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Title:
PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A COFFEE BEVERAGE WITH A PLURALITY OF TEMPERATURES AND FLOW RATES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2022/162705
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A system for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates is described, the system comprising: a first tank (1) designed to contain, for the pre-infusion/infusion step, water arriving from a boiler or other source; a first heat-regulator (2) designed to heat-regulate water in the first tank (1) to which it is operatively connected; means for adjusting the volumetric flow rate (10, 11) operatively connected to the tank (1); a panel (4) containing coffee powder, operatively connected to the solenoid valve (3) and contained in a coffee dispensing group (9); a second exchanger tank (6) designed to contain, during delivery, water arriving from a boiler or other source; a second heat-regulator (7) designed to heat-regulate water in the second tank (6) to which it is operatively connected; means for adjusting the volumetric flow rate (12, 13) operatively connected to the second tank (6).

Inventors:
BONTEMPO, Silvano (IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IT2021/050430
Publication Date:
August 04, 2022
Filing Date:
December 28, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GRIMAC S.R.L. (IT)
International Classes:
A47J31/46
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GARAVELLI, Paolo (IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. System for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates, said system being composed of at least two separate circuits, one for managing temperatures and water flows, and one for managing a temperature of a coffee dispensing unit, said system comprising:

- at least one first tank (1) designed to contain, for the pre-infusion/infusion step, water arriving from a boiler or other source;

- at least one first heat-regulator (2) designed to heat-regulate water in the first tank (1) to which it is operatively connected;

- means for adjusting the volumetric flow rate (10, 11) operatively connected to the tank (1) ;

- a panel (4) containing coffee powder, operatively connected to the solenoid valve (3) and contained in a coffee dispensing group (9) ;

- at least one second exchanger tank (6) designed to contain, during delivery, water arriving from a boiler or other source;

- at least one second heat-regulator (7) designed to heat-regulate the water in the second tank (6) to which it is operatively connected;

- means for adjusting the volumetric flow rate (12,

-8- 13) operatively connected to the second tank (6) ; characterized in that it also includes:

- at least one first solenoid valve (3) operatively connected to the first tank (1) and designed to obtain the pre-infusion/infusion of water through its own opening/closing, the panel (4) being operatively connected to the solenoid valve (3) ; and at least one second solenoid valve (5) operatively connected to the second tank (6) and designed to obtain the supply of water through its own opening/closing, the second solenoid valve (5) being operatively connected to the panel (4) .

2. System according to claim 1, characterized in that it also comprises at least one third heatregulator (8) operatively connected to the dispensing unit (9) , in proximity to the hooking area of a filter holder, so as to keep the temperature of the delivery group (9) constant.

3. System according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that, in the event that the pre- infusion/infusion system and the delivery system are constructed in such a way as to form, even only partially, an integral block, the individual systems are separated thermally and physically by an insulating barrier (10) .

4. Process for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates, obtained using the system according to any one of the preceding claims, said process comprising the following steps: pre-infusion/infusion, in which water arriving from the boiler, or from another source, is conveyed into the tank (1) and is heat-regulated with the heat-regulator (2) at the necessary temperature, as well as adjusted to the correct volumetric flow rate, pre-infusion/infusion, with predetermined temperature, time and volume flow, being managed by the opening and closing of the solenoid valve (3) ; wetting, using the pre-infusion/infusion water, through a separate circuit, of the coffee powder panel (4) , in which the correct combination of time, flow rate and temperature for that type of blend makes soluble the fats and the other components of the mixture; coffee dispensing, in which the second solenoid valve (5) opens to allow the flow of supply water, coming from the second exchanger tank (6) , which is also heat-regulated by the second

-10- heat-regulator (7) , with time, customized flow rate and temperature according to the blend, the supply water being transferred to the coffee panel (4) through a separate circuit from the pre- infusion/infusion circuit.

5. Process according to claim 4 when it depends on claim 2, further comprising the step of further regulating the temperature by means of the third heat-regulator (8) operatively connected to the dispensing unit (9) , in proximity to the hooking area of the filter holder, in order to keep the temperature of the delivery group (9) constant.

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Description:
PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A COFFEE BEVERAGE WITH A PLURALITY OF TEMPERATURES AND FLOW RATES

The present invention relates to a process and a system for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and volumetric flow rates that can be used for each step of the preparation of A drink.

Documents US-A1-2018/192812, W0-A1- 2014/177925, US-A1-2006/005712 and US-A1- 2010/043647 disclose systems for the production of a coffee drink according to the preamble of Claim 1.

Object of the present invention is solving the aforementioned prior art problems, by providing a process and a system for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates, which allow to: a) optimize the delivery, during the pre-infusion/infusion, with the use of a temperature several degrees higher than that used for the rest of the delivery, and with an independently adjustable flow rate; and b) avoid weakening the first layer of the coffee, by using supply water with a temperature of several degrees lower than the pre-infusion/infusion temperature and with independently adjustable flow rate, so as not to over-extract the coffee.

Furthermore, the system according to the present invention provides that different temperatures and water flow rates are used, suitable for the different stages of the preparation of the coffee-based beverage.

The aforementioned and other objects and advantages of the invention, which will emerge from the following description, are achieved with a process and a system such as those described in the respective independent claims. Preferred embodiments and non-trivial variants of the present invention form the subject of the dependent claims.

It is understood that the attached claims form an integral part of the present description.

The present invention will be better described by some preferred embodiments thereof, provided by way of non-limiting example, with reference to the attached drawings, in which the only Figure 1 is a schematic view of a preferred, but non-limiting, embodiment of the system of the present invention .

Referring to Figure 1 , a preferred embodiment of the system of the present invention is shown and described . It will be immediately obvious that innumerable variations and modi fications ( for example relating to shape , dimensions , various colors and parts with equivalent functionality) can be made to what is described, without departing from the scope of the invention as appears from the attached claims .

The system for the production of a cof fee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates of the present invention, is composed of at least two separate circuits for managing the temperatures and flow rates of water as well as the temperature of the cof fee dispensing unit , and basically includes : at least one first tank 1 designed to contain, for the pre-infusion/ infusion step, water arriving from a boiler (not shown) or other source ;

- at least one first heat-regulator 2 designed to heat-regulate water in the first tank 1 to which it is operatively connected; means for regulating the volumetric flow rate 10 , 11 operatively connected to the tank 1 ; at least one first solenoid valve 3 operatively connected to the first tank 1 and designed to obtain the pre-infusion/ infusion of water through its opening/closing; a panel 4 containing cof fee powder, operatively connected to the solenoid valve 3 and contained in a cof fee dispensing unit 9 ; at least one second exchanger tank 6 designed to contain, during delivery, water arriving from a boiler (not shown) or other source ; at least one second heat-regulator 7 designed to heat-regulate water in the second tank 6 to which it is operatively connected;

- means for adj usting the volumetric flow rate 12 , 13 operatively connected to the second tank 6 ; and at least one second solenoid valve 5 operatively connected to the second tank 6 and designed to obtain the supply of water through its opening/closing, the second solenoid valve 5 being operatively connected to panel 4 .

Optionally, at least one third heat-regulator 8 is also provided operatively connected to the dispensing group 9 , near the hooking area of a filter holder (not shown) , in order to keep the temperature of the dispensing group 9 constant.

The process for the production of a coffee drink with a plurality of temperatures and flow rates, obtained using the system described above of the present invention comprises the following steps : pre-infusion/infusion, in which water arriving from the boiler, or from another source, is conveyed into the tank 1 of adequate capacity and is heat-regulated with the heat-regulator 2 to the necessary temperature, as well as adjusted to the correct volumetric flow rate. The pre- infusion/infusion, with predetermined temperature, time and volume flow, is managed by the opening and closing of the solenoid valve 3; wetting, using the pre-infusion/infusion water, through a separate circuit, of the coffee powder panel 4, in which the correct combination of time, flow rate and temperature for that type of blend, makes soluble the fats and the other components of the blend, thus creating the best organoleptic and visual value of the coffee-based drink (as a non-limiting example we can consider a phase time of about 3"-10", a temperature of about 90°-110° and a volume of water of about 10-50 ml) ; cof fee dispensing, m which the second solenoid valve 5 opens to allow the flow of the supply water, coming from the second exchanger tank 6 , which is also heat-regulated by the second heatregulator 7 , with time , flow rate and temperature customi zed according to those of the mixture ( as a non-limiting example we can consider a phase time of about 10"-50" , a temperature of about 80 ° - 100 ° and a volume of water of about 20- 100 ml ) . The supply water is trans ferred to the cof fee panel 4 through a separate circuit from the pre- infusion/ infusion one ; and optionally, further regulation of the temperature by means of a third heat-regulator 8 operatively connected to the dispensing group 9 , in the vicinity of the attachment area of the filter holder, in order to keep the temperature of the group constant .

In the event that the pre-infusion/ infusion system and the delivery system are constructed in such a way as to form, even only partially, an integral block, the individual systems can be thermally and physically separated by an insulating barrier 10 .

The inventive system and method, as described above, allow obtaining the following advantages:

1) the pre-infusion/infusion and dispensing steps take place with the variation and customization of different temperatures and volumetric flow rates for each step of the beverage production process, also depending on the type of coffee blend;

2) water required for pre-infusion/infusion is heat-regulated by an independent system;

3) water required for supply is heat-regulated by an independent system;

4) the pre-infusion/infusion and delivery circuits are independent and separate;

5) the pre-infusion/infusion and dispensing circuits can be mechanically separated by a thermal barrier .

Some preferred embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated and described above: obviously, numerous variants and modifications, functionally equivalent to the previous ones, which fall within the scope of the invention as highlighted in the attached claims, will be immediately apparent to those skilled in the art .