Cartridge Type Patents (Class 99/295)
  • Patent number: 10653266
    Abstract: A coffee grounds stirring device comprising a stirring basket and a stirring assembly is disclosed. The stirring basket comprises a basket rim, a side wall, and a basket floor, and is releasably coupled to the stirring assembly. The stirring assembly is contained within the stirring basket and comprises a motor, at least one blade, a control circuit, and a sensor. The sensor is configured to detect a liquid inside the coffee grounds stirring device. The at least one blade is operatively coupled to the motor such that the control circuit drives the at least one blade with the motor to rotate above the basket floor in response to the sensor detecting liquid inside the coffee grounds stirring device. The coffee grounds stirring device may be sized to be entirely contained within a coffee basket from a 12-cup-capacity coffee maker. The at least one blade may be driven to rotate intermittently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Caffeine Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew S. Brown, Samuel T. Fulton, Thomas G. Pittman, Carl TenBrink
  • Patent number: 10647503
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule for preparing a beverage, for example, coffee, including a hollow element intended to contain one serving, for example, ground coffee. The hollow element includes a side wall, an upper surface, a lower surface comprising an extraction membrane, and a lip in the shape of a collar. The latter is oriented according to a plane that cuts through the side wall. The lip comprises a material that becomes softened when it is placed in contact with a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Alain Mariller
  • Patent number: 10633173
    Abstract: Fitment assembly (10) for a container comprising in its inside volume a coffee ingredient, the fitment assembly (10) comprising: an inlet chamber (120) to accommodate an inflow of fluid for flowing through the coffee ingredient to extract a coffee beverage; a tertiary active chamber (231) on one of the sides of the fitment assembly (10) to where extracted coffee fluid together with the coffee ingredient particles is conveyed and a tertiary passive chamber (232) on the reverse side of the fitment assembly (10) to where the extracted coffee fluid after having been filtered is conveyed; a primary filter element (11) filtering the extracted coffee fluid coming from the tertiary active chamber (231) and flowing into the tertiary passive chamber (232) in such a way that only the fluid can go through and into the tertiary passive chamber (232) while the particles of coffee ingredient are retained in the tertiary active chamber (231); and an outlet duct (12) arranged in such a way that the extracted coffee beverage f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Damien Neurohr
  • Patent number: 10631681
    Abstract: The system comprises: capsules (C) of at least a first type and a second type, having outwardly protruding transverse flanges (32), and respective different axial lengths (h1, h2, h3), and a brewing unit (6, 20, 7), in which there is defined a variable-volume brewing chamber (100) with a lateral delimiting part (81, 81a) and a slidable end delimiting part (54, 55), for receiving capsules (C) of said types introduced into the chamber (100). The capsules (C) of the aforementioned different types have flanges (32) of correspondingly different shapes, and the end delimiting part (54, 55) of the brewing chamber (100) carries stop members (70, 71) adapted to be coupled to the flanges (32) of said different types of capsules (C) when the latter are introduced into the brewing chamber (100), so as to allow correspondingly different relative movements of the end delimiting part (54, 55) relative to the lateral delimiting part (81, 81a) of said chamber (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.p.A
    Inventors: Danilo Bolognese, Elvio Bonisoli, Luca Bugnano, Alberto Cabilli, Denis Rotta, Alfredo Vanni
  • Patent number: 10624489
    Abstract: Device for preparing a liquid beverage from a cartridge, comprising a supply unit (2) for supplying injection fluid to the cartridge (10), a cartridge holder (6) configured to accept and support a cartridge; the said cartridge holder being detachable from the device and complementary insertion means (7) are configured to allow the cartridge holder to be inserted from its detached position into the supply unit (2). The injection means (5) are provided and form part of the supply unit. The injection means are able to move into engagement. Sealing means (16) are also provided in association with the injection means in ‘order to provide sealing locally between the said injection means and the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Denisart, Alain Meier, Enzo Bonacci, HansPeter Pleisch, Christian Talon
  • Patent number: 10610048
    Abstract: A beverage machine (300) comprises a pump (106) for pumping water (104) from a water tank (102) through a heater (108) and a hollow injection needle (200) into a beverage capsule (202), a pressurization device (302) comprising a cavity (304), a water line (116) connecting an outlet of the pump (106) to said cavity (304), a pressurization device valve (316) between the pump (106) and said pressurization device (302), a gas line (312) connecting the pressurization device (302) to said hollow injection needle (200), and a discharge valve (314), such that the pressurization device (302) receives a volume of water (104) from the pump (106) to compress a volume of gas (310) held in the cavity (304) of said pressurization device (302), and such that said compressed volume of gas (310) is discharged through the hollow injection needle (200) when the discharge valve (314) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Gaillard, Eckhard Seid
  • Patent number: 10595549
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable cartridge filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient to be combined with a base liquid for the preparation of a liquid product, e.g. a beverage concentrate to be combined with water, e.g. carbonated water, for the preparation of a beverage suitable for human consumption. The cartridge comprises a vertically extending channel that extends to a dispensing aperture in the bottom of the cartridge and one or more dispensing passages extending between a reservoir and the outside of the cartridge. The dispensing passages are provided with outlet openings located adjacent the aperture such that the base liquid and the liquid ingredient are dispensed in parallel flows, the liquid ingredient subsequently coating the exterior of the stream of base liquid, such that actual mixing of the liquid ingredient and base liquid only takes place after both have been dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apiqe Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jasper Jacobus Van De Sluis, Roland Waldemar Verbeek
  • Patent number: 10588450
    Abstract: An appliance for preparing frothed milk is dockable onto a drinks preparation machine and, for this purpose, includes at least one connection for steam produced by the drinks preparation machine, as well as an interface for electrical current supplied by the drinks preparation machine. The appliance also includes a milk frothing unit with a gear pump. The gear pump at an inlet side is connected to a milk feed conduit and to an air feed. The milk frothing unit is configured such that an operating parameter is adjustable in a manner depending on a measured value and/or on a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventor: Werner Balkau
  • Patent number: 10589922
    Abstract: A capsule for producing a beverage in an automatic beverage production device is provided that includes a cup-shaped body defined by a lateral wall and a bottom wall with a beverage outflow opening closed by a sealing film, and a filter member provided with a perforation member and extending transversely so as to ideally divide the cup-shaped body into an upper part containing the substance to be brewed, and a lower part containing a chamber for collecting the beverage. The bottom wall comprises an annular portion extending transversely to the capsule axis to define a stable support base for the capsule when the latter is arranged in a corresponding percolation seat of the automatic beverage production device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Gruppo Gimoka S.r.l.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Valsecchi, Massimo Faravelli
  • Patent number: 10588447
    Abstract: A system for preparing an individual serving of coffee includes one or more formed soluble coffee products and a container having one or more holes in a lower portion thereof, the hole(s) sized to prevent the one or more formed soluble coffee products from passing therethrough. The system may include a coffee maker operable to prepare a single serving of coffee from the one or more formed soluble coffee products, the coffee maker including a recess for receiving the container, a water conduit by which water from a water source flows into the container while the container is in the recess, and a heater for heating the water. A method of manufacturing a formed soluble coffee product may include pouring coffee into a mold, pouring a flavor or creamer additive into the mold, and freeze drying the combined coffee and additive while the coffee and additive are in the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10568452
    Abstract: A brewing unit includes two brewing chamber portions movable with respect to each other, and a guide for guiding a capsule from an insertion aperture to a brewing position. The guide includes guiding channels configured to engage a flange of the capsule and a respective retention member arranged on each guiding channel for retaining the capsule in the brewing position before and during closing the brewing chamber portions, and to disengage the capsule when the brewing chamber portions are moved apart after completion of a brewing cycle. A control member is configured to space apart the retention members upon completion of the brewing cycle, so that a spent capsule is released from the guiding channels when the brewing chamber portions are moved towards an open position. The control member is configured to prevent spacing apart of the retention members when the brewing chamber portions are moved towards a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Fin, Massimo Baldo, Marco Santini
  • Patent number: 10548428
    Abstract: A beverage preparation device for preparing a beverage from an ingredients containing capsule includes a beverage brewing unit for receiving the capsule and preparing the beverage by means of injection of pressurized liquid into the capsule, and beverage dispensing means for dispensing the resulting beverage into a receptacle, wherein beverage brewing unit is designed for passing liquid through the capsule in a direction essentially opposite to gravity. Systems that include the beverage preparation device and methods of producing and using said device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Kollep, Philippe Dumur, Nicolas Delay
  • Patent number: 10517420
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a brewing system includes a water delivery system, a cover, and a funnel. The water delivery system supplies water through a spray head of the cover to the funnel. The funnel holds brewing substance to be combined with the water to form a brewed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Rahn, David Trojahn, Brent Friedrich, William Krause
  • Patent number: 10499770
    Abstract: An appliance for frying has a frying pot disposed within a housing for containing oil or fat and having a normally-closed valve disposed at a bottom thereof. An oil receiving tank is removably receivable within the housing below the frying pot, and has an oil receiving hole positionable below the draining valve such that when the valve is opened, the or fat may flow from the frying pot into the oil receiving tank. An actuation mechanism disposed entirely on the housing has a first condition wherein the activation mechanism allows removal of the oil receiving tank relative to the housing, a second condition wherein the activation mechanism prevents removal of the oil receiving tank relative to the housing while not opening the valve, and a third condition wherein the activation mechanism prevents removal of the oil receiving tank relative to the housing while opening the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Kaimong Man, Uri Murad
  • Patent number: 10499762
    Abstract: A beverage making machine may include a cartridge holder to hold a cartridge used to form a beverage. The cartridge holder may include a lower portion arranged to receive and hold the cartridge and a movable upper portion arranged to clamp the cartridge in place. The cartridge holder may be arranged to hold upper and lower compartments of the cartridge in spaces having a different pressure, e.g., an upper compartment of the cartridge may be held under relatively high pressure, and a lower compartment may be held in a space at ambient pressure. The cartridge holder may pierce upper and/or lower compartments of the cartridge to introduce activating fluid and/or receive carbonating gas from the upper compartment, and/or to introduced pressurized air into the lower compartment to force beverage medium to exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BEDFORD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Gordon, Thomas Fedorka, Thomas Paul Dutremble, Gwynn Masada, Bradford Range, William Philip McHugh
  • Patent number: 10485376
    Abstract: At least two consumables of a set for use in a beverage dispenser wherein each consumable includes a filtering body defining a space containing a food substance, from which the beverage is obtained by use of liquid, and a recognition element representing a surface of the filtering body configured to face a plurality of nozzles of the beverage dispenser that provide a flow of liquid through the consumable. The recognition element has a mechanical property, which is recognizable and/or interpretable by the beverage dispenser when said beverage dispenser obtains a sensor signal by sensing a flow characteristic of the flow of liquid, when the flow of liquid through the consumable is started by the plurality of nozzles. Said mechanical property is different for each type of consumable of the set of consumables so that a characteristic of said sensor signal depends on the mechanical property of the recognition element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Johannes Adrianus Van Den Aker, Franciscus Johannes Gerardus Hakkens, Jan Frederik Suijver, Jasper De Vreede, Christoph Dobrusskin
  • Patent number: 10478006
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capsule holder (10) or an adapting device (17) for adapting a capsule (1) into a capsule holder (10), the capsule (1) being designed for delivering a food product by injection of a fluid under pressure into the capsule, said capsule comprising a chamber (3) defined by capsule side walls (4), a flexible bottom wall (5) comprising at least one dispensing opening (9) and a top wall (6), said chamber containing at least one ingredient to be dissolved and/or extracted by said injection fluid, wherein said capsule holder (10) or adapting device (17) comprises a pressure retaining element (11) disposed in the vicinity of the bottom wall (5), which comprises at least one protrusion (12) in correspondence to said at least one dispensing opening (9) so that said protrusion (12) is disposed into the corresponding opening (9) and restricts its diameter at the time injection fluid inside the capsule chamber moves said membrane towards said pressure retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Frederic Doleac, Stephane Hentzel, HansPeter Pleisch, Marc Raederer
  • Patent number: 10448780
    Abstract: A beverage brewing unit such as for machines for preparing beverages from capsules is disclosed and includes a casing and capsule enclosing and insertion assemblies. Methods of producing and using same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Ryser, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 10420437
    Abstract: A machine (1) for the preparation of liquid products via capsules has a delivery assembly (2), which comprises: —a preparation chamber that includes a first, stationary, part of chamber and a second, movable, part of chamber; —an actuation system (13, 14), controllable for causing displacements of the second part of chamber with respect to the first part of chamber, between a spaced apart position and a close position; —two guide elements, configured for co-operating with a flange of a capsule for guiding the latter towards a position that is substantially coaxial to the first part of chamber and to the second part of chamber; —an ejector member (9), slidably mounted through a through opening of a bottom of the first part of chamber (4); and—connection members (8, 9a), which connect the ejector member (9) to the second part of chamber. The guide elements are prearranged for interfering with the flange of the capsule in order to extract the capsule from the housing of the first part of chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Denis Rotta
  • Patent number: 10398253
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage production machine designed for producing a beverage from a capsule comprising a module (1) for introducing the capsule in the machine, positioning the capsule for the beverage preparation and ejecting the capsule, said module comprising:—a housing (2) having two lateral walls (2a, 2b) and rear and front ends (2c, 2d),—a capsule engagement member (3),—an actuator (4) comprising a handle (41), wherein:—each of the lateral walls of the housing comprises a guiding curve (23a, 23b),—the capsule engagement member comprises two lateral guiding pins (31a, 31b), each of the lateral guiding pins cooperating with one of the guiding curves (23a, 23b) of the housing lateral walls,—the actuator comprises: a fixed axis (42), the actuator being able to rotate around said fixed axis, two lateral walls (43a, 43b) joining the rear end (41a) of the actuator handle to the fixed axis (42), each of said lateral walls comprising a guiding curve (431a, 431b) cooperating with the lateral guiding pins
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Matthieu Ozanne, Didier Vuagniaux
  • Patent number: 10398254
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for forming both carafe quantities and smaller (e.g., cup) quantities of a beverage using a cartridge-based beverage machine. A beverage forming machine accommodates cartridges having different sizes and/or shapes, including different rim sizes/shapes. The outlet used for receiving a beverage from a standard cartridge differs from the outlet used for receiving the beverage from a carafe cartridge inserted in a same cartridge holder. Beverage may exit the cartridge in an upward direction in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountian, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Tinkler, James E. Shepard, Geoffrey Y. Smith, Peter Thomas Launie, Jr., Jonathan Alexander Brodie, Stuart Jay Foster, Stoyan Plamenov Hristov, Jianming Huang
  • Patent number: 10398252
    Abstract: A coffee extraction device is disclosed. A coffee extraction device according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a pump which is connected to a water supply source and pressurizes water supplied from the water supply source; a heater for heating the water pressurized by the pump; a coffee extraction unit for extracting coffee using the water heated by the heater; and a discharge member for discharging the coffee, which has been extracted by the coffee extraction unit, to the outside, wherein a vent valve may be provided between the heater and the coffee extraction unit, the vent valve being closed during coffee extraction and being opened after coffee extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Coway Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Woong Jung, Hee-Do Jung, Young-Hoon Hong, Jin-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 10390546
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus with mobile reusable airtight container assembly (10) which utilizes pressurized inert gas or CO2 gas for long term preservation of the freshness of roasted coffee beans or grounds in terms of aroma and taste, utilizes a system of an electronic controller (250), pressure switch (170), gas delivery valve (180), check valve (50) and vent valve (160) to create a pressurized environment of inert gas or CO2 gas and low residual oxygen and moisture concentrations within the airtight container assembly (10). An airtight lid (20) with pressure seal (220) covers the airtight container assembly (10) and creates a reusable system whereby the user can remove a portion of the roasted coffee beans or grounds as often as needed in order to brew coffee without degrading the long term freshness of the roasted coffee beans or grounds stored within the airtight container assembly (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Robert J. Wallach, Kurt M. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 10376093
    Abstract: A machine for preparing liquid food products includes: a source of a liquid; a delivery assembly, having a brewing chamber for receiving a precursor of a liquid food product and for delivering the food product following passage of the liquid through the brewing chamber; a pump, for pumping the liquid; and a control system, for controlling an electric motor of the pump. The pump has a casing with an inlet and an outlet and an arrangement driven via the motor. The motor is bidirectional, and the control system includes means for controlling reversal of rotation of the motor between a primary direction and a secondary direction. The pump has a priming system including a recirculation valve and an actuation arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Danilo Bolognese, Alberto Cabilli, Denis Rotta, Luca Bugnano
  • Patent number: 10368684
    Abstract: A machine for the preparation of liquid products via capsules comprising a delivery assembly with a preparation chamber, which comprises a first part and a second part. The second part of chamber comprises an injector device, which is configured for introducing a preparation fluid into a capsule and has a hollow body and includes a first body part and a second body part. Defined between the two body parts is a chamber, housed in which is a perforation device having at least one front perforation element that is axially aligned to a respective through hole, defined in a front wall of the second body part of the injector device. The second body part is slidable, against the action of elastic means, from an advanced position, in which the at least one perforation element does not project substantially beyond the front wall, to a retracted position, where the at least one perforation element projects substantially beyond the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Denis Rotta
  • Patent number: 10368687
    Abstract: A machine for preparing liquid food products includes a pump. A cylinder is defined in the pump casing, with a piston extending in the cylinder at least in part to define a variable-volume work chamber. Between a shaft of a motor and the piston there is a transmission arrangement for causing a reciprocating movement of the piston with a predetermined stroke between advanced and retracted positions, to vary a volume of the work chamber. The pump has an intake valve and a delivery valve, for connecting the work chamber with an inlet and an outlet of the pump casing, respectively. The transmission arrangement has an actuation member driven in rotation by the shaft and operatively coupled to the piston. The actuation member defines a cam path to which the piston is coupled. The cam path is prearranged for determining the predetermined stroke of the piston between the advanced position and the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Danilo Bolognese, Alberto Cabilli, Denis Rotta, Luca Bugnano
  • Patent number: 10352577
    Abstract: A water controller and a water controlling method are provided. The water controller includes: a water tank having a first water outlet; a magnetic control assembly; a water trough having a water inlet, the first water outlet being connected with the water inlet via the magnetic control assembly; an electromagnet configured to switch between a power-on state and a power-off state; wherein when the electromagnet is in a power-on state, a path between the first water outlet and the water inlet is in a connected state under control of the control assembly; and when the electromagnet is in a power-off state, the path between the first water outlet and the water inlet is in a blocking state under the control of the control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: XIAOMI INC., BEIJING SMARTMI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Su, Yi Wang, Yuya Omoto, Tie Liu
  • Patent number: 10343839
    Abstract: A food capsule has a cup-shaped capsule body enclosing a cavity with an opening at a first end, a second end including at least one outlet communicating with the cavity; an injection wall closing the opening, and at least one partition within the cavity extending from the injection wall to the second end of the capsule body. The at least one partition divides the cavity into chambers. Each chamber houses a quantity of an alimentary substance and communicates with at least one outlet including an independently-operable closure member in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Talon
  • Patent number: 10334871
    Abstract: A system for the preparation of a liquid product has a dispensing apparatus and a disposable cartridge. The cartridge includes a reservoir filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient to be combined with a base liquid, one or more dispensing passages, and a sealing film that covers the reservoir. The apparatus has a pressurization dome member with a peripheral gas seal adapted to sealingly engage the cartridge around a location where one or more openings are created in the sealing film. A pressurized gas source is connected to the dome member. The apparatus feeds pressurized gas beneath the dome member, to allow the liquid ingredient to be pressurized via the one or more openings in the sealing film, to assist dispensing of the liquid ingredient from the reservoir via the one or more dispensing passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Apiqe Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jasper Jacobus Van De Sluis, Roland Waldemar Verbeek
  • Patent number: 10321783
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards regulating flow rate in an espresso machine, during a multi-phase brewing process which includes a pre-brew and an extraction phase. During the pre-brew phase, coffee grounds are slowly pre-wetted and/or out-gassed with a first volume of water delivered at a first flow rate. During the extraction phase, a second volume of water is delivered, at a second flow rate, to extract espresso, where the second volume is delivered at a generally greater pressure than the first volume. The second flow rate is greater than the first flow rate. The flow rates, volumes, and pressures are regulated by the espresso machine, which includes a flow rate regulation assembly that comprises first and second flow paths and first and second valves. Baristas may vary the flow rate, volume, and pressure of water throughout the brewing process by opening, closing, or otherwise adjusting at least one of the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Camille Prefontaine, Devin Walker
  • Patent number: 10244887
    Abstract: A coffee capsule is provided, the outer dimensions of which are matched to the size of a filtered-coffee capsule, but which has a separating element that separates an empty area from an extraction-material area. Furthermore, at least one liquid channel is provided, which passes through the empty area for example. The liquid channel or liquid channels and the extraction-material area are designed in such a way that water introduced into the capsule at an injection location or a beverage produced in the capsule substantially does not enter the empty area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventor: Louis Deuber
  • Patent number: 10244886
    Abstract: A brewing apparatus for extracting a portion capsule includes a first brewing chamber element and a second brewing chamber element, wherein the first and/or the second brewing chamber element are/is movable in an axial direction between a loading position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements are spaced apart from each other, and an extraction position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements form a substantially closed brewing chamber and wherein the first brewing chamber element has at least one first perforation means for perforating the portion capsule, said perforation means being arranged along the Earth's gravitational field below a horizontal plane extending substantially at a right angle to the gravitational field and centrally through the brewing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Eugster/Frismag AG
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Christof Seger, Marcel W. Hueppi
  • Patent number: 10231571
    Abstract: A capsule for holding an extractable product for dispensing a beverage is disclosed. The capsule comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom, a lid, and an entrance opening portion and an exit opening portion for letting fluid in the capsule and draining prepared beverage from the capsule, respectively, of which at least one opening portion is closed to prevent fluid from passing. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid of the capsule enclose an inner space that comprises an extractable product, and the capsule further comprises at least one moveable portion of the capsule that extends at a distance from a respective opening portion, and that is arranged to open the respective opening portion by being moved with respect to the respective opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 10226151
    Abstract: A brewing unit for making espresso (ES) and fresh-brew (FB) coffee, wherein the brewing chamber of a brewing assembly is supplied with water by a constant-frequency pump, and communicates with a first ES coffee outlet conduit, controlled by a calibrated valve, and a second FB coffee outlet conduit via a three-way COV (contact-operated) switch valve, which is formed in a compression piston for closing the brewing chamber, and is designed to be set to a normal open position, in which the first and second outlet conduit and a delivery manifold communicate with one another, and to switch, in use and in opposition to a spring, to a closed position, in which the second outlet conduit is closed, and the first outlet conduit communicates with the delivery manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: N&W GLOBAL VENDING S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Corti
  • Patent number: 10213751
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus, puncturing mechanism, and cartridge are disclosed. The mixing apparatus has a housing and a drawer with a recess. Corresponding cartridges may be inserted into the drawer and slid into the housing to facilitate mixing a liquid with contents of the cartridge. The liquid may originate from a reservoir in the mixing apparatus or a direct line. Also inside the housing of the mixing apparatus is the puncturing mechanism. The puncturing mechanism has a nozzle configured to puncture a lid of a cartridge and inject liquid to mix with the contents of the cartridge. The puncturing mechanism is further configured to drive an internal puncturing unit inside of the cartridge through a lower portion of the cartridge to allow liquid from the nozzle and contents of the cartridge to be dispensed into a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FormulaNow, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Snider, Nikki Lamb, Aaron Lamb
  • Patent number: 10206533
    Abstract: An additivation device (2) for beverages (B) adds at least one additive (A) to at least one beverage (B). The device (2) includes at least one first inlet duct (30), through which at least one beverage (B) coming from a source is introduced into the device (2), and at least one second inlet duct (40), through which at least one additive (A) is introduced into the device (2). The additive (A) is a fluid and is contained in at least one container (21). The device includes at least one outlet duct (39), through which the beverage (B), to which said at least one additive (A) has been added, exits the device (2). The device (2) includes an additivator device (5) for taking a known quantity of the at least one additive (A) and mixing the additive (A) with the beverage (B). The device (2) supplies and mixes the at least one additive (A) with the beverage (B) while the beverage (B) is flowing between the at least one first inlet duct (30) and the outlet duct (39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Bruno Pirone
  • Patent number: 10196180
    Abstract: The receptacle including stacking lugs to help reduce vacuum and friction when de-nesting the receptacles. The receptacle including a lid that helps when storing certain types of goods and/or serves as a seat. A septum or receptacle molded into the lid to allow for injection of inert gases or flushing headspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Medway Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald A. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 10188236
    Abstract: An infusion group to be used in a machine for dispensing beverages extracted from capsules, which group has: a capsule-holder with an infusion chamber; an infusion head, cooperating with the capsule-holder; a system for the relative movement of a capsule (C) with respect to the capsule-holder; a capsule retaining device of the capsule during the relative motion between capsule and capsule-holder, having a first and a second vertical oblong element for retaining a capsule projecting upper edge, wherein the first retaining element retains the capsule while it enters the infusion chamber and the second retaining element retains the used capsule while it is extracted from the infusion chamber two control arms, determining that the relative motion between capsule and capsule-holder is carried out in a coordinated manner with the relative position between capsule-holder and infusion head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IDES DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Roberto Stefanoni
  • Patent number: 10154753
    Abstract: A system for making beverages includes a capsule and a capsule holder including an annular edge at the top of which there is a projecting annular element and/or respectively an annular seat. The capsule includes a body including a lower wall, a lateral wall and a perimetric edge on which there is an annular groove having a bottom zone and two inner lateral faces, and/or respectively there is an annular tooth having a tip portion and two outer lateral faces. The capsule holder and the capsule can adopt a sealed configuration where the projecting annular element, inserted in the annular groove, is in sealed contact with at least one of the inner lateral faces, and/or respectively the annular seat receives inside it the annular tooth and is in sealed contact with at least one of the outer lateral faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CAFFITALY SYSTEM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Digiuni
  • Patent number: 10144579
    Abstract: Capsule (1) for containing beverage ingredients for producing a beverage in a beverage preparation device upon liquid injection into the capsule and by rotating the capsule about its central axis in the device, the capsule comprising:—a side wall (2a), a bottom wall (2b), an opening (2c) and a flange-like rim (2d), and—a lid member (3) attached to the flange-like rim (2d) and/or to the side wall and at least partially covering the opening, wherein the lid member (3) comprises an upper wall (3a) in recess relative to the flange-like rim and/or to the side wall towards the opening of the capsule and which comprises a central inlet (4) and peripheral outlet apertures (5) for the beverage release by effect of centrifugal forces, wherein the lid member (3) further comprises reinforcement members (6) protruding from the upper wall (3a) in axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Daniel Abegglen, Arnaud Gerbaulet, Jean-Francois Tinembart, Bruno Bizet, Nicolas Jean-Guy Bezet
  • Patent number: 10117542
    Abstract: A coffee maker with continuously adjustable water flow rate, continuously adjustable feedback-controlled water temperature, and low thermal mass allows baristas to experiment with and digitally program and/or record different flow-rate and temperature profiles (brewing profiles) over the course of brewing a cup or batch of coffee. Brewing profiles may be recorded on one machine and reproduced (played back) on another machine, allowing reproducibility of subtle flavor variations in brewed coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Luminaire Coffee LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Coats, Benjamin Salinas, George Harris, Robert Macklin, Carl Tappan
  • Patent number: 10092130
    Abstract: A system comprises a capsule (30) with a wall and a capsule extraction unit (10,10?, 20). The extraction unit has a capsule holder (20) for holding the capsule and an opener (10) with a cutting edge (151) for forming an opening (37,38) in the capsule wall (32,33) by cutting the wall. The opener (10,10?) further comprises a ram (152) that recesses a portion (39) of the capsule wall (32,33) adjacent to the opening (37,38) after formation of the opening by cutting the wall (32,33) by the cutting edge (151).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Sandro Zingg, Marc Moal
  • Patent number: 10080461
    Abstract: A machine for preparing liquid food products using capsules includes a dispensing assembly having a first part and a second part designed to define an infusion chamber between them, a loading arrangement for the insertion of the capsule, an actuation system, a control system, and an arrangement for heating the fluid. A processor of the control system is prearranged for controlling at least the heating arrangement and the feeding arrangement. Encoded instructions contained in a memory of the control system has sets of brewing information that are differentiated from each other according to a type of capsule. The processor is prearranged for comparing an image acquired by an optical sensor device with reference images of the capsules that are encoded in the memory and for associating a set of brewing information to a corresponding type of capsule to select an operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Bugnano, Alberto Cabilli
  • Patent number: 10064514
    Abstract: A device (1) handles selectively a first capsule (2a) having a first flange (2a?) and a second capsule (2b) having a second flange (2b?) greater than the first flange (2a?). The device comprises a first part (10) and a second part (20) that are relatively movable from a transfer position for inserting and/or removing such capsule (2a, 2b) to an extraction position for extracting such capsule (2a, 2b). The device further comprises separation means (33) for separating such capsule (2a, 2b) from at least one of the first and second parts (10,20) when the first and second parts (10,20) are relatively moved from the extraction position to the transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andrew Gunstone, Enzo Bonacci, Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 10058208
    Abstract: A beverage forming system and method in which a cartridge holder is movably mounted to the frame and has an opening to receive a cartridge. The cartridge holder may be arranged to hold and move a cartridge between an open position in which the opening of the cartridge holder is oriented in an upwardly inclined position to receive the cartridge, and a closed position in which the opening is oriented in a horizontal or downwardly inclined position. A cover may be arranged to cover the opening of the cartridge holder in a closed position, and the cover may be positioned away from the opening of the cartridge holder in an open position. A cartridge retainer may have an engagement portion arranged to hold the cartridge in the cartridge holder opening in at least a part of movement of the cartridge holder between the open and the closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Y. Smith, Thomas Chan, Keith Choi, Benjamin Li
  • Patent number: 10045653
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a brewing apparatus for extracting a portion capsule, comprising a first brewing chamber element and a second brewing chamber element, the first and/or the second brewing chamber element being movable along an axial direction from a loading position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber element are spaced apart from one another, to an extraction position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber element form a substantially closed brewing chamber, and the brewing apparatus further comprising a drive mechanism for moving the first and/or second brewing chamber element, characterized in that the brewing apparatus has a separate locking mechanism for locking the brewing chamber in the extraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Eugster / Frismag AG
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Remo Sonderegger
  • Patent number: 10039412
    Abstract: A brewing apparatus for extracting a portion capsule includes a first brewing chamber element and a second brewing chamber element, wherein the first and/or the second brewing chamber element are/is movable in an axial direction between a loading position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements are spaced apart from each other, and an extraction position, in which the first and the second brewing chamber elements form a substantially closed brewing chamber and wherein the first brewing chamber element has at least one first perforation means for perforating the portion capsule, said perforation means being arranged along the Earth's gravitational field below a horizontal plane extending substantially at a right angle to the gravitational field and centrally through the brewing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Eugster/Frismag AG
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Christof Seger, Marcel W. Hueppi
  • Patent number: 10022011
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine of the type which uses pre-packaged containers of beverage ingredients includes a cartridge recognition device for determining the type of beverage to be prepared from a cartridge inserted into the machine and a variable geometry valve located downstream of a cartridge when inserted in the machine. The valve enables preparation of beverages at a range of pressures by having at least an open position and at least one restricted flow position, and a controller for selecting an initial valve position and controlling the subsequent operation of the valve according to the determination of the type of beverage to be prepared by the cartridge recognition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Norton, Andrew Halliday
  • Patent number: 10011407
    Abstract: A portable packaging system is disclosed that includes a food container, a beverage container lid and a tray. The food container has a bottom and a wall extending from the bottom that defines a food container footprint. The lid has a rim coupling structure that detachably couples to the rim of a beverage container and a hole to allow access to the contents of the beverage container when the beverage container lid is coupled to the beverage container. The tray has a tray bottom and walls that define a tray footprint that complements the food container footprint such that the food container can securely nest in the tray. The tray and lid can detachably couple to each other. In other embodiments, the system need not have a separate food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SNACKTOPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 10004353
    Abstract: A capsule for use in a brewing device is provided, the capsule having a body part, which defines a cavity, a lid which is attached to the body part and which closes the cavity, the lid having lines of weakness which define an opening region having an area of from 75 mm2 to 300 mm2; and tea material enclosed within the cavity, wherein at least 75% by weight of the tea material particles have a size of from 2 to 10 mm. A method of preparing a tea-based beverage in a brewing device using the capsule is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CONOPCO, INC.
    Inventors: David Murray Cross, Michael Paton, Cristian Simion Popa, Alistair David Smith, Terence John Wilby