With Signal, Indicator Or Observation Means Patents (Class 99/285)
  • Patent number: 10390648
    Abstract: A portable beverage dispensing container comprises a housing and an internal beverage holding tank positioned in and contained within the housing. The internal beverage holding tank is configured to receive and store a beverage, and the internal beverage holding tank is constructed from a translucent material. The housing includes an opening through a rear surface thereof, such that light from a light source (which is installed at a brewing station) can be directed through the opening and through the internal beverage holding tank, such a light pattern is projected on a sight glass window on a front surface of the housing that provides a visual indication of the level of the beverage in the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Grindmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10278536
    Abstract: A steam show apparatus is provided with a water boiler; a heater for heating water in the water boiler to hot water and steam; a dispenser for dispensing hot water fed from the water boiler; an electromagnetic valve for brewing configured to open to allow hot water to enter a cup via the dispenser so as to make a beverage by mixing with material in the cup; at least one steam line each including an outlet; a steam controller co-activates with the electromagnetic valve for brewing so that in a beverage making process, steam in the steam line flows out of the outlet as a steam show; and a CPU for controlling an amount of the steam sprayed out of the outlet. It has an effect similar to dancing fountain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CHOUKI INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Kun-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10238231
    Abstract: A coffee machine for producing and dispensing coffee-based beverages is disclosed comprising a hydraulic pump, at least one dispensing device with a filter unit adapted to contain ground coffee, and a water supply unit. A hydraulic circuit brings the hydraulic pump into fluid communication with the supply unit of the dispensing device to supply hot water under pressure to the supply unit. A system for controlling the dispensing pressure comprises a control unit and a pressure sensor to transmit signals representative of the pressure detected to the control unit to detect the disposing pressure. The hydraulic pump supplies variable quantities of water and may be actuated by an electronic drive controlled electronically by the control unit in order to select the flow of water supplied by the pump. A method for controlling the dispensing pressure in a coffee machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRUPPO CIMBALI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Coccia
  • Patent number: 10194768
    Abstract: A beverage machine that includes a brewing chamber; and a dispensing spout for dispensing liquid into the brewing chamber, wherein the dispensing spout includes a liquid inlet; a main body having a central axis and at least a first liquid outlet and a second liquid outlet, wherein the second liquid outlet has a larger distance from the central axis than the first liquid outlet; a liquid distributor fluidly connecting the liquid inlet selectively to the first liquid outlet or to the second liquid outlet, and an actuator for changing a position of the liquid distributor relative to the main body between at least a first position, wherein the liquid inlet is fluidly connected to the first liquid outlet and a second position, wherein the liquid inlet is fluidly connected to the second liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Ronald Van Der Woning, Fred Fraij
  • Patent number: 10194769
    Abstract: A beverage making device comprising a brewing chamber configured to brew a beverage, the device comprising: a valve assembly comprising: a housing including an inlet for receiving pressurized water into the housing, a two way passage coupling the housing to the brewing chamber, an outlet configured to remove the brewed beverage from the housing, and a pressure release valve configured to close the outlet to send the pressurized water out of the two way passage to the brewing chamber when the pressurized water is supplied to the inlet, and close the inlet to receive a brewed beverage from the brewing through the two way passage when the pressurized water is not provided to the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Hans J. Kodden
  • Patent number: 10188235
    Abstract: A filter cup is revealed. The filter cup includes an outer cup, an inner cup mounted in the outer cup and a grip. The inner cup consists of a filter bottom surface on the bottom thereof, a plug-like member on the filter bottom surface, and at least two flanges on top of the inner cup. A discharge hole is disposed on bottom of the outer cup and sealed by the plug-like member. Two rotating members are pivotally connected to the outer cup and each includes a leaning portion projecting therefrom. The grip is connected to the rotating members. The rotating members are driven to move for pushing the flanges and moving the inner cup vertically by the leaning portions thereof when the grip is pulled. Thus a gap is formed between the plug-like member and the discharge hole, allowing liquid in the inner to flow out therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Tsai-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 10098497
    Abstract: The device for introducing a filter-holder into a coffee dispenser, comprising a cup-shaped container inside which is housed a perforated filter for containing the coffee powder and from which a handle projects, said cup-shaped container having two tabs arranged to engage in a connection element connected to the coffee machine, characterized in that said connection element comprises sliding means inside which said tabs of said cup-shaped container engage sliding along a straight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CMA MACCHINE PER CAFFE, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Beppino Ceotto, Giovanni Rossetto
  • Patent number: 9993011
    Abstract: A cold brew coffee filtration assembly having a closure. The closure includes a first side and a second side. The first side has a first coupling member configured to couple the closure to a first container. The second side has a second coupling member configured to couple the closure to a second container. A filter is between the first and the second coupling members. A support member supports the filter and defines an air channel extending through the support member and across the filter. A tube is configured to be connected to the support member and extend from the first side of the closure to a bottom of the first container when the first container is coupled to the first side of the closure, the tube further defining the air channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Max Feber
  • Patent number: 9861225
    Abstract: The disclosure presents a single cup coffee brewer comprised of a dripper component, a drip rate control component, and a plunger assembly. The dripper component has a cylindrical brewing container and a removable cylindrical tube that enables an appropriately sized standard basket filter to be inserted snugly in the cylindrical brewing container. The drip rate control component, attached to the dripper component, has a lever that controls the drip control rate of the dripper component from a zero drip rate to a maximum value. The coffee brewer may therefore be used similar to a cone dripper, but with a user controlling the drip rate, or as an infuser perhaps followed by a dripper. The plunger assembly converts the dripper component and the drip rate control component into an Espresso plunger by allowing the user to force brewing coffee through the basket filter into a cup. Various embodiments are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Jerome E Sacks
  • Patent number: 9743800
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (24) by injection of a liquid into the capsule (24), wherein said liquid is provided by a pump (70) of the device, said device comprising an extraction head (20) having an aperture (22) for inserting a capsule-holder (30) providing the capsule (24) to a capsule-holder receiving chamber (25) of the device, a closing mechanism (21) to selectively enclose said capsule (24) in the capsule-holder receiving chamber (25), at least one injection member (11) to supply a liquid received from the pump (70) to the inside of the capsule (24), a control unit (80) for controlling at least the pump (70) of the device, and decoding means (1) connected to the control unit (80) and designed to read information from the capsule-holder (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roman Leuzinger, Ralph Kugler, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Luc Denisart, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch
  • Patent number: 9743801
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (24) by injection of a liquid into the capsule (24), wherein said liquid is provided by a pump (70) of the device, said device comprising an extraction head (20) having an aperture (22) for inserting a capsule-holder (30) providing the capsule (24) to a capsule-holder receiving chamber (25) of the device, a closing mechanism (21) to selectively enclose said capsule (24) in the capsule-holder receiving chamber (25), at least one injection member (11) to supply a liquid received from the pump (70) to the inside of the capsule (24), a control unit (80) for controlling at least the pump (70) of the device, and decoding means (1) connected to the control unit (80) and designed to read information from the capsule-holder (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roman Leuzinger, Ralph Kugler, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Luc Denisart, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch
  • Patent number: 9744739
    Abstract: A compacting auger for ground coffee has an automatic cut off that responds to either timing signals or to the torque resistance to the augur offered by the coffee that has been compacted. The automation of the cut off increases the consistency of compaction and reduces the amount of skill required to compact ground coffee for making espresso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Grassia, Richard Hoare
  • Patent number: 9675205
    Abstract: A heightening device (10) is arranged for heightening a short cup (3?) under a beverage outlet (20) of a beverage preparation module (2) configured to dispense beverage into a tall cup (3). The device (10) comprises: a bottom (12) for resting on a support surface (5); a platform (14) that is supported by the bottom and that is configured for receiving said short cup (3?) and heightening thereof over the bottom (12); and a means (15,16) for assembling the bottom and the platform as a unit (12, 14) to a corresponding assembling means (25, 26) of said beverage preparation module under said outlet. The assembling means (15, 16; 25, 26) of such device (10) and of the module (2) are disassemblable for separating the unit (12, 14) from the module and removing the unit from under such beverage outlet (20) to allow placement of the tall cup (3) on said support surface (5) under the outlet (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Francois Besson
  • Patent number: 9629492
    Abstract: A low DC and/or AC voltage machine for preparing espresso coffee or other beverages, having a support structure provided with a heat exchanger, one or more heating elements with low energy consumption for heating water in a container, a water circulation pump, thermostats for adjusting the water temperature, a solenoid valve and a filtering and delivering unit, provided with a fixed portion communicating with the heat exchanger and a movable portion formed by a filter supporting body shaped for housing a cup, supporting the capsule containing the metered powder of the beverage, or a filter for receiving the loose powder, or a filter for receiving a paper waffle. The filter supporting body may be displaced from a lowered position for loading the element for preparing the beverage, to a raised position for the infusion of the beverage, and again in the lower position for discharging the exhausted element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Lorenzo Giacomin
  • Patent number: 9591942
    Abstract: An adjustable percolation device and a pressure percolation device including the same are provided to overcome the inconveniences of usage in conventional technologies. The adjustable percolation device includes a first container, configured with an adjusting plate; a second container, configured with a filter and movably connected to the first container; and an inner cup, having a cup wall and a cup bottom configured with a plurality of second slits corresponding to a plurality of first slits. The pressure percolation device including the adjustable percolation device further includes a pressure unit having a sealing portion, wherein an edge of the sealing portion attaches to an inner edge of the cup wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Hsiang-Lan Chiu
  • Patent number: 9572452
    Abstract: An adapter for single serving cartridges includes a coffee maker readable identification feature. The identification feature may be visual (for example any feature which may be read or a bar code), a readable magnetic strip, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), or any feature able to contain information and provide that information to a reader. The adapter may be configured for known disposable single serving cartridges, and may include one or more needles to puncture the cartridges for use. The identification feature may inform the coffee maker that an adapter carrying a disposable single serving cartridge is in use, and adjust the coffee maker accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 9476750
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of sensing fluid level in reservoir for calculating fluid flow there from. The method comprising the steps of: receiving a plurality of fluid level signals each indicative of respective fluid level state at a predetermined location within the reservoir; identifying change of a first fluid level state; recording a relative first time, with respect to fluid flow duration, at which the first fluid level state changed; and calculating fluid dispensed from the reservoir using the fluid flow duration and an average fluid flow rate associated with the respective fluid level location within the reservoir. The apparatus comprising: a plurality of fluid level probe elements located within the reservoir, each adapted to provide a respective fluid level signal; and a processor module adapted to receive receiving a plurality of fluid level signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Gerard Andrew White, Ze Kang Lai
  • Patent number: 9214073
    Abstract: A container alert system may include an actuator with a generator that creates electrical energy upon activation of the actuator. The system may utilize the electrical energy to transmit a signal to a receiver based on characteristics of the container, such as use of the container, volume of the material in the container, available capacity of the container, material being added to the container, and location of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ronald Muetzel, Thomas Roesch
  • Patent number: 9113742
    Abstract: The present disclosure recites a beverage brewing system having beverage brewing machine and a collapsible brew basket. The beverage brewing machine has a housing with a water reservoir and an electrical heating element for heating water. An output system is provided for dispensing the heated water to the brew basket. The brew basket is a collapsible brew basket, positionable between a collapsed position and an expanded portion. The brew basket included and upper portion and a lower portion, the lower portion slidingly engaging the upper portion between the collapsed and the exposed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cao, Jennifer Hansard
  • Patent number: 9072404
    Abstract: In described embodiments, a hot liquid extraction system includes a brew chamber having a brew chamber upper end and a brew chamber lower end. A steam chamber is disposed below the brew chamber. The steam chamber has a steam chamber upper end, a steam chamber lower end in fluid communication with the brew chamber, and a fluid inlet. A filtering base is removably inserted into the brew chamber. A boiler has a first steam outlet in fluid communication with the fluid inlet and a second outlet in fluid communication with the fluid inlet. A fresh water supply conduit is in fluid communication with boiler and with the fluid inlet. A method of brewing a beverage is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Khristian Bombeck, Shoshana Loeb
  • Patent number: 9055836
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a tea brewer, which includes a container main body having a top side concavely provided with a receiving space for receiving liquid and coffee powder (or tea leaves) and a bottom side formed with a through hole in communication with the receiving space, at least one engaging element each provided on the bottom side and having at least one groove, a water-stopping plate having a post which extends into the receiving space through the through hole and peripherally provided with at least one guide rail each of which is movably received in the corresponding groove, and a water-stopping block detachably connected to the post and located in the receiving space. Since each guide rail extends into the corresponding groove with ease and without being compressed or deformed, it is easy for a user to remove the water-stopping plate from the tea brewer for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-Tung Liu
  • 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: 20150135965
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system that can dispense both cold and hot drinks from either cold drink capsules or hot drink capsules. The cold or hot drink capsule is inserted into the system, and the lid is manually closed. If a cold drink capsule has been inserted, a mechanism cracks the capsule along a predetermined seam, injects cold mixing fluid into the capsule, and then rotates the capsule to pour the mixed contents into a cup. As the contents are poured, additional cold fluid can be added to the cup. If a hot drink capsule has been inserted, closing the lid pushed it down on a bottom needle that punctures it. An injection needle rotates and punctures the top. Hot fluid is injected under pressure forcing a brewed or mixed drink out the bottom into a cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: La Vit Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gina Matteo Lo Foro, Alan M. Crosby, George Kingman Bonnoitt, JR., David Preston Adams, Alan Kenneth Stratton
  • Patent number: 9032865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device to regulate the level of a liquid inside a boiler of a coffee machine, having a transparent duct connected to the boiler and designed to visibly display the level of the liquid inside the boiler, a capacitive sensor that can be positioned outside the transparent duct in determined positions and designed to generate electric signals representing the presence or absence of liquid in correspondence to the position of the sensor along the transparent duct. The sensor of the device has first measuring elements and second measuring elements, both of capacitive type; the second measuring elements are positioned at a predetermined distance from the first measuring elements, and a measuring device designed to measure the impedance between the first and second measuring elements and to generate signals indicating the presence or absence of liquid in correspondence to the position of the sensor. The invention also relates to the machine that includes this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RANCILIO GROUP SPA
    Inventors: Carlo Carbonini, Giancarlo Porzio
  • Patent number: 9027464
    Abstract: The two-piece electric coffee maker includes a Dallah (a traditional Arabian coffee pot for making Arabian coffee) and an electric stove. The coffee pot has a temperature sensor that extends from the base of the coffee pot handle into the pot. The base of the handle also has an electrical connector extending downward from the handle. The electric stove has a housing, a ceramic heating element or plate, a display console, and a mating electrical connector facing upward so that the connectors engage each other when the pot is placed on the heating element. An electronic control unit in the stove housing regulates boiling water for the coffee, reducing the heat after the water has started to boil, annunciating an alarm signal when the temperature of the water is suitable to add coffee grounds to the pot, and monitors brewing time for the coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Mansour A. KH. Al-Jamaan
  • Patent number: 9024766
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein include individual-use beverage containers including sensors and methods of their use. Beverage containers include: a vessel body configured to hold a beverage; and at least one sensor associated with the vessel body, the at least one sensor including a sensor configured to detect one or more substance in a fluid. Systems include: at least one beverage container including at least one sensor configured to detect one or more substance in fluid; and at least one external device including at least one port configured for communication with the at least one sensor. Methods include: detecting one or more substance within fluid with at least one sensor integral to a beverage container; and interfacing one or more of the at least one sensor with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Edward K.Y. Jung, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150114234
    Abstract: A device for identification of a filter holder (4, 13) of an espresso coffee machine, comprising a support (3, 17, 18) on which the filter holder to be identified is removably placed, at least one thermopile radiation sensor (6, 6a) having a plurality of heat radiation-sensitive elements, an optical apparatus (8, 8a) that focuses radiations on said sensitive elements and circuit means, which receive electric signals transmitted by said sensitive elements and process a corresponding output signal. Said radiation sensor (6, 6a) is placed, relative to the support (3, 17, 18) for the filter holder to be identified, such that at least one portion thereof (10, 11, 15), when it is placed on the support, falls within the field of view (9, 9a) of the optical apparatus (8, 8a) of said sensor, such that said circuit means can determine a signal representative of the radiations of the filter holder portion detected by said optical apparatus of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Roberto Erba
  • Patent number: 9011955
    Abstract: A system for preparing a coffee beverage, provided with a coffee making apparatus comprising a grinder for grinding coffee beans to obtain ground coffee, a coffee beverage preparation device arranged for, with supply of water to the ground coffee, preparing the coffee beverage, and a coffee outlet for dispensing the coffee beverage, a separate coffee bean package with an inner space which at least before use is filled with the coffee beans, wherein the coffee bean package before use is closed off in itself such that the exposure of the coffee beans to ambient air is prevented, a coffee bean inlet for supply of coffee beans from the coffee bean package to the grinder, and a connecting device for connecting the coffee bean package to the coffee making apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Ivo van Os
  • Patent number: 8991303
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine is electrically operated and has a control unit, at least one functional unit, and an electric circuit for supplying the functional unit and the control unit with current. The electric circuit has a switch for switching the current on or off, through respective first and second operations of an operating element. The switch has a first switch contact and a second switch contact, which are connected in parallel in the electric circuit. The first switch contact is brought into a closed state by the first operation of the operating element, and assumes an open state after the second operation. The control unit provides a control signal so that the second switch contact is closed after the first operation of the switch and opened after the second operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 8993018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule for the preparation of a beverage. The capsule includes first and second covering walls connected at a peripheral seam for forming a cavity containing a beverage ingredient, and a contactless element for identifying the capsule by detecting means of a beverage producing device. The identifying element is oriented along its longer dimension substantially orthogonally relative to the transversal plane passing along the seam of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Bucher, Alessandro Brazzola, Alexandre Kollep, André Jung
  • Patent number: 8978544
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (24) by injection of a liquid into the capsule (24), wherein said liquid is provided by a pump (70) of the device, said device comprising an extraction head (20) having an aperture (22) for inserting a capsule-holder (30) providing the capsule (24) to a capsule-holder receiving chamber (25) of the device, a closing mechanism (21) to selectively enclose said capsule (24) in the capsule-holder receiving chamber (25), at least one injection member (11) to supply a liquid received from the pump (70) to the inside of the capsule (24), a control unit (80) for controlling at least the pump (70) of the device, and decoding means (1) connected to the control unit (80) and designed to read information from the capsule-holder (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roman Leuzinger, Ralph Kugler, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Luc Denisart, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch
  • Publication number: 20150068404
    Abstract: A reusable brewing cartridge includes a lid having a permanent injection nozzle passage and includes an extraction nozzle pocket permanently open at the top of the cartridge allowing use in a coffee maker configured to puncture a single use disposable cartridge lid with both the injection and extraction nozzles. The cartridge thus avoids puncturing contact with the extraction needle. The reusable brewing cartridge includes at least one passage in a cartridge base allowing brewed drink to escape the reusable brewing cartridge into a coffee container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Publication number: 20150072058
    Abstract: One embodiment: A portable insulated beverage brewing device 10 for liquids and gravity fed method for brewing. A device 10, with lid 14 and vessel 12, may house insulation 52A and 52B, liner reservoir 50A and 50B, and filter 28 to brew hot or cold liquids and contain hot or cold liquids for controlled dispensing 26. A large capacity filter 28 secures inside the vessel 12 accepting brew mixtures for gravity fed brewing method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua Fors Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150050396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Turkish coffee cooking and serving machine having a cooking compartment whose inner volume is heated by a heater and wherein coffee mixture including Turkish coffee, water and optionally sugar is cooked; and when the cooking process is completed, providing transfer of the cooked coffee mixture in the cooking compartment through a discharge spout to a beverage receptacle for serving the cooked coffee to people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Arzum Elektrikli Ev Aletleri San. Ve Tic. A.S.
    Inventor: Ersoy Atilla
  • Publication number: 20150040768
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for preparing a beverage from a food substance contained in a capsule (24) by injection of a liquid into the capsule (24), wherein said liquid is provided by a pump (70) of the device, said device comprising an extraction head (20) having an aperture (22) for inserting a capsule-holder (30) providing the capsule (24) to a capsule-holder receiving chamber (25) of the device, a closing mechanism (21) to selectively enclose said capsule (24) in the capsule-holder receiving chamber (25), at least one injection member (11) to supply a liquid received from the pump (70) to the inside of the capsule (24), a control unit (80) for controlling at least the pump (70) of the device, and decoding means (1) connected to the control unit (80) and designed to read information from the capsule-holder (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Roman Leuzinger, Ralph Kugler, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Luc Denisart, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch
  • Publication number: 20150037473
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the consumption by an infant of beverages produced from capsules in a beverage production machine. Capsule information regarding a plurality of different types of capsules is stored in a server. Further at least one user account including personal information about the infant consuming beverage produced from capsules is stored in said server. A beverage is produced from a capsule and the capsule used therefore by the beverage production machine is identified. The information on the identified capsule is transmitted to the server; such information including at least the date and time the beverage is prepared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yann Epars, Mark Shepherd, Florian Jacquier, Daniel Roland Manser
  • Patent number: 8944287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for dispensing milk portions in drink preparation machines having a milk fill level monitoring unit for a milk container. According to the method, one delivery of a milk portion from the milk container, said delivery being controlled by a device control electronic system, is only carried out completely and with a sufficient quantity of milk when during the delivery of the milk portion, the milk fill level monitoring unit signals a drop in the fill level of the milk below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Publication number: 20150027315
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: André Lüssi, Bruno Mosimann, Peter Egli, Bruno Aeberhard
  • Publication number: 20150027316
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage preparation machine, comprising a memory for storing icons, said icons being divided into at least two menu level groups, whereby each icon indicates a selectable menu function of the machine. The machine further comprises a display for displaying: in a first operation mode a first group of icons adjacent a main portion of the display; and in a second operation mode one group of icons as currently selectable icons on said main portion of the display. A touch pad is adapted to accept a touch operation for switching between the first and second operation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Delbreil, Fabien Ludovic Agon
  • Publication number: 20150010678
    Abstract: The present application relates to a pouch location device (18) for a machine (10) for dispensing beverages or foods, and in particular to a device for enabling a soft pouch (31) containing beverage or food ingredients to be accurately located in a bar code reader (37). The pouch location device comprises a slot (17) for receiving at least an end of a flexible pouch. The slot (17) has an entry aperture (32) at one end, an end wall (34) at the opposing end, a substantially transparent window (30) defining the top of the slot, a spring biased platen (33) defining the base of the slot. The platen (33) defines the lower lip of the entry aperture (32) and is angled to taper the slot (17) towards the end wall (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Bentley
  • Publication number: 20140373723
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a beverage preparation machine (1) comprising: (i) a reservoir (2) for a fluid, (ii) a brewing head (3) adapted for receiving at least one ingredient capsule, (iii) a pump for pumping a predetermined volume of said fluid from said reservoir to said brewing head, such that said fluid can be injected into said capsule to mix with said ingredient under pressure and produce a pre-determined volume of beverage, (iv) a heating element for optionally heating said fluid pumped from said reservoir before it enters the capsule, (v) an electronic control board able to receive commands from a control panel (5) of the machine, and actuate operation of the pump, heating element, control panel, and/or brewing head, characterized in that said control panel (5) comprises in combination:—a rotating wheel (6) which is linked to the control board such that by rotating and/or pressing the wheel, a beverage preparation parameter is set in said control board, and—illuminated means (7), at least a port
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Anders Vestreli, Samuel Odet, Christian Talon, HansPeter Pleisch, Jean-Luc Denisart, Laurent Seydoux
  • Patent number: 8904920
    Abstract: An electric tea maker device has a vessel with a reservoir having an opening that removably receives a tea brewing chamber. The chamber has an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion lacks perforations and the lower portion has perforations. The device has a plunger for the chamber that, when in a depressed position within the chamber, isolates tea from the reservoir. The vessel has a sensor for detecting when the chamber is inserted into the reservoir in a brewing position, a brew countdown timer that is activated by the sensor, and an indicator for alerting a user that a brew countdown is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventor: Eddie Siu
  • Patent number: 8881642
    Abstract: A beverage brewer having a water flow control system for controlling the flow water through the system during a brewing cycle. The water flow control system is related to the spray head used in the brewer. The system can be calibrated based on the spray head used with the system and the calibration information can be used during the brewing process. An information device may be provided on the spray head to communication information to the brewer to control the brewing process. The brewer may be provided with a reader to read the information from the spray head. A system which can be used with a brewer, including all of the aforementioned information associated with the spray head for use in controlling the water flow during a brewing cycle. The system can be provided with the brewer or retrofitted with an existing brewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Burton L. Hart
  • Publication number: 20140328983
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optically readable code support to be associated with or part of a capsule indented for delivering a beverage in a beverage producing device by centrifugation of the capsule. The support comprises at least one sequence of symbols represented on the support so that each symbol is sequentially readable by a reading arrangement of an external reading device while the capsule is driven in rotation along an axis of rotation. The symbols are at least partly formed of surfaces arranged to reflect mainly diffusively, in any direction forming an angle comprised between 3° and 10° with respect to a normal of said surface, any incoming beam of light with an incoming direction forming an angle comprise between 0 and 10° with respect to a normal of said surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Stefan Kaeser, Arnaud Gerbaulet
  • Publication number: 20140290493
    Abstract: An adapter for single serving cartridges includes a coffee maker readable identification feature. The identification feature may be visual (for example any feature which may be read or a bar code), a readable magnetic strip, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), or any feature able to contain information and provide that information to a reader. The adapter may be configured for known disposable single serving cartridges, and may include one or more needles to puncture the cartridges for use. The identification feature may inform the coffee maker that an adapter carrying a disposable single serving cartridge is in use, and adjust the coffee maker accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Publication number: 20140287104
    Abstract: A beverage preparation capsule containing a beverage preparation ingredient, having a body with side walls formed from one or more substantially air- and liquid-impermeable sheet materials defining a chamber containing a beverage preparation ingredient and further defining an outlet channel having an upstream end in fluid communication with the chamber for escape of beverage from the chamber. At least a region of the outlet channel is filled by a filtration material for filtering the beverage escaping from the chamber. Also provided is a clamp assembly for preparing a beverage from such a capsule, the clamp assembly comprising two or more clamp members, wherein an inner wall of at least one of the clamp members comprises a concave base surface for receiving the capsule and one or more pressure pads projecting from the concave base surface for selectively constricting a region of the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: MARS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Austin, Paul Fletcher, David Knowles, Sam Hyde
  • Publication number: 20140272049
    Abstract: Systems and methods for brewing coffee and producing other hot beverages are disclosed herein. An automated coffee vending kiosk configured in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure includes a coffee brewing unit for brewing coffee and a cup dispensing portion. The cup dispensing portion can include a motor and a door operably coupled to the motor. The door can be moveable between a closed position and an open position to provide access to a cup storage area having a plurality of cups. A coffee dispensing portion can be positioned to dispense the coffee into an individual cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence David Azzano, Daniel Phillips, Doug Edward Coppenbarger, Kenneth J. Redding, James Michael Craig, Manolito Adan
  • Publication number: 20140272025
    Abstract: A beverage brewing device includes a pump that delivers water at a controlled rate to a heater via a conduit, and subsequently to a dispensing outlet for brewing a beverage. The heater heats the water to a target temperature designated by a user via a control interface. A thermal sensor measures the temperature of the heated water, and logic circuitry of a controller determines the presence of a deviation relative to a user-designated temperature. If a difference is detected, the controller affects the pump, correspondingly affecting a flow rate of water through the heater, until a water temperature measurement attains the designated temperature. A display device displays water temperature, flow rate, or user-selectable operational settings. Additionally, a bypass conduit having a user-adjustable flow control device diverts a portion of the heated water past a flavoring medium and into a brewed beverage reservoir at a controlled, user-variable flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Boyd Coffee Company
    Inventor: David Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20140260997
    Abstract: A bottle pouring dispenser featuring a dispenser housing having a lower end configured to be removably attached to and cover an open end of a bottle. The bottle pouring dispenser includes a valve providing one-way hydraulic communication from the bottle to a chamber defined within the dispenser housing. The dispenser housing has upper and lower chamber portions. A flavorant is disposed within the upper chamber portion in solid form and it is dissolvable in liquid so as to add flavoring to liquid flowing through the chamber. The flavorant is held spaced above a floor of the chamber, such that a lower portion of the chamber defines a drain volume beneath the flavorant for receiving liquid draining from about the flavorant. The bottle pouring dispenser further includes a pour spout extending from an upper end of the dispenser housing, for dispensing the flavored liquid from the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Henderson
  • Patent number: 8836956
    Abstract: The invention aims to provide a device sensing a capsule (2) inserted in a receptacle (1) in machine and physical parameters of liquid supplied by a beverage production apparatus flowing through the capsule in function of the type of capsule. The capsule containing beverage ingredient is inserted in a cylindrical or conical wide mouthed receptacle having an upper opening for inserting the capsule and a lower bottom closing the receptacle. The receptacle rotates around an axis of a hollow shaft (3) attached at the center and perpendicularly to the external face of the bottom of the receptacle, said shaft forming a hole at the center of the inner face of the bottom of the receptacle. The device comprises a rod sliding in the shaft and passing through the hole of the inner face of the bottom of the receptacle, said rod (4) being provided with a spring maintaining an end of the rod lifted inside the receptacle in contact with the capsule, the other end being inside the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Stefan Kaeser, Alexandre Perentes