With Liquid Supply Or Directing Means Patents (Class 99/300)
  • Patent number: 9968219
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improved water fill capabilities, improved coffee baskets, and improved steam diverting and management features for coffee makers used on board passenger transport vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The Richards Corporation
    Inventors: Marcos Jimenez, Brad Beyer
  • Patent number: 9962031
    Abstract: A brewing material holder includes a spinning assembly for uniformly dispersing water into brewing material. The spinning assembly may be attached to a removable holder lid or reside in the base of the holder. When water is pumped into the holder, the flow of water is sprayed into brewing material contained in the brewing chamber. On one embodiment, water is pumped into the brewing material holder, and the flow of water causes the spinning assembly to spin by the water flowing past gears or a propeller, or by tangential jets on the spinning member. In another embodiment, the coffee maker includes a rotating shaft engaging the brewing material holder to cause the spinning assembly to spin, or may include stator winding creating a rotating magnetic field in the brewing chamber to cause the spinning assembly to spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Adrian Rivera, Kenneth L. Green
  • Patent number: 9173518
    Abstract: A pressurized boiler comprises a first three-way valve, a dispenser, and a control card. The first valve comprises a seat integrated in the boiler and a pilot screwed into the seat. The dispenser receives hot water from the boiler through a first pipe and comprises a plurality of consecutively connected serving elements, each of which has three branches, which include closing means controlled by the card and which enable the direction of hot water towards a selected hot beverage serving. The first valve enables the direction of hot water from the boiler towards the dispenser and air towards the dispenser, draining the water downstream from the boiler so that it does not remain in the system and cool down between two consecutive servings. The boiler and the dispenser can be remotely disposed relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: JOFEMAR, S.A.
    Inventor: Félix Guindulain Vidondo
  • Patent number: 9174793
    Abstract: A cartridge (1) for coffee or soluble products for producing a beverage, includes a container (2) able to contain the coffee or soluble product, a lid (6) disposed over the container so as to define a top wall for entry into the container of the hot water under pressure for formation of the beverage, a filter (4) able to be positioned inside the container above a bottom wall (20) of the container through which the beverage flows out, wherein the bottom wall of the container has a weakened, less thick central area (22), suitable to be broken by mechanical elements or by the pressure of the liquid inside the cartridge to allow delivery of the beverage, there being provided a plurality of concentric, spiral-shaped channels, ending in the less thick central area, able to cause a swirling movement of the beverage, with the consequent formation of a dense froth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MITACA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Edoardo Macchi
  • Publication number: 20150144003
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for producing a beverage from portioned ingredients provided within a capsule or pod, the system including a base station including a (e.g. removable) water reservoir of large capacity, and an autonomous beverage preparation module including an extraction head and being removably connectable to the base station from an autonomous-use mode to docked-use mode. The autonomous module includes a water inlet connection member. The autonomous module and the base station respectively include matching positioning members which engage when the beverage preparation module is connected to the base station in the docked position, and the system includes alternative water supply members and water outlet connection members adapted for connecting to the water inlet connection member of the module for supplying water to the module when the module is in the autonomous-use mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Talon, Jean-Luc Denisart
  • Publication number: 20150144004
    Abstract: The beverage producing device comprises a housing (3) and a removable water container (9) which is designed to be connected to the outside of said housing (3) in an operative position, when the device is in use. The water container is further designed to be recoverable in an inoperative position inside a recovery seat (27) formed by said housing or parts thereof, when the device is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Giuseppe Fin
  • Publication number: 20150128814
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a first container for positioning on the body and a second container for positioning on the body. An interface is positioned on the body to accept preparation parameters for tea latte. A boiler within the body receives water from the first container and milk from the second container. A heater adjacent to the boiler heats the water and the milk in accordance with at least one preparation parameter. A filter and a dispensing valve are controlled electronically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CAMELLIA LABS INC.
    Inventor: Gaurav Chawla
  • Publication number: 20150128812
    Abstract: Device for producing a frothed liquid comprising a chamber opened to atmosphere with a transverse bottom wall and a longitudinal upward wall, at least one diluent inlet, at least one liquid delivery outlet. The at least one diluent inlet comprises a first diluent inlet provided through the upward wall and dimensioned and oriented for directing a thin jet of diluent in the chamber. The at least one liquid delivery outlet is configured in the bottom wall for liquid to rise up along the side of the upward wall by the jet of diluent entering the chamber as a result of the direction and dimension of the diluent inlet in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Raphael Gugerli, Jean-Luc Thuliez, Iwan Kissling, Raphael Bernhardsgruetter, Cedric Beausire, Nihan Dogan, David J. Harrison, David Hamel
  • Patent number: 9027463
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a beverage. Movement of a brew chamber may automatically enable the provision of beverage precursor liquid into a reservoir in a brewer, which is then used (heated or not) to form a beverage. For example, closing of the brew chamber may cause a lid for a water reservoir to be fully opened or otherwise permit movement of the lid to allow access to the reservoir, allowing a user to provide water into the reservoir. The reservoir lid may open with an abrupt action, causing attention to be drawn to the reservoir lid. In another arrangement, closure of the brew chamber may cause actuation of a baffle, pump, valve or other device to provide a suitable amount of water to a reservoir for beverage formation. In another arrangement, opening of the brew chamber may cause the reservoir lid to be automatically and simultaneously opened with the brew chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Sullivan, Ian Tinkler
  • Publication number: 20150068403
    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: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Bentley, Adam Martyn Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20150068404
    Abstract: A reusable brewing cartridge includes a lid having a permanent injection nozzle passage and includes an extraction nozzle pocket permanently open at the top of the cartridge allowing use in a coffee maker configured to puncture a single use disposable cartridge lid with both the injection and extraction nozzles. The cartridge thus avoids puncturing contact with the extraction needle. The reusable brewing cartridge includes at least one passage in a cartridge base allowing brewed drink to escape the reusable brewing cartridge into a coffee container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8973598
    Abstract: A priming valve device for a beverage machine. The device includes a casing assembly including a water inlet, a water outlet, and a drain and venting portion for discharging water or air during priming and a valve assembly associated with the casing assembly. The valve assembly includes a valve member which is moveable to a closed position which closes the water outlet by elastic return when the pressure in the water inlet decreases under the elastic return pressure of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stefan Etter, Sandro Zingg
  • Publication number: 20150064323
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation
    Inventor: Jason Camille Prefontaine
  • Publication number: 20150059586
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a heating unit (100) for a beverage preparation machine (1) said machine (1) being suitable for preparing a beverage by mixing a beverage ingredient with a fluid, said machine comprising a pump for circulating said beverage preparation fluid through said machine at least from a fluid source to said heating unit, the heating unit (100) being suitable for heating said fluid and comprising: a housing (103) defining a fluid heating chamber (108), and a heating element (104) located inside said housing (103) and being adapted to heat said fluid therein, wherein the heating unit (100) further comprises a pre-heating tube (101) for conveying said fluid received from said pump through said heating unit (100), the pre-heating tube (101) comprising a tube inlet (102) and a tube outlet (107), the tube outlet (107) connecting with the heating chamber (108), and wherein the pre-heating tube (101) is located at least partly within the housing (103) in such a way that the heating element (104)
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Gerhard Pirker, Michael Ayoub
  • Publication number: 20150040772
    Abstract: An apparatus including a removable filter carrier and a beverage maker is disclosed with a receiver for the removable filter carrier, a showerhead, and sealing surface. The filter carrier is linearly inserted into the receiver via a front face of the beverage maker. The receiver may also include the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes a lever that is actuated to operate the locking mechanism. Actuation of the lever is translated to lift and clamp the filter carrier against the seal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: William D Starr, Mark K Romandy
  • Patent number: 8943952
    Abstract: A brewer, system, and method of use for producing and dispensing a beverage. The apparatus, system, and method of use includes a receiver for receiving a brewing substance container. The receiver receives the container, positions it for infusion with heated water, and then positions the container for removal from the receiver. The present apparatus, system, and method minimizes the drive mechanisms associated with the apparatus and improves the control and reliability of the apparatus. The apparatus facilitates collection and dispensing of beverage produced in the receiver and removal of the brewing substance container from the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Rahn, James I. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150027315
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a beverage preparation module intended for installation in a self-service beverage vending machine. According to the disclosure, a water connection and a preparation device for preparing a beverage by means of water provided at the water connection are provided. Beverage preparation parameters can be transmitted to a control unit via a communication interface. The control unit is configured to control the preparation device in order to prepare a beverage based on the beverage preparation parameters. A beverage outlet for discharging the beverage prepared by the preparation device is provided. In one embodiment, at least one additional module interface is provided for connecting the control unit to at least one additional module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: André Lüssi, Bruno Mosimann, Peter Egli, Bruno Aeberhard
  • Publication number: 20150013546
    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: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolas Kastor
  • 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: 8927041
    Abstract: This invention relates to a brew group for an infusion machine, in particular a machine for espresso coffee, having infusion means (43, 43b) designed for the preparation of infusions, a holding chamber (41) hydraulically connected to the said infusion means (43, 43b) and having at least two liquid inlets (411) allowing the delivery of liquids and heating means (46) capable of directly heating the liquids delivered to the holding chamber (41) through the inlets such as to hydraulically feed the infusion means (43, 43b) for the preparation of infusions. The invention also relates to a machine which includes the brew group and a method for operating the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rancilio Group S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Carbonini, Giancarlo Porzio
  • 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: 20140377428
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage production device (10) comprising a first dissolution chamber (1), said first dissolution chamber being configured for producing a beverage by mixing a beverage concentrate and a diluent and comprising:—at least one diluent inlet (11a, 11b) and—at least one liquid delivery outlet (12),—a bottom wall (13), the at least one liquid delivery outlet (12) being set in said bottom wall, wherein the device comprises a second dilution chamber (2), said second dilution chamber comprising a top wall (21), and—at least one liquid inlet (22) through the top wall, said liquid inlet being the liquid delivery outlet (12) of the first dissolution chamber, and—at least one diluent inlet (23) configured for introducing a diluent in the second dilution chamber and mixing said diluent with the liquid flowing from the at least one liquid inlet (22) through the top wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Amol Ashok Bhalerao, David J. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20140366742
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) comprises: a base (10) having a fluid circuit for conditioning and delivering a fluid via a base outlet (11) and a base data interface (12,13); and a removable module (20) having a module inlet (21) and a module data interface (22,23) disconnectably connectable to the base outlet and the base data interface, respectively. The data base interface (12,13) and the module data interface (22,23) are mechanically connectable and disconnectable along a direction (2) of the connection and disconnection of the base outlet (11) and the module inlet (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alexandre Perentes, Minh Quan Phan, Fabien Ludovic Agon
  • Patent number: 8910563
    Abstract: Shown is an apparatus for brewing a beverage, such as coffee, as well as associated methods for brewing a beverage. Apparatuses and methods are included to reduce labor involved in pour-over brewing techniques, while providing greater consistency in the results. Manual and/or automatic movements are provided to a filter (e.g., rotation) and/or a nozzle dispensing liquid over the filter. Water dosage and timing therefore can be automated to the filter. The nozzle can be positioned off-center with respect to the filter to ensure wetting thereof. The nozzle can be made movable for constrained changes to the path of liquid flow relative to the rotating filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Brian Shay, Izaak Koller
  • Publication number: 20140342068
    Abstract: A beverage forming system and method in which characteristics of a dispensed beverage are controlled. A beverage forming system may include an outlet chamber having an inlet opening to receive beverage from a beverage forming chamber, and an outlet opening to output beverage. The outlet chamber may have a standpipe in the outlet chamber between the inlet and the outlet openings that prevents a direct passage of beverage to the outlet openings, thus controlling characteristics of the beverage, such as an amount of foam, the size of bubbles in a foam, etc. The standpipe may have a portion extending upwardly from a bottom of the outlet chamber and impeding a direct flow path to between the inlet and the outlet openings, thus forcing flow to pass around and/or over the standpipe portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Y. Smith, Stoyan Plamenov Hristov, James E. Shepard
  • Patent number: 8889207
    Abstract: A method for preparing hot beverages in a hot beverage machine by possibly repeatedly pumping a specific quantity of water from a water tank into a heating device, heating the quantity of water, pumping the heated quantity of water out of the heating device into a brewing chamber and possibly at the same time pumping a further quantity of water out of the water tank into the heating device, brewing a brewing substance contained in the brewing chamber to produce a hot beverage, and finally converting the quantity of water last pumped into the heating device completely into steam in a controlled manner for forcing liquid out of the entire line system downstream of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Aigner, Josef Daburger, Josef Gius, Johann Magg, Stefan Stadler
  • Publication number: 20140318377
    Abstract: The present invention provides a beverage machine that heats up water in the upper water chamber(s). The water has direct contact with an electric heating system and the heated water flows by gravity and being distributed by a pour over system into an underlying filter basket. The hot water chamber comprises a sensor for water temperature. Once the water reaches an optimal temperature, a motor and gear system would drive a valve open and allow the heated water to flow into the underlying filter basket. The present invention allows certain amount of water to be heated up in individual batch, thereby making it easy to manage water temperature in every batch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Raymond Wai Ming Wong, Jeremy Kok Leong Tay
  • Publication number: 20140299000
    Abstract: A machine is provided for preparing a desired product from a capsule containing desired ingredients. The machine includes a brew chamber that is adapted to hold the capsule at a downward angle relative to a horizontal plane. A cover for the brew chamber is adapted to move between an open position and a closed position. A loading mechanism is provided for extending and retracting the brew chamber. An injection system is provided for injecting a fluid into the capsule. A fluid transfer system is provided for transferring a desired fluid from a fluid source to the injection system. A dispensing system is provided for dispensing product to a receptacle. A reusable capsule is also provided for use with the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Jeffrey Hanneson, Thomas Joseph Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 8846121
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine of the type which uses pre-packaged containers of beverage ingredients comprises a cartridge recognition device for determining the type of beverage to be prepared from a cartridge inserted into the machine and a variable geometry valve located downstream of a cartridge when inserted in the machine. The valve enables preparation of beverages at a range of pressures by having at least an open position and at least one restricted flow position, and a controller for selecting an initial valve position and controlling the subsequent operation of the valve according to the determination of the type of beverage to be prepared by the cartridge recognition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Andrew Hansen, Andrew Bentley
  • Patent number: 8844429
    Abstract: A beverage maker, such as a pump espresso machine, comprises a noise attenuator reducing pump noise. The noise attenuator has a housing with an inlet chamber receiving inlet flow from an inlet port, the inlet chamber having compliant walls permitting volumetric expansion. An outlet chamber in the noise attenuator housing has an outlet port and spheroidal walls. A flow-restrictor is disposed between the inlet and outlet chambers. An elastomeric insert in the housing forms the inlet chamber and at least part of the outlet chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: G.E.W. International Corporation Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Chung Lik Yip
  • Patent number: 8839711
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine has at least one pinch valve (1) in the fluid line system, wherein the pinch valve (1) has at least two fluid passage lines (20, 21) and is designed to execute valve and/or control functions on the fluid passage lines (20, 21). The operating mechanism of the pinch valve (1) is set up for coupled activation of the valve and/or control functions and a drive with a stepper motor (25) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Publication number: 20140272023
    Abstract: A beverage forming method and system in which a heater tank can be filled with liquid to an expansion level after a beverage is formed. The liquid in the heater tank may be heated, causing expansion of the liquid in the tank. Thereafter, a volume of liquid may be delivered to the tank to fill the tank to a liquid delivery level at which the tank is filled to deliver a controlled volume of liquid to form a beverage. No further heating of liquid in the tank may be performed or required after filling to the delivery level since the volume of liquid delivered to fill the tank to the liquid delivery level may be relatively small. Accurate volumes of liquid may be delivered in a way that compensates for any expansion that may occur due to heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Keuring, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jennifer Zimmerman, William T. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20140272047
    Abstract: In a beverage brewing apparatus and method for brewing a beverage from a ground ingredient, a filter is configured for containing the ground ingredient. A distribution system is coupled in fluid communication with a source of liquid. A showerhead is disposed above the filter and is coupled in fluid communication with the distribution system for receiving liquid from the source of liquid. The showerhead is rotatable about a rotation axis thereof and has an exit nozzle through which liquid delivered to the showerhead by the distribution system exits the showerhead for delivery to the filter. The exit nozzle is located other than at the rotation axis of the showerhead such that liquid is channeled into the filter in a generally circular pattern upon rotation of the showerhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Daniele Rosati, Mia Cheeseman, Kurt Rottier
  • Publication number: 20140272076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for opening and closing a door of a beverage forming machine, e.g., for accessing a beverage forming station. The door may be opened by retracting the door into an interior space of the housing, e.g., by moving the door rearwardly. When at the closed position, at least one edge of the door may be flush with an adjacent outer housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joel Nevin, Cynthia Weflen
  • Publication number: 20140260997
    Abstract: A bottle pouring dispenser featuring a dispenser housing having a lower end configured to be removably attached to and cover an open end of a bottle. The bottle pouring dispenser includes a valve providing one-way hydraulic communication from the bottle to a chamber defined within the dispenser housing. The dispenser housing has upper and lower chamber portions. A flavorant is disposed within the upper chamber portion in solid form and it is dissolvable in liquid so as to add flavoring to liquid flowing through the chamber. The flavorant is held spaced above a floor of the chamber, such that a lower portion of the chamber defines a drain volume beneath the flavorant for receiving liquid draining from about the flavorant. The bottle pouring dispenser further includes a pour spout extending from an upper end of the dispenser housing, for dispensing the flavored liquid from the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Henderson
  • Publication number: 20140272025
    Abstract: A beverage brewing device includes a pump that delivers water at a controlled rate to a heater via a conduit, and subsequently to a dispensing outlet for brewing a beverage. The heater heats the water to a target temperature designated by a user via a control interface. A thermal sensor measures the temperature of the heated water, and logic circuitry of a controller determines the presence of a deviation relative to a user-designated temperature. If a difference is detected, the controller affects the pump, correspondingly affecting a flow rate of water through the heater, until a water temperature measurement attains the designated temperature. A display device displays water temperature, flow rate, or user-selectable operational settings. Additionally, a bypass conduit having a user-adjustable flow control device diverts a portion of the heated water past a flavoring medium and into a brewed beverage reservoir at a controlled, user-variable flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Boyd Coffee Company
    Inventor: David Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8833235
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an injection-molded capsule for use in a food preparation machine, said capsule for use in a food preparation machine comprising: (i) a structure (1) with a lower side (2), at least three pillars (3) extending from the lower side and linked to a circular upper frame (4) which defines the surroundings of the capsule top side, the pillars (3) having cross-sections S1, S2 and S3, the lower side (2) being a solid wall that comprises a dispensing opening (5) and is centered across the vertical symmetry axis VSA of said capsule, and (ii) a label (6) attached to the outer surface of the lower side (2), pillars (3) and upper circular frame (4), thus forming an envelope that defines capsule side walls, characterized in that the injection point IP of the capsule is off-centered in the vicinity of said dispensing opening (5), opposed the pillar (3) having a cross-section S3 relatively to the axis VSA, and in that S1=S2 and S3>S1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Jean Robert Fabozzi, Stephane Hentzel
  • Patent number: 8833237
    Abstract: A coffee machine (1) having a coffee grinding device (9), a brewing device (5), a brewing water source (7) and a flowmeter (8), which for the user offers a particularly simple setting of the extract content of a coffee beverage. A display device (16) is provided for displaying the flow rate acquired on the flowmeter (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: WMF Wuerttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG
    Inventors: Jochen Gussmann, Tobias Krips, Ludwig Weinberger
  • Patent number: 8833238
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine of the type which uses pre-packaged containers of beverage ingredients comprises a cartridge recognition device for determining the type of beverage to be prepared from a cartridge inserted into the machine and a variable geometry valve located downstream of a cartridge when inserted in the machine. The valve enables preparation of beverages at a range of pressures by having at least an open position and at least one restricted flow position, and a controller for selecting an initial valve position and controlling the subsequent operation of the valve according to the determination of the type of beverage to be prepared by the cartridge recognition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Andrew Hansen, Andrew Bentley
  • Publication number: 20140230658
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage production device comprising:—a beverage production chamber (1) designed to have a liquid interact with a beverage ingredient,—a pump (2) for pumping the liquid,—a heater (3) for heating the pumped liquid, wherein the heater comprises:—a chamber (31) presenting an inlet (32) for the introduction of the liquid and an outlet (33) for the discharge of the liquid,—a heating body (34) contained in the chamber, characterised in that the liquid outlet (33) is placed at the top side (310) of the heater chamber (31), and the chamber of the heater comprises an outlet (35) for the discharge of air, said air outlet being arranged at a position higher than the liquid outlet (33) with respect to the horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Matthieu Ozanne, Didier Vuagniaux
  • Patent number: 8802174
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine for preparing coffee infusions by means of a liquid under pressure, in particular water under pressure, the machine comprising: a pump assembly (11) arranged to raise the pressure of the liquid outgoing from the pump assembly up to a preset pressure value (PI); one or more dispensing units (14) connected to the pump assembly, each dispensing unit (14) being arranged to dispense the coffee infusion; one or more pressure managing devices (20), each managing device (20) being connected to a certain dispensing unit (14). In the machine (10), the pressure managing device (20) includes a first duct (15) and at least one second duct (16) that are connected in parallel, have a common outlet and are arranged to supply the dispensing unit (14), during the coffee infusion preparation, with liquid at different pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ranchilio Group S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giancarlo Porzio, Carlo Carbonini
  • Patent number: 8800431
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a beverage. Movement of a brew chamber may automatically enable the provision of beverage precursor liquid into a reservoir in a brewer, which is then used (heated or not) to form a beverage. For example, closing of the brew chamber may cause a lid for a water reservoir to be fully opened or otherwise permit movement of the lid to allow access to the reservoir, allowing a user to provide water into the reservoir. The reservoir lid may open with an abrupt action, causing attention to be drawn to the reservoir lid. In another arrangement, closure of the brew chamber may cause actuation of a baffle, pump, valve or other device to provide a suitable amount of water to a reservoir for beverage formation. In another arrangement, opening of the brew chamber may cause the reservoir lid to be automatically and simultaneously opened with the brew chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Sullivan, Ian Tinkler
  • Patent number: 8800429
    Abstract: A percolating machine for producing a beverage using a sealed capsule containing anhydrous powdered material, the machine having a pressurized-hot-water dispenser assembly extending along a vertical axis, and in turn having a sprinkler having an end wall substantially crosswise to the aforementioned axis; a removable percolating cup positioned, in use, with its inlet facing the end wall, and for housing a sealed capsule positioned with a sealing wall facing the end wall; and a piercing device integral with the sprinkler and having a number of substantially rectangular-based projections, which extend downwards from the end wall of the sprinkler, are equally spaced about the aforementioned axis along a peripheral portion of the end wall, and pierce the sealing wall of the sealed capsule when the percolating cup is set to a work position contacting the sprinkler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventor: Virginio Cortese
  • Patent number: 8800430
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for controllably adjusting characteristics of a beverage produced by a beverage system. The characteristics of the beverage may include the strength, flavor, concentration of various flavor components as well as other characteristics. A control is provided for access by a user to adjust the characteristics to a desired level. The user may increment or decrement the level of the characteristics in response to personal preferences. The control provides an interface to control the beverage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Bishop, Scott A. Mazzini, Randy D. Pope
  • Publication number: 20140216266
    Abstract: The invention relates to an injection unit (1) for an espresso coffee machine including a stationary mechanical upper block (2) having a central projection (4) which forms a hot-water dispenser (7) and to which a removable portion, referred to as the group head (8), is attached, the inner surface of the group head having a cavity (22) in which the portafilter (9) is mounted, said portafilter comprising an operating handle (10) and a recess for holding a basket (11) containing the coffee grounds for preparing espresso coffee, characterised in that the group head (8) is attached to the mechanical block (2) of the injection unit (1) via a linking device having a resilient effect, and in that the seal (23) surrounding the dispenser (7) engages with the inner periphery of the basket (11). The invention is useful for manufacturers of espresso coffee machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: RENEKA INTERNATIONAL
    Inventor: Christian Ruhl
  • Patent number: 8794126
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are shown. 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 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Lukasz D. Skalski, Tiemen T. Van Dillen
  • Publication number: 20140208954
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage. A hot water generator (‘HWG’) has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway extending therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A second reservoir is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. The second reservoir includes a discharge port, a gas vent and a skirt extending from a wall of the second reservoir further than the gas vent. The skirt at least partially surrounds the gas vent. At least a portion of the skirt is spaced laterally inwardly from an outer sidewall of the second reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Starr, Patrick T. Mulvaney, Adam Hanes, Larry Olson
  • Publication number: 20140208952
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage. A hot water generator (‘HWG’) has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway extending therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A selector valve is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. At least a portion of the selector valve is movable by a user between a first valve position and a second valve position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Starr, Adam Hanes, Patrick T. Mulvaney