Inner Foraminous Receptacle Patents (Class 99/317)
  • Patent number: 10820739
    Abstract: An improved French coffee press apparatus, system, and method that utilizes a locking ring to engage with a locking base that can be removed from the carafe, along with any coffee grounds. The locking ring is connected to the pressing rod, which also includes a filter system above the locking ring. The pressing rod fits through an opening in the carafe lid, and the carafe lid secures the liquid inside the carafe. The combination of the filtering system assists in the filtering and capture of any coffee grounds into the locking base for cleaning, and the locking ring assists in the removal of the locking base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Toby Matthew Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 10602872
    Abstract: A container is adapted to contain a liquid and separate solids from the liquid. The container includes a body, a cover unit, and a ring-shaped filter plate. The body defines a receiving space adapted for receiving the liquid therein, and has a top opening and a pouring opening in spatial communication with the receiving space. The cover unit includes a cover member removably covering the top opening, and an insert member extending downwardly from the cover member into the receiving space. The filter plate is disposed in the receiving space at a position below the pouring opening, is sleeved on one of a bottom portion of the cover member and a top portion of the insert member, and is adapted for filtering out the solids during passage of the liquid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Sheng-Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 10562700
    Abstract: Capsules for holding in an interior space a portion of a product for preparing a food product include a first part (501) and a second part (502), arranged along a direction of extension (A). The first and second parts define at least a portion of an interior space (S) for holding a portion of a food product. At least one of the first and second parts of the capsule may include a substantially rigid connector portion (533) with at least one inlet for connecting to the apparatus wherein the at least one inlet defines a first flow direction for a fluid to be introduced into the inlet which first flow direction extends more than about 45 degrees to the direction of extension of the capsule. An apparatus may include an actuator for cooperating with the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Hendricus Simon Weijers, Edward Hendrik Debski, Jorn Veldhuis, Rene Anthonius Weimar
  • Patent number: 10231566
    Abstract: A cold brew coffee apparatus has a first container, a second container, a centerpiece connector, and a filter. Preferably the filter is positionable within the first container such that it divides the filter interior volume from the remainder of the first container interior volume. Preferably, cold brew infusion occurs when water in the first container interior volume passes through the water-permeable barrier and soaks coffee grounds within the filter interior volume to form a soluble coffee extract. An alternative cold brew coffee apparatus includes only a single brew chamber and a filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bean Logik LLC
    Inventors: Robert Neace, Jr., Todd H. Maas
  • Patent number: 10194766
    Abstract: A system consisting of a pot and a series of strainers, the series of strainers configured to allow liquids and gasses to move freely within the pot while containing foodstuffs. The strainers are disposed such that they disrupt the formation of bubbles that leads to boilover while minimizing the loss of volume within the pot. The system of strainers may look like an inverted dome coupled with a dome, allowing foods and liquids to expand within the pot without allowing bubbles to pile up and boilover. The system of strainers may be a single piece permanently coupled or may be one or more strainers removably coupled by a user. At least one of the strainers may include at least one grip. The system of strainers may include means by which they can be specifically positioned within the pot. The system may include at least one lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Elsa Toclu Mesmer
  • Patent number: 9801493
    Abstract: A beverage brewing device and method of operation is disclosed. An example beverage brewing device includes a perforated chamber configured to be mounted to a vessel in a brew mode and a self-contained saucer mode. The example beverage brewing device also includes a substantially flat lid attaching to the perforated chamber. The substantially flat lid has a saucer groove to enable turning the device from the brew mode to the self-contained saucer mode as a single unit without need for a separate, removable saucer to catch drainage after the perforated chamber is removed from a beverage in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Joel Bebo
  • Patent number: 9629379
    Abstract: A method for brewing and chilling a brewed beverage such as tea includes brewing the beverage; combining the brewed beverage with a chilling medium; and covering the combined brewed beverage and chilling medium with an air-tight lid assembly to form an airtight seal. The combined brewed beverage and chilling medium may then be agitated. The airtight seal traps vapor generated from the beverage during the chilling, thereby causing the vapor to re-enter the beverage to maintain optimum flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Takeya USA Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Lown
  • Patent number: 9017749
    Abstract: A beverage flavoring apparatus comprising of an elongated tubular body, having at least three elongated hollow sections and a container for holding liquid flavor. The top hollow section is for suction and at least one of the hollow sections is adapted to receive liquid flavor and it has a smaller cross sectional area and shorter length which enables the flavoring liquid to be introduced into the beverage stream in minute quantity. The other hollow section is adapted to receive beverage. The container is mounted or loaded on the elongated tubular body so that the section adapted to receive liquid flavor is immersed in the liquid flavor while the other hollow section is dipped in a beverage. As oral suction is being applied, both the liquid flavor and the beverage are drawn up the tubular body and mixes at the hollow suction end before ingestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Babatope Sewande Ayeni
  • Patent number: 9003958
    Abstract: A single-use filtering capsule is provided for producing an alimentary infusion. The capsule includes a casing inside which is positioned a filtering sachet containing an aromatic essence. The sachet is perimetrally fixed to the casing in such a way as to separate two base extremities of the casing. A first perforable closure element allows the access of water to the aromatic essence. The first closure element is attached in closure of a first base extremity of the casing to which the sachet directs the inner side, a second closure element of a second base extremity of the casing to which the sachet directs the outer side. The capsule also includes dissociable member between the second closure element and the second base extremity of the casing, and gripping member for the second closure element for its dissociation from the second base extremity of the casing before the positioning of the capsule in an infusion apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Azionaria Construzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Scrivani
  • Patent number: 8960078
    Abstract: A reusable cartridge and method for forming a beverage using a beverage machine. The cartridge may include a bottom surface with inlet and outlet openings, e.g., arranged to receive an inlet or outlet needle, respectively, and an opening at a top end through which access to the interior space may be had. A filter basket may be inserted or removed into the interior space through the opening and a cover may engage at top to seal the opening closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Stoyan Hristov, Yoav Rabino, James E. Shepard
  • Publication number: 20150030738
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement of the filter unit in beverage makers. Said filter unit comprises a filter insert and a filter lock, can be placed as a whole onto and removed from the brewing container, and at the same time ensures good sealing of all components. For improved handling, the brewing chamber can be filled and closed outside of the beverage-maker, wherein the particularly large depth of the filter insert offers significant assistance. Closing the brewing chamber by means of the filter closure prevents the beverage base material from oozing out due to a ring engaging in the filter insert and additionally ensures its adequate sealing. By widening the brewing chamber, the beverage-making machine provides a consistent quality of the beverages with of different fill levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Hendrik Sebastian Meyl
  • 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: 8904920
    Abstract: An electric tea maker device has a vessel with a reservoir having an opening that removably receives a tea brewing chamber. The chamber has an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion lacks perforations and the lower portion has perforations. The device has a plunger for the chamber that, when in a depressed position within the chamber, isolates tea from the reservoir. The vessel has a sensor for detecting when the chamber is inserted into the reservoir in a brewing position, a brew countdown timer that is activated by the sensor, and an indicator for alerting a user that a brew countdown is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventor: Eddie Siu
  • Publication number: 20140342070
    Abstract: Described is a device for establishing desired proportions of water and coffee beans. The device includes a fluid vessel and a laterally attached coffee solid vessel. The fluid vessel has vertical height and a fluid volume capacity, with the fluid vessel being formed to hold water therein. The coffee solid vessel has vertical height and an interior that defines a coffee solid volume capacity, with the coffee solid vessel being formed to hold a solid coffee product therein. Importantly, each of the fluid vessel and coffee solid vessel are formed such that a desired solid-to-fluid ratio exists between the fluid volume capacity and the coffee solid volume capacity when laterally attached with one another, with the desired solid-to-fluid ratio being maintained along the vertical height of each of the vessels (which can be readily verified through a visual inspection of the horizontal equality of contents).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Zuckerman
  • Publication number: 20140326143
    Abstract: An infusion keg for beer is described having a cylinder closed at both ends, the cylinder formed from a food-grade material, the cylinder being purgeable with purging gas to expel air therefrom and being Tillable with beer; a valve for controlling the entering of the purging gas and the exiting of the beer; and, an infusion port for the insertion of a permeable body having flavorant therewithin. Upon being purged and the permeable body being inserted, the keg is filled with beer that, over a given period of time, absorbs a reproducible volume of flavorant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: 16 MILE BREWING COMPANY Inc.
    Inventor: Brett McCrea
  • Publication number: 20140314926
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage and a hot water generator (‘HWG’) which has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway 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 fluid path connects the first and second reservoirs and bypasses the HWG. The kitchen appliance is operable for both pressurized brew/heat cycles and un-pressurized brew/heat cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Adam Hanes, Patrick T. Mulvaney, William D. Starr
  • Publication number: 20140205725
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brewing coffee or the like uses a cartridge having filters on two opposed sides that is filled with ground coffee and then pressed through a container of heated liquid. The pressing forces the liquid Into one filter, through the ground coffee, and out the other filter to produce the brewed beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Elijah Albanese
  • Patent number: 8720321
    Abstract: The invention provides an hourglass shaped apparatus for cold brewing coffee, comprising a brew chamber, and extract chamber and a middle unit connecting the brew and extract chambers. The extract and brew chambers comprise two ends of the hourglass shaped middle unit. The brew chamber houses a free-standing self-contained filter containing coffee grounds inside a water-permeable barrier. Water is poured into the brew chamber to generate coffee extract through cold water infusion. After the brewing process, the apparatus is inverted, and the coffee travels into the extract chamber through the middle unit for dispensing. Coffee brewed in this manner is less acidic and more flavorful than the conventionally hot-brewed beverage. All the components of the apparatus, the filter, the brew chamber, the extract chamber, and the middle unit, are detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Bean Logik LLC
    Inventors: Robert Neace, Jr., Todd H. Maas
  • Patent number: 8714076
    Abstract: A system and process for steeping tea in a vessel is disclosed. The present invention incorporates the use of an infusing filter seated on or within a vessel and a lid or retaining mechanism to steep tea in water. The vessel has an retaining ledge that supports a mating infuser placed inside. The infuser seats in a stationery position on the mating ledge inside the vessel, offset from the center of the vessel, to allow for stirring, pouring or drinking of the resulting beverage without introducing the infusible material into the resulting steeped beverage product. The infuser comprises a filter element that holds the infusible material and allows contact with the water. The infusing filter is retained in its seated position in the cup, ether by a lid or positive locking mechanism that allows for the safe and convenient portage of the tea steeping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Maria Uspenski, Alexis Uspenski
  • Patent number: 8707855
    Abstract: The beverage brewing device is configured for use with a beverage brewer having an inlet probe for dispensing water and an outlet probe. The beverage brewing device includes a body defining a brew chamber configured to contain a dry beverage medium and at least one outlet probe receptacle defined in the body and extending upwardly from a bottom surface of the body. The at least one outlet probe receptacle is sized and configured to receive an outlet probe of a beverage brewer. A lid is removably securable to the body and is engageable with the body to selectively enclose a top opening of the body. An inlet probe opening is defined in the lid for receiving an inlet probe of the beverage brewer. At least one filter is defined within in the body, wherein the filter is configured to retain a dry beverage medium within the brew chamber while allowing a brewed beverage to pass through the brew chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Eko Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald R. DeMiglio, Mark Staudacher, Randall C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8539876
    Abstract: A brew basket with an integrated separate cavity providing for a water bypass or additive conduit all of which may be added to the brewed beverage, as it exists its brew basket discharge spout during a brewing cycle. An integrated separate cavity is provided partially around the perimeter of the brew basket, as along its upper flange, for some angular distance, and which cavity tapers into a downward conduit, which conduit extends under the bottom of the brew basket, and empties into the same discharged port through which the brewed beverage is discharged from the brew basket and into a lower decanter, during performance of a brewing cycle. Additives such as flavoring, sweeteners, and even cold water may pass through the separate cavity, for intermixing with the brewed beverage, in order to add to its flavoring, sweetening, or even cooling, depending upon whether coffee, hot tea, or ice tea, has been selected for the brewing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Newco Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Webster, Jody G. Jacobsen
  • Publication number: 20130239821
    Abstract: A cylindrical travel mug or container with or without a handle and drinking top/lid, lower tea compartment housing with one or more mesh screens, and removable bottom. The removable bottom is comprised of a threaded base bap, rubber seal, conical tea compartment for retaining a tea bag and an on/off control knob. The tea compartment is connected to the base with a press release that allows it to swing open against an opposing hinge from the release so a tea bag can be inserted or removed. The conical tea compartment is further comprised of one or more mesh openings through which liquid and tea may be transferred. An on/off control switch is used to rotate the tea compartment and its mesh screens with respect to the tea compartment housing and its mesh screens to enable control of the starting and stopping of tea infusion or steeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
  • Patent number: 8424448
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus has a portable liquid container having a ledge detail within a top open end; a removable infuser with an annular support flange; and a gasket about the infuser below the annular support flange, where in use the gasket forms a seal with the container ledge detail and the infuser body, and further spaces the infuser annular support flange from the container ledge detail to define a liquid access gap. At least one vertical channel is defined through the gasket to communicate liquid through the gasket between the liquid container and the liquid access gap. A support base has an opening to receive and hold a bottom end of the portable liquid container and a heating element to heat liquid within the portable container when the container bottom end is inserted within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ram Industrial Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Englert, M. Bianca Leigh, Carlos A. Suarez
  • Patent number: 8387517
    Abstract: A tea kettle and related methods for preparing an optimally flavored hot tea. The tea kettle is capable of heating water for steeping tea leaves and steeping the packaged or loose leaf tea leaves within the tea kettle. The tea kettle can include an integrated heating element for heating the water. The tea kettle includes an integrated thermometer and can include an integrated timer for tracking the water temperature and steep time respectively so as to insure that the tea leaves steep at the proper temperature and duration of time. The tea kettle can include a detachable mesh infuser that attaches to a lid of the tea kettle for holding tea leaves during steeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: National Presto Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Geissler
  • Publication number: 20130042764
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an herbal tea machine having a reservoir for receiving herbal tea leaves and water mixture. Said reservoir is associated with an opening for introducing water and herbal ingredients. Said herbal tea machine comprises a heating arrangement for effecting boiling. To prevent overflowing due to frothing, heat transferred to the reservoir is reduced in the beginning of boiling and boiling occurs under reduced heat. The present invention further comprises means for lowering herbal ingredients into the water to improve infusion effect thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Besim Tahincioglu
  • Publication number: 20120285334
    Abstract: The beverage brewing device is configured for use with a beverage brewer having an inlet probe for dispensing water and an outlet probe. The beverage brewing device includes a body defining a brew chamber configured to contain a dry beverage medium and at least one outlet probe receptacle defined in the body and extending upwardly from a bottom surface of the body. The at least one outlet probe receptacle is sized and configured to receive an outlet probe of a beverage brewer. A lid is removably securable to the body and is engageable with the body to selectively enclose a top opening of the body. An inlet probe opening is defined in the lid for receiving an inlet probe of the beverage brewer. At least one filter is defined within in the body, wherein the filter is configured to retain a dry beverage medium within the brew chamber while allowing a brewed beverage to pass through the brew chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: EKO BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Ron R. DeMiglio, Mark J. Staudacher, Randy R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8307755
    Abstract: A container with an improved structure includes a body having an opening. The opening is covered with a cover. The bottom of the cover has a first assembly part. A supporting base is accommodated inside the body. One end of the supporting base has a second assembly part to hang on the first assembly part. The other end of the supporting base has a connecting part for connecting with an infusion object. When the supporting base is hung on the first assembly part using its second assembly part, the supporting base can be shaken with a force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Tzu-Yuan Shen
  • Patent number: 8245629
    Abstract: A liquid infusing and flavoring device for the infusing and/or flavoring of liquids. The liquid infusing and flavoring device includes an inlet passage connectable to a liquid (typically beer) to allow liquid to flow into the liquid infusing and flavoring device. An outlet passage allows the liquid to flow out of the liquid infusing and flavoring device and which the outlet passage is connectable to the inlet portion of a liquid dispensing tap. The liquid infusing and flavoring device has a container that houses the infusing and/or flavoring substance. The container is in selective fluid communication ith the with the inlet and outlet passages. In order to allow the liquid to pass through the liquid infusing and flavoring device, there is situated between the inlet and outlet passages a three way valve operable between a non-infusing-flavoring mode and an infusing-flavoring mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: C Little Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Christoph John Little
  • Patent number: 8225711
    Abstract: This invention fresh brews a single cup of coffee or other hot beverage without measuring, preparation or cleanup and without the need for stand-alone coffee-making devices. It can be dispensed individually from existing vending machines in remote areas or purchased in multi-packs for home or workplace use. The invention stores the ingredients, fresh brews the beverage, becomes a travel mug for consumption, and is disposable. The consumer places the invention in a microwave oven to heat the self-contained water to the proper brewing temperature. The heated water “melts away” or splits the temperature-sensitive membrane, enters the brewing chamber, seeps through the charge of beverage making material, and drips into the outer cup. When the brewing is done the consumer shakes the container to mix the enclosed ingredients, pops open the lid, and enjoys a freshly brewed single serving of hot beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Andre
  • Patent number: 8146486
    Abstract: Provided is a dripper that is light-weight and deformable into an arbitrary shape to be stored compactly and that enables coffee extraction irrespective of the existence of a filter. Provided is a dripper 1 for extracting coffee, including: a filter portion 10 that is formed from fabric with permeability and that includes an opening 11 through which coffee powder can be added and a receiving portion 12 that receives the coffee powder added through the opening 11; and a frame 50 that is made of an super-elastic alloy and can define the respective shapes of the opening 11 and the receiving portion 12 in the filter portion 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mont-Bell Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isamu Tatsuno
  • Publication number: 20120024163
    Abstract: A ring-shaped adapter that is capable of connecting a standardized disposable cup with a standardized disposable lid, being separable from said cup and said lid, includes a net that can be placed inside the disposable cup and is suitable for accommodating tea leaves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Kai Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 8101222
    Abstract: A drinking container for decanting, filtering, mixing and/or aerating a beverage. The drinking container comprises a bowl having an upper opening and an aerating cell having a wall, an upper opening along the top of the cell and a plurality of openings or perforations through the wall. The cup-shaped cell has an upwardly facing hollow or concave configuration, optionally with a central upwardly extending protrusion, and is attached to and within the bowl, to decant, filter, mix and/or aerate a beverage that is poured through the bowl upper opening and into the cell upper opening, and subsequently flows through the at least one perforation into the bowl. Preferably, the drinking container is a wine glass having a base and stem supporting the bowl and the beverage is wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Chevalier Collection, Ltd.
    Inventors: James R Burroughs, Dillon Burroughs, Ken Benson, Ed Gilchrest
  • Patent number: 8079301
    Abstract: A tea pot comprises a receptacle having a pouring device and a handle on an opposite side. A water filling aperture at the receptacle top defines a recessed circumferential lip. A lid closes said aperture. A perforated cylindrical filter has a cross sectional shape substantially matching the aperture. The filter is insertable into the pot through the aperture. A circumferential flange is located at the upper part of the filter and adapted to sit on the lip when the filter is inserted into the receptacle. An engagement means permits the filter to be removably retained in the receptacle and comprises a sprung detent located at the upper part of the container which is urged away from the container for engageing the lip; retaining the filter in the pot. The detent has a recess to engage both above and below the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: David R. Birch
  • Publication number: 20110303095
    Abstract: A disposable single use beverage package includes a frame. The frame includes a continuous rim that defines an opening at a top of the frame, a bottom portion that is closed, and a plurality of spaced apart ribs that extend from the rim to a peripheral edge of the bottom. The bottom portion, plurality of ribs and rim define a plurality of openings that facilitate fluid flow. The basket is tapered to facilitate stacking of multiple baskets. At least one rib includes a ledge positioned in a center region configured to limit an amount by which an upper basket is insertable into a lower basket to thereby define a space between respective bottoms of the upper basket and the lower basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas Z. Fu, Matthew R. Cook
  • Patent number: 7997186
    Abstract: A beverage maker assembly includes an outer cup and an inner cup which is removably received in the outer cup. A filtering unit is received in the inner cup and communicates with a drain hole defined in a bottom of the inner cup so that the beverage can flow to the outer cup. A cover is pivotably connected to a handle of the outer cup and has an operation portion extending radially from a periphery thereof. A pivotal portion extends from the operation portion and has an elongate hole. The pivotal portion is movably engaged with a recess defined in the handle by extending a pin through the handle and the elongate hole to pivotably connect the cover to the handle. The cover is easily opened and closed relative to the outer cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Chun-Lan Shen Ku
  • Publication number: 20110094391
    Abstract: An apparatus for refilling the filter-holders of a machine for the preparation of espresso coffee with selected doses of ground coffee to order, comprising at least one machine for the preparation of espresso coffee the machine being provided with a plurality of dispensing units for the preparation of respective coffee beverages, each dispensing unit comprising a respective detachable filter-holder and a plurality of keys for selecting the beverage to be dispensed by the relative dispensing unit and at least one coffee bean grinder and metering device provided with a hopper for supplying the beans with adjustable grinding adapted to provide a desired grain size for the ground coffee. The grinder and metering device is provided with a hopper for supplying the ground coffee and with supporting means for maintaining the filter-holder of the coffee machine with respect to the supply outlet when it is being refilled with the dose of ground coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Roberto Erba, Davide Oresoli
  • Publication number: 20110056386
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a lid ring removably securable to the rim of a pitcher for holding liquid; a cover removably securable to the lid ring; and an infuser removably securable to the cover, the infuser when removably secured to the cover rotates in a first direction as the cover is being attached to the lid ring and in a second direction as the cover is being detached from the lid ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Hiroshi Taketani
  • Patent number: 7895939
    Abstract: A tea flask has a body, a sleeve, a strainer and a lid. The sleeve of the tea flask is mounted sealably on the body, the strainer is mounted in the sleeve, and the lid is mounted sealably on the sleeve to cover the strainer. When using the tea flask, the lid is removed from the sleeve, tealeaves are added to the strainer, and hot water is poured into the body. The lid is mounted on the sleeve of the tea flask. Then, the tea flask is inverted to let the tealeaves steep in the hot water. Seals on the sleeve and lid of the tea flask prevent hot water from leaking out the body. When ready, lid attached to the strainer is removed and tea is poured. This is more hygienic, ensures better taste since the tealeaves do not become stewed and prevent the strainer scalding or burning people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Chih-Teng Pan
  • Publication number: 20110000378
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a beverage brewing machine includes a filter pack containing an amount of grinds to brew approximately only a single serving of brewed beverage, a single serving disposable brew basket including a body defining a brewing reservoir. The body is formed with a disposable rigid construction. The body has an opening therethrough to permit a brewed beverage to flow from the brewing reservoir of the disposable brew basket into a beverage container. The body extends upwardly from a bottom of the brewing reservoir to an open top that is configured to receive heated water from the brewing machine. The heated water flows through the open top during a brewing operation. The brewing reservoir has a size dimensioned appropriate to make approximately only a single serving of beverage during a single brewing operation. The brewing area is sufficiently large to hold the filter pack and the heated water while brewing without a level of the heated water rising above and overflowing the open top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas A. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 7856919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for preparing an infused beverage. The device includes an infusion container for containing liquid and comprising an opening to allow liquid to flow out of the container. The device further includes a receptacle comprising a cavity for receiving a cartridge containing infusible matter. The infusion container and the receptacle are operable in relation to each other to be arranged in a position wherein the infusion container and the cavity communicate through the opening. The device further comprises an openable and closable passage communicating with the cavity to allow liquid to flow from the infusion container to the passage through the cavity. The device further includes a cleaning means for introducing a liquid and/or vapor within the infusion container and a removing means for removing the cartridge from the cavity. An operating means is arranged for operating the cleaning means and the removing means successively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cense D'Almez S.A.
    Inventor: Luc Van Belleghem
  • Publication number: 20100288134
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a teapot with supple spout, including a teapot body, a supple spout, and a lid. Through assembling a supple spout onto a teapot body, a classical teapot will have a spout not easily chipped or broken. Besides, the teapot according to this application comprises a design at the upper and the lower parts of the teapot body, so that the teapots can be stacked up for saving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Masakazu Fujii
  • Patent number: 7793585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable brewing device including at least one contact volume connectable with at least one target volume, the at least one contact volume and the at least one target volume being separated by at least one filter arrangement, the at least one contact volume and the at least one target volume defining at least one predefined flow path through filter arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Columbus E. ApS
    Inventors: Ulrik Skovgaard Rasmussen, Werner Schulz
  • Publication number: 20100031827
    Abstract: A portable tea maker includes an upper pot body, a ring, and a lower pot body. The upper pot body has a pyramid installed inside thereof. A filter is installed inside the pyramid and a through hole is formed to the pyramid. The ring is hollow and an isolated sheet is arranged in the middle thereof. The lower pot body has an outlet portion on an end thereof. A receiving space is formed to another end of the lower pot body so as to receive the ring. By twisting the upper pot body from the lower pot body, the tea will be separated from the tea leaves. The tea is available for drinking by turning the up side down of the upper pot body and the lower pot body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Ying-Hsu Lai
  • Publication number: 20100000416
    Abstract: A percolating device includes a tank operable to hold liquid and having a top portion, a side wall, and a bottom portion. A strainer basket is positioned near the top portion of the tank and is operable to contain coffee grounds. A heating element is operable to heat a liquid contained in the tank and a tube directs heated liquid from the heating element to the strainer basket such that the heated liquid enters the strainer basket. A partition sealably engages the side wall of the tank and is operable to substantially separate liquid that has entered and fallen through the strainer basket from liquid that has not entered and fallen through the strainer basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Mulhauser
  • Publication number: 20090308257
    Abstract: A filter holder for a coffee machine is used for receiving a pod with an infusible product and includes a cup (2) having a bottom (3) provided with a discharge orifice (19) and an annular wall (4) extending to a top circumference (5) defining an opening which is mountable on a hot water outlet, and a pod support (10) which extends between the annular wall (4) of the cup at a distance from the bottom (3) and is provided with perforations (7, 8). At least one perforation (7) which is embodied in the form of an elongated slot extends on the plane of the support (10) and has a thickness which enables the infusion to freely flow. The filter holder (1) is particularly suitable for a coffee machine producing a low-pressure hot water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Frederic Hiron
  • Publication number: 20090246341
    Abstract: A method for brewing tea comprises filling a first tank with water, transferring a volume of the water from the first tank to a second tank, and heating the volume of the water in the second tank. The method further comprises placing a plurality of tea leaves in a receptacle, wherein the receptacle is in fluid communication with the second tank. Portions of the volume of water in the second tank are circulated through the receptacle, such that the portions flow over the tea leaves and return to the second tank, resulting in a brewed tea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: James H. Pitner, Gary L. Kennemer
  • Publication number: 20090173043
    Abstract: A filter setting and sealing apparatus includes a wobble plate mounted to press a filter edge into a plane defined by the top rim of a brew cup. A sealer defined by expandable sealer jaws is moveable into the filter. The jaws are actuated for radial outward expansion to seal the filter to the cup proximate the filter rim and cup edge. A second sealer is used to seal any gaps remaining in the seal after initial sealing. Methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: Packaging Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: James A. Bloome, Kelly D. Eastman, Rick A. Meeker, Rodney P. Smith
  • Patent number: 7464637
    Abstract: An insulated pot (10) is taught that is used for brewing coffee or tea which incorporates a container (20) with a handle (22) and a top opening (20?). A top covering member (30), including a pouring spout (32), is removably affixed within the top opening of the container. The top covering member is formed with a crescent shaped opening (34) leaving a double circular segment gap (36) adjacent to crescent shaped opening. A pivotal lid (44) is attached to the top covering member and a removable crescent shaped basket (56) is disposed within the crescent shaped opening. The invention the lid to be hinged open and coffee grounds or tea leafs may be placed in the basket with hot water poured over thereby infusing into a beverage. The brewed coffee or tea accumulates beneath the basket in the pot and when poured from the spout the beverage flows through the double circular segment gap without touching the spent grounds or leafs in the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 7464638
    Abstract: A reusable beverage filter such as used in brewing coffee, the filter having an upper portion and a lower portion, a sieve portion between the upper and lower portions, the upper portion having a flexible portion with a plurality of undulations formed therein such that the filter may fit different size brewing baskets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Christian Tremblay
  • Patent number: 7032507
    Abstract: Device and method for brewing coffee comprises a body connected to a container for allowing the formation of a dispersion of flavor-containing materials and liquid and the extraction of the flavor-containing materials to produce a liquid extraction, a porous filter connected to the body and having a first surface for contacting the dispersion, filtration openings for allowing the liquid extraction in the dispersion to pass through but blocking the flavor-containing materials and a second surface for receiving the liquid extraction, and a flow facilitator having a selective opening adapted to allow air to pass through but restrict the flavor-containing materials from passing through. The body and porous filter are adapted to allow the container to be tilted to generate a liquid head to act on the first surface of porous filter to drive the liquid extraction through the porous filter to produce a beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Edward Z. Cai