end, the end being joined to a closing surface made of the same material. The container body is associated with a structural stiffening member provided with a plurality of through-openings and arranged in a plane which is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Marco Reati
  • Patent number: 7856921
    Abstract: A device for preparing a whipped food, including a container portion that contains a food component and that is configured for receiving a fluid for mixing with the food component to produce a fluid mixture. A film conditioning conduit is associated with the container portion to receive the fluid mixture with gas bubbles entrained therein as a food product. The conduit includes a restriction channel associated with the container portion downstream thereof to receive the food product. The restriction channel has a cross-section sufficiently small and a length sufficiently large to selectively feed bubbles in the food product that are smaller than a preselected maximum bubble size. The conduit also includes a deceleration channel and fluid communication with the restriction channel downstream thereof to receive the food product. The deceleration channel substantially reduces the flow speed of the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Corey Arrick, Ruguo Hu, Eugene Scoville
  • Patent number: 7856922
    Abstract: A beverage brewer, adapted to discharge fresh extractable ingredients to a liquid receiving container there below including a brewing cup having an open top and having a liquid pervious bottom, adapted for holding a quantity of an infusible material for a certain time limit to allow a stirring action before dispensing the brewed beverage there from into the liquid receiving container, at least one sheet of filter element sealed along a perimeter of a bottom base of the brewing cup by a non-toxic meltable substance and thereby sealed unto the bottom base of the brewing cup, a plurality of perforations formed in the bottom base of the brewing cup wherein each of the perforations has an area of at least about 25 millimeters square and where the perforations are separated from each other by at least about 2 millimeters, at least one concave shape vent disposed on a lower part of an outer wall of the brewing cup and configured to allow escape of steam from the liquid receiving container during brewing, and a sit-o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Eddy Tjen
  • Patent number: 7836819
    Abstract: A cartridge for extracting a beverage from a particulate substance contained therein by means of water under pressure, the cartridge comprising: a main body comprising a cup portion and a lid portion, the cup portion comprising a base, a sidewall and a rim opposed to the base, the lid portion being fixedly attached to the rim of the cup portion so as to define an internal volume of the cartridge, the internal volume of the cartridge housing the particulate substance comprised within filtering means for retaining the particulate substance and for percolating fluid substances therethrough, the lid portion comprising a lid port defining a first passage for percolation fluid substances, the base of the cup portion comprising a cup port defining a second passage for percolation fluid substances, wherein the base comprises a plurality of ridges directly formed thereon and protruding towards the internal volume of the cartridge, so as to support the filtering means and the particulate substance and to define a fine
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Illycaffe′ S.p.A.
    Inventors: Furio Suggi Liverani, Luca Mastropasqua, Frans Van Eeden, Bruno Dellapietra
  • Patent number: 7793585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable brewing device including at least one contact volume connectable with at least one target volume, the at least one contact volume and the at least one target volume being separated by at least one filter arrangement, the at least one contact volume and the at least one target volume defining at least one predefined flow path through filter arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Columbus E. ApS
    Inventors: Ulrik Skovgaard Rasmussen, Werner Schulz
  • Patent number: 7770512
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a beverage brewing machine includes a filter pack containing an amount of grinds to brew approximately only a single serving of brewed beverage, a single serving disposable brew basket including a body defining a brewing reservoir. The body is formed with a disposable rigid construction. The body has an opening therethrough to permit a brewed beverage to flow from the brewing reservoir of the disposable brew basket into a beverage container. The body extends upwardly from a bottom of the brewing reservoir to an open top that is configured to receive heated water from the brewing machine. The heated water flows through the open top during a brewing operation. The brewing reservoir has a size dimensioned appropriate to make approximately only a single serving of beverage during a single brewing operation. The brewing area is sufficiently large to hold the filter pack and the heated water while brewing without a level of the heated water rising above and overflowing the open top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Courtesy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20100159076
    Abstract: One embodiment of an infusion package comprises a prepared raw material compartment (10) formed by sealed partitions (12) and (14) and containing prepared raw material (16). Partition (14) separates compartment (10) from a flotation compartment (18) filled with flotation material (20) to cause the package to float in a liquid. Any floatable material which is inert and harmless in the liquid, or a gas bubble sealed in a liquid-tight bag can serve as flotation material. A sealed package top (22) carries advertising materials, though advertising labels can be attached to its surface as an option. One end of a string (24) is attached to top (22) and the other—to a conventional label (26). The package can be agitated and removed from the liquid with the help of top (22) or string (24). The package can be entirely or in part of a liquid-permeable, heavier-, or lighter-than-liquid, inert and harmless material like paper, fabric, plastic net, perforated plastic film, etc. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Marat Purliyev
  • Publication number: 20100040740
    Abstract: An infusion system for processing a brewing material includes a pouch configured to contain a brewing material, a sealable packet configured to house the pouch, and an attachment member coupled with the pouch and the packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: William T. Riley
  • Patent number: 7658141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closed cartridge (10), for extraction under pressure, comprising a dish (12) with a bottom (13) with a central part and a peripheral part and a side wall having substantially the shape of a frustum of a cone and a circular edge with a diameter greater at the bottom and a cover (15) welded to the periphery of the edge of the dish and the cover is intended to be torn only through the effect of the force of the extraction fluid when extraction starts, the said cartridge comprising, in the dish at the level of the bottom, a means (16) guaranteeing retention of the solid substance when it is opened, in which the means guaranteeing retention of solid substance is a sheet of fabric sealed in the bottom of the dish in two zones, on the one hand in the central part (17) and on the other hand in the peripheral part (18) of the said bottom (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Petr Masek, Alain Riesterer
  • Patent number: 7640843
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, the cartridge comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients, wherein the one or more beverage ingredients is a liquid chocolate ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar, Geoff Rendle, Maria Gomez
  • Publication number: 20090263546
    Abstract: A single-lobe filter bag for infusion products comprises a length (2) of filter material forming a chamber (3) containing a charge (4) of the infusion product. The length (2) comprises: a first closed top end (5) formed by a first join (S1) between two first end edges of the length (2); a second closed bottom end (7) and two sides (8, 9) connecting the two ends (5, 7) of the length (2); the two sides (8, 9) connecting the first and second edges (5, 7) are at least partly folded onto each other to form a fold towards the inside of the chamber (3) and the second bottom end (7) of the filter bag (1) is closed by second join (S2) designed to form a rigid flat bottom surface (11) of the filter bag (1) such as to define a stable base, with a substantially triangular cross section, for supporting the filter bag (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: IMA FLAVOUR S.R.L.
    Inventors: Dario Rea, Rodolfo Caroli, Sauro Rivola
  • Publication number: 20090214714
    Abstract: An instant teabag includes a cup and a teabag. The cup includes an open end and a closed end. The teabag includes a sealed perimeter and receives a content. The sealed perimeter is fixed to an inner face of the closed end at at least one point. A cotton yarn includes an end fixed to the sealed perimeter at another point opposite to the at least one point. A piece of paper is fixed to the other end of the cotton yarn. The tealeaves or powder in the teabag can expand or spread when water is poured into the cup. Furthermore, a user can move the yarn and hence the teabag with a slight force to expand or spread the tealeaves or tea powders in the teabag. The teabag can be pulled off the closed end of the cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Hsin-Chieh LI
  • Publication number: 20090162491
    Abstract: A brewing sachet (1) for brewing tea or tea-like substances, has a fluid-permeable envelope (3) which contains the tea or the tea-like substances, and with a holding element (2) arranged on the envelope (3). In order for the brewing sachet (1) to also be suitable for take-away drinks or likewise, without a special external device being required for this, it is suggested to fasten a pull device (4) on the envelope (3). Furthermore, it is suggested for the holding element (2) to extend roughly to the lower edge of the envelope (3), in order to be able to press out the envelope (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Torsten Burchard
  • Patent number: 7533604
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cartridge for dispensation of a beverage comprising the steps of: a. manufacturing a plurality of outer members comprising at least a first type of outer member and a second type of outer member having differing shape or configurations; b. manufacturing a plurality of inner members comprising at least a first type of inner member and a second type of inner member having differing shape or configurations; c. storing said plurality of outer members and said inner members; d. selecting one of the first type of outer member or the second type of outer member from the plurality of outer members; e. selecting one of the first type of inner member or the second type of inner member from the plurality of inner members; f. conjoining the selected inner member to the selected outer member; g. filling the outer member with one or more beverage ingredients; and h. sealing the outer member with a lid to form the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar
  • Publication number: 20090098253
    Abstract: Given the figures referred to, it may be seen how the invention consists of a single-use food-grade plastic or aluminium cup or bowl system (1), with a porous filter in the lower part (2), pressed ground coffee in the inside (3), lid and upper porous filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: German Diaz Blanco
  • Publication number: 20080292756
    Abstract: An infusible cup includes a cup body having protruding stop members inwardly protruded from the inside wall, an infusible material contained in the cup body below the elevation of the protruding stop members, and a screen plate mounted inside the cup body and stopped below the protruding stop members above the infusible material for stopping the infusible material inside the cup body when the infusible material is infused with hot water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Chien-Jen Lin
  • Publication number: 20080213434
    Abstract: The invention relates to an infusion unit comprising a bag part (21) which contains an infusion material, preferably tea leaves, and a handle (22) which is connected to the bag part (21). Said type of infusion unit can be improved in such a manner that it is suitable for preparing high-quality infusion drinks, in particular, for street vendors. According to the invention, the handle (22) is a plate-shaped element, made of, preferably, paper, cardboard or plastic, whereon the bag part (21) is directly secured such that it is seen in the direction of the elongate extension of the handle (22), and is arranged between opposite lying ends (23, 24) of the handle (22) such that the handle extends on both sides over the connection point of the handle (22) with the bag part (21) when the handle (22) and the bag part (21) are tilted against each other about 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Jorn Burchard
  • 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