Infusors Patents (Class 99/279)
  • Patent number: 10986955
    Abstract: The coffee machine (1) comprises a resting surface (6) for cups (7, 7?) and a hydraulic circuit having in cascade a pump, a boiler, an infusion head (3) and a filter holder cup (4) removably engaged with the infusion head (3), also being provided a mobile support structure (8) for supporting the assembly formed by the infusion head (3) and the filter holder cup (4), and a movement means (17) for moving the support structure (8) between a plurality of positions to which different distances of the filter holder cup (4) from the resting surface (6) correspond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Massimo Poggioli, Walter Cecconato
  • Patent number: 10982896
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for the pressure-based determining of a product parameter in a freeze dryer, in particular a product temperature. At a point in time tSTART, a closing element as an intermediate valve between an ice chamber and a drying chamber of the freeze dryer is closed. Then, during a pressure rise occurring due to the sublimation pressure values (P1, P2, . . . ) are measured in the drying chamber. At a point in time tEND then the closing element is opened. From the measured pressure values (P1, P2, . . . ) an approximation of a product parameter, in particular a product temperature TAPPROX, is determined. The point in time tEND is determined specifically for the measured pressure values (P1, P2, . . . ) such that the time span for which the closing element is closed depends on the determined pressure values and such that the time span is variable during a drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MARTIN CHRIST GEFRIERTROCKNUNGSANLAGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Harms, Michael Ebert, Sven Ostermeier
  • Patent number: 10973365
    Abstract: A beverage extracting device is provided that includes an extracting part including an installing space in which a beverage capsule is installed; an opening and closing part connected to the extracting part, for opening or sealing the installing space; a link part connected to at least one from among the extracting part and the opening and closing part; and a perforating part for moving reciprocally according to the movement of the link part so as to perforate the beverage capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Hee-Do Jung, Young-Hoon Hong, Min-Sub Song, Jin-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 10973364
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a brewed beverage includes a device for heating and delivering water, a brewing chamber, into which the heated water is introduced, a positioning device for positioning a capsule, with contents for brewing the beverage, at a lateral opening of the brewing chamber, and an outlet with a switchable valve on an underside of the brewing chamber, wherein an inlet for introducing the hot water is provided on an upper side of the brewing chamber. A method is also described for preparing a brewed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MELITTA SINGLE PORTIONS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Katrin Hesselbrock, Sven Neuhaus, Jan Pahnke, Gerold Schandl, Robert Köhler, Markus Ungerer, Thomas Weber
  • Patent number: 10948229
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a fresh food compartment; at least one shelf disposed in the fresh food compartment, the at least one shelf being supported by at least one shelf support bracket; and a water dispenser integrated with the at least one support bracket and accessible from the fresh food compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Nilton Bertolini, Jorge Carlos Montalvo Sanchez, Conner Wainauski
  • Patent number: 10905988
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a purification device comprising: a main body, and a water-outlet module, wherein the module includes a fixed cover fixed to the main body so as to protrude forward of the main body, a vertically-movable cover moving vertically while bearing against the fixed cover, and a water-outlet nozzle mounted on a bottom of the vertically-movable cover, wherein the vertically-movable cover or the fixed cover includes a removable cover configured to be removable in a direction crossing a vertical movement direction of the vertically-movable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jewook Jeon, Youngseok Kim, Minho Kim, Hoon Jang, Soonki Jung, Jingyu Ji
  • Patent number: 10881243
    Abstract: A machine (100) for espresso coffee of the piston type is described. The machine comprises a cylinder (1), a piston (2) which is configured to perform a translation movement in said cylinder, a rod (4) having an end cooperating with said piston (2), an operating lever (5), a spring (3), a member (6) configured to cooperate with said rod (4) and to move said piston (2) from a first position to a second position in which said spring (3) is at least partially compressed, and an opening (71) for introducing water into said cylinder (1) configured so as to introduce water above the piston (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: LA MARZOCCO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Andrea Dionisio, Riccardo Gatti, Maurizio Beretta
  • Patent number: 10835075
    Abstract: The built-in coffee machine (1) comprises components (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) housed in a box frame (3) and means for the forced circulation of a flow of air in turn comprising an air channel internal of said box frame (3) for the dehumidification and cooling of the environment internal of said box frame (3) and at least one fan (15) for forced circulation of the flow of air along said air channel (16), the box frame (3) advantageously supporting a support platform (13) for cups (14) towards which an air delivery section (17) of the air channel (16) is oriented for heating said cups (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Denis Scomparin
  • Patent number: 10808213
    Abstract: A beer maker may include: a fermentation container having a beer brewing space, a thermoelectric module (or device) for heating or cooling inside of the housing, an ingredient supplying device, and a main channel connecting the ingredient supplying device and the beer brewing space to each other. Ingredients may be fermented in the fermentation vessel container, which is protected by a housing. Ingredients may be provided into the beer brewing space in a state that a lid is closed, a foreign substance may be minimized from being contained in the beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunyoung Park, Heeyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10806292
    Abstract: A beverage system for producing and dispensing a beverage for controlled serving dispensing which includes a maker module for dispensing a beverage ingredient such as tea to a dispensing module which then communicates with a mixing module for controlled serving dispensing. Another embodiment of the beverage apparatus includes a dispense module which receives beverage from a making module and in which the dispensing module is transferable to a mixing module for subsequent controlled serving dispensing. Further, additional features such as sweetener integration, controlled mixing, controlled dispensing, and product characteristic sensing may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Jamie D. Ratterman, Jason M. Banning
  • Patent number: 10779678
    Abstract: An automatic handmade drink brewing packing equipment contains: a delivery unit, an ordering unit, a material preparation unit, a drink cup unit, a storage unit, a seasoning unit, a stirring unit, and an automatic capping unit. The delivery unit includes a rail on which a dropping area, a material supply area, a first flavoring area, a first mixing area, a packaging area, and a sales area are arranged. The ordering unit includes a display screen and a central controller. The material preparation unit includes an automatic control device and multiple accommodation tanks. The drink cup unit includes multiple cup holders and drink cups. The storage unit includes plural storing tanks and control valves. The seasoning unit includes plural first flavoring buckets and second flavoring buckets. The stirring unit includes a first stirrer and a first power member. The automatic capping unit includes a sealing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Wei-Hsiang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10702090
    Abstract: An in-car coffee maker, powered by DC12 or DC24 direct current voltage, has an outer shell; a water pump support rack is provided at an inner bottom part of the outer shell; a water pump is mounted in the water pump support rack; a circuit control board is mounted on the water pump support rack; a water inlet pipe and a water outlet pipe are mounted on the water pump; a heating element support rack is mounted on the circuit control board; a heating element is mounted on the heating element support rack; the heater element support rack is mounted with a water container; four legs of the water container are fitted to a periphery of the heating element support rack; a left side surface of the water container is provided with an insertion slot inserted with a button board; a button switch is mounted on the button board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Shukuo Liu, Zhongyu Shi, Yue Luo
  • Patent number: 10702096
    Abstract: A brewing chamber cleaner including a spinning or stationary assembly for spraying cleaning solution into the brewing chamber. The spinning assembly may be attached to a disk configured to removably reside in the brewing chamber, or be part of a coffee maker. Liquid pumped into the brewing chamber cleaner may cause the spinning assembly to spin by the liquid flowing past gears or a propeller, or by off center jets on the spinning member. Alternatively, the coffee maker includes a rotating shaft to cause the spinning assembly to spin or may include stator winding creating a rotating magnetic field to cause the spinning assembly to spin. In another embodiment the brewing chamber cleaner includes a wide spray provided by a fixed nozzle. A base is optionally provided to capture the spray and direct a flow into a bottom extraction needle of the coffee maker to clean the extraction needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 10676273
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Colin Ballard, Satwinder Panesar, Geoff Rendle, Maria Gomez
  • Patent number: 10624490
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a consumable for use in a dispenser for preparation of foodstuff products, the consumable comprising a sealed housing comprising at least one rigid wall portion that is impermeable to liquid, a primary inlet portion arranged to enable pressurized water flow into the housing, a secondary inlet portion arranged to enable an auxiliary fluid flow, particularly an air flow, into the housing, at least one outlet portion arranged to enable the processed foodstuff product to flow out of the housing, at least one containing chamber arranged in the housing, the chamber containing a food substance, particularly a ground substance, at least one flow processing chamber arranged to process a liquid solution that flows through the flow processing chamber, a flow transfer wall arranged between the containing chamber and the flow processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Lodewijk Joseph Franciscus Holten, Jarno Beekman, Rodin Enne Bruinsma, Peter Rijskamp, Jan Klaassen, Peng Chau Quah
  • Patent number: 10569159
    Abstract: A playing card shuffling device includes a visual display in information communication with the playing card shuffling device. At least one processor is programmed to provide displayable information to the visual display indicative of an amount of time remaining or time expired in a procedure performed by the playing card shuffling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Stasson, Ronald R. Swanson, Paul K. Scheper, Troy D. Nelson, Feraidoon Bourbour, Attila Grauzer
  • Patent number: 10537200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cold beverage preparation device (20), the device comprising an open cooling reservoir (5) for receiving a liquid beverage, cooling means (15) associated to the cooling reservoir (5) for cooling at least part of an internal surface of the cooling reservoir, a rotational stirring member (16) arranged in the cooling reservoir (5) for mixing or foaming the liquid depending on the speed of rotation of the member, and a rotational scraping member (17) arranged in the cooling reservoir (5) for scraping the internal surface of the cooling reservoir, wherein the rotational stirring member (16) and the scraping member (17) are designed for being driven independently within the cooling reservoir (5) of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alexa Perrin
  • Patent number: 10376088
    Abstract: The present inventive concept consists of a logic controlled submersion brewing device that operates reliably with minimal user interaction. The brewer employs a submersion brewing technique to ensure a uniform extraction of beverage from solid extraction media. The device may be programmable to start on a timer. Parameters of the brew program may be customizable including serving size and extraction settings. The device will use vapor pressure to forcibly move beverage liquid across a sieve thereby separating the liquid from spent extraction media. Reliability and repeatability of the separation procedure is enhanced using a novel method of pressure control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Darryl James, David Bradford Wiley
  • Patent number: 10362893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a capsule holder (8) for holding a closed capsule (9) in a beverage preparation machine (1), said capsule containing a beverage precursor ingredient, said machine being able to inject a fluid under pressure through a wall (11) of said capsule inside the latter such that said fluid and said precursor ingredient mix to make a beverage, said capsule holder (8) comprising a cup-shaped body (12) adapted to retain and hold said capsule, a handle (13), and guide means for removably inserting said capsule holder within said machine, wherein said capsule holder (8) further comprises pressure-releasing means (15) for releasing fluid pressure inside said capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Frederic Doleac
  • Patent number: 10362892
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards regulating flow rate in an espresso machine, during a multi-phase brewing process which includes a pre-brew and an extraction phase. During the pre-brew phase, coffee grounds are slowly pre-wetted and/or out-gassed with a first volume of water delivered at a first flow rate. During the extraction phase, a second volume of water is delivered, at a second flow rate, to extract espresso, where the second volume is delivered at a generally greater pressure than the first volume. The second flow rate is greater than the first flow rate. The flow rates, volumes, and pressures are regulated by the espresso machine, which includes a flow rate regulation assembly that comprises first and second flow paths and first and second valves. Baristas may vary the flow rate, volume, and pressure of water throughout the brewing process by opening, closing, or otherwise adjusting at least one of the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Camille Prefontaine, Devin Walker
  • Patent number: 10334980
    Abstract: A mobile beverage dispensing machine is disclosed that includes a liquid tank, a beverage preparation unit, a fluid circuit, and/or heating means. The machine may further include a mobile power source. Also disclosed are methods of preparing and using the mobile beverage dispensing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Nicolas Camier
  • Patent number: 10307011
    Abstract: A brewing module for an extraction appliance has a first brewing-module part and a second brewing-module part, which can be moved relative to the first. The first and second brewing-module parts form a discharging device for discharging an extraction product out of a capsule, containing extraction substance for the preparation of brewed beverages, and an injector for introducing an extraction liquid into the capsule. The first brewing-module part has a head with a lateral guide, which defines first and second tracks for a capsule collar. The first brewing-module part also forms a rest delimiting movement of the capsule in the downward direction when the capsule collar is located on the first track. The lateral guide is connected rigidly to the head, and the second brewing-module part has a restoring device, which acts on the capsule collar and moves the collar into the second track when the brewing chamber is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventors: Andres Rubin, Dominic Zwicker, Louis Deuber
  • Patent number: 10292523
    Abstract: A controlled system for brewing infused beverages that includes an infused beverage brewing assembly operably configured to receive infusion beverage parameters that include a dispensed solvent volume and a total infusion time utilized in an infusion algorithm generating a solvent flow rate change that is a function of the dispensed solvent volume and the total infusion time. The system also includes a solvent flow management system having a pump operably configured, based on the infusion algorithm, to generate an infused solution and includes an electronic control system communicatively coupled to the solvent flow management system and operably configured to initiate a counter associated with the inducement of the flow of the solvent to generate a running infusion time and execute the infusion algorithm to generate a solvent flow rate change sufficient to provide a remaining infusion volume in a remaining infusion time based on the input parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Gideon Duvall
  • Patent number: 10244888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and process for a nutraceutical beverage compounding system and methods for the same. Provided is a customizable supplement beverage system and method for personalizing and operating the same to a particular user and optionally for operative tracking. Proposed additionally is an operative system for receiving and individually identifying a concentrate or supplement combinations, for mixing the same prior to a use, and for dispensing the same for use, and for tracking control factors relating to the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Gudpod Corp.
    Inventors: Gian-Carlo Ochoa, Brendan Duffy, Jon B. Taylor, Gary Van Deursen
  • Patent number: 10159376
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head assembly for a beverage preparation device for preparing a nutritional composition upon interaction of ingredients provided in a capsule with liquid supplied to the capsule, the assembly comprising capsule opening means (10) which are adapted to interact with an injection face of the capsule, the opening means comprising a liquid injection means (1) for injection of liquid into the capsule and a gas injection means (2) for injecting of gas into the capsule, activation means (20) designed for interacting with the opening means and for moving the liquid injection means and the gas injection means with respect to the injection face of the capsule. The head assembly also comprises a drive unit (70) for driving the activation means (20) and the activation means comprises a driving gear (20b) adapted to be driven in rotational movement by the drive unit (70) for sequentially moving the liquid injection means (1) and gas injection means (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ludovic Dovat, Christof Niedermann
  • Patent number: 10123650
    Abstract: A vacuum-type coffee maker includes an upper brewing unit and a lower carafe. The upper brewing unit includes a vessel and a collar disposed around a lower portion of the vessel. The collar includes a magnetic array defining an upper magnetic coupler. The lower carafe includes a vessel having a collar disposed around an upper portion of the vessel. The collar further includes a magnetic array to define a lower magnetic coupler. In assembly, the upper magnetic coupler is magnetically coupled to the lower magnetic coupler when the upper brewing unit is received on the lower carafe. A heating element is disposed in a base portion of the lower carafe. The lower carafe is removeably received on a support stand, and the heating element of the lower carafe is powered by the support stand in use during a brewing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Meighan McLaughlin, Wee Ng
  • Patent number: 10070749
    Abstract: An extraction unit (10) for extracting cartridges (1a; 1b) of two different heights (ha;hb) comprises a seat (11, 12, 13; 15) for receiving any of the cartridges (1a;1b). The seat is delimited by a first part (11,12,13) and a second part (15) that are relatively movable between an extraction position and a loading and/or ejection position. The first part has a first portion (11,12) and a second portion (13) that are relatively movable to delimit a cavity (12?) having selectively: a first depth (da) for receiving a cartridge (1a) of the first height (ha); and a second depth (db) for receiving a cartridge (1b) of the second height (hb). The seat has a depth detecting arrangement (20), such as a detecting arrangement comprising a control unit (21) connected to sensor (22) via a connection (23). The depth detecting arrangement is configured to detect a relative position of the first portion and the second portion to determine whether the cavity has at least one of the first and second depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Flick, Enzo Bonacci
  • Patent number: 10064515
    Abstract: A coffee maker and method of operating the same is disclosed. The method includes deactivating a heating plate of the coffee maker when a drip pan is positioned thereon, soliciting a user-selection of a serving size from a plurality of serving sizes when the drip pan is positioned on the base, and operating a pump of the coffee maker to advance fluid to a filter basket in accordance with the selected serving size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Arren J. McCormick, Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 10034573
    Abstract: Capsule processing units of a beverage preparation machine are disclosed, as well as beverage preparation machines containing same. Also disclosed are methods of processing a capsule with the capsule processing unit. The capsule processing unit includes a code reading system, a capsule transfer mechanism, and an actuator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Flick, Antoine Ryser, Milena Partzch
  • Patent number: 9986869
    Abstract: An extraction unit (10) for extracting cartridges (1a; 1b) of two different heights (ha;hb) comprises a seat (11, 12, 13; 15) for receiving any of such cartridges (1a; 1b) for extraction thereof in the seat. The seat is delimited by a first part (11,12,13) and second part (15) that are relatively movable between a cartridge extraction position and a cartridge loading and/or ejection position. The first part (11,12,13) has a first portion (11,12) and a second portion (13) that are relatively movable to delimit a cavity (12?) having selectively: —a first depth (da) for receiving a cartridge (1a) of the first height (ha); and —a second depth (db) for receiving a cartridge (1b) of the second height (hb), the first part (11,12,13) has a lock (112?, 132, 132?, 142?) for locking the first and second portions (11,12,13) when the delimited cavity (12?) has the first depth (da) or the second depth (db).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 9913556
    Abstract: A machine (1) comprises a frame (1?) and a capsule handling device (1?) mounted in and/or on the frame (1?). The device (1?) comprises: —a first part (10) that is movable relatively to the frame (1?) from a transfer position for inserting and/or removing said capsule (2a,2b) to an extraction position for extracting such capsule and vice versa; —a second part (20) that has a capsule receptacle (21) delimiting a cavity (21?) for receiving such capsule (2a,2b) and for forming an extraction chamber (21?) with the first part (10) in its extraction position, the second part (10) comprising a first portion (21a) and a second portion (21b) that are relatively movable between a first relative position and a second relative position to change at least one dimension of the cavity (21?) and of the extraction chamber (21?); —an actuator (30,300) connected to the first part (10) for driving the movable first part (10) between the transfer position and the extraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 9907428
    Abstract: A device for controlled dispensing of capsules containing beverage ingredients, as well as a system and a beverage preparation machine that include the device, are disclosed. Methods of use of the device are also disclosed. In addition, a package for holding beverage ingredients containing capsules is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventor: Marco Iotti
  • Patent number: 9833109
    Abstract: A machine prepares semi-frozen food products and/or beverages from pre-prepared (e.g. frozen) cups. A user chooses the desired frozen cup, inserts it into the machine, chooses how they would like it prepared from a range of thickness options, and the machine then opens a sealed chamber door and inserts the product upward into the chamber and prepares the product by blending it in the cup. Upon removal of the product and resealing of the chamber door, the cleaning mechanisms provide thorough cleaning of all food contact surfaces and the chamber interior. Automatic high temperature steam sanitation takes place in the chamber if the machine is not used for an extended period of time, thus greatly reflected or eliminating the need for manual cleansing and sanitation by an attendant and ensuring healthy food preparation in all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: F'REAL FOODS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Farrell, Jens P. Voges
  • Patent number: 9833103
    Abstract: A food preparation system includes a food preparation machine with a receptacle for a food capsule and a fluid injecting member, and the food capsule including a capsule body, a cavity, a first end, an opening communicating with the cavity, a second end including at least one outlet communicating with the cavity, an injection wall, and at least one partition dividing the cavity into chambers containing a respective quantity of an alimentary substance and having at least one outlet with an independently-operable closure member in the second end. The injection means injects a quantity of fluid into the capsule through a single injection point, and a sealing member selectively blocks fluid communication between the chambers, resisting a pressure difference between the chambers of between 2 and 20 bar, preferably between 4 and 15 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Talon
  • Patent number: 9788684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for preparing an aromatized beverage capable of extracting aromas from a powder pod containing them, said device having: a first part (1-1), and a second part (1-2) of a same longitudinal axis (XX?), and first means for coaxial horizontal relative translation and/or rotation displacement (XX?) of said first male part and second female part, and a third part (4) delimiting an initial insertion compartment (6) and a discharge compartment (7) between said first and second parts in an open position with maximum separation, said third part having an orifice (4b), able to be crossed by at least one of both first and second parts, said third part being able to pivot in a synchronized way with a said relative translation and/or rotation of both first and second parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TECHNOPOOL SARL
    Inventor: Christian Ferrier
  • Patent number: 9723944
    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: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Bentley, Adam Martyn Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9675204
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) comprising: a body (2) having one or more outer faces (21,22) and a beverage outlet for delivering a beverage on a beverage dispensing area (27); and a module (3) operatively connected to the body adjacent to one of said one or more outer faces. The module is movable into a plurality of different operative connection positions along said one or more outer faces of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Antoine Cahen
  • Patent number: 9603481
    Abstract: An apparatus including a container (2); a removable cover (3); a rotating stirrer (6) which extends inside the container (2) and is provided with an end impeller (8); an electric motor (22), for driving the stirrer (6) via a coupling joint (9, 10, 23, 26); and a hot steam dispensing wand (13) extending inside the container (2) and connectable to the steam source (52) of a coffee machine (CM) via a connection union (12) associated with the cover (3). The electric motor (22) is contained in a housing (21) which is separate and distinct from the cover (3) and is connected or able to be connected to power supply terminals (49, 50) with which the coffee machine (CM) is provided. The cover (3) supports the stirrer (6) rotatably and the inlet fluid connector (12) thereof is directly connected to a steam dispensing fluid union (48) of the coffee machine (CM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Federico Giua, Danilo Icardi, Sergio Icardi, Maria Teresa Giaretto
  • Patent number: 9591862
    Abstract: One variation of an apparatus for brewing a beverage includes: a reservoir containing fluid; a boiler including a heating element and a fluid pickup, a portion of the boiler arranged vertically below the reservoir; a brew chamber, a portion of the brew chamber arranged vertically above the boiler; a first contactless valve operable in a first mode and in a second mode, the first contactless valve open in the first mode to communicate fluid from the reservoir into the boiler and closed in the second mode; a second contactless valve operable in the first mode and in the second mode, the second contactless valve open in the first mode to vent gas from the boiler and closed in the second mode; and an air pump configured to displace air into the boiler in the second mode to displace fluid from the boiler, via the fluid pickup, into the brew chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Blossom Coffee, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Kuempel, Matt Walliser
  • Patent number: 9565968
    Abstract: The beverage producing device comprises a housing (3) and a removable water container (9) which is designed to be connected to the outside of said housing (3) in an operative position, when the device is in use. The water container is further designed to be recoverable in an inoperative position inside a recovery seat (27) formed by said housing or parts thereof, when the device is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Fin
  • Patent number: 9555957
    Abstract: A method, system and cartridge for forming a beverage includes a cartridge having a container defining an interior space, a lid, a filter, and a beverage medium contained in the interior space. The filter may be attached to the lid only, and extend into the interior space to separate first and second chambers of the cartridge. The filter may hold the beverage medium and be arranged so that, when the lid is removed from the container, e.g., by peeling the lid from the container, the filter and beverage medium are removed together with the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl T. Winkler, Shih-Hao Lai, Richard Pasquini
  • Patent number: 9549636
    Abstract: A beverage forming system and method in which characteristics of a dispensed beverage are controlled. A beverage forming system may include an outlet chamber having an inlet opening to receive beverage from a beverage forming chamber, and an outlet opening to output beverage. The outlet chamber may have a standpipe in the outlet chamber between the inlet and the outlet openings that prevents a direct passage of beverage to the outlet openings, thus controlling characteristics of the beverage, such as an amount of foam, the size of bubbles in a foam, etc. The standpipe may have a portion extending upwardly from a bottom of the outlet chamber and impeding a direct flow path between the inlet and the outlet openings, thus forcing flow to pass around and/or over the standpipe portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Y. Smith, Stoyan Plamenov Hristov, James E. Shepard
  • Patent number: 9510706
    Abstract: A beverage forming system and method in which an activation button is arranged on a movable cartridge holder. A beverage forming system may include a cartridge holder movably mounted to a frame and having an opening to receive a cartridge such that the cartridge holder is arranged to hold and move a cartridge between an open position and a closed position. An activation button may be mounted on a top of the cartridge holder with the cartridge holder in the closed position, allowing easy access to the button once the cartridge holder is closed. Operation of the activation button may cause the system to begin a beverage forming process that includes introducing fluid to the cartridge via an inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Tinkler, James E. Shepard
  • Patent number: 9486102
    Abstract: A brewing unit including a first brewing chamber portion and a second brewing chamber portion; a channel for inserting capsules towards said brewing chamber; a mobile deviator interposing between said first brewing chamber portion and said second brewing chamber portion when said first brewing chamber portion and second brewing chamber portion are open, to deviate said capsules towards one of said first and second brewing chamber portions; an actuation mechanism for closing and opening said brewing chamber, wherein said actuation mechanism is connected to open and close said brewing chamber; said actuation mechanism is further connected to said mobile deviator such that said actuation mechanism controls said mobile deviator to remove said mobile deviator from a trajectory of mutual motion of said first and second brewing chamber portions during closure of the brewing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Massimo Baldo
  • Patent number: 9445686
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and methods of use for combining at least one beverage ingredient with a diluting ingredient to form a beverage. In one embodiment, the beverage ingredient is coffee or tea and the diluting ingredient is water. The beverage ingredient is retained in a container which is positioned in the beverage dispenser. The ingredient is mixed with water at least in part in the container for dispensing into a receptacle positioned relative to the dispenser. In one embodiment, the beverage ingredient is a liquid form of beverage concentrate packaged in a disposable container. The beverage dispenser includes mechanisms and assemblies which form a single opening in the container to allow water to enter and exit the container through the single opening in the container to release and mix the beverage ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Charles H. Clark
  • Patent number: 9383257
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and also a method for determining the degree of disinfection, and for determining the time point when a defined degree of disinfection is reached by a liquid, in particular drinking water, that is situated in a container which is light-permeable at least in a UV range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Martin Wesian
  • Patent number: 9357873
    Abstract: A combination unit comprising a beverage preparation machine (62) and a separate milk chilling device (10) for storing a volume (16) of milk in a chilled state. The beverage preparation machine (62) comprises a control electronics system (63) and a milk dispensing apparatus (64) for dispensing milk and/or milk froth. The milk chilling device (10) comprises a housing (11), a milk container (14), which is arranged in the housing (11), for accommodating the volume (16) of milk, a chilling unit (18) for chilling the volume (16) of milk, and a milk lance for removing milk from the milk container (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: JURA ELEKTROAPPARATE AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 9351603
    Abstract: A flowmeter (1) comprises: an outermost casing (2,4) containing a measuring chamber (10); an outermost face (20) on the casing; a generator (3,36) for generating at the outermost face a signal representative of a flow through the measuring chamber; and a connection arrangement (28) for fastening the outermost casing against a PCB (50) which extends over and beyond the outermost casing and contains a sensor (51) that is located at the outermost face and that is configured to sense the signal from the generator upon connection. The connection arrangement is configured for connection against the PCB, which connection between the PCB and the casing is distinct from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stefan Etter, Martin Ziegler
  • Patent number: 9339142
    Abstract: Method of preparing beverages using a beverage preparation machines and in particular a beverage preparation machine of the type which uses pre-packaged containers of beverage ingredients. The method includes controlling the volume of air resident in at least a part of a delivery system of the machine to produce predetermined characteristics in a prepared beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Andrew Hansen, Andrew Charles Bentley, Elizabeth Jane Hinckley, Mark Richard Thomas Norton
  • Patent number: 9332873
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a lid structure including a lid having a bottom side provided with an opening and concavely provided with an assembly space corresponding in position to the opening and having a first threaded connection portion protrudingly provided on an inner wall of the lid and extending toward the opening; a gasket fitted around the outer periphery of the first threaded connection portion and protrudingly provided with a pulling tab which extends toward the opening; and a filter having a second threaded connection portion provided on a top side thereof and threadedly engageable with the first threaded connection portion. Thus, when it is desired to clean the lid, the user only has to rotate the filter to easily detach the filter from the lid and pull the pulling tab to rapidly remove the gasket from the lid for cleaning, without using any tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jung-Jung Tien