US 9,808,112 B2
Device, system and method for preparing a beverage from a capsule
Andrea Favero, Quarto d'Altino (IT); Guiseppe Fin, Meolo (IT); Ka Cheung Tsang, Utrecht (NL); Ralf Kamerbeek, De Meern (NL); Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Amersfoort (NL); and Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Utrecht (NL)
Assigned to Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Utrecht (NL); and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Eindhoven (NL)
Filed by Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Ultrecht (NL); and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Eindhoven (NL)
Filed on Feb. 12, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/765,517.
Application 13/765,517 is a continuation of application No. PCT/EP2011/062738, filed on Jul. 25, 2011.
Claims priority of application No. 10194741 (EP), filed on Dec. 13, 2010.
Prior Publication US 2013/0224347 A1, Aug. 29, 2013
Int. Cl. A47J 31/36 (2006.01); A47J 31/40 (2006.01); B65D 85/804 (2006.01)
CPC A47J 31/407 (2013.01) [A47J 31/3623 (2013.01); A47J 31/3676 (2013.01); B65D 85/8043 (2013.01); A47J 31/368 (2013.01)] 53 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for preparing a beverage using a capsule, the system comprising:
a beverage preparation device and a capsule,
wherein the capsule comprises:
a cup-shaped body, the body comprising a first recess,
a lid for closing the body, and
an actuating member positioned at least partially within the first recess;
wherein the device comprises:
a capsule holder arranged for holding the capsule, the capsule holder comprising a second recess configured to receive the actuating member of the capsule,
a fluid supply unit arranged for supplying a fluid towards the capsule when the capsule is in the capsule holder,
a flow control unit arranged for controlling a parameter of fluid to be supplied towards the capsule, wherein the flow control unit is arranged for selectively operating in one of at least a first mode and a second mode,
wherein in the first mode the parameter is adjusted to a first level, and in the second mode the parameter is adjusted to a second level, different from the first level,
wherein the flow control unit comprises a switching member movable relative to the second recess between a first position and a second position, the switching member positioned at least partially within the second recess and being arranged for being engaged by the actuating member of the capsule to be positioned in the first or second position when the capsule is in the capsule holder, and
wherein the flow control unit is in the first mode when the switching member is in the first position, and wherein the flow control unit is in the second mode when the switching member is in the second position.