Beverage Patents (Class 99/275)
  • Patent number: 10336532
    Abstract: A pack for preparing a food or beverage product is disclosed, as well as methods of use thereof. The pack includes an insert comprising at least one primary fluid inlet with aqueous and gaseous fluid injection inlets, as well as a container where the ingredient or ingredients are stored, wherein the aqueous fluid injection inlet and the gaseous fluid injection inlet communicate with the inner volume of the container. Also disclosed is a machine for use with the pack in preparing a food or beverage product, a system containing the pack and the machine, and methods of use of the system containing the pack and machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Pellegrini, David Nordqvist, Christian Jarisch
  • Patent number: 10252900
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes a gas infusion device that receives a base fluid and a gas and dispenses a gas infused liquid, a ratio pump that receives the gas infused liquid and a concentrate from a concentrate source and dispenses a predetermined ratio of the gas infused liquid and the concentrate, and a mixing chamber that mixes the predetermined ratio of the gas infused liquid and the concentrate to form a reconstituted beverage. An insulated enclosure has an interior space in which the ratio pump and the mixing chamber are positioned. A cooling heat exchanger is positioned in the insulated enclosure, and a first refrigeration system circulates a cooling media through the cooling heat exchanger to thereby cool the interior space to a suitable temperature such that the gas infused liquid and the concentrate dispensed from the ratio pump and the mixing chamber are cooled to the suitable temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cornelius Beverage Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Cook
  • Patent number: 10252901
    Abstract: An infusion keg for a beverage is formed as a cylinder closed at both ends. An interior of the cylinder is purgeable with a purging gas to expel air therefrom and being fillable with the beverage. The keg is also provided with a valve to control entering of the purging gas and the exiting of the beverage; and an infusion port for the insertion of a permeable body having a flavorant therewithin. Upon being purged, a permeable body being inserted, the keg is filled with the beverage that, over a given period of time, absorbs a reproducible volume of the flavorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IMBRUE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Brett McCrea
  • Patent number: 10143328
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine includes (i) a reservoir for a fluid, (ii) a brewing head adapted for receiving at least one ingredient capsule, (iii) a pump for pumping a predetermined volume of the fluid from the reservoir to the brewing head, (iv) a heating element for optionally heating the fluid pumped from the reservoir before it enters the capsule, (v) an electronic control board able to receive commands from a control panel of the machine. The control panel includes in combination: —a rotating wheel which is linked to the control board such that by rotating and/or pressing the wheel, a beverage preparation parameter is set in the control board, and —illuminated means, at least a portion of which has the shape of a schematic cup, which is linked to the control board such that the state of the beverage preparation parameter within the control board is represented on the means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Anders Vestreli, Samuel Odet, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch, Jean-Luc Denisart, Laurent Seydoux
  • Patent number: 10085587
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a beverage by delivering sanitized liquid within a package containing nutritional ingredients. The apparatus includes a package comprising a product compartment containing nutritional ingredients and a spout arranged for the supply of liquid inside the compartment. The apparatus also includes a machine comprising a control unit and a liquid supply and treatment unit. Methods of production and use thereof are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Flick, Heinz Wyss, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Yann Epars, Philippe Baenninger
  • Patent number: 10039407
    Abstract: The coffee dispenser disclosed herein may serve a single serving of coffee. The coffee dispenser may have a mixing chamber that combines one or more liquid concentrates and heated water, and dispenses a single serving of coffee. The coffee dispenser may have a forth control to select the forth level of the serving of coffee dispensed. The liquid concentrate may be a coffee extract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9999315
    Abstract: Various beverage preparation machines having a multi-chambered basket unit are shown. The basket unit can be configured to accept multiple cartridge configurations. For example, some embodiments are configured to receive a first cartridge configuration in a first chamber of the basket unit and a second configuration in a second chamber of the basket unit. In various embodiments, the basket unit can rotate to allow selective accessibility of the first and second chambers. This can facilitate loading the cartridges into the appropriate chamber, such as loading the first cartridge configuration into the first chamber and the second cartridge configuration into the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Scott Crarer, Adam Mekeel Mack, Matthew Thomas James, Philipe Roget Manoux, Diane Chia-Lin Lee, Martin Ruegg
  • Patent number: 9868928
    Abstract: A fermenter is provided that heats and ferments a beverage feed material, such as grain and water, and a mashing device having a porous and permeable bottom to be positioned in the fermenter during heating to form an intermediate beverage feed material, such as a wort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Nathan Robert Janz
  • Patent number: 9844291
    Abstract: A coffee machine comprising a coffee machine housing, having a coffee mill (2) comprising a grinder (6) for grinding coffee beans (32) to coffee grounds (33) and having a brewing device (35) having a brewing chamber (34) which is adjustable between a filling position and a brewing position for subjecting the coffee grounds (33) to extraction with hot water to produce a coffee drink, wherein associated with the coffee mill (2) is an electric motor (1) by means of which a grinding ring (8) of the grinder (6) can be driven rotatably about an axis of rotation (13) relative to a grinding cone (7) disposed radially within the grinding ring (8) by means of a shaft (14) spaced apart from the axis of rotation (13), in order to grind the coffee beans (32) between the grinding ring (8) and the grinding cone (7), wherein the shaft (14) is disposed such that said shaft extends perpendicular to the axis of rotation (13), and wherein in the filling position the brewing chamber (34) is disposed axially below the grinder outl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Eugster/Frismag AG
    Inventors: Heinz Eicher, Marek Sidor
  • Patent number: 9828153
    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: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Geoffrey York, Andrew Charles Bentley
  • Patent number: 9820605
    Abstract: A coffee machine for producing and dispensing coffee-based beverages is disclosed, including a hydraulic pump and at least one dispensing device comprising a filter unit apt to contain ground coffee. A hydraulic circuit brings the hydraulic pump into fluid communication with a supply unit of the dispensing device. The hydraulic circuit includes a supply duct which supplies hot water under pressure to the supply unit. A system for controlling the dispensing pressure includes a control unit, a pressure sensor, and a hydraulic variable-flow valve. The variable-flow valve is actuated by an electronic drive controlled electronically by the control unit in order to regulate the flow rate of water output as a function of a detected dispensing pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GRUPPO CIMBALI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Coccia
  • Patent number: 9814347
    Abstract: Portable beverage preparation devices for preparing a beverage from an ingredients containing capsule are disclosed and include a beverage brewing unit and beverage dispensing means that includes a safety outlet valve. Also disclosed are systems that include the beverage preparation devices and receptacles for use with the beverage preparation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Kollep, Philippe Dumur
  • Patent number: 9750367
    Abstract: A system comprises a cartridge (9) containing a beverage ingredient and a device (1) for brewing the ingredient in the cartridge by supplying a brewing liquid such as heated water into the cartridge. The device has upstream and downstream cartridge enclosing parts (7, 8) relatively movable between an open position for inserting and/or removing the cartridge and a closed position for forming a brewing chamber (11) enclosing the cartridge during brewing. The brewing chamber (11) has a confining expansion space (12) which is: unoccupied by the cartridge (9) when the enclosing parts (7, 8) are in the closed position enclosing the cartridge; and occupied by the cartridge upon expansion thereof caused by exposure of the ingredient to the brewing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Francois Besson, Blaise Rithener, David Larzul, Julien Chalencon
  • Patent number: 9713399
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and devices for portably brewing tea, coffee, or other beverages in a container that regulates the temperature and diffusion during and after brewing. For example, the present technology allows people to prepare and consume tea, coffee and other beverages while on the go. In some aspects, a portable brewing device includes a container having a specialized canister system in the interior of the container that encloses the beverage material and controls the diffusion of water in/out of the canister; an intelligent heating and cooling system to continuously regulate the temperature of water in the device; and a data processing unit in communication with the canister and heating and cooling systems to control operational features and store user-specialized settings for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: TEANGO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Boone, Raphael Lozano
  • Patent number: 9671157
    Abstract: A refrigerator or liquid dispensing appliance adapted for receiving, storing, managing, processing and dispensing a liquid enhancement component for preparation of a finished beverage is disclosed. Delivery, processing and management of the liquid enhancement component includes loading a solid liquid enhancement component at a product interface, and managing the transfer of the liquid enhancement component through various systems of the invention including processing to provide a processed liquid enhancement component for discharging for preparing a finished beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, John M. Knight, Tiemen Van Dillen
  • Patent number: 9635972
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for retrofitting an indoor water dispenser of an existing refrigerator having a water outlet with one or more components to provide secondary water conditioning to dispense an enhanced beverage using water from the water outlet of the indoor water dispenser are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tiemen T. Van Dillen, Lukasz D. Skalski, Luca Gamberoni, Steven J. Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9523067
    Abstract: The invention provides a fermentation arrangement for fermenting a brew including a vessel having an internal volume adapted to support fermentation of a brew therein, a settable energy device arranged to deliver and extract energy respectively to and from the internal volume of the vessel, and a temperature controller device for controlling the amount and period of energy delivery and extraction of the settable energy device to achieve a temperature within the vessel according to one or more modes of operation, wherein the modes of operation include at least a storage mode associated with the end of fermentation, and the setting of energy in the storage mode is such as to maintain the fermented brew in a stable state. End of fermentation may be detected by measuring for temperature stratification, using temperature sensors positioned at different heights of the brew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED
    Inventors: Allan K. Wallace, Paul Andrew Burge
  • Patent number: 9499333
    Abstract: The present invention presents a capsule 1 having an inlet face C, which is formed by a circular section 2a and a bulge section 2b extending from the circular section 2a giving the inlet face C a not symmetric in rotation. The capsule 1 further has an optically readable code 3 on a side wall 4 of a cup-shaped body of the capsule 1 opposite the bulge section 2b. The present invention further presents a beverage production machine with a capsule holder 13 for holding a capsule 1 in such a way in the beverage production machine 10, that the optically readable code can be read by a code reader 24. Liquid can be supplied to the capsule to produce a nutritional product. The present invention provides means to prevent the optically readable code 3 and the code reader 24, respectively, from being contaminated with liquid, vapor, dirt or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ines Magniet, Yann Epars, Vincent Martin, Heinz Wyss, Raphael Bernhardsgruetter, Roland Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9427016
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the function of a pasteurization installation, and to a pasteurization installation having a device for monitoring the function, providing a quick and simple way of detecting malfunctions. For this purpose, a theoretical expected value of the resource consumption, in particular of the energy and/or water consumption, is calculated, the actual value is determined and from a deviation between the expected value and the actual value a malfunction of the pasteurization installation is concluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Falko Wagner
  • Patent number: 9359127
    Abstract: There is disclosed a capsule for the preparation of a beverage using an extractable and/or dissolvable product and a quantity of hot and/or pressurized liquid. The capsule comprises a circumferential wall having on one end a bottom adapted to allow entrance of the liquid, and on an opposite end a lid closing said end of the circumferential wall. The circumferential wall, bottom and lid enclosing an inner space containing the product. At least one of the lid and/or bottom comprises at least one first portion and at least one second portion separated by at least one slit and having different moving mechanics when under pressure. At least a layer of tearable material covers said slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ahold Coffee Company B.V.
    Inventors: Laurentius Gerardus Meelker, Erwin Bartelds, Jozef Henricus Pollmann, Freerk Van Oudheusden, Marlies Van Dullemen
  • Patent number: 9278801
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a beverage includes a housing, and one or more swirl-inducing sections positioned within the housing. A beverage medium, such as instant infant formula powder or a flavored drink mix, can be contained within the housing. Each swirl-inducing section can include a substantially arcuate channel having an entrance opening and an exit opening. When a liquid, such as water, is introduced into the housing, it can flow into the arcuate channel, which produces a swirling movement of the liquid that helps to thoroughly break up and evenly disperse the beverage medium throughout the liquid to produce a thoroughly mixed beverage that is ready for consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Gruder
  • Patent number: 9265375
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for use with beverages and beverage making and dispensing equipment. The apparatus, system, and method of use monitors characteristics of the beverage, reports characteristics, or both and selectively affects the beverage and beverage making and dispensing equipment, a server containing the beverage, or both. The apparatus, system, and method of use employs an information vehicle device associated with each beverage server or dispenser and a reader which reads the information device. The reader communicates the information from the information device to a controller for use to individually or collectively display information, collect information, and/or selectively affect the condition of the beverage in response to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 9155330
    Abstract: A vending machine for producing beverages. The vending machine presents a user with a number of beverage options and receives the user selection. A plurality of refrigerated containers house various comestibles. An ejection mechanism is disposed within each container for expelling comestibles from the container. Control module selectively actuates the ejection mechanisms to expel comestibles required to make the user-selected beverage. The expelled comestibles slide down along a ramp into a blender pitcher. A liquid is dispensed onto the ramp facilitating movement of the comestibles. The control module actuates the blender apparatus to blend the comestibles and the liquid into a homogenous beverage. The beverage is dispensed into a cup. The ramp and the blender pitcher are automatically rinsed after preparation of each beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Aleksey Shtivelman
  • Patent number: 9149151
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge system is adapted to brew a beverage through a brewer having a holder adapted to receive the cartridge system. The holder may have a deep well with one or more needles therewithin to pierce through the bottom of the cartridge system when inserted into the well. The cartridge system may include a short cup and a tall cup, where the tall cup is taller than the short cup to pack more beverage grind. The cartridge system may include a filter within an outer cup. The bottom of the filter may be deep enough to be juxtaposed to the bottom of the cup. The filter may be formed from a material that is substantially resistant to piercing by the needle within the holder such that when the outlet needle pierces through the bottom of the cup, the outlet needle raises the filter at a point of contact, and the filter substantially resists the outlet needle from piercing through the filter during a brewing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 9149150
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge system is adapted to brew a beverage through a brewer having a holder adapted to receive the cartridge system. The holder may have a deep well with one or more needles therewithin to pierce through the bottom of the cartridge system when inserted into the well. The cartridge system may include a short cup and a tall cup, where the tall cup is taller than the short cup to pack more beverage grind. The cartridge system may include a filter within an outer cup. The bottom of the filter may be deep enough to be juxtaposed to the bottom of the cup. The filter may be formed from a material that is substantially resistant to piercing by the needle within the holder such that when the outlet needle pierces through the bottom of the cup, the outlet needle raises the filter at a point of contact, and the filter substantially resists the outlet needle from piercing through the filter during a brewing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 9149149
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge system is adapted to brew a beverage through a brewer having a holder adapted to receive the cartridge system. The holder may have a deep well with one or more needles therewithin to pierce through the bottom of the cartridge system when inserted into the well. The cartridge system may include a short cup and a tall cup, where the tall cup is taller than the short cup to pack more beverage grind. The cartridge system may include a filter within an outer cup. The bottom of the filter may be deep enough to be juxtaposed to the bottom of the cup. The filter may be formed from a material that is substantially resistant to piercing by the needle within the holder such that when the outlet needle pierces through the bottom of the cup, the outlet needle raises the filter at a point of contact, and the filter substantially resists the outlet needle from piercing through the filter during a brewing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 9144343
    Abstract: A beverage cartridge system is adapted to brew a beverage through a brewer having a holder adapted to receive the cartridge system. The holder may have a deep well with one or more needles therewithin to pierce through the bottom of the cartridge system when inserted into the well. The cartridge system may include a short cup and a tall cup, where the tall cup is taller than the short cup to pack more beverage grind. The cartridge system may include a filter within an outer cup. The bottom of the filter may be deep enough to be juxtaposed to the bottom of the cup. The filter may be formed from a material that is substantially resistant to piercing by the needle within the holder such that when the outlet needle pierces through the bottom of the cup, the outlet needle raises the filter at a point of contact, and the filter substantially resists the outlet needle from piercing through the filter during a brewing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 9125522
    Abstract: A coffee machine includes a boiler, a pump, and an infusion unit for producing coffee. Further, an auxiliary circuit is connectable to the output of the infusion unit for the production of cold coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Gianni Remo
  • Patent number: 9090448
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing, a dispenser, and a water supply mechanism. The appliance includes a drink supply mechanism configured to removably hold a plurality of drink supply containers, a user interface panel, and a computer. The computer is configured to: cause the user interface panel to display a plurality of different images, each image associated with a different one of a plurality of different beverages which correspond to a drink supply in at least one of the plurality of drink supply containers held by the drink supply mechanism, enable the user interface panel to receive an input from a user of a selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, and after receiving the input from the user of the selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, cause the dispenser to dispense the beverage corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Patent number: 9085452
    Abstract: A carbonated water manufacturing device, including a sleeve and a bottle cap which are mutually independent, wherein the sleeve includes a sleeve body and a plug body inside the sleeve; the sleeve body and the plug body are provided with a first through-hole and a second through-hole at their side surfaces, respectively; the bottle cap is provided with a perforated through-hole whose bottom is connected with an injection tube; the upper part of the bottle cap is fittingly connected with the lower part of the plug part; the opening at the lower part of the sleeve body is fittingly connected with the lower part of the outer edge of the bottle cap, and the top of the sleeve body acts on the carbon dioxide housing body in the sleeve body; the connection of the lower part of the bottle cap and the injection tube is provided with a check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sodasparkle International Limited
    Inventor: David Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9038529
    Abstract: A coffee machine comprises a frothing device, wherein an internal milk channel leading to a frothing chamber is provided into which opens a bypass air inlet for operable air supply to the frothing device. A flexible milk suction line connects the frothing device with a milk supply container. Means are provided for cleaning the frothing device and the milk suction line with rinsing water from a continuous-flow water heater of the coffee machine. A controlled valve arrangement is provided which feeds rinsing water from the continuous-flow water heater to the bypass air inlet of the frothing device. A milk suction end of the milk suction line is directly or indirectly, fluid-conductively connectable with a residual water pan of the coffee machine prior to feeding rinsing water to the bypass air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: EUGSTER/FRISMAG AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Riessbeck, Pascal Peyrot
  • Patent number: 8998037
    Abstract: A drink preparing device that includes a box and a holding and drip-collecting system that comprises a holding part positionable beneath a drink outlet in order to accept a first, relatively small receptacle, and being configured and dimensioned to be moveable between a deployed holding position suitable for accepting the small receptacle and a second position in which the part is moved at least partly out of the way of the drink outlet to create an unoccupied space in which a second, larger receptacle can be positioned, in place of the first receptacle, beneath the drink outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Philippe Cahen, Christophe S. Boussemart
  • Publication number: 20150093491
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aging coffee, which both accelerates the aging process, and also imparts and develops a desired flavor profile in the finished (roasted and brewed) bean. Beneficial results are obtained by placing unroasted coffee in intimate contact with or in proximity to aging compounds of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: James Jude Pellegrini
  • Patent number: 8991303
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine is electrically operated and has a control unit, at least one functional unit, and an electric circuit for supplying the functional unit and the control unit with current. The electric circuit has a switch for switching the current on or off, through respective first and second operations of an operating element. The switch has a first switch contact and a second switch contact, which are connected in parallel in the electric circuit. The first switch contact is brought into a closed state by the first operation of the operating element, and assumes an open state after the second operation. The control unit provides a control signal so that the second switch contact is closed after the first operation of the switch and opened after the second operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 8973486
    Abstract: The brewing unit comprises: a support (5); a drawer (7), presenting at least a seat for a single serving package (C), slidable with respect to the support and movable between a loading position of the single serving package and a brewing position; a dispensing member (23) to dispense pressurized water to the single serving package. A control lever (9) is provided to control the movement of the drawer (7). A mechanical connection is also provided between the lever and the drawer and between the lever and the dispensing member, so that operation of the lever causes the drawer to move from the loading position to the brewing position and the dispensing member to rest against the single serving package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Patrizio Frigeri, Roland Kälin, Andrea Castellani
  • Patent number: 8960079
    Abstract: Device for producing a frothed liquid comprising a chamber 13 opened to atmosphere with a transverse bottom wall 14 and a longitudinal upward wall 15, at least one diluent inlet 18, at least one liquid delivery outlet 20, wherein the diluent inlet is provided through the upward wall and is dimensioned and oriented for directing a thin jet of diluent in the chamber, and wherein the at least one liquid delivery outlet is configured in the bottom wall for liquid to rise up along the side of the upward wall by the jet of diluent entering the chamber as a result of the direction and dimension of the diluent inlet in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Raphael Gugerli, Jean-Luc Thuliez, Iwan Kissling, Raphael Bernhardsgruetter, Cedric Beausire, Nihan Dogan, David J. Harrison, David Hamel
  • Patent number: 8950316
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing baby milk from water and dry formula includes a formula supply system having a reservoir for holding formula and a feeder for feeding formula out off the reservoir through an outlet opening in the reservoir. The apparatus further includes a scraper for guiding formula towards and through the outlet opening into the feeder. The scraper is arranged to move closely along an inner wall portion of the reservoir that borders on the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anke Sinnema, Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp, Klaas Kooijker
  • Patent number: 8931396
    Abstract: Apparatus for the removal of sediment from sparkling wines, designed to remove the capsule covering the neck of a bottle (18) containing sparkling wine, comprising: a frame (12), a tilting mechanism (14) comprising: a holder (16) for supporting a bottle (18) in a predetermined position, said holder (16) being movable on the frame (12) between a low position, in which the neck is inclined downwards, and a high position in which the neck is inclined upwards, and a capsule removing mechanism (32) provided with at least one capsule removing knife, said capsule removing mechanism (32) being movable on the holder (16) and synchronized with said holder (16) so that the said capsule removing knife or knives remove(s) the capsule, when the holder (16) is in a predetermined angular position relative to the horizontal. The capsule removing knife is movable relative to the capsule removing mechanism (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: MHCS
    Inventor: Freddy Dugas
  • Patent number: 8919241
    Abstract: According to embodiments described in the specification, a brewing chamber for a beverage machine is provided comprising a housing having upper and lower ends and a channel extending between the upper and lower ends; an outlet portion of the channel configured to direct liquid towards the lower end; an extraction member extending from an inner surface defined by a wall of the outlet portion, the extraction member having an upper penetrating end for penetrating a cartridge and an anchoring end abutting the wall; the extraction member further having guide means for guiding liquid from the penetrating end onto the inner surface. The brewing chamber can include at least one spring coupled to the housing at the inlet end, the at least one spring receivable within a pocket of a support insert supporting a cartridge. The spring centers the support insert over the housing and facilitates ejection of the support insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Hale
  • Publication number: 20140346188
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8887622
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine for dispensing beverages comprising: a housing; a first reservoir station; a first reservoir for containing an aqueous medium, the first reservoir being connectable to said first reservoir station; an auxiliary module station for receiving an auxiliary module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Bentley, Adam Martyn Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8889207
    Abstract: A method for preparing hot beverages in a hot beverage machine by possibly repeatedly pumping a specific quantity of water from a water tank into a heating device, heating the quantity of water, pumping the heated quantity of water out of the heating device into a brewing chamber and possibly at the same time pumping a further quantity of water out of the water tank into the heating device, brewing a brewing substance contained in the brewing chamber to produce a hot beverage, and finally converting the quantity of water last pumped into the heating device completely into steam in a controlled manner for forcing liquid out of the entire line system downstream of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Aigner, Josef Daburger, Josef Gius, Johann Magg, Stefan Stadler
  • Patent number: 8887628
    Abstract: A cup device for heating, stirring and foaming liquid foods comprises a cup, a cup lid, a handle, a stirrer, a motor drive disk, a plurality of magnets, an electric motor, a hot plate, a boil dry thermostat, a thermostat, a micro switch, a transformer, a controller, a heating base, a button, a button circuit board, connecting wires and bolts. The controller controls the work of the hot plate and the stirrer to input air into liquid foods, and therefore producing a lot of foams. The cup can be separated from the heating base, which enables it to be cleaned by a dishwasher. The stirrer turns along with the electric motor by magnetic attraction. The stirrer of removed cup will not naturally get off. The heating base only supplies power when the cup is put on it and it automatically cuts off power supply when the cup is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jianming Cai
  • Patent number: 8881642
    Abstract: A beverage brewer having a water flow control system for controlling the flow water through the system during a brewing cycle. The water flow control system is related to the spray head used in the brewer. The system can be calibrated based on the spray head used with the system and the calibration information can be used during the brewing process. An information device may be provided on the spray head to communication information to the brewer to control the brewing process. The brewer may be provided with a reader to read the information from the spray head. A system which can be used with a brewer, including all of the aforementioned information associated with the spray head for use in controlling the water flow during a brewing cycle. The system can be provided with the brewer or retrofitted with an existing brewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Burton L. Hart
  • Patent number: 8863648
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine that includes a housing, a pump which vibrates during use and which is mounted in the housing, and a dampener for preventing or reducing the transmission of vibrations from the pump to other machine parts. The damper includes a spring on which the pump is mounted in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Mori, Markus Lang
  • Publication number: 20140305312
    Abstract: A coffee maker includes a main body and a movable module. The main body includes a cup holder, a liquid container, and a frame. The cup holder carries a coffee cup set. The liquid container is disposed on the cup holder for accommodating a liquid. The frame supports the liquid container. The movable module connects the cup holder or the frame to translate and rotate the frame for more evenly melting the coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 8839711
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine has at least one pinch valve (1) in the fluid line system, wherein the pinch valve (1) has at least two fluid passage lines (20, 21) and is designed to execute valve and/or control functions on the fluid passage lines (20, 21). The operating mechanism of the pinch valve (1) is set up for coupled activation of the valve and/or control functions and a drive with a stepper motor (25) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 8833235
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an injection-molded capsule for use in a food preparation machine, said capsule for use in a food preparation machine comprising: (i) a structure (1) with a lower side (2), at least three pillars (3) extending from the lower side and linked to a circular upper frame (4) which defines the surroundings of the capsule top side, the pillars (3) having cross-sections S1, S2 and S3, the lower side (2) being a solid wall that comprises a dispensing opening (5) and is centered across the vertical symmetry axis VSA of said capsule, and (ii) a label (6) attached to the outer surface of the lower side (2), pillars (3) and upper circular frame (4), thus forming an envelope that defines capsule side walls, characterized in that the injection point IP of the capsule is off-centered in the vicinity of said dispensing opening (5), opposed the pillar (3) having a cross-section S3 relatively to the axis VSA, and in that S1=S2 and S3>S1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Stephane Hentzel
  • Publication number: 20140251147
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter cap (1) for filtering liquid and dispensing an aqueous nutritional composition to a human, the filter cap (1) comprising a liquid inlet means (6) designed to be supplied with liquid from external liquid dispensing means (20), an adaptor (2) for connecting the filter cap (1) to the liquid dispensing means (20), connection means (2) designed for selectively connecting an opening (10) of the filter cap (1) to a container (3) designed to hold a powdered or concentrated liquid nutritional formula base (5) for the preparation of the nutritional composition (5a) upon hydration with the supplied liquid, and a filter assembly (7) in the flow path of the liquid from the inlet means (6) to the opening (10), the filter assembly (7) being configured to remove contaminants from liquid fed into the container through the inlet means (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Yann Epars, Alan Meier
  • Patent number: 8820215
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a device (50) for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (24) by injection of a liquid into the capsule (24) provided to the device (50). Said liquid is provided by a pump of the device, said device comprising an extraction head (20) having an aperture (2.2) for inserting a capsule (24) into a brewing chamber (25) of the device. The brewing chamber (25) is defined by an upper and a lower enclosing member (10a, 10b), a closing mechanism (1) to selectively enclose said capsule by a relative displacement of said enclosing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Luc Denisart, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch