Beverage Patents (Class 99/275)
  • Patent number: 11278150
    Abstract: A device for preparation of a liquid such as milk with integrated rinsing system includes at least one reservoir for storing of the liquid, disposed in a cooling unit, a pump and a line system, which system includes a liquid suction line, via which the at least one reservoir is connectible to the pump, an outlet line, via which the pump is connectible to at least one outlet, and a rinsing line, via which the liquid suction line is loadable with a rinsing fluid, and an air volume controller, by which air, via an air supply line, is able to be led in a metered way to an inlet point into the liquid suction line, and a heating element designed as continuous-flow heater, which is disposed in the outlet line and is designed as thick film heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CUP&CINO KAFFEESYSTEM-VERTRIEB GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Frank Josef Paul Epping
  • Patent number: 11263859
    Abstract: A maintenance monitoring apparatus includes: a maintenance management part that manages, based on a monitoring result of a current or power of a vending machine that provides a beverage by extracting the beverage from a raw material, whether an operation performed on the vending machine is a predetermined maintenance operation and whether the maintenance has been executed at an appropriate time interval and as many times as necessary; and a notification part that notifies that a maintenance has been executed or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuko Ohta, Shingo Takahashi, Eisuke Saneyoshi, Junichi Miyamoto, Shigeru Koumoto
  • Patent number: 11206853
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating and mixing gas bubbles into an aqueous solution includes a structure defining an interior fluid-flow chamber extending along a longitudinal axis between a liquid input end and a liquid output end. The structure is characterized by a gas injection portion and a mixing vane portion. The gas injection portion is located downstream from the liquid input end and upstream from the liquid output end. The gas injection portion defines a first region of the interior fluid-flow chamber and a gas injection lumen that is surrounded by the interior fluid-flow chamber. The gas injection lumen, which extends along a length of the gas injection portion, is configured to inject gas from the interior of the gas injection lumen into the surrounding interior fluid-flow chamber. The mixing vane portion extends in the downstream direction from the gas injection portion and define a second region of the interior fluid-flow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: GAIA USA, INC.
    Inventor: Tim Blevins
  • Patent number: 11202530
    Abstract: A descaling module is disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the descaling module includes a container configured to receive a descaling fluid. The descaling module further includes at least one input port and at least one output port. The input port is configured to couple the container to a respective brew head of the beverage maker. The output port is configured to flow the descaling fluid through a fluid path of the beverage maker when pressurized fluid enters the container through the input port and forces the descaling fluid through the output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron A. Devlin, Anthony D. Serfling, Christopher J. Painter, Keith R. DeBald
  • Patent number: 11076714
    Abstract: A machine (1) for dispensing a dispensable liquid (5) has: —a liquid delivery module (10) for delivering the dispensable liquid (5) from a source (50); —a service area (7) for collecting collectable liquid (5?) from the liquid delivery module (10); —a directing device (20) which has a dispensing position for directing the dispensable liquid (5) from the delivery module (10) to a dispensing area (6) configured to receive a user-receptacle (60) and a collecting position for directing collectable liquid (5?) from the delivery module (10) to the service area (7); and —a user-interface member (30) which is configured to be contacted and moved by a user to displace the member (30) from a first member position to a second member position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Magatti, Da Mi Byun, Bertrand Guyon
  • Patent number: 11017635
    Abstract: A system and method for a drinking game, the method including providing a gaming machine having a series of selection reels corresponding to various outcomes occurring within the game session such as possible types of alcohol, possible types of cordials, possible types of mixer, what type of drink, which player consumes the drink, and how the player consumes the drink, whereby a player pulls a lever and the selection reels land on a specific selection and the player consumes a drink based on the selection indicator after the stopping mechanism stops the selection reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick Furlong
  • Patent number: 11006777
    Abstract: A tamping device is disclosed herein which measures a tamp force applied to ground coffee in a portafilter and provides feedback to the user when a desired tamp force has been achieved so that the user can stop the tamping step when preparing the portafilter to brew espresso. The tamping device may also have a plurality of force sensors, which measure how even the user applied force is being applied to the ground coffee in the portafilter so that a density of the ground coffee is even throughout the compressed ground coffee formed by tamping the ground coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Douglas Weber
  • Patent number: 10993575
    Abstract: A beverage-making machine for making a beverage from a portion capsule has a motorized brewing module that has a first brewing module part and a second brewing module part, which can be moved relative to the first brewing module part. A brewing chamber can be formed by the first and second brewing module parts, the brewing chamber at least partly surrounding the portion capsule. The beverage-making machine includes a closing unit and a sensor. The closing unit includes a manually actuatable operating lever that can be pivoted about a pivot axis between a closed position, in which the operating lever closes the capsule insertion opening, and an open position, in which the capsule insertion opening is accessible. The sensor can be used to ascertain whether the operating lever has assumed the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Krug, Sophie Schwerdtfeger
  • Patent number: 10966561
    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 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TEANGO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Boone, Raphael Lozano
  • Patent number: 10959565
    Abstract: Pumping system (100) for a beverage preparation device comprising a reservoir (10) for storing a liquid; pumping means (30) for pumping the liquid from the reservoir (10) to a beverage preparation means (50) of the beverage preparation device; and pressurizing means (20) for injecting air in the system (100); wherein the pumping system (100) further comprises one motor (40) driving both the pumping means (30) and the pressurizing means (20); the system further comprising engaging means (60) configured to engage or disengage the pumping means (30) as a function of the direction of rotation of the motor (40). The invention further refers to a pumping method for use in a beverage preparation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Alexandre Kollep
  • Patent number: 10953041
    Abstract: A hydrogen-containing composition for ingestion or topical use and method of producing the hydrogen-containing composition are provided. The composition includes a carrier liquid and molecular hydrogen. The concentration of molecular hydrogen in the carrier liquid is greater than 3 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HYEDGE IP COMPANY
    Inventor: Gail Levy
  • Patent number: 10926995
    Abstract: Automatic flavoring and water dispensing systems are disclosed. The systems may be used to add flavorings to medications, and to reconstitute medications by adding water. The systems include multiple flavoring containers communicating with a valve assembly that controls the type and amount of each flavoring to be delivered during a dispensing operation. Water for reconstitution purposes may be provided through the flavoring valve assembly and/or through a separate valve. An input device such as a code scanner may be used to input data regarding the type of medication to be flavored into the system, and a flavoring formulary may be used to provide multiple flavoring options. The dispensing system allows for automatic dispensing of medication flavorings and/or reconstitution water from a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fillmaster Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Seay, Stuart R. Amos, Kevin Barnes, Joshua Barnes, Kevin Kubit, Brad Humbert, Adam Delecki
  • Patent number: 10889787
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for the accelerated aging of beverages, including distilled spirits are disclosed. A spirit is aged through a modular approach that targets development of individual sensory characteristics. In one embodiment, a spirit undergoes ultrasonic cavitation in the presence of wood chips, heating in the presence of wood chips, ultrasonic cavitation without wood chips, heating without wood chips, and intermittent aeration. The process is operable to produce a highly customized spirit and achieve a taste, bouquet, and color similar to that of traditionally aged spirits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AEVA LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Cameron Fearnside, Steven Frank Guido, Kevin Jeanneret
  • Patent number: 10799063
    Abstract: A method for cleaning and/or disinfecting a milk-carrying system of a coffee machine for producing coffee mix drinks, and a coffee machine for carrying out the method has the aim of allowing the entire milk-carrying system to be cleaned, completely and in a way that can be easily automated. The milk delivery line is separated from the milk container, for carrying out the cleaning Process, and is connected to a first container, and a second container is arranged under a milk outlet of a milk preparation device of the milk-carrying system. Fluid is then delivered to fluid inlet in order to convey the active cleaning and/or disinfecting substance through the milk delivery line and a milk outlet into the second container. Thereafter, water is conveyed to the air inlet and the fluid inlet is closed, in order thereby to flush the milk-carrying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: JURA Elektroapparate AG
    Inventors: Philipp Buettiker, Pascal Ruetti
  • Patent number: 10687655
    Abstract: A brewing system for brewing a single cup capsule beverage of different sizes is disclosed which comprises a funnel for receiving capsules of different sizes having an upper end for receiving the capsules therein, a lower end having a delivery spout, an upper needle, and a lower needle, a support collar adjacent the upper end of the funnel for receiving therein the capsules, and an eject mechanism connected to the support collar for pivoting the support collar away from the upper end of the funnel to eject the capsule out of the support collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Newco Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David L Brandsma, Joseph P Webster
  • Patent number: 10688451
    Abstract: A beverage maker is provided having a filtered water system for processing pressurized potable water, a flavor infusion system, and a beverage discharge. Purified filtered water is thereby directed alternately directly to a beverage discharge, or through the flavor infusion system to the beverage discharge. An additional water carbonation system may be incorporated between the filtered water and the flavor infusion system such that carbonated, filtered water may be directed alternately directly to a beverage discharge, or through the flavor infusion system to the beverage discharge. The beverage maker is capable of alternately dispensing filtered, flavored, carbonated or noncarbonated water based beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Carl Santoiemmo
  • Patent number: 10654700
    Abstract: A method of dispensing fluids with variable carbonation. The method includes receiving a selection of a carbonation level of a beverage and determining a valve timing scheme to achieve the selected carbonation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 10548431
    Abstract: A delivery unit (1) for an apparatus for making a beverage, in particular for making an espresso coffee. The delivery unit (1) includes a cup-shaped body (2) delimiting an inner chamber (20), the cup-shaped body (2) including a lateral wall (21) and a bottom wall (23). The delivery unit (1) also includes an infeed spout (3) for introducing beverage into the inner chamber (20) and an outfeed opening (45) through which the beverage can come out of the inner chamber (20), the outfeed opening (45) being positioned in a central portion of the bottom wall (23). In the inner chamber (20) the delivery unit (1) includes a partition wall (5) which surrounds the outfeed opening (45) and divides the inner chamber (20) into a peripheral region (26) and a central region (28) in which the outfeed opening (45) is located. The partition wall (5) includes a plurality of passage openings (55) for allowing the beverage to pass from the peripheral region (26) to the central region (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CAFFITALY SYSTEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Paoletti, Giovanni Zaccanti
  • Patent number: 10470608
    Abstract: A beverage supply device applied to a beverage dispenser providing a beverage to a beverage container and has a beverage supply route for supplying a milk beverage to the beverage container, includes a washing unit to, in response to a washing instruction, mix an undiluted wash fluid with a wash hot water to generate a wash fluid, the undiluted wash fluid being supplied from an undiluted wash fluid accommodating unit configured to accommodate the undiluted wash fluid, the hot water being supplied from a hot water storage unit configured to stores the hot water which is for generating pressurized steam for forming the milk beverage, supply the wash fluid to the beverage supply route communicating with the washing unit, and supply the hot water supplied from the hot-water storage unit to the beverage supply route as a rinse hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihide Mochida
  • Patent number: 10463190
    Abstract: There is disclosed an infuser apparatus for a beverage container. In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises: a perforated basket adapted to receive a flavoring agent therein; a compactor unit sized and shaped to slideably fit inside the perforated basket; a screw operatively connected to the compactor unit and adapted to rotate relative to the compactor unit; and a knob operatively connected to the screw to rotate the screw; whereby, in use, turning the knob actuates the compactor unit to move along the length of the screw to compress the flavoring agent received in the perforated basket, thereby to infuse flavor into the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PRESSA INC.
    Inventors: Jesse Hambly, Luke Hambly
  • Patent number: 10457537
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system including a control unit and a touch screen. Inputs are made to the touch screen to dispense beverages and apply system adjustments. The control unit controls a plurality of beverage dispensing valves according to inputs made to the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Jun Feng, Boris Brodsky, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 10421603
    Abstract: A capsule for beverages includes a casing made by forming a sheet of thermoformable plastic material, the casing including: a base wall and a side wall defining a cavity suitable for containing an initial product to be combined with a fluid to obtain a final product in the form of a beverage, a first opening of the cavity opposite the base wall, an edge extending from the side wall and surrounding the first opening and a second opening made in the base wall. The first opening is closed hermetically by a cover element fixed to the edge, said the cover element being perforable by an injection arrangement of a dispensing machine in which the capsule is usable. The second opening is closed hermetically by a closing element) suitable for tearing when pressure inside the cavity exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SARONG SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini, Alessandro Grillenzoni, Flavio Traldi
  • Patent number: 10390653
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a beverage preparation module intended for installation in a self-service beverage vending machine. According to the disclosure, a water connection and a preparation device for preparing a beverage by means of water provided at the water connection are provided. Beverage preparation parameters can be transmitted to a control unit via a communication interface. The control unit is configured to control the preparation device in order to prepare a beverage based on the beverage preparation parameters. A beverage outlet for discharging the beverage prepared by the preparation device is provided. In one embodiment, at least one additional module interface is provided for connecting the control unit to at least one additional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SCHAERER A.G.
    Inventors: André Lüssi, Bruno Mosimann, Peter Egli, Bruno Aeberhard
  • 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: 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: 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: 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