Of Infusive Contact Patents (Class 99/283)
  • Patent number: 10226150
    Abstract: A filter holder including a housing with a bottom and an aperture through the bottom; a valve with a stopper for opening and closing the aperture, the stopper supported by a pivoting arm and biased towards a closed position; a cam arranged between the bottom and the pivoting arm, and having a cam profile co-acting with the pivoting arm, and being biased towards a first position wherein the cam profile prevents closing of the stopper and having a second position wherein the cam profile allows closing of the stopper; a slider which co-acts with the cam to move the cam from the first position towards the second position. The slider is biased in an inactive position and is moved towards an active position by co-action with a locking ring whereto the filter holder is attached. The slider when moved towards the active position pushes the cam towards the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Massimo Poggioli, Moreno Carniel
  • Patent number: 10125761
    Abstract: System for supplying a pressurized liquid for machines for preparing beverages comprising a first cylinder (2a) and plunger (2b) assembly (2), said plunger (2b) defining inside its cylinder (2a) a chamber (5) for housing said liquid, said plunger (2b) being able to accumulate, in an active position, potential energy from the compression force applied to a fluid, said potential energy being susceptible of being transmitted as a pressure to the liquid inside said chamber (5), and it is characterized in that it comprises a second cylinder (3a) and plunger (3b) assembly (3), said second plunger (3b) defining inside its cylinder (3a) a chamber (4) for housing said fluid, said first (2) and second (3) assemblies of plunger (2b, 3b) and cylinder (2a, 3a) being associated so that the plunger (2b) of the first assembly (2) is susceptible of accumulating, in its active position, potential energy from the compression force applied to the fluid housed inside the second assembly (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MINIMMA ESPRESSO, S.L.
    Inventors: Xavier Samso Besora, Angel Marquez Zamora
  • Patent number: 10117541
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing machine, for instance a coffee machine, provided with a brewing chamber and at least one valve for totally and/or partially blocking the beverage from exiting the chamber. Advantageously, the valve is an electrovalve, in particular a piezoelectric valve, which is continuously controllable to adjust the beverage flow rate being permitted to exit the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RHEAVENDORS SERVI CES, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 10080460
    Abstract: A roasted plant extraction apparatus is provided which is capable of selectively reducing excessive bitterness in an extract liquid obtained by water extraction from a roasted plant raw material while preserving desirable flavor ingredients and body. A beverage extraction apparatus includes a granule containing part adapted to contain granules for extraction of a beverage, a pouring device for pouring an extraction solvent into the granule containing part from a first direction, and a collecting device for collecting an extract liquid extracted by means of the extraction solvent. The granule containing part comprises a detachable restraining member for placing the granules in a substantially sealed state. The beverage extraction apparatus further comprises a rotary mechanism for rotating the granule containing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nakao, Yoshiaki Yokoo, Makoto Nakajima, Hiroaki Shimizu, Hiroki Furuta, Morio Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 10076209
    Abstract: There are provided drinking vessels adapted to receive coffee grounds and water to brew coffee wherein the drinking vessels comprise pump means. In one embodiment a drinking vessel (100,200) comprises a first chamber adapted to receive coffee grounds and hot water, a second chamber adapted to receive brewed coffee and a third chamber adapted to receive brewed coffee. Also provided drinking vessel sections (101,102,201,202), a kit of parts and a method of brewing coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph Deasy
  • Patent number: 10059603
    Abstract: Water filtration apparatus with compostable filters are disclosed herein. A water filtration apparatus in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure includes a fluid containment vessel having a conically shaped upper chamber and a conically shaped lower chamber. A filter assembly is seated within the upper chamber and carries a compostable filter device that fits within a filter cavity of the filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FC Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robert Del Ponte, Markus Peter Diebel, Joe Sung-Ho Tan
  • Patent number: 10039413
    Abstract: The present invention pertains in general to an apparatus and method for the infusing, agitation and dispensation of oils in a controlled manner to produce a desired potency of an infusion while remaining below an identified maximum temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LEVO Oil Infusion, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Spencer Bellman, Joseph Alexander Scaglione
  • Patent number: 9999316
    Abstract: A beverage substance cartridge, a tea filtering apparatus, a beverage producing equipment, a beverage producing system and a beverage producing method are provided to efficiently solve the problems of slow tea leaf extraction, long wait time for tea drinker, low tea water temperature and bad tea water taste. The water filling apparatus of the beverage producing equipment fills hot water into the bottom of the beverage substance cartridge near the side wall of the cartridge body, and forms vortex in the beverage substance cartridge which speeds up extraction efficiently. Furthermore, inside convex edges are set at the side wall of the beverage cartridge and hot water temperature is high enough to strengthen extraction effects and then realize rapid brewing effects in the tea brewing equipment. The beverage producing equipment can be widely applied in offices and homes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TEATEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangsheng Ye, Yusheng Shi
  • Patent number: 9986868
    Abstract: A brewing device (2) for an espresso-type coffee machine including a brewing chamber (12) for receiving ground coffee, a movably mounted pressure piston (13) in translation with a stroke that extends from an upper retracted position in which the pressure piston (13) is located above the brewing chamber (12) to a lower tamping position in which the pressure piston (13) enters said brewing chamber (12) and a potentiometer controlled by driving means during the stroke of the pressure piston (13) to measure the tamping position of said pressure piston and to thereby calculate the height of the compressed cake of ground coffee. The driving means only act on the potentiometer for a portion of the stroke of the pressure piston (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Vitel, Gilles Lebuffe, Thierry Gailhard
  • Patent number: 9808115
    Abstract: An automatic tea-making machine, comprising a base assembly and a tea-making assembly arranged on the base assembly. A water pump configured to pump water to the tea-making assembly and a motor are arranged on the base assembly. The tea-making assembly includes a tea-making cavity with an open top part, a closed bottom part and a closed peripheral wall; a tea basket driven by the motor, and a drain valve arranged at a bottom of the tea-making cavity and communicated with the tea-making cavity. The automatic tea-making machine of the present application can automatically wash tea and make tea, which is very convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MAIN POWER INNOTECH (SHENZHEN) MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meichee Choi, Li Dong, Jianbo Liu, Xuefeng Shang
  • Patent number: 9795246
    Abstract: The present invention pertains in general to an apparatus and method for the infusing, agitation and dispensation of oils in a controlled manner to produce a desired potency of an infusion while remaining below an identified maximum temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LEVO OIL INFUSION, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Spencer Bellman, Joseph Alexander Scaglione
  • Patent number: 9795243
    Abstract: A filter paper cup for making a beverage pod. The filter paper cup includes a cover and a base (or receptacle). The filter paper cup is formed by forming pleats in walls and a rim around the tops of the wall. Preferably, a heat seal filter paper is used and the pleats in the walls and rim are adhered by the heat to retain the shape. The base in inserted into a pod holder and brewing material is placed into the base. The cover is folded over the rim, and a lid is attached to the pod holder to sandwich the cover and rim to seal the pod. The cover is held taut by the lid of the pod holder to facilitate penetration of the cover by a needle to inject water into the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 9756973
    Abstract: A beverage brewing apparatus having a water heating portion and a brewing portion, the water heating portion including a three heating element tank having three heating elements, a three phase power system, and wherein each heating element is powered by a different phase power. Each heating element may operate with a different heating capacity to better control the heating operation, controlled by a processor that manages the brewing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien A. Ramus, Stuart Dietz, William D. Aronson
  • Patent number: 9723945
    Abstract: In a device (1) for making a beverage on the basis of interaction between a beverage extract and an extracting fluid, which comprises an openable and closeable chamber (50) for receiving and accommodating a quantity of the beverage extract, and heating/cooling means (30) for setting the temperature of the extracting fluid, arranged upstream of the chamber (50), a beverage making process can be performed with extracting fluid that is exactly at a desired temperature. During heat-up or cool-down phases of the heating/cooling means (30), the extracting fluid is transported to another position than the chamber (50) where the beverage making process is supposed to take place. For the purpose of determining an appropriate path of the extracting fluid in every possible situation, valve means (60) are applied, which are switchable under the influence of a change of the flow rate of the extracting fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardo Arnoldus Mulder, Theodoor Stolk
  • Patent number: 9706875
    Abstract: Provided is a beverage percolation device that can efficiently supply hot water and water vapor and that does not require a user to perform troublesome work. An exemplary device provides a warm water storage tank (1) that holds water; an electric heater (10) that heats the water in the warm water storage tank (1); a hot water guide tube (4) that heats the water in the warm water storage tank (1) to a first temperature and guides that hot water to a coffee powder (C); a steam guide tube (3) that heats the water in the warm water storage tank (1) to a second temperature higher than the first temperature and guides that steam to the coffee powder (C); and a control unit (20) that controls the supply of the hot water and the steam to the coffee powder (C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michihiro Baba
  • Patent number: 9645121
    Abstract: A nonlinear dynamic focusing control method includes: (1) using a minimum length in a scan line having the minimum length and a maximum length as an initial location and assigning a focal point on the scan line; (2) calculating half depth of focus of the focal point, and the initial location plus the half depth of focus of the focal point being the location of this focal point on the scan line; (3) determining an initial calculation location of the next focal point by adding the half depth of focus of the focal point from the location of this focal point on the scan line in the direction of the maximum length; and (4) determining if the initial calculation location of the next focal point is greater than the maximum length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chung-Lien Ho, Ren-Jr Chen
  • Patent number: 9493732
    Abstract: A method for extracting aromatic substances from solid plant based aroma bearers in a brew liquid, in particular in beer, having the steps: receiving a supply of aroma bearers in a process container, and flowing the process container through with a brew liquid, wherein the brew liquid flows through the process container with the supply of aroma bearers in at least one turbulent vortex flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: BeVa Besitz-und Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Friedrich Banke, Markus Langer
  • Patent number: 9474409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage machine, more particularly for preparing hot drinks, with a liquid cleaner replaceable container formed as a replaceable container, characterized in that parts of a liquid cleaner dosing device are formed interchangeable with the liquid cleaner replaceable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: AQUIS WASSER-LUFT-SYSTEME GMBH, Lindau, Zweigniederlassung Rebstein
    Inventors: Kurt Wallerstorfer, Bernd Heitele
  • Patent number: 9375113
    Abstract: An arrangement for a coffee machine includes a filter holder adapted to receive a filter to be filled with ground coffee. The filter holder includes an outlet below which a container to be filled with coffee may be positioned. A bracket is arranged on the coffee machine. The bracket and coffee holder are constructed so that the filter holder is removably attached to the bracket. A locking mechanism is attached to the bracket to lock the filter holder in a locked position when the container to be filled with coffee is arranged below the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: MELITTA EUROPA GMBH CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Sachtleben
  • Patent number: 9247844
    Abstract: An infusion unit includes an infusion chamber for coffee or other product where, through water under pressure, flavors are extracted for making a beverage. The infusion chamber includes at least one yielding wall for adjusting a volume of the closed infusion chamber according to the amount of product contained into the infusion chamber. Moreover, a variable volume chamber is provided, which is filled with a liquid and connected to the yielding wall, so that a volume of the variable volume chamber filled with liquid varies according to a position taken by the yielding wall when the infusion chamber is closed. The position of the yielding wall is locked when the infusion chamber is closed, preventing the liquid flow from and into the variable volume chamber filled with liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Cristiano Castelli, Stefano Tonelli
  • Patent number: 9101241
    Abstract: The device for extemporaneously preparing a hot beverage anywhere and anytime from a soluble powder comprises a container which is divided into an upper hollow space and a lower hollow space by a baffle. The lower hollow space contains a quantity of drinkable liquid and the upper hollow space a quantity of soluble powder able to produce said beverage. An elongated hollow element is provided, which is open at its two ends and which connects the lower and the upper hollow spaces, sealing membranes are provided for sealing the connection between the upper and the lower hollow spaces through the elongated element. The sealing membranes can be made ineffective by intervention of the user or once a predetermined pressure inside the liquid has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ALISTELLA S.A.
    Inventor: Adriana Brizio
  • Patent number: 9066622
    Abstract: A system and device for preparing a liquid beverage from a cartridge. The device includes a supply unit for supplying an injection fluid into the cartridge, a cartridge holder configured to accept and support the cartridge with the cartridge holder being detachable from the device. A complementary insertion mechanism of the device is configured to receive the cartridge holder in the device. The cartridge is positioned in the supply unit in an injection position with its injection surface substantially in an inclined plane relative to the horizontal plane and the injection mechanism is offset from the highest edge of the cartridge. The cartridge holder preferably comprises a linear wedge-shaped insertion member having a bearing surface inclined along an angle. The method of operation of the system and device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Denisart, Alain Meier, Enzo Bonacci, HansPeter Pleisch, Christian Talon
  • Publication number: 20150144001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dispensing of a substance from a container by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to (1) a container and (2) the automated method for opening such container and (3) the automated method of dispensing of the contents from such container into a customer receptacle or glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: La Vit Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gian Matteo Lo Foro, John R. Laverack, Yuanli Shentu, Kurt R. Weseman, George E. Riehm, Greg G. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20150135964
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined amount of beverage suitable for consumption includes an exchangeable holder and an apparatus provided with a fluid dispensing device which is detachably connected to the holder for dispensing at least one amount of at least a first fluid such as water under pressure to the exchangeable holder, while the exchangeable holder is provided with at least one storage space which is filled with a second fluid such as a concentrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan De Graaff, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer
  • Publication number: 20150132449
    Abstract: A beverage producing apparatus and method are provided for producing a beverage, using an identification label of a beverage substance cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yangsheng YE, Yusheng SHI
  • Publication number: 20150132458
    Abstract: A hot beverage maker includes a pump, a kettle, a pumped fluid conduit, and a brew basket assembly. The kettle includes a reservoir, a heating element in the kettle for heating water in the reservoir, a spout for pouring water from the reservoir, and a pump inlet opening for providing heated water from the reservoir to the pump inlet. The pumped fluid conduit is connected with the pump outlet and includes a pumped fluid outlet. The brew basket assembly includes a pumped fluid outlet receptacle and a brew basket. The reservoir is selectively fluidly connectable with the brew basket via the pump inlet opening in the kettle being selectively fluidly connected with the pump inlet or the pumped fluid conduit outlet being selectively fluidly connectable with the pumped fluid outlet receptacle to selectively provide heated water from the reservoir to the brew basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Alex Lee, Davin Stowell, Joern Vicari, Anthony Vipan Torris, Richard Besen
  • Publication number: 20150128811
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nutrient infuser removably attached to a drinking water source to remineralize drinking water. The nutrient infuser comprises a pipe provided for the drinking water to flow therethrough, wherein flow rate of the drinking water is measured by a flow meter. The flow meter converts flow rate into electronic signals which will be received by a controller. The controller totalizes the electronic signals and uses it to further generate another electronic signal to activate an injector to operate accordingly. Upon activation, the injector draws a predetermined amount of consumable substances from a canister and injects the same to the drinking water flowing through the pipe, remineralizing the drinking water, making it healthier for consumption. The predetermined amount of consumable substances injected to the drinking water corresponds to the flow rate of the drinking water. The consumable substances may comprise essential minerals, vitamins or flavoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Solves Innovative Technology Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Dhanabalan Durairajasivam, Teng Hwee Koh
  • Publication number: 20150104550
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 8999420
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to improvements in beverage/food product preparation systems and in particular to beverage/food product preparation systems having machines of the type which use pre-packaged cartridges containing beverage or food ingredients. The cartridge (30) contains one or more beverage or food ingredients for use in a machine for preparing a beverage or food product from said ingredients. The cartridge (30) includes a base (34), an outlet aperture (37) in the base (34), and a collar (38) extending from the cartridge base (34) around the outlet aperture (37). The cartridge (30) is inserted into a holding receptacle (14) of a machine the collar (38) interacts with an element (65) of the machine and the collar (38) is configured to determine the pressure in the cartridge (30) during the preparation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nick Andrew Hansen
  • Patent number: 8998176
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatus, systems, and methods of use for producing beverages. The apparatus includes components and methods for facilitating beverage production applying water or other liquid in combination with a brewing substance and controlled aeration and pressurization of a mixing vessel or column. The aeration of the water and brewing substance can be accomplished with a vacuum system, a positive pressurization system, and a combination of such systems. The apparatus, systems, and methods can be used with a variety of beverage making devices such as a device which might be used to controllably produce volumes of beverage to a reservoir. The methods include controllable aeration and pressurization of the vessel for brewing which may include controlling extraction time, steep time, active controllable agitation of the brewing substance, as well as other brewing characteristics, features, and actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Bishop, Charles H. Clark, William E. Midden, Randy D. Pope, Suresh Radhakrishnan, Rex Allen Rogers
  • Publication number: 20150079244
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Sung I. Oh
  • Patent number: 8973435
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring a resultant flow delivered by a pump coupled to an over pressure valve, the method comprising the steps of: measuring, using a first flow meter, feed flow to the pump; measuring, using a second flow meter, return flow from the over pressure valve; and calculating resultant flow, at least in part, by subtracting measured return flow from measured feed flow. A pump power modification module can further modifying the pump output pressure to enable pressure profiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Adam Preston, Con Psarologos
  • Publication number: 20150059585
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coffee machine comprising: a tank (10); a pump (20) which is connected to the tank (10); a cold water line (L1) which is connected to the pump (20); a heating container (30) which is connected to the cold water line (L1); a hot water line (L2) which is connected to the heating container (30); a capsule holder (40) which is connected to the hot water line (L2), and which has a coffee extraction hole (42); a cup support member (50) which is provided below the coffee extraction hole (42); a load cell (60) which is provided below the cup support member (50); and a control module (70) which is electrically connected to the load cell (60). Thus, since a fixed amount of coffee can be consistently extracted, it is possible to supply coffee having a uniform taste and flavor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: SEOHEON KIM
  • Patent number: 8960077
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for hot beverages is provided with a device (4,5) to filter hot, pressurized water through ground edible ingredients such as coffee, tea or herbal remedies in a chamber, a controlling unit (16) storing data, and two pistons operated independently by two motors to control the volume and/or the position of the brewing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rheavendors Services S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Major
  • Publication number: 20150047509
    Abstract: A capsule and capsule machine are provided for preparing product from capsules. The capsule includes a body that defines an interior space with an opening. Ingredients are disposed within the interior space for preparing a desired product. A cover is disposed over the opening. A visual tag is disposed on at least one of the body and cover. The machine includes a brew chamber adapted to receive a capsule and a reader adapted for reading a visual tag disposed on a capsule when the capsule is disposed in the brew chamber. An injection system is provided for injecting a fluid into the capsule and a controller is provided for controlling the injection system based at least in part by information identified by the reader. A capsule identification system is also provided comprising a plurality of capsule machines and interested parties connected via a remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Liberatore A. Trombetta, Paul Ern-Chang Yang
  • Publication number: 20150033947
    Abstract: An appliance (1) which can be used for making a beverage in at least two different ways comprises at least two different types of removable accessories, a housing (43) having an internal space for receiving and accommodating one of the accessories at a time, and a liquid supplying system for supplying a liquid to the internal space. In a practical embodiment of both types of accessories, a substantial portion of the accessory is generally shaped like a dish, wherein the dish-shaped portion of a first type of accessory comprises at least one hole for allowing liquid to pass that portion and flow from one side of that portion to the other, and wherein the dish-shaped portion of a second type of accessory is free from holes. The second type of accessory can therefore be used for guiding liquid received from the supplying system directly to outside of the appliance (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gertrude Riƫtte Van Der Kamp, Klaas Kooijker, Bernardo Arnoldus Mulder
  • Patent number: 8945647
    Abstract: A process of preparing a beverage from a beverage preparation chamber includes feeding water to the preparation chamber until a first pressure is reached, interrupting the flow of water to the preparation chamber, holding the preparation chamber in a closed condition for a first time interval, opening the outlet of the preparation chamber and delivering the thus prepared beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tuttoespresso S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20150017293
    Abstract: A beverage preparation system is provided comprising a beverage preparation machine, a cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients, and a coded insert. The beverage preparation machine comprises a brew head for receiving the cartridge. The cartridge comprises a primary code configured to provide operating instructions to the beverage preparation machine for delivering a beverage from the cartridge. The coded insert is separate from the cartridge and insertable along with the cartridge into the brew head. The coded insert comprises a secondary code configured to provide alternative operating instructions to the beverage preparation machine for delivering a modified beverage from the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Carr, Sandra Heraud
  • Publication number: 20150017288
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to dispensing of a substance from a capsule by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure relates to: (1) a capsule, (2) a beverage dispenser for receiving the capsule, and (3) mechanisms within the beverage dispenser for automatically opening the capsule and rotating the capsule while mixing a beverage within the capsule to pour into a user beverage container or glass. The La Vit system for cracking and peeling open the capsule provides a more hygienic approach to capsule-based beverage systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Gian Matteo LO FARO, John R. LAVERACK, Yuanli SHENTU, Kurt R. WESEMAN, George E. RIEHM, Greg G. WEAVER
  • Publication number: 20150000533
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (APP) for preparing a beverage from a solvent (S) and ingredients (IG). The apparatus comprises: a container (CO) for containing the solvent, an infuser (IF) for containing the ingredients, and said infuser being placed in the container (CO), a system (SYS) for carrying the solvent from the container (CO) into said infuser (IF) at a given flow rate (Rin), an arrangement (AR) for carrying the solvent from said infuser (IF) into the container (CO), and for regulating the output flow rate (Rout) of said solvent to an average value corresponding to the given input inflow rate (Rin). This apparatus allows the amount of solvent inside the infuser to remain constant in order to guarantee optimal brewing of the ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Wan Kei Ricky Ha, Guangwei Wang
  • Publication number: 20140366742
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) comprises: a base (10) having a fluid circuit for conditioning and delivering a fluid via a base outlet (11) and a base data interface (12,13); and a removable module (20) having a module inlet (21) and a module data interface (22,23) disconnectably connectable to the base outlet and the base data interface, respectively. The data base interface (12,13) and the module data interface (22,23) are mechanically connectable and disconnectable along a direction (2) of the connection and disconnection of the base outlet (11) and the module inlet (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alexandre Perentes, Minh Quan Phan, Fabien Ludovic Agon
  • Publication number: 20140345470
    Abstract: An infusion device for making beverages using cartridges, such as capsules or pods, comprises an infusion unit (3) comprising at least two parts, at least one of which is able to move between a home position in which a cartridge (2) can be inserted in the unit (3) and an operating position, a motor (13) operatively connected to the mobile part (4) for moving it between the operating position and the home position, and a device (1) operation check and control unit (35), connected to a detection sensor (49, 50) combined with a cartridge (2) insertion section (34), for detecting respectively something approaching it from the outside of the unit (3) or the insertion of something in it; the check and control unit (35) being programmed to bring at least the mobile part (4) to the home position and/or to the operating position when it receives or, respectively, after having received from the detection sensor (50) a signal indicating the presence of something approaching or, respectively, inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Roberto Degli Esposti Venturi
  • Publication number: 20140345469
    Abstract: An infusion device for making beverages using cartridges, such as capsules or pods, comprises an openable infusion unit (3) comprising at least one part (4) able to move between a home position and an operating position, a first standby zone (8) for a cartridge (2) being formed when the mobile part (4) is in the home position, first retaining means for a cartridge (2) in the first standby zone (8), a motor (13) for moving the mobile part (4), means for expelling the cartridge (2) from the unit (3), and at least one device (1) operation check and control unit (35); there are also second retaining means (36) positioned between a cartridge insertion section (34) and the first standby zone (8), to selectively retain a cartridge (2) at a second standby zone (37), the check and control unit (35) being programmed to cause the dispensing of two beverages, one after another, using two cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CAFFITALY SYSTEM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Degli Esposti Venturi
  • Publication number: 20140345468
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage preparation machine (1) for use with a beverage preparation capsule, comprising a machine main unit with a casing (3), a water reservoir (4), and a brewing head (5) comprising a dispensing outlet for dispensing said beverage into a container (12) placed below said outlet, characterized in that said machine further comprises a base element (2) supporting the main unit (3, 4, 5), and (i) the base element (2) comprises supporting stands with surfaces (11) for supporting said container (12), said stands having different heights, and (ii) the machine main unit (3, 4, 5) is pivotally mounted onto said base element (2) such that the brewing head (5) can be aligned above any of the supporting surfaces (11) by rotation of said machine main unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Talon, Samuel Odet
  • Publication number: 20140348996
    Abstract: A coffee machine (10), in particular a fully automatic coffee machine, comprising a water tank (11), also a heating device (16) for heating up water, also a brewing unit (18) for subjecting ground coffee beans to extraction by means of the water heated by the heating device (16), also a water-line system (13) comprising at least one water line, and also a delivery pump (14) for delivering water out of the water tank (11) through the water-line system (13). According to the invention, it is provided that a chamber (25) is, or may be provided for a chemical active substance, in particular a decalcifying and/or cleaning agent, it being possible for this chamber to be connected and/or linked up to the water-line system (13), manually or automatically, such that water can be delivered out of the water tank (11), by means of the delivery pump (14), into the water-line system (13) through the chamber (25). The invention also concerns a method for operating a coffee machine (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Wolfgang Riessbeck
  • Publication number: 20140338541
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) comprising: a base (10) having a fluid circuit for conditioning and delivering a fluid via a base outlet (11), said fluid circuit being coupled to a fluid source and controlled by a control unit and comprising a pump; and, at least one module having a module inlet cooperating with the base outlet, said module having a unit for housing an ingredient to be mixed with such fluid. The pump is a membrane pump, the control unit being configured to control the flow and the pressure of the liquid delivered by the membrane pump to the module, during the preparation of a beverage, according to a command selected from a plurality of commands suitable for different types of ingredients and/or for different preparation processes of a given ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Alain Jaccard, Yousef Ait Bouziad, Renzo Moser
  • Publication number: 20140331865
    Abstract: A tea pot includes a first chamber having a first entrance for access into a first reception space for receiving liquid tea and an outlet opposite to the first entrance; a sieve disposed in the first reception space in order to shield the outlet of the first chamber; a valve unit including a counter, a valve structure electrically coupled with the counter and a valve body, wherein the counter and the valve structure are mounted within the valve body, the valve structure having a valve opening aligned with the outlet; a second chamber coupled to the first chamber via the valve body, the second chamber defining a second reception space and having a second entrance coupled spatially to the valve body. The counter is adapted to activate the valve structure to move between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Victory Marketing Corp.
    Inventor: Tien-Chang HSU
  • Publication number: 20140311351
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and process for a nutraceutical beverage mixing system. 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: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Gian-Carlo Ochoa, Brendan Duffy, Gary Van Deursen
  • Patent number: 8863649
    Abstract: A networking system, method and apparatus for real time management, operation, command and control of various intelligent beverage appliances and intelligent culinary appliances enabled for the preparation, storage and serving/dispensing of hot and cold beverages and food items. The intelligent beverage appliances and intelligent culinary appliances enabled for personalized/customized preparation, storage and dispensing of selected beverage/food items in accordance with user/customer preference profiles maintained within said intelligent appliances and or in conjunction with a central server, a mobile device, a stationary device or a combination thereof; including the maintenance of user/customer information in secure databases for evaluation and analysis by the customer, vendor and an authorized health care professional for personal health management and other utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: IP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Raman K. Rao, Rekha K. Rao, Sunil K. Rao, Sanjay K. Rao
  • Patent number: 8846121
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine of the type which uses pre-packaged containers of beverage ingredients comprises a cartridge recognition device for determining the type of beverage to be prepared from a cartridge inserted into the machine and a variable geometry valve located downstream of a cartridge when inserted in the machine. The valve enables preparation of beverages at a range of pressures by having at least an open position and at least one restricted flow position, and a controller for selecting an initial valve position and controlling the subsequent operation of the valve according to the determination of the type of beverage to be prepared by the cartridge recognition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Andrew Hansen, Andrew Bentley