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Title:
MULTIPURPOSE TRANSPARENT HOPPER CUP
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/175892
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A multipurpose transparent hopper cup is a dining utensils and a versatile instrument. The transparent hopper cup has a handle, a stainless screen mesh, a blocking rod and a matching tubular discharge spout provided in the bottom of the hopper cup. When tea, coffee, or soups are poured through a stainless screen mesh provided on top of the transparent hopper cup, user can filter out tea leaves, coffee, and soups slag. When put down the blocking rod, the discharge spout closed, the oily soup remaining in the transparent hopper cup. When lift the blocking rod, the discharge spout open, and the clear soup pass through the discharge spout by gravity, leave the oil or grease floating on top. The filtered out soup oil can be used again, to achieve the purpose of environmental protection. Advantage of the transparent hopper cup is easy to use, easy to clean up, simple structure, multipurpose and multi-usage.

Inventors:
ZHENG YUAN GUANG (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2015/058905
Publication Date:
November 03, 2016
Filing Date:
November 03, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ZHENG YUAN GUANG (US)
International Classes:
A47J31/06; A47J43/28; B67C11/04
Foreign References:
US0967356A1910-08-16
US5219006A1993-06-15
US3865023A1975-02-11
US2795334A1957-06-11
US6058827A2000-05-09
US0892000A1908-06-30
Other References:
"Fat Separator", CUISIPRO, 26 November 2014 (2014-11-26), pages 1 - 5, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20151224]
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
OGLESBY, Ian, B. (20775 Norada Ct.Saratoga, CA, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A multipurpose transparent hopper cup comprising: a transparent hopper cup; one or more cup handles set on an outside wall of said hopper cup; a cup bottom rest; a tubular discharge spout on a bottom of said hopper cup; and the tubular discharge spout comprises a round inlet opening and an outlet opening; a sieve or screen mesh having at least three mesh tabs protruding outward from a top ring; and a blocking rod comprising a long thin stick and a ball-shaped spherical blocking element provided at the bottom end of said long thin stick. 2. The multipurpose transparent hopper cup as claimed in claim 1, wherein the height of the cup bottom rest is longer than the length of the tubular discharge spout. 3. The multipurpose transparent hopper cup as claimed in claim 1, wherein the length of the blocking rod is longer than the height of the transparent hopper cup. 4. The multipurpose transparent hopper cup as claimed in claim 1, wherein the size of the screen mesh can be change depending on the purpose and the use. 5. The multipurpose transparent hopper cup as claimed in claim 1, wherein the material used should be transparent, food grade and heat resistant.

Description:
MULTIPURPOSE TRANSPARENT HOPPER CUP BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a multipurpose transparent hopper cup having a tubular discharge spout provided in the bottom of the cup. The tealeaves, coffee, and soups slag can be filtered out through a screen mesh seated on top of the transparent hopper cup.

A lot of people like to drink tea, coffee and soup. However, the animal fat or grease inside the soup is not very healthy if one drinks it all. Not only there is no easy and clear way to separate the liquid from the animal fat or grease contained in the soup, but also it is hard to clean up the container and the accumulated fat or grease will contaminate and damage a sewer system eventually.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

To overcome the disadvantage mentioned above, a transparent hopper cup having a sieve or screen mesh to filter slags, a tube like discharge mouth or spout having a spout inlet and a spout outlet is provided on the bottom of said cup and a blocking device is placed on top of the tubular discharge spout to control the flow rate of the liquid inside.

The size of the sieve or screen mesh can vary depending the contents to be filtered. The transparent hopper cup can have one or more cup handles for a user to hold it conveniently. A cup bottom rest or a set of rest feet that are longer than the discharge spout is provided so that the transparent hopper cup can stand on a flat surface steadily.

In another aspect of the invention, a transparent hopper cup having a tubular discharge spout set on the bottom is equipped with a blocking device for placement on top of the tubular spout inlet. The blocking device further comprises a long thin stick and a spherical blocking element is provided at the bottom end of the long stick. The spherical blocking element has a diameter greater than a diameter of the tubular mouth inlet. The total length of the long thin stick and spherical blocking element is longer than the height of the transparent hopper cup.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING Fig.1 is an external view of a blocking device according to the present invention. Fig.2 is an external view of an empty transparent hopper cup without blocking device and screen mesh according to the present invention. Fig.3 is an external view of a larger sized screen mesh according to the present invention. Fig.4 is an external view of a transparent hopper cup in blocking condition according to the present invention. Fig.5 is an external view of a smaller sized screen mesh according to the present invention. Fig.6 is an external view of a transparent hopper cup in discharging condition according to the present invention. Fig.7 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. Fig.8 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. Fig.9 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. Fig.10 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. Fig.11 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. Fig.12 is another structural view of a cup bottom rest according to the present invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION With reference to Fig.1, a blocking rod 1 comprises a long thin stick 11 and a ball-shaped spherical blocking element 2 provided at the bottom end of the long thin stick 11. With reference to Fig.2, A transparent hopper cup 3 has a tubular discharge mouth or spout 4 provided on the bottom, a cup handle 5 set on the outside wall and a cup bottom rest 51 whose height is longer than the length of the tubular discharge spout 4. The tubular discharge spout 4 has a round inlet opening 41 and an outlet opening 42. The length of the blocking rod 1 is longer than the height of the transparent hopper cup 3.

It should be noted that the spherical blocking element 2 has a diameter greater than a diameter of the inlet opening 41. When the blocking rod 1 naturally falls to the lowest point and the spherical blocking element 2 sits on the outlet opening 42, an effective closing condition is there and the fluid passage is blocked and stopped. And the fluid will pass through the inlet opening 41 when the user lifts the blocking rod 1.

With reference to Figs.3 to 6, a larger sized sieve or screen mesh 6 having at least three mesh tabs 62 protruding outward from a top ring 61, so the screen mesh 6 can be seated on top of the transparent hopper cup 3. The total diameter of the blocking rod 1 and the top ring 61 is either equal to or slightly smaller than the diameter of the top opening of transparent hopper cup 3. User can grab the mesh tab 62 and remove the screen mesh 6 away when it is needed.

The patterns or shapes of the cup bottom rest 51 can be either of three or more legs, or circular walls, or sectional blocks, as depicted in the rest of the Fig.7 through Fig.12, that achieves the purpose to make the transparent hopper cup 3 sit on a flat surface steadily. No matter what the patterns or shapes of the cup bottom rest 51 is selected, the length or height of the cup bottom rest 51 is always longer than the ending point of the outlet opening 42. The materials used for the transparent hopper cup 3 should be transparent, food grade and heat resistant, so the user can monitor the passing speed or the fluid level inside the transparent hopper cup 3 when he or she lift the blocking rod 1.

There are many usage of the present invention; the following illustrations or embodiments are just some of them.

The first embodiment is used on soup. Referring to Figs.3, 4 and 6, set the blocking rod 1 inside the transparent hopper cup transparent hopper cup transparent hopper cup 3 and have blocking element 2 fall on top of the outlet opening 42, a water seal is formed. Put a larger sized screen mesh 6 on top of the transparent hopper cup 3 letting the mesh tab 62 set on the top edge of the hopper cup 3. While the hopper cup 3 sit on a flat surface or hold the cup handle 5 with user’s hand, spoon the topper part of cooked soup through the larger sized screen mesh 6, then lift the blocking rod 1 slowly to let the clear soup flow down to a container and keep the floating part of animal fat or grease inside the cup. At the end of discharging the clear liquid, user puts the blocking rod 1 back to its original position, i.e., the locking element 2 falls on top of the outlet opening outlet opening 42. The soup slag is collected and filtered by the screen mesh 6 for consumption or put them back to cooking pot. User can collect and accumulate the fat or grease for other purposes.

The present invention provides an easy solution to separate the animal fat or grease from the soup. The harden part of solid fat or grease can be re-used in other ways to preserve the nature environment.

The other usage is for brewing tea drinks. Similar to previous setting, user let the blocking element 2 sit on top of inlet opening 41 and put larger sized screen mesh 6 on the edge of the transparent hopper cup 3. Drop in some tea or a tea bag in the screen mesh 6 and pour hot water through the screen mesh 6, let the tea or tea bag soak for couple minutes and then lift the blocking rod 1 to discharge the tea in a drinking cup.

A third usage of the present invention is to make coffee. In this situation, one might use a smaller sized screen mesh 6, as indicated in Fig.5, to prevent the coffee residue get into the transparent hopper cup 3.

Yet another usage of present invention is to use it as a regular funnel.