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Title:
ASSEMBLY PROVIDED WITH A LOOSE TEA BAG AND A ROD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/061203
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An assembly provided with a loose bag (1) with flavorant for beverage and a rod (2), wherein the loose bag (1) with flavorant is provided with one or more flavorants surrounded by a filtering cover, wherein the rod (2) is designed for engaging the bag (1) by a movement of the rod (2), so that in a simple manner, the loose bag (1) can be taken from a cup of water. The one or more flavorants preferably comprise tea and/or herbs.

Inventors:
BLONDEEL ETIENNE HERMAN WALTER (NL)
Application Number:
NL2008/050717
Publication Date:
May 14, 2009
Filing Date:
November 10, 2008
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CATERBRANDS INTERNAT B V (NL)
BLONDEEL ETIENNE HERMAN WALTER (NL)
International Classes:
A47G19/16; A47G21/10; B65D85/812
Foreign References:
DE2315866A11974-10-10
DE202006016075U12006-12-28
NL1027842C12005-10-03
US2621068A1952-12-09
DE4020984A11991-10-02
US4215628A1980-08-05
US1835966A1931-12-08
US2678000A1954-05-11
US2285113A1942-06-02
DE202004005385U12004-08-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HATZMANN, M.J. (Johan de Wittlaan 7, JR Den Haag, NL)
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Claims:

Claims

1. An assembly provided with a loose bag with flavorant for beverage and a rod, wherein the loose bag with flavorant is provided with one or several flavorants surrounded by a filtering cover, wherein the rod is designed for engaging the bag by a movement of the rod, so that in a simple manner, the loose bag can be taken from a cup of water and/or be inserted therein.

2. An assembly according to claim 1, wherein the one or several flavorants comprise tea and/or herbs. 3. An assembly according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the bag substantially consists of said one or several flavorants, the cover, and closing means for closing the cover.

4. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod is provided with a stirring projection. 5. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, provided with at least one eye, wherein at least a part of said rod fits through the at least one eye.

6. An assembly according to claim 5, wherein the at least one eye has a diameter of at least 3 millimetres. 7. An assembly according to claim 5 or 6, wherein the at least one eye is provided adjacent the edge of the bag.

8. An assembly according to any one of claims 5 — 7, wherein the bag is provided with at least one flange and wherein the at least one eye is provided in the flange. 9. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod is provided with at least one hook and/or pin or projecting pin for

engagement of the bag and/or through an eye according to any one of claims 5 - 8.

10. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod is provided with an engaging element which is provided with a guide for the bag for guiding a part of the bag into the engaging element.

11. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod is provided with an engaging element which is provided with at least two mutually opposed teeth for clamping in at least a part of the bag.

12. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod is provided with an engaging element for engaging the bag, and is provided at the opposite side of the engaging element with a hook for suspension from a rim of a liquid holder.

13. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod adjacent the engaging element is provided with a thinner portion and/or break-off edge for breaking off at least a part of the engaging element.

14. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least two of said bags are provided, which each have different sorts of flavorants.

15. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the rod comprises a tweezer-shape, provided with at least two tweezer arms.

16. An assembly according to claim 15, wherein the end of the arms is provided with a stirring projection.

17. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bag and, at least partly, the rod are surrounded by a package. 18. A package provided with several assemblies according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein several of said rods and said bags are provided, wherein each of the rods is designed for engaging each of said bags.

Description:

Title: Assembly provided with a loose tea bag and a rod.

The invention relates to a tea bag.

In a known manner, tea bags have a string and a label so that, after having been inserted into a glass of hot water, the bag can be removed from the water in a simple manner. Here, the label and a part of the string are suspended over the rim of the glass for the period of time the flavor of the tea and/or herbs infuses into the water. After this, the tea bag is lifted from the water by engaging the label and lifting it with the bag.

An object of the invention is to provide an alternative device or method for preparing, consuming and/or using tea. This object and/or other objects can be achieved by an assembly provided with a bag with flavorant for beverage and a rod, wherein the bag with flavorant is provided with one or several flavorants surrounded by a filtering cover, wherein the rod is designed for engaging the bag by a movement of the rod, so that in a simple manner, the loose bag can be taken from a cup of water.

Further effects and features of the present invention follow from the description, in which the invention is described in further detail in several exemplary embodiments on the basis of the appended drawings. In the drawing: Fig. 1 shows a tea bag and a rod;

Figs. 2A-C show the use of an assembly of a tea bag and a rod;

Figs. 3A and 3B show embodiments of engaging element on the rod;

Fig. 4A shows a cross section in front view of a packaged assembly;

Fig. 4B shows a folded-open front view of a packaged assembly; Fig. 5 shows an embodiment in front view of a packaged assembly;

Fig. 6 shows an assembly of a bag and a rod:

Fig. 7 shows a tweezer-shaped rod and an associated bag;

Figs. 8A and 8B show a spoon end and a stirrer-shaped end, respectively, of a tweezer-arm of a tweezer-shaped rod;

Fig. 9 shows a tweezer-shaped rod;

Fig. 9B shows three embodiments of different tweezer-shaped rods; Figs. 1OA and B show respective parts of embodiments of rods with a guide;

Fig. 1OC shows a part of the embodiment of Fig. 1OA in front view;

Fig. 1OD shows a part of the embodiment of Fig. 1OB in front view;

Fig. 1OE shows a part of a rod with break-off edge in front view; Fig. 11 shows, in front view, a rod and a bag, wherein the bag is provided with a coupling element; and

Fig. 12 shows, in front view, a rod with hook and a bag in a bottle.

In this description, identical or corresponding parts have identical or corresponding reference numerals. In the drawing, embodiments are merely shown by way of example. The elements used therewith are mentioned only by way of example and should not be construed to be limitative. Other parts too can be used within the framework of the present invention. The proportions of the embodiments shown in the drawings are often represented in a schematic and/or exaggerated manner and should not be understood to be limitative. In Fig. 1, an assembly of a loose bag and a rod 2 is shown. The tea bag 1 comprises tea and/or herbs 3 surrounded by a filtering cover 4. In this embodiment, the bag comprises tea and/or herbs 3, although in other embodiments, the bag 1 may be provided with other flavorants. Preferably, the tea bag 1 substantially consists of tea and/or herbs 3, the cover 4, and closing means for closing the cover 4 to prevent tea and/or herbs 3 from escaping from the bag 1. Here, the bag 1 is preferably free of further clinging parts, such as strings and the like, although the invention can also be used with that. In principle, the cover 4 can comprise known material for conventional tea bags, for instance flexible filtering material. In contrast with conventional tea bags, the embodiment according to the invention is not provided with a string. The

tea bag 1 is closed all around by a flange 5, which flange 5, in principle, can be a flange known per se for tea bags. At the location of the flange 5, the tea bag 1 can for instance be closed off so that the tea and/or herbs 3 are kept in the bag 1. In the embodiment shown, the tea bag 1 is provided with four eyes 6 in the form of perforations. It is advantageous when the eyes 6 are arranged outside the filtering part of the cover 4, in the drawing surrounded by a dotted line, so that no tea and/or herbs 3 escape from the bag 1. Preferably, the eyes are provided adjacent the edge, for instance in the flange 5, or provided as loops at the edge.

The closing means comprise several embodiments. For instance but not exclusively, the cover can be glued tight, welded or sewn, for instance at the location and while forming the flange 5. In principle, the closing means can be utilized in a conventional manner. The rod 2 is designed to engage the bag 1 by a movement of the rod

2, in particular such that the loose bag 1 can be taken from a cup 7 of water 8 (see Figs. 2A and B) in a simple manner. The rod 2 is provided with, for instance, an engaging element 9 in the form of a hook for engaging the bag 1. In particular, the hook can be put through the eye 6 of the bag 1 so that the rod 2 can lift the bag 1 from the cup 7. When the rod 2 engages the bag 1, the bag 1 can for instance be moved through the water 8 such that the flavor of the tea and/or herbs 3 infuses into the water better than when the bag 1 merely stays still in the water 8 without moving it. With a relatively rigid rod 2, the bag 1 can be moved through the water 8 relatively easier than when using conventional strings.

The one or several eyes 6 in the bag 1 are preferably such that at least a part of the rod 2, in particular the hook, fits therethrough. The eye 6 may have a diameter d of at least 3 mm.

In one embodiment, the rod 2 is furthermore provided with a stirring projection 10. This stirring projection 10 can be formed as a widening at the

underside of the rod 2 and contributes to additional turbulence of the water 8 when the rod 2 is agitated through water. With it, the rod 2 also has the function of stirring rod, for instance after the tea bag 1 has already been discarded (see Fig. 2C).The rod 2 can also comprise a type of spoon (see Fig. 1). As a result, no separate elements are required for scooping sugar into the tea and/or stirring the tea.

As explained hereinabove, the rod 2 can be provided with an engaging element 9, which engaging element 9 can comprise different embodiments. In Figs. 3A and B, two ends of rods 2 are shown, wherein the rod 2 is provided with several small hooks or beards 9A and/or projecting pins 9B, respectively, that can each engage the bag 1. Here, optionally, no eyes 6 need be provided in an associated bag 1. Other engaging elements 9 can for instance relate to an adhesive connection and/or Velcro tape. In one embodiment, at least the end of the rod 2 is roughened such that here, the bag 1 adheres somewhat to the rod 2.

In yet another embodiment, the rod 2 is designed as if it has a gripper and/or squeezer, so that the bag 1 can be lifted from a pot or glass of hot water. The rod 2 can for instance be designed as a clamp, mouth, tweezers, peg or the like. An a further embodiment, the bag 1 is provided with an engaging element, for instance the loops or perforations mentioned, or other engaging elements, such as, for instance, a hook-shape.

One embodiment of the bag 1 and the rod 2 is suitable for use in a tea pot. Here, the bag 1 and/or the rod 2 are of relatively large design. The rod 2 for instance has a length that is greater than the length of a conventional disposable stirring rod 2, for instance more than 7 cm, in particular 9 cm or more.

In addition to tea, other flavors too are suitable for use in a filtering bag 1 according to the invention. In particular, substances are suitable which can provide water with flavor, in order to drink the resulting liquid with the

respective flavor. Particular embodiments are, for instance, bags 1 with instant coffee, cocoa powder or other powders, herbs, granules etc. The rod 2 can be partly designed to serve as surface for communication 15, see for instance Fig. 4B. For instance, one of the ends of the rod 2, for instance the part 14 to be engaged by the fingers, or the part with the stirring projection 10, can be provided with communication 15, for instance advertisements or the like.

A stirring rod 2 according to the invention can be used for different tea bags 1 according to the invention which are each provided with different sorts of tea and/or herbs 3, i.e. with a different flavor. A package such as a carton, box or bag can be presented which can contain several assemblies with tea bags 1 and stirring rods 2. Here, several of these rods 2 and tea bags 1 are provided, wherein each of the rods 2 is designed to engage each of the tea bags 1. The package has, for instance, a compartment for the rods 2 and one or several separate compartments for the bags 1.

In a further embodiment, one bag 1 and, at least partly, one rod 2 are packaged in a package 11, which package 11 preferably comprises a box. Here, after use, the package 11 can for instance serve as collecting tray for the used tea bag 1. The package 11 can be designed as, for instance, a sort of match box, comprising in a known manner a slidable box surrounded by a guiding-box and having open ends. The assembly or at least the bag 1 can then be provided in the slidable box. In another embodiment, the assembly or at least the bag 1 is packaged in a package 11 comprising a cover. Instead of one, optionally, also, several bags 1 and/or, at least partly, rods 2 can be provided in the package 11.

Before presentation of the assembly, the bags 1 and/or rods 2 can be interconnected, preferably in a manner such that they can be taken from each other again in a simple manner. For instance, a bag 1 and a rod 2 can be presented and/or carried along as a whole, before they are taken apart. A rod 2 is for instance slid into the bag 1, whereby the bag 2 is designed for sliding the

rod 2 into. The rods 2 can also be connected to each other in a mutually breakable manner.

In Fig. 4A, a cross section in front view is shown wherein the bag 1 and at least partly the rod 2 are surrounded by a package 11. The package 11 can for instance be folded around the bag 1 and at least partly around the rod 2, whereby the rod projects through a hole 17. The package 11 can for instance comprise cellophane, plastic or paper and/or have the form of a bag or envelop or the like. Preferably, the package 11 is designed such that it can be folded open and detached from the bag 1 or rod 2 relatively easily. The package 11 can also be designed such, for instance, that by pulling the package 11, for instance in a direction B away from the engaging part 14, it detaches automatically, i.e. without damaging the bag 1. To that end, the closure 12 is designed to, for instance, simply pull the two parts 13A, 13B of the package 11 apart, so that the package 11 opens (see Fig. 4B) in a simple manner. To that end, the parts 13A, 132B can be suitably glued and/or welded. Opening can be effected by, for instance, folding the bag 1 open and/or pulling it away from the bag 1 and the rod 2 in the direction B (see Fig. 4A). In one embodiment, the bag 1 and the rod 2 are packaged in a package 11 in a manner that is comparable to the candy part and the rod, respectively, of a conventional lollypop. In Fig. 5, another similar exemplary embodiment is shown. To prevent the rod 2 from sliding from the package 11, in particular through the hole 17, it can be provided with, for instance, a broadened part 16 (Fig. 4A). In a different embodiment which could be considered especially hygienic, the entire assembly, i.e. the bag 1 and the entire rod 2 is covered by a package 11, for instance an envelop, bag, flow pack. In the packaged variant of the bag 1, in particular the variant wherein the bag 1 and the rod 2 are completely covered, furthermore, the shelf- life of the content of the bag 1 can increase.

In addition to the rod 2, also the package 11 or the bag 1 can be provided with communications 15. The bag 1 can be provided with, for

instance, at least one communication 15 provided by means of punching, branding, perforating, colourings and/or embossing. The communication 15 can comprise, for instance, a brand and/or flavor indication.

For a good exchange of flavor, for instance, the bag 1 can take different shapes. Different shapes of bags 1 are already known, a known bag 1 is for instance a pyramidal bag 1. Accordingly, shapes of the package 11 corresponding to the shape of the bag 1 can be utilized, wherein optionally, the rod 2 is packaged along, at least partly.

The rod 2 may be manufactured from, for instance, wood, metal, plastic or other suitable material. Preferably, the rod 2 comprises plastic and is molded, for instance injection molded.

An example of an assembly of a bag 1 and a disposable rod 2 is shown in Fig. 6. The rod 1 is provided with an extra thick engaging part 14A on which, for instance, communication 15 can be provided, by means of, for instance, embossing. The engaging element 9 for engaging the bag 1 is hook- shaped and is provided with an opening 18. The opening 18 is put through the eye 5 of the bag 1 so that the bag 1 can be lifted into and from hot water, and can be agitated in the water. After moving the bag 1 through the water, the bag 1 can be lifted from the water and the rod 2 can be used as stirring element for, for instance, dissolving or mixing sweeteners, milk, milk powder, etc. in the water.

In Fig. 7 an assembly is shown of a bag 1 and a rod 2, provided with a tweezer-shaped engaging element 9 comprising to tweezer arms 9A, 9B. Preferably, the tweezer-shaped rod 2 is formed in one piece, for instance moulded from plastic. In the embodiment, the tweezer arms 9A.9B are connected to each other via an engaging part 14 which the fingers of a user can engage. The tweezer-shape allows for engagement, in particular clamping, of the bag 1 between the tweezer arms 9A, 9B. Then, the bag 1 can be placed in hot water, be agitated therethrough for giving a flavor to the water and be

taken therefrom with the aid of the tweezer-shaped rod 2. A tweezer shaped rod 2 also has the advantage that the wet bags 1 can be squeezed.

The tweezer-shaped rod 2 can serve as a stirring rod. Here, during stirring, each of the arms 9A.9B effects turbulence in the water which can be more turbulence that can be effected by conventional single stirrer comprising only one arm. Having several tweezer arms 9A, 9B furthermore has the advantage that more communication 15 can be provided on the rod 2.

In other embodiments, the tweezer arms 9A, 9B, or at least the ends 19A, 19B thereof, can be formed as ends of conventional spoons or stirring rods (see Fig. 8A, 8B respectively). Thus, each of the tweezer arms 9A, 9B can function at least as well as conventional single-armed stirring rods. Together, the arms 9A, 9B will stir better than conventional stirring rods. The ends can also be shaped otherwise, certain stirring projections 10 or widenings are for instance provided, or the ends of the tweezer-arms 9A, 9B are straight, as is the case in Fig. 7. The tweezer-shaped rod 2 can be designed as disposable element and be offered with, for instance, one or more bags 1 in a package.

The engaging part 14 can for instance be cylindrical, or at least form an axis 20, about which the arms 9A, 9B can be rotated. In this manner, flavored hot water, for instance tea, can be stirred by turning the tweezer- shaped rod 2 as a sort of screw about the axis.

The tweezer-shaped rod 2 allows for other interactions to take place than only moving the bag 1, for instance with other goods to be consumed or which provide flavor, which have been introduced into the tea. Furthermore, tea and/or herb particles lying in the tea, or other particles, can be removed from the water with the aid of the tweezer-arms 9A.

In addition to tweezer-shaped, the rod 2 can also be peg-shaped, clamp-shaped, mouth-shaped, and have approximately the same characteristics and/or advantages. The tweezer-shape can optionally have

more than two tweezer arms 9A, 9B, for instance three or four. In Fig. 9B, different embodiments of tweezer-shaped rods 2 are shown.

In a further embodiment, the rod 2 is provided with an engaging element 9 which is provided with a guide 21 (Fig. 10A-E), formed by the inner side of two receiving arms 9C, 9D. A part of the bag 1 can be slid between the two receiving arms 9C, 9D, by the engaging element 9. The receiving arms 9C, 9D are then preferably connected to the rest of the rod 2 in a relatively rigid manner with respect to each other. Preferably, the engaging element 9 is then provided with mutually opposed teeth 9E for clamping in the bag 1 between the arms 9C, 9D. The teeth 9E effect additional friction between the rod 2 and the bag 1 so that the bag 1 remains in place better, for instance during stirring of the bag 1 through hot water. The teeth 9E can for instance be located straight opposite each other (Fig. 1OA, 1OC, 10E), or be slightly mutually offset (Fig. 1OB, 10D). The engaging element 9 can for instance comprise a small amount of relatively large teeth, or for instance a large amount of relatively small teeth. Here, the bag 1 can be coupled to the rod 2 by taking the bag 1 between thumb and finger and slide it along the guide 21 through the engaging element 9 between the arms 9C, 9D. Such rods 2 can be realized with relatively inexpensive molds. In one embodiment, the engaging element is breakable with respect to the rest of the rod 2 (see Fig. 10E). After the bag 1 is used, and has left behind the flavor in the liquid, it can be preferred to use the rod 2 without the bag 1. It could then be favourable to take the wet bag 1 from the rod without having to touch the bag 2 with the fingers. This can be effected by breaking off the engaging element 9, or at least a part thereof, so that the broken-off part, together with the bag 1, can be discarded, preferably without having to touch the wet bag 1. After that, the remaining part of the rod 2 can be used as stirring rod. To that end, the rod 2 is preferably provided with a thinner portion or break-off edge 22, preferably adjacent the engaging element 9.

In a further embodiment, the bag 1 is provided with a coupling part 5A (see Fig. 11). This coupling part 5A can for instance form a flange 5 on the bag 1. The coupling part is manufactured from, for instance, a material which differs from the filtering cover 4, for instance material which is somewhat less flexible than the filtering cover 4, such as plastic, cardboard or paper. The coupling part 5A can for instance offer space to an eye 6. This is favourable because the coupling part 5A can for instance be more robust than the material of the filtering cover 4. Preferably, the material of the coupling part 5A is less moisture absorbing than the material of the filtering cover 4 and/or the flavoring herbs 3. In such an embodiment, the coupling part 5A can be engaged in a comfortable manner with the fingers and the bag 2 can be disposed of, whereby the fingers become less wet than when touching the relatively moist material of the filtering cover 4 and/or the flavoring herbs 3. The coupling part 5A can for instance be designed to be water repellent at least at the outside.

In a further embodiment, the rod 1 is provided at the opposite side of the engaging element 9, at the part for engagement by the fingers, with a hook 24 or the like for suspension of the rod 2 with the bag 1 from a rim 23 of a liquid holder, such as a cup, mug, glass, bottle or the like (see Fig. 12). This can be favourable in particular when the bag 1 is suspended in a bottle. Suspension and stirring of the bag 1 by the rod 2 in the bottle is relatively simple, Le. simpler than when using a conventional string because the bag 1 can be "pushed" somewhat by the rod 1. With the aid of the hook 24, the bag 1 can remain suspended in the bottle, in particular from the rim 23 thereof, and be simply taken therefrom after a while.

The described and many comparable variations, as well as combinations thereof, are understood to fall within the framework of the invention as outlined by the claims. Naturally, different aspects of different embodiments and/or combinations thereof can be combined with each other

and be exchanged within the framework of the invention. There should thus be no limitation to just the embodiments mentioned.




 
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