Combined Patents (Class 99/290)
  • Patent number: 10178925
    Abstract: A beverage preparation system (1,2,3) comprises: —a first machine (1) for preparing a first beverage (15??), the first machine having a first outlet (11) for dispensing a beverage, such as coffee, onto a beverage dispensing area (12) for positioning a cup or mug (4); and—a second machine (2) for preparing and dispensing a second beverage (25??) via a second beverage outlet (21), the second machine being disconnectably connected to the first machine and separable therefrom. The first and second machines (1,2), when connected, are configurable so that the second outlet (21) is positioned or positionable adjacent to the first outlet (11) to dispense the second beverage (25??) onto the beverage dispensing area (12) and into a cup or mug (4) in position for collecting the first beverage (15??) from the first beverage outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Blaise Rithener, Antoine Cahen
  • Patent number: 10039411
    Abstract: Beverage device (1) comprising an upper sub-assembly (2) comprising a brewing interface head (4) and a lower sub-assembly (3) comprising a capsule receiver (5) for being engaged by the brewing interface head (4) between a capsule handling position and a closure head position, wherein the upper sub-assembly (2) is hinged on the lower sub-assembly (3) to be pivotally movable between said two positions and the brewing interface head (4) comprises a frame (7) and a brewing interface member (8); said interface member (8) being arranged to be movable relative to the frame (7) between a disengaging-to-capsule position and an engaging-to-capsule position, wherein it further comprises latch means (9), associated to the brewing interface head (4) and the capsule receiver (5), which are arranged for latching the brewing interface head (4) to the receiver (5) in the closure head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stefan Kaeser, Rudolf Schenk
  • Patent number: 9980601
    Abstract: A device for frothing a liquid includes a tube-shaped housing with an inner surface having a curved periphery. At least one inlet is arranged in a lateral area of the housing for letting in the liquid and a frothing gas, and may have a tangential orientation with respect to the curved periphery of the inner surface of the housing. End faces of the housing are open and function as outlets of the device, where a longitudinal axis of the housing may extend in a horizontal direction. Rings may be provided inside the housing for keeping a rotating flow inside the housing during a period of time which is sufficiently long for a frothing process to take place in an effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Fransiscus Hermannus Feijen, Joeke Noordhuis, Victor Hennink
  • Patent number: 9943187
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) has: a beverage preparation module (2) comprising a module interface (21?, 25, 26) and an auxiliary device (10) comprising a device interface (15, 16). The module and device interfaces being arranged for assembling the module (2) and the device (10) together. At least one of the module and device interfaces (15, 16, 21?, 25, 26) comprises one or more dampening members (21?) so arranged that the module (2) and the device (10) are in direct contact only via the dampening member(s) (21?) when the module (2) and device (10) are assembled together via the interfaces (15, 16, 21?, 25, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Blaise Rithener, Francois Besson
  • Patent number: 9901207
    Abstract: A milk container that can be associated with a coffee machine having in turn an external coffee dispenser that includes a containment body for containing milk; a mixing unit at least having a mixing chamber, a channel for supplying milk to the mixing chamber, a channel for supplying steam to the mixing chamber, a channel for supplying air to the mixing chamber, and an outlet channel for milk mixed with air and steam from the mixing chamber; an external milk dispenser having hooking means to the external coffee dispenser; and at least one flexible pipe for the flexible mechanical and hydraulic connection of the external dispenser of the mixed milk to the outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Marco Vaona
  • Patent number: 9788685
    Abstract: A beverage forming method and system in which a carafe is positionable at a carafe receiving area of a beverage forming machine with a lid of the carafe in an open position or a closed position. The carafe may be positioned at the carafe receiving area in any one of multiple rotational positions within a range of 45 to 180 degrees, and the machine may detect whether the lid is open or not for any of the rotational positions. A drip tray may receive waste liquid into two different waste liquid receiving areas, and may detect the presence of liquid for different volumes received into the respective areas. Holes or other opening in the drip tray may be configured to receive liquid flowing down a side surface of a carafe when the liquid reaches a periphery of the carafe base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolas Kastor
  • Patent number: 9301635
    Abstract: According to a method of producing a drink, a cold drink, in particular iced coffee is produced from a hot drink, in particular a coffee/espresso, which is produced in a drinks machine by means of a hot-drinks-preparing device (2-6). In order for optionally the hot drink or the cold drink to be produced in portions with a high taste quality, as are typical for catering and domestic use, in the case of the cold drink desired the latter is produced on a continuous basis directly after the hot drink has been prepared, without the direct addition of cooling agents, in particular ice, iced water or cooling bodies, in the same drinks machine using a cooling device (16, 23, 23?, 37, 39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: EUGSTER/FRISMAG
    Inventors: Dieter Stutz, Daniel Fischer, Marcel W. Hüppi
  • Patent number: 9282850
    Abstract: A coffee machine includes a coffee supply module, a support surface for a cup placed beneath the coffee supply module and a steam supply nozzle. The steam supply nozzle can be connected to a milk container which is equipped with an emulsifying module. The emulsifying module has a connection seat in which the steam supply nozzle is inserted when the milk container is connected to the steam supply nozzle. Further, the emulsifying module has a pipe for sucking up milk from the milk container and a nozzle for supplying hot or emulsified milk to the cup. The steam supply nozzle is oriented toward the support surface and the connection seat of the milk container is oriented upwardly when the milk container is placed on the support surface with the steam supply nozzle inserted in the connection seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Stefano Tonelli, Cristiano Castelli
  • Patent number: 9161654
    Abstract: A system with a beverage maker for making single serving customized beverages is provided herein. An example beverage maker includes a carbonation chamber for mixing a selected volume of fluid with carbon dioxide. The beverage maker also includes a pressurized carbon dioxide source in fluid communication with the carbonation chamber. The beverage maker is configured to receive an individually packed, single use disposable flavor cup containing a flavor and having a sealed cover that covers and seals the flavor cup. Additionally, the beverage maker includes a piercing mechanism for piercing the flavor cup and mixing the selected volume of fluid therein, and for discharging a blended fluid. The carbonation chamber comprises a pressure vessel assembly of a fixed volume such that carbon dioxide absorption can be performed and controlled. The system may also include a water dispenser fluidly connected to the beverage maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Primo Products LLC
    Inventor: Richard Edward Belmont
  • Patent number: 9125519
    Abstract: A coffee maker (10) has at least one removable portafilter (11) that can be inserted into a holder (12) on the coffee machine to carry out brewing. The coffee maker has a hot water maker (28) for producing and dispensing hot water under pressure and at least one coffee mill (19). A filter element (33) is provided for repeated pressure-tight closing and opening of the portafilter (11) inserted into the holder (12) and a chute (23) is provided for introducing coffee powder (16) from the coffee mill (19) into the open portafilter (11) that has been inserted into the holder (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: WMF Wuerttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG
    Inventors: Frank Goeltenboth, Gert Riethmueller
  • Patent number: 9040108
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for decaffeinating a liquid. The device includes at least one cathode electrode and at least one anode electrode which are spaced apart and which are immersed in the liquid; a power supply coupled to the at least one cathode electrode and the at least one anode electrode and configured to apply power thereto, wherein the at least one cathode electrode and the at least one anode electrode are configured to generate an electric field in the liquid upon application of the power to attract caffeine molecules in the liquid to the at least one cathode electrode; wherein the at least one cathode electrode is made of or coated with an absorbing material configured to absorb at least part of the caffeine molecules that are attracted to the at least one cathode electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Guangwei Wang, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 9016189
    Abstract: The apparatus for providing milk for a coffee maker comprises a milk container having a base container for receiving the milk and a lid disposed on the base container, and at least one tube element, wherein the respective tube element protrudes into the base container and has an inlet opening for the milk, said inlet opening being in fluid connection with an outlet opening for the milk disposed on an upper side of the lid. An elastic sealing collar surrounding the outlet opening is disposed at the outlet opening. A docking system for docking to the milk container comprises a docking piece, which can be brought into a top position and a bottom position, wherein the docking piece has at least one opening for receiving the milk on an underside. If the docking piece is in the top position, the docking piece has no contact with the sealing collar and the sealing collar is shaped such that at least one section of the sealing collar protrudes upward above the respective outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventors: Erich Ullmann, Philipp Büttiker
  • Patent number: 9003957
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a hot beverage. The apparatus includes a hot steam source for supplying a flow of steam into a vessel, a rotary stirring device including a rotatable shaft which carries a stirring rotor; and a cleaning container. A control unit controls movement of the stirring device between its rest position and its working position; the activation of the steam source and of the stirring device while the shaft and the rotor of the latter extend inside a vessel; and the activation of the steam source and of the stirring device while the shaft and the rotor of the latter extend in the cleaning container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gaetano Pagano
  • Patent number: 8973489
    Abstract: A device (1) has: a cartridge seat (10) arranged to receive an ingredient cartridge (2) for extraction; a beverage outlet (35) connected to this cartridge seat for dispensing beverage during extraction; and a liquid injection arrangement (50, 60, 61, 70, 80, 81) comprising a pump (60) for pressurizing and circulating liquid from a source (50) via the cartridge seat into the beverage outlet. The liquid injection arrangement further comprises a valve (80?) between the pump and the cartridge seat. The liquid injection arrangement is configured to release via the valve (80?) pressure from this pressurized liquid in the injection arrangement and maintain liquid in the injection arrangement from the pump (60) to the cartridge seat (10) after the pump is stopped, so as to inhibit dripping from the beverage outlet (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Baudet, David Larzul, Alain Jaccard, Blaise Rithener
  • Publication number: 20150050398
    Abstract: A system for preparing a nutritional liquid for ingestion by a neonate is disclosed. The system includes a receptacle for sterilizing water for use in warming the nutritional liquid. A sterilizer having an ultraviolet (UV) light source is engaged with the receptacle, and a fluid pump is provided to pump sterilized water from the receptacle and into a sleeve compartment of a warming bag. The sleeve compartment surrounds an interior pocket that is dimensioned to receive a container that is filled with the nutritional liquid. The system also includes a heater/vibrator having a reservoir and a heating element. The reservoir is dimensioned to receive the warming bag and liquid-filled container. When the heating element is activated, heat is conducted from the heating element to the reservoir, from the reservoir to the water, and from the water to the nutritional liquid in the liquid-filled container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Angele Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Janice M. Shields
  • Publication number: 20150040769
    Abstract: A device (1) for orienting capsules (C) is described. The device comprises a container (9) for receiving randomly oriented capsules (C), which has bottom wall (11), provided with at least two apertures (17A, 17B). A rotor (13) is rotatingly arranged in the container and above the bottom wall (11). The rotor is provided with capsule receiving pockets (15). Under the apertures of the bottom wall (11), a capsule collector (19) is arranged, for receiving capsules discharged from the capsule receiving pockets (15) through either one or the other of the two apertures (17A 17B). The capsule receiving pocket (15), the two apertures (17A, 17B) and the capsule collector (19) are shaped and arranged such that the capsules (C) randomly contained in the container (9) exit the capsule collector (19) with a pre-determined orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Marco Righetti
  • Publication number: 20150024103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a claimed device (1) for producing milk foam and/or warmed milk, comprising a steam supply line (2) that has a steam supply opening (3), said steam supply (2) comprising a tapering first nozzle (4) for obtaining a suction effect in order to suck in milk at a suction opening (5) which is arranged in said first nozzle (4). The device (1) additionally comprises an air supply device (8) for supplying air into the steam supply line (2) through an air supply opening (9). Said steam supply line (2) comprises a tapering second nozzle (10) to obtain a suction effect at the air supply opening (9) which is arranged in the second nozzle (10), and the first nozzle (4) is arranged downstream of the second nozzle (10) with regard to the steam flow direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Markus Bronnimann, Roland Affolter, Mark Anderson
  • Patent number: 8931398
    Abstract: A modular infuser includes a back plate assembly containing drive mechanisms and supporting a belt assembly, and infusing and mixing chambers. The belt assembly includes rollers rotating a continuous filter belt in either direction, an annular seal, and a funnel directing liquid to a removable, rotatable spout. The infusing chamber moves between having the bottom clamped to the seal through the filter belt and being spaced apart from the filter belt to allow waste removal by rotation of the filter belt. The mixing chamber receives and mixes ingredient and water, passing the mixture into the infusing chamber below. Replacement of the filter belt with different mesh sizes and of the removable spout with different inner diameters allows the mechanism to be easily adapted for different beverages, such as coffee or tea. Multiple instances of the modular infuser may be mounted in a single vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Overton, Ian Binder
  • Patent number: 8931399
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brewing apparatus, in particular for coffee, comprising a drainage valve, which is located on the one hand in a brewing liquid path between a brewing liquid container and a brewing unit of the brewing apparatus and on the other hand, in a drainage liquid path between the brewing unit and an outlet of the brewing apparatus. In a brewing position of the drainage valve, the brewing liquid path is released and the drainage liquid path is blocked. The brewing apparatus is characterised by a drainage position of the drainage valve in which both the drainage liquid path and also the brewing liquid path are released and a decalcification position of the drainage valve in which the brewing liquid path is blocked and a decalcification liquid path is produced between the brewing liquid container and the outlet via the drainage valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate Ag
    Inventor: Philipp Büttiker
  • Patent number: 8925442
    Abstract: A device (1) has: a cartridge seat (10) arranged to receive an ingredient cartridge (2) for extraction; a beverage outlet (35) connected to this cartridge seat for dispensing beverage during extraction; and a liquid injection arrangement (50, 60, 61, 70, 80, 81) comprising a pump (60) for pressurizing and circulating liquid from a source (50) via the cartridge seat into the beverage outlet. The liquid injection arrangement further comprises a valve (80?) between the pump and the cartridge seat. The liquid injection arrangement is configured to release via the valve (80?) pressure from this pressurized liquid in the injection arrangement and maintain liquid in the injection arrangement from the pump (60) to the cartridge seat (10) after the pump is stopped, so as to inhibit dripping from the beverage outlet (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Baudet, David Larzul, Alain Jaccard, Blaise Rithener
  • Publication number: 20140366744
    Abstract: A beverage machine turntable pad includes a housing having a first wall for supporting a beverage machine, a support rotatably coupled to the housing below the first wall, such that the support is rotatable about a rotational axis relative to the housing, and a plurality of adjacent drawers mounted on the support, each of the drawers being capable of extending and retracting relative to the support and radially relative to the rotational axis and through a housing opening formed through the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: MITCHELL FOSTER SUSSMAN
  • Publication number: 20140345652
    Abstract: A hot beverage maker is provided with a removable pump for cleaning a brewing needle. The pump fits into a brewing chamber which normally receives a pod of an infusible beverage material. A pod receptacle and a lid pivotally connected to the housing form the brewing chamber, After a brewing cycle or when cleaning of the brewing needle is desired, an interior chamber of the pump is filled with cleaning fluid and the pump inserted into the pod receptacle. When the lid is closed, the brewing needle is inserted into the interior chamber. The lid is closed and released repeatedly to operate the pump. This creates a pumping action of the cleaning fluid through the brewing needle to dislodge a buildup of minerals or residual deposits. The used cleaning fluid and dislodged deposits are discarded after the cleaning operation is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Yao Qin Meng
  • Patent number: 8887622
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine for dispensing beverages comprising: a housing; a first reservoir station; a first reservoir for containing an aqueous medium, the first reservoir being connectable to said first reservoir station; an auxiliary module station for receiving an auxiliary module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Bentley, Adam Martyn Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8881643
    Abstract: An infusion unit includes a moving element with a seat for ingredients for making beverages. The moving element is configured to shift from a position for charging the ingredients to an infusion position, where the seat is between a hot water dispensing device and a beverage outlet nozzle opposite one another. A washing member is integral to the moving element where, through the movement of the moving element, the washing member may be positioned between the hot water dispensing device and the beverage outlet nozzle for forming a washing channel. Through the washing channel, the water dispensed by the hot water dispensing device flows towards the beverage outlet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Massimo Baldo, Giovanni Berto
  • Patent number: 8881948
    Abstract: An automated mixing drink dispenser (10) establishes a preselected feed rate of concentrate from a concentrate hopper (42) and ratio of concentrate to mixing water fed into a mixing chamber (42) through the Venturi effect created by swirling water fed into a mixing chamber (42) at a preselected water pressure (66) and preselected regulated flow rate (68) associated with the preselected feed rate of the concentrate. Concentrate is fed to a mixing chamber (42) from a concentrate hopper (42) having an open drain hole (50) openly connected to the mixing chamber (42). A stirring mechanism (106, 100, 101, 102, 104) mechanically mixes the concentrate within the concentrate hopper (42) to maintain a uniform density and viscosity and a gas pressure mechanism (92, 94, 96, 86) maintains a uniform head pressure of concentrate to facilitate maintenance of the preselected concentrate flow rate over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Food Equipment Technologies Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew G. Lassota
  • Patent number: 8870023
    Abstract: A cup rack includes a cup rack body for receiving multiple cups in a stack, and a base for supporting the storage cups in the cup rack body and defining an access port for finger access to pick up the cups individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Master United Plastic & Hardware Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140305313
    Abstract: A modular beverage brewing apparatus comprising a removable hot water producing module, a removable pressurized hot water producing module, and a removable steam producing module all connected to a remote dispensing liquid beverage dispensing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Corey Waldron, Aric Forbing
  • Publication number: 20140260999
    Abstract: A beverage vending system includes a vending machine with a housing having a plurality of racks therein, each rack storing vending items. One of the vending items is a kit cup. Each kit cup includes a cup, a lid and a beverage pod. The racks are directly inaccessible by a user of the vending machine, and the housing includes an access area, accessible to a user for retrieving a dispensed kit cup. A control panel includes a user interface for selecting a vending item and a currency exchange system for receiving currency from a user. A dispensing mechanism is operatively connected between the control panel and the plurality of racks. In response to the user selecting a vending item and paying of the associated purchase value, the dispensing mechanism actuates a rack storing the selected vending item, to, in turn, dispense one such selected item to the access area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Services
    Inventors: Eric CARDONICK, Ron FORDE
  • Patent number: 8833241
    Abstract: A beverage maker for making single serving customized beverages is provided herein. The beverage maker provides on-demand, single dose sparkling or non-sparkling flavored waters, juices or sodas. An example beverage maker includes a reservoir in fluid communication with a carbonation chamber for mixing a selected volume of fluid with carbon dioxide. The beverage maker also includes a pressurized carbon dioxide source in fluid communication with the carbonation chamber. The beverage maker is configured to receive an individually packed, single use disposable flavor cup containing a flavor and having a sealed cover that covers and seals the flavor cup. Additionally, the beverage maker includes a piercing mechanism for piercing the flavor cup and mixing the selected volume of fluid therein, and for discharging a blended fluid. The carbonation chamber comprises a pressure vessel assembly of a fixed volume such that carbon dioxide absorption can be performed and controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Primo Products, LLC
    Inventor: Carl Santoiemmo
  • Publication number: 20140238245
    Abstract: Combined water dispensers and coffee making devices are disclosed, which include a cabinet configured to house a water bottle in a bottom half of the interior portion of the cabinet; a cold tank that is configured to receive water from the water bottle, which is connected to an evaporator; one or more hot tanks that are configured to receive water (directly or indirectly) from the cold tank, which are connected to a heating coil to heat the water that is contained therein; and a coffee making device located on a top side of the cabinet. The coffee making device receives water from the hot tank, receives a disposable cartridge that contains coffee grinds for a single-serving of coffee, causes water to contact the coffee grinds to produce a coffee beverage, and employs a set of spikes to make water entry and exit apertures in the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: George M. Yui, Andrei Yui, Wang Qiubo
  • Publication number: 20140238248
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a beverage dispenser comprising a larger container for accommodating the beverage to be dispensed, a smaller container for accommodating the beverage dispensed and a connecting channel connecting the larger container and the smaller container. The beverage dispenser further comprises a rationing vessel, which has an upper opening and a lower opening; the upper opening of the rationing vessel opens to atmosphere; the lower opening of the rationing vessel is disposed in or communicates with an inner cavity of the smaller container; and the larger container has a vent opening to atmosphere. The beverage in the larger container flows into the smaller container through the connecting channel. The beverage in the smaller container is dispensed based on theories of static physics rather than relying on electronic control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Tony WANG
  • Publication number: 20140220199
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for decaffeinating a liquid. The device comprises at least one cathode electrode and at least one anode electrode which are spaced apart and which are immersed in the liquid; a power supply coupled to the at least one cathode electrode and the at least one anode electrode and configured to apply power thereto, wherein the at least one cathode electrode and the at least one anode electrode are configured to generate an electric field in the liquid upon application of the power to attract caffeine molecules in the liquid to the at least one cathode electrode; wherein the at least one cathode electrode is made of or coated with an absorbing material configured to absorb at least part of the caffeine molecules that are attracted to the at least one cathode electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Guangwei Wang, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 8795752
    Abstract: A device for discharging milk and/or milk froth, including a pump to convey milk from a container, a flow-heater, and an output for discharging milk, embodied cooperating with each other such that milk conveyed via the pump and heated via the flow-heater can be discharged from the output. At least one steam generator is provided cooperating with the flow-heater such that downstream in reference to the flow-heater and upstream in reference to the output, steam can be fed to the milk for an additional heating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: FRANKE Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Kindler, Heinz Oberholzer, Heinz Vetterli
  • Patent number: 8794128
    Abstract: A device for performing a process of treating a liquid including a detachably arranged liquid treating unit and a basic part which is suitable for receiving and accommodating the liquid treating unit. The liquid treating unit has an air restriction for taking in air to be used in the liquid treating processes, wherein the air restriction includes a pin and a hole for receiving the pin. The pin is rotatably arranged in the hole, and means are provided for causing a rotation of the pin in case of a movement of the liquid treating unit relative to the liquid treating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Fred Fraij, Joeke Noordhuis, Peter Rijskamp, Yde Johannes Venema, Gert Westrup, Roel Steunenbeg
  • Publication number: 20140208953
    Abstract: Combined water dispensers and coffee making devices are disclosed, which include a cabinet configured to house a water bottle in a bottom half of the interior portion of the cabinet; a cold tank that is configured to receive water from the water bottle, which is connected to an evaporator; one or more hot tanks that are configured to receive water (directly or indirectly) from the cold tank, which are connected to a heating coil to heat the water that is contained therein; and a coffee making device located on a top side of the cabinet. The coffee making device receives water from the hot tank, receives a disposable cartridge that contains coffee grinds for a single-serving of coffee, causes water to contact the coffee grinds to produce a coffee beverage, and employs a set of spikes to make water entry and exit apertures in the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: George Yui, Andrei Yui, Wang Qiubo
  • Publication number: 20140208951
    Abstract: Water dispenser and coffee making devices that include a cabinet configured to house a water bottle in a bottom half of the interior portion of the cabinet; a cold tank that is configured to receive water from the water bottle, which is connected to an evaporator; one or more hot tanks that are configured to receive water (directly or indirectly) from the cold tank, which are connected to a heating coil to heat the water that is contained therein; and a coffee making device located on a top side of the cabinet, which (i) receives water from the hot tank, receives a disposable cartridge that contains coffee grinds for a single-serving of coffee, and causes water to contact the coffee grinds to produce a coffee beverage and (ii) employs a blunt- and sharp-ended spike, which are positioned to make water entry and exit apertures in the coffee cartridge, which are positioned in a way that prevents user injury from such spikes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: George M. Yui
  • Patent number: 8778414
    Abstract: An apparatus 110 for increasing extracts 100E taken from cellular plant tissue 100 has a preparation container 114 for holding the cellular plant tissue 100, the container 114 having an inlet or opening 112 to receive a fluid 101 to wet the cellular plant tissue 100 and take extracts 100E from the cellular plant tissue 100 to create a fluid with extracts mixture 101E, and an outlet to pass the fluid with extracts mixture, a lower portion of the container is a holding vessel 111 to receive the fluid with extracts 101E; and an acoustic shock wave device 43 for transmitting shock waves 200 to the wet cellular plant tissue 100 to enhance release of extracts 100E into the fluid 101.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: General Patent, LLC
    Inventor: John Warlick
  • Patent number: 8763516
    Abstract: A device for feeding milk from a storage container (8) to a dispensing device (3), containing a feeding line (9), whose intake end (9a) is detachably connected to the storage container (8), and with a cleaning possibility for at least a portion of the exterior of the feeding line (9). In order to enhance a device of this type such that the cleaning is simplified, a cleaning mechanism (11) be provided for the exterior of the feeding line (9), which comprises a rinsing area (12) for holding the portion of the feeding line (9) that is to be cleaned. The rinsing area (12) contains a hot water intake opening, a steam intake opening, a cleaning agent intake opening, or cold water intake opening (17), and also a connection opening (14) for the detachable introduction of the portion to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: WMF Wuerttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG
    Inventor: Frank Göltenboth
  • Patent number: 8739687
    Abstract: A device for brewing coffee. The device includes a microprocessor, a user actuated controller for interfacing with the microprocessor, a tank for retaining water and a heating element for selectively heating the water. The device further includes a brewing basket for receipt of water from the tank, and a cone valve located in a dispersing end of the brewing basket. The microprocessor dictates a measured quantity of water to be delivered to the brewing basket in conjunction with a measured amount of ground coffee for brewing. In a preferred embodiment, a multichannel valve is employed together with a suitable pump for controlling fluid flow as dictated by the microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Shearwater Investment Company
    Inventors: Christopher Tacklind, R Brooke Hanson
  • Patent number: 8671827
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Lukasz Skalski, Tiemen Van Dillen
  • Patent number: 8661966
    Abstract: An automated hot beverage dispensing machine and method for producing hot beverages is disclosed. The preferred apparatus includes a plurality of flavoring reservoirs connected through pumps and valves to a plenum that dispenses the flavoring directly into a mixing chamber. The mixing chamber also receives milk and steam, facilitating mixing of the milk, steam, and flavoring, and dispensing the mixture into a serving cup. The dispensing machine may include a coffee brewing system, whereby the machine can produce flavored lattés, cappuccinos, and the like. In the preferred embodiment, pressurized steam is directed through a venturi assembly that draws in refrigerated milk and ambient air and delivers the fluids to a vortex mixer to produce steamed and/or foamed milk. The flavoring is delivered to the vortex mixer, and steam is channeled to the plenum to facilitate delivery of the flavoring and maintain the cleanliness of the plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Concordia Coffee Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne R. Stearns, Ray A. Ross, David E. Isett
  • Publication number: 20140007777
    Abstract: A liquid-overflow device includes a generally horizontal platform for catching overflow liquid from a small appliance, such as a coffee maker, and a container beneath the platform that receives the liquid flowing through aperture(s) in the platform. The platform may be topographically structured to direct liquid to the apertures, and/or may be larger than the footprint of the appliance in order to extend outward beyond the appliance footprint in all horizontal directions. The container contains more than the liquid capacity of the appliance. The device is preferably removable from beneath the appliance for carrying to an appropriate place to empty the contents, preferably by tipping the device to drain the liquid out through corner/outer perimeter apertures. The device may be separate from and not connected to the appliance, may be connected but removable from the appliance, or may be integrally connected to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Bobbi J. SWEET, Jeff GRAVES
  • Patent number: 8613244
    Abstract: A beverage concentrate system (10) includes a brewer (12), a heat exchanger (24) and pump (22). Beverage concentrate is pumped by pump (22) from a receptacle (14), and through the heat exchanger (24), for combining with water via a dispenser (28) to form a finished beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: IBS Interbev, Inc
    Inventor: John E. Wells
  • Patent number: 8607692
    Abstract: A beverage system (1) having a coffee machine (2) for preparing and dispensing hot beverages, and a water dispenser (3) for processing and dispensing drinking water the system being inexpensive and requiring little space. The coffee machine (2) and the water dispenser (3) are connected to on other n such a way that at least one functional component of the coffee machine (2) or of the water dispenser (3) can be utilized both for the coffee machine (2) and for the water dispenser (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Göltenboth
  • Patent number: 8601938
    Abstract: The baby formula preparation device includes a powder hopper and a distributor operably associated with the powder hopper for dispensing powdered baby formula into a baby bottle. The device also includes a water dispensing system having a water storage tank and a water heater that dispenses heated water into the baby bottle. A load cell measures the weight of the bottle and a controller coupled to the load cell regulates the quantity by weight of heated water and powdered baby formula dispensed into the baby bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: John D. Huber, Jennifer DiLorenzo
  • Patent number: 8590443
    Abstract: A brewing unit of a drinks preparation device is provided with a first housing device with a coffee brewing chamber (4), having an outlet (5), for housing coffee powder and for preparation of a drink therefrom, provided with a second housing device (6) with a housing chamber (7) having a through opening (22) in the base thereof for an alternative or additional milk or foamed milk regeneration, said second device being suitable for housing a milk or milk powder portion unit (14) and for preparation of the milk or milk foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eugster/Frismag AG
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Patent number: 8561524
    Abstract: The beverage brewing device is configured for use with a beverage brewer having an inlet probe for dispensing water and an outlet probe. The beverage brewing device includes a body defining a brew chamber configured to contain a dry beverage medium and at least one outlet probe receptacle defined in the body and extending upwardly from a bottom surface of the body. The at least one outlet probe receptacle is sized and configured to receive an outlet probe of a beverage brewer. A lid is removably securable to the body and is engageable with the body to selectively enclose a top opening of the body. An inlet probe opening is defined in the lid for receiving an inlet probe of the beverage brewer. At least one filter is defined within in the body, wherein the filter is configured to retain a dry beverage medium within the brew chamber while allowing a brewed beverage to pass through the brew chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eko Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald R. DeMiglio, Mark J. Staudacher, Randall C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8555774
    Abstract: A water dispenser is provided which includes a housing for the dispenser, a dispensing area associated with the housing and including a space for receiving a receptacle for receiving a charge of water from the dispenser, a water outlet through which water is dispensed into the dispensing area, and a fixed flange support positioned between the water outlet and the dispensing area arranged to receive a flavor insert device in a substantially horizontally sliding manner. The flavor insert device includes a cup having a flange extending around at least a portion of a periphery of the cup, a porous enclosure located in the cup, and a supply of solid flavor particles contained in the porous enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Jason Robert Yochum, Ginger Elayne Patera
  • Patent number: 8534187
    Abstract: A beverage server and method of use for use as a stand alone server or in combination with at least one of a beverage maker and server power station. Contacts are provided on the server conductive coupling to the beverage maker or the station. The server is configured to preheat a reservoir in the server at least during one of prior to or during dispensing of beverage into the dispenser. The brewer is configured to automatically initiate a brewing cycle in response to pre-determined conditions, such as upon beverage in the server decreasing below a pre-determined level. The brewer is configured to detect whether the server is in position relative to the brewer and is configured to dispense beverage only if the server is detected. The server is configured to prevent dispensing of beverage if a pre-determined time period has expired, in order to avoid dispensing beverage with an expired pre-determined freshness period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Burton L. Hart, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 8528466
    Abstract: The liquid-overflow platform and container device includes a generally horizontal platform for catching overflow liquid from a small appliance, such as a coffee maker, and a container attached beneath the platform that receives the liquid flowing through apertures in the platform. The apertures are less than 10% of the platform area. The platform may be topographically structured to encourage liquid to drain into the apertures, and is larger than the footprint of the appliance. The container is sized to contain more than the liquid capacity of the small appliance. The device is removable from beneath the appliance for carrying to an appropriate place to empty the contents, preferably by tipping the device to drain the liquid through platform corner apertures. The device may be separate from, and not connected to, the appliance, or may be sold as a connected but removable portion of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Bobbi J Sweet, Jeff Graves